Hope. Now I have it. I’m so excited to see what Barack Obama is going to do with his presidency! I feel proud for the first time that I am an American; that I had the chance to vote, to make a difference.
My interview project is nearly complete. From September 17th – November 4th, I attempted to interview one person a day as an exercise to keep me writing. The result is pretty amazing. It’s a journal of New York City as we prepared to elect the first Black president. On September 17th, the day after I arrived in New York after spending two weeks in California, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the beauty of the city in the fall. It was as if someone had put V-juice in my coffee. Or, I was in love again with New York. The trees, the air, the people…everything was cracking with change.
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Tonight is the night. Sure I want to know about the election results, but I’m also trying to close out my project, one interview a day until the election. Olives are on the table and the champagne is being opened chez moi; my husband is already annoyed with me that I am in my room blogging instead of watching and being social. In fact, I am still wearing my workout gear and a Hello Kitty T-shirt that says: “Being This Cute is Exhausting.” Today when I was wearing this shirt at Grounded and asked the guy behind the counter to refill my Hello Kitty water bottle, he looked at me with a funny grin. I realized he was looking at my shirt, which I threw on when running out the door.
“What – you think I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty?” I said, realizing, of course that I looked utterly ridiculous.
“Oh this is a coincidence,” I said, pointing at my shirt.
“You are going to tell me that that’s the only Hello Kitty stuff you own?” he said.
“Uh, not exactly.” Maybe he should read this piece I wrote about Hello Kitty back in 2001.
So with nothing to watch a la moment but a CNN hollogram, I am off to catch up on my interviews. What on earth are we all going to do for entertainment when this is all over? See more plays? Be more creative? Well this brings me to my next interview.
Who: Lisa Ebersole
Where: Bar 6, West Village
Occupation: Playwright, Video Media Specialist
Lisa was the “IT” Girl of the summer of 2005. Her play Brother caused quite a stir in New York City. Her publicist sent an invite to me at my agent job at the Fifi Oscard Agency. The title of this play had me intrigued, so I went out to the play and there was the playwright with a starring role in her own work that she also directed. She was as good as any of the other actors in the fine play. For a few weeks at least Brother was the talk of Off-Off Broadway New York; it was edgy, dramatic and different. The New York Times gave it a rave review and Back Stage called her “The new voice in theater.” I decided that we had to meet. Even though I didn’t know how long I’d be an agent, I decided to represent her. How could I not? Lisa is one of the coolest, smartest and talented people who I know. Within a few months, I helped to get Brother published by the Samuel French Publishing Company, which was thrilling for both of us. This meant, of course, that I indeed had a good eye for talent and of course the obvious: Lisa Ebersole was bound to be a star.
Fast forward three years to 2008 in the week preceding the presidential election. I left my post at the Fifi Oscard Agency in 2006 to go back into online marketing. Meanwhile, Lisa has staunchly refused to be represented by anyone other than me, and writing and creativity for both of us had taken a back seat to the stresses of real life.
Honestly, we’ve both had just about enough reality, and we could use a little sugar. In addition to getting a new President elected, we are both poised for a comeback.
“Oh yes!” Lisa says with a grin.
Lisa and I were in full secret planning mode and I’m not sure we did a proper interview. From the looks of Lisa, she’s is certainly back from her “It” girl hiatus.
“I’ve got a movie premiere,” she says with grin. Yup, she’s back.
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Sadly, today at midnight I am going to end my “project” which has been to interview one person a day until the election. Today when I went to vote I stood next to Patricia Keaton in line. She is very nice and civic minded, but she really didn’t want to be interviewed for the blog. Meanwhile, I am quite behind in my interviews and will be spending election night writing about the many cool people I met with instead of focusing on any poll numbers. People are coming over to watch election results around seven. My house is usually some sort of center of activity….
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Thursday I noticed I was repeating things I’d done two, three weeks ago. But now the air is cooler and the trees rustle more as the leaves fall off. I had lunch at Doma and when I looked out the window, there was the painter I’d interviewed a few weeks ago.
Now his painting had morphed, just like he said it would. I think I liked it better in the earlier version. I read some of my book, which is research for my new play. It’s depressing.
The older couple who had sat down next to me were speaking a language I didn’t recognize. I speak French, Russian and a little German, so I am good at recognizing most languages, but this didn’t sound familiar.
Who: Henriette and Vagn Kondsen
Where: Doma, NYC
Occupation: Tourists and parents (today)
Henriette and Vagn tell me that they are visiting New York for two weeks and today they have already been uptown and all over Soho.
“It’s exhausting isn’t it?” I say.
“Oh yes, we are glad to sit down.”
“Do you live here?” Vagn asks me.
“Yes, just over there,” I point.
“You are so lucky. We love the village,” he tells me.
“We are visiting our daughter, but she’s working so much that we barely see her.”
“What does she do?” I say.
“She’s here working on the Obama campaign,” says her mother proudly.
Emma Kondsen came over from Demark to work as a volunteer to get my (crossing fingers) president elected. She’s been here for four months.
“You must be very proud,” I say.
Her parents looked so proud that I think I see tears in their eyes.
“It must be a wonderful thing being a parent,” I say.
“It’s so wonderful,” says her mom.
After pointing them to my favorite neighborhood book store “Three Lives” I went home. My phone rang and it was unknown number.
“Hello,” I say.
“Hi, my name is Michelle and I’m calling from Barack Omama’s campaign.”
No, it wasn’t Michelle Obama, it was just someone named Michelle.
They were looking to see if my husband, who had donated money wanted to volunteer.
“He’s probably too busy,” I say. “But, I’ll do it.”
The last time I helped out with a campaign, the guy won.
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