Girlfriend in Tacoma

Mar. 2, 2008 at 7:00pm

Ahhh, Sweet Perfection.

(again remembered, I heart Tacoma)

Today's Wayzgoose was absolutely everything I love about my city.

Exhibit a. pinch, smell, savor the L'Arche farms herbs, see community "takes a village"-ness in action.  Make paper, feel the mush under your fingers, see the finished project, and realize that "tactile" can be a visual adjective, too.

Exhibit b.  meet the faces in front of the collaborative minds behind Beautiful Angle; make your own Angle art, read the blues-tinged words and say, uhhhh-huh in a soulful way.

Exhibit c.  buy a card from the 7 year old Wunderkind behind guinea pig press, who also happens to be the link between King's Book's Pat McDermott (and the fabulous Lisa) and Tacoma Mama AND the Red Hot.  See all the points in this odd venn diagram, love the fact that there are more, more, MORE of these connections around you, and feel like a bean in this cozy soup called community.

Exhibit c.  feel the warmth emanating from Tacoma's Best Smile, that of Jessica Spring, co-mastermind of the event (with sweet pea, continue on for exhibit d for more) -- know that this passion of Ms Spring, this thing called letterpress, opens up like a flower and exposes this fabulous melding of history, literature, art, and craft; note that Seattle Center for Book Arts can teach you to be a piece of carrying on an amazing history going back to Gutenberg, note that there are letterpresses spanning the globe (our corner of it) from Olympia past Seattle, note that this same entity can be viewed from the lens of "mmm, pretty, and it reminds me of my Aunt Tilly's stationery" to the lens of, "ohmigod! I have to decorate my whole house based on that series of broadsides" to "wow.  my entire outlook on everything from chicklit to graphic art has just shifted."

Exhibit d. sweet pea.  No caps.  Legal name.  See how his jaunty red ponytails don't flow through the air behind him as he masterfully powers the steamroller over the astroturf, linoleum, ink, and paper sandwich, his acid-green poncho of sturdy construction barely rustling in the breeze he creates.

add all this together, stir,  and it's magic, Tacoma style.

comments [10]  |  posted under so little time, so many superlatives, Tacoma, wayzgoose


by NineInchNachos on 3/2/2008 @ 9:45pm
you need a digital camera :)
sad we missed it

by jcbetty on 3/2/2008 @ 10:15pm
Have one. Had it on me, in fact. Felt free in the way a dog without a leash feels free, experiencing and loving a moment in community without looking through a lens, without a worry about uploading and wtf I would do with images. 'Twas good, as good as seeing you and pre-mama Darcy at the Helm (can't wait til next week!) --I have it on good authority that the same event will be back, next year, possibly even as "SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY MONSTER TRUCKS AND SMALL PRESS MONTH BRING YOU *WAYZGOOSE* AT THE DOME!"

by tacomachickadee on 3/2/2008 @ 10:39pm
hee hee .. yeah ... just wait until you (RR) have the kids and get beyond the photogrpahing of the first year ... or perhaps the put-down-the-camera starts with the second ... not sure ... but there are times where you will see you fight the need to photograph vs. experience ... it's part of why I enjoy being the non-journalist now ... no obsession with the recording ... finally permission to experience ... :)

by Steph DeRosa on 3/2/2008 @ 10:53pm
Yes, I actually opted to throw away my unfinished coffee - thus giving me the free photgraphy hand. O-well.

by jcbetty on 3/2/2008 @ 10:55pm
yeah, but both TC and the Stephster had images that rocked (as did mamaJen.) I, regrettably, had none. Meh, whatev. 'ts'all good. (still shedding liquid from eyes over lost coffee and lost cars, however...)(going to beddybye, now...)

by tacomachickadee on 3/2/2008 @ 11:01pm
thank you betty ... :)

by KevinFreitas on 3/3/2008 @ 6:42am
Missed it on account of me being up on my porch roof all day. At least I was outside enjoying the beautiful weather!

by AP on 3/3/2008 @ 9:43am
What kind of word is "Wayzgoose"? Is this someone's name?

by intacoma on 3/3/2008 @ 9:51am
I didnt know what it meant either till i used the power of google

by jcbetty on 3/3/2008 @ 7:26pm
yep. Google is nice. I might be like sweet pea and change my name to Wayzgoose, for I love it so...


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