3/08/2008

Affection in Downtown Berkeley

A young pantomime artist performs in downtown Berkeley, Friday, March 7, 2008.
I ran to the bank to get some cash for the weekend late yesterday afternoon. It is no surprise to see artists perform in this area of Berkeley. This was a bit unusual, though, hence my photo opportunity! I stood right in front of the young woman who was artfully staying completely motionless, and clicked some photographs. As I was taking the pictures, a man approached her from behind and said: "BOOOOO!" She didn't react and didn't move. I told the man "Stop harassing her!" The man came towards me and said: "What?" I said: "You can't harass her. She is an artist and she is doing this for all of us. It is very rude and extremely poor form to harass an artist like this." Though I was ready for it, the man didn't say anything and moved on. I went to drop a dollar bill in the young woman's vase, where she was collecting contributions. When I stood up from having bent to drop the money in, I saw someting sweet! The young woman had turned towards me, and had assumed the pose of someone blowing a kiss at someone from the palm of her hand! Hee Hee, I got my own pose dedicated to me from the artist! And I don't think it was because of the dollar bill I dropped in the vase! You know, we really must speak up when we see people doing something which isn't right. Who knows? We might get a surprise kiss in return!
My sons are getting ready to go out. I hear them talking and listening to the Beatles in the other room. They are laughing while listening to "With a Little Help From My Friends." Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love... Could it be anybody? I need somebody to love...
I had to miss sweet Leva's birthday party, as I have to attend traffic school all day tomorrow. I have to be in class very early in the morning. Can you think of a worse torture on a Sunday? Well, I was the one who jumped that yellow-turned-red-in-the-middle-of-the-cross-section. If I want the moving violation removed from my impeccable driving record (save for that car I rear-ended last May), I will have to go learn the driving rules all over again. I doubt it very much, but if anything exciting happens in class I'll be sure to report back.
So, it was a week of surprise news and learnings and kisses for me. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, receiving more kisses and fewer lessons than I did! Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends... I get high with a little help from my friends... Mmm gonna try with a little help from my friends...

11 comments:

Tameshk said...

Nazy Joonam
Good luck with your class; I have heard that they are fun, especially with your selective and smart taste in the stories and events I look forward to your exclusive report from the class. I also missed Leva's Birthday and I didn't even have a good reason. I just promised her I will make it up in my April visit.

Tameshk said...

Nazy Joonam
Good luck with your class; I have heard that they are fun, especially with your selective and smart taste in the stories and events I look forward to your exclusive report from the class. I also missed Leva's Birthday and I didn't even have a good reason. I just promised her I will make it up in my April visit.

Anonymous said...

مرسی از عکسها و از شریک کردن جریانات جالب زندگیت با ما.

شاد باشی نازی نازنین

مرضیه

مسعود said...

غیر را چون ز آدمی یاور شوی
بهره مند از بوسه ای شیرین شوی
آشنایان را شوی گر دست یار
پای تا سر بوسه باران می شوی

Farideh said...

You give us all a "kiss" everyday. Thank you....

Anonymous said...

Dear Nazy

First of all, congratulation for women’s day to you (a really nice, considered, and kind mother)
About, the street’s art: it affected me a lot. Dear Nazy, it was a meaningful modern street performance as you said. The director must have a deep purpose for this extremely simple performance. It seems to be a very simple but very effective way for provoking thought and attention of passengers about: 1- meaning or concept of art, 2- a procedure for bring the art in daily life, 3- interacting with peoples (to know about them) and even evaluating their response (to know about the art in their point of view). How many people will interpret the action, which was just a posture, as art? (Just by paying attention to the women). How many of them will even pay for it? And how many of them will also even defend it as an art? These are general things that can be inferred but I believe there is a lot more, depend on the instant scenario!! At the moment that somebody wants to voluntarily pay for it, he/she will find out this is also a rewarding posture. The massages: “Oh ya, the art is alive as well as my action as an audience is!! Wow, I am rewarded by an exclusive piece” for a second inactive observer “Wasn’t it a posture (from donator) that was rewarded by a posture, too?!!” ………..

My inference!!..... Art is amazing and our friend (Nazy) for her nice attitude and attention is admirable too.

The best;
Soshiyans

jeerjeerak said...

Oh, you didn't photograph the second pose?:)

! said...

salam nazy joonam
وای خیلی ممنون من عاشق این عکس ها شدم
خیلی ممنون که به اشتراک گذاشتی
راستی نازی جونم من هم خیلی شدید سرما خوردم و تمام عضلاتم درد میکنه
خوب باشی عزیزم

Assal said...

oh my! Why didn't I read this sooner? Why didn't you take online traffic school? I completed it for Parham in about two hours and it was so easy and they electronically mail your completion certificate to the Court!

Anonymous said...

Dear Nazy,

I know this is off topic, but you know so much about everything Persian, how do you grow sabzeh? Does it matter which bean you use? Lentil, mash, or gandom?

Sara

Anonymous said...

You speak so tastefully. It really drew me into reading. That was such a sweet thing you did. ^_^ Its very good that you got a delightful suprise in return. Lovely pictures by the way.

Ani