We are at the ‘Off The Grid’ Street Food Rally tonight. Basically a bunch of food trucks swarm a small part of the park. It’s pretty cool but it is super busy. Theresa gets in line for some food while Darwin and I go walk around. After about 20 minutes she meets up with us, and takes Darwin. I get in a very long line for a Chicken Tikka Masala Burrito from the Curry Up Now Truck. My burrito rules. I kick back on a log and eat while watching my friend, Rafael Sarria from La Gente, play music. Theresa and Darwin find me and we follow Darwin to where some kids are skateboarding. He loves watching stuff like that. So we hang. As we are standing there, a man laying on the bench sits up and we start talking. I give him my Starbucks gift card for 15 bucks. He is quite surprised but a little suspicious. “I don’t work for them or anything…and no I am not rich’ I say. Then I explain to him about my project. He really likes the idea. We talk for a little bit more and then we have to head out. Darwin is getting cranky and tired. We say goodbye. We also say goodbye to Rafael and his Girlfriend. It is a good night. And I feel really good about my gift.
This painting is a year or two old. I painted it a while back for a show based on food. It is called the ‘Myth Of Capsaicin’. Capsaicin is the ‘hot’ stuff in peppers. And I love hot stuff…like my CTM Burrito. Apparently, birds are not effected by capsaicin! They don’t have a hot reaction to it. So that is why I painted it. I find that rather interesting. I also had a rather interesting time with this gift. Meeting a complete stranger and gifting them is a rush that is kind of hard to explain. Telling them the story of the project is part of the fun. I have never explained it to anyone and then been told that it was dumb or a bad idea. People love it. I told this man “if you get to a computer, check it out.’ and he told me that he thought that more of the world should work like that.
What am I going to do when this is all over….?