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Saturday, April 03, 2004

Subway Singer

Do op Singer, Subway

11:25:13 PM    

Card Saga Continued

While looking around for display materials, I came across this card idea from RedRiver

They've pre-scored various inkjet paper for printing cards on.  Some of the cards can be printed on both sides.  I ordered three sample packs.



10:25:47 PM    

Display II

Spent a long time wandering around Container store today.  Lots of great stuff for my apartment but didn't buy anything re: street exhibit.

Ideally, this is what I'd like.  Two wire (lightweight) grids that are about 5.5 feet high that fold in half for carrying.  You set them up as a triangle, like a large sandwich board with some straps or rope along the
base.  Then little sort of half baskets to attach to the grid to hold the prints.  I saw something like this a few years ago at the Met.  Really stands out from the other displays.

But one simple suggestion from "Z":

"Shopping cart. Plastic crates. Twine.  Push.   :) > Seriously."

At any rate, not a total loss because I ended up -- as usual - doing a lot of shooting in the subway -- mostly of a group of do-wop singers -- this time with serious flash.  Really curious to see how it turned out.

And I did some additional "flash" shots on subway platform.  Flash in the subway -- you've got to be in the right frame of mind for that since several people, who I'm not even sure were in any of the shots protested: "Hey you.  You'd better ask my permission before you do that."

I turned around but couldn't even find the source of the voice.  I turned to two ladies nearby and asked who said that.  One told me it was the "station master" and pointed.  The public employee generally the most suspicious and vocal about their right of privacy.  And that's fine with me.  I'm just saying that if you are going to go around taking flash shots of public employees, or utility workers or anyone that works for any branch of government -- keep your head down.

And I ran into several famous people in the Container store -- including Jill Hennessy.  Double takes all around.

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7:17:54 PM    


I'm going full force right now to try and find a lightweight means of displaying prints on the street.  I need to be able to carry the gizmo, fold it up so it can fit in the trunk of a taxi, and something that won't blow over in the wind.  I'm guessing it will be some light wire sort of thing that is a sort of upside down "T" -- but it might be a triangle.  And it should be able to display as many 8 x 10 sized prints as possible.

I'm a little leery about buying the thing over the web, though I've been looking at stuff all morning, though nothing was exactly right.  There's a store in New York, probably not the right place exactly to start called The Container Store, and I am going there this morning to browse around.

I can sell 8 x 10 and 5 x 7 sized prints on the street for (matted and not-matted) in the $20 ~ $25 range.  If I sold 20 prints in a day that's $400 cash.  One or two days a week would put me over the top in terms of necessary revenue and I'm sort of sick of doing business over the web anyway right now.

7:41:05 AM    

Chapter NULL

Mystery in the Key of Zero

My cat, Hero, was staring at the answering machine, something he didn't usually do unless an important call was going to come through -- and he wasn't wrong.  Everyone has one of those phone calls that change your life -- and this was going to be one of them.

When the phone did ring, I glanced at the Caller ID number, but the top half of the LCD display had been slowly disappearing into wherever those crystals go -- and I couldn't tell where the call was coming from.  But I did recognize the voice.  It was Saul Wert.

Although I hadn't seen, thought, or heard from Salu Wert since we had been in high school together, I knew it was him.

A little background is in order, so let me get that out of the way:

1) At the time of the call, I was living with my two cats: Hero and Hera.  We were situated on the Lower East Side of New York in what had once been the bad part of New York but was now the good part.  This means that rents had gone up and the number of colorful characters had gone down.

2) I was working, when I did work, as a focus puller on local independent films.  It was a union job and my hands weren't insured.

3) Saul Wert was the most popular kid in my high school until he fell in with what we used to call a bad crowd and got into psychadelic drugs and went nuts.  The last time I had seen him he was in a State Mental Institution in Bath Maine.

4) I decided to call this story in the Key of Zero because it turned out to have a lot to do with programming and programmers for some reason always start counting at Zero.  This turned out to be important, but I didn't know it at the time.

5) The voice at the other end didn't sound like Saul - but I remembered how he looked.  You can picture him as any of the Baldwin brothers in any of their primes.

So here's what happened:

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6:33:46 AM    

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