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Happy Birthday, Mom / Happy New Year, Everyone!

Posted in Big Nazo, Providence RI on December 31st 2008 by Randy Reichardt

.: First, a Happy Birthday wish to my wonderful Mom, who is 76 years young today.  Happy Birthday, MOM!  Love you lots!

I last wrote from Boston in late November.  After attending meetings at a symposium there, I took the train from Boston to Providence RI on Wednesday, 03 December 2008, to spend time with my friends, Susan and David, who moved there in January.  While there, we saw a couple movies, ate at some fine restaurants, and spent time downtown on 06 December, which was the first evening of Christmas activities there.  While strolling about, we wandered into Bowl and Board and into the middle of a Big Nazo singalong:

More on BIG NAZO: “BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles.  Later, while continuing our stroll, we walked past the Big Nazo HQ, which was open to the public.  While there, I had my head crushed by a beautiful RISD student named Heather, and I modeled one of the alien puppet heads.

Speaking of RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), we also spent time at the RISD Museum of Art, seeing the Chihuly at RISD exhibition, featuring many of the glass creations of Dale Chihuly.  I took a few photos of some of his amazing creations while we were there. 

I tried to return home on 08 Dec, but had to spend the night at a Days Inn in Minneapolis, because my flight from Providence was late arriving in Mpls due to a snow storm.

On 25 Dec, I spent 5 hours in the Edmonton Intl Airport, waiting for a flight to Winnipeg.  My arrival was to be a surprise for my Mom, but by mid-day, when it became clear I wouldn’t make it to WInnipeg until the early evening, my Dad had to tell her what was going on.  Still, I was able to spend four days in Winnipeg visiting my parents, as well as a few other good friends.  I’ll post pictures soon.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!