I finished up the summer season by preforming at one of my favorite events/venues, a large annual luau held in Puyallup.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that performance season is over (Halloween, Equinox, Solstice, First Night all fabulous fire opportunities), this was just the last hurrah of summer (and so much fun).
Photo below is courtesy of Sharon Uhlig of Third Eye Imaging… (I love how she captured the ring of fire)
I’ve added a couple of new toys tools to the mix, one of my favorites being the windfire rings (I just love something that I can toss into the air on fire 😉
Mickie Smith got some good video, so I was able to update my promo video. I still need to get someone to shoot video of the palm torch and levi wand and would like some video with the staff and hoop taken when it’s darker out (big thanks to Zach Ouellette for the video of those that I do have)
If anyone wants to give my YouTube video some love by watching it on the site and/or providing a link so that it moves up in the search engine rankings, that would be awesome.
The year has been off to a fiery start despite less than perfect weather and two surgeries.
The first of course was First Night where we rang in the new year by burning the old year in effigy “burn bunny burn” and lighting up the new year.
Several of us fire danced including my good friend and mentor Deanna Riley, Jodie Smalley and David Roman who breathed some amazing plumes of fire.
Last Saturday night, I was honored to have been asked to perform at the Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio to help celebrate their 5 year anniversary. It was a great crowd and a wonderful event.
I received an invitation for a private audition for America’s Got Talent when they came to Seattle. I was still down from surgery so it was out of the question. While being honored to have been sought out and invited, talent shows really aren’t my thing so I wasn’t disappointed; luckily Deanna was there to represent Tacoma and I’m sure she did us proud.
Since I keep adding new fire toys (errr.. make that tools) to my repertoire, I put together a new promo video with the video clips I had. (a sad lot consisting of: me not being in costume, off my game, camera folks trying to get artsy with bad angles) Oddly enough, a lot of what ended up being useable was cell phone video.
I’m making a point this summer to have folks at performances with real video cameras and to stage some video shoots in costume, but for now, this is an improvement over the last one.
This update is so random, I’m not even tagging it “tacoma” to show up on feedtacoma.com.
I’ve been terribly remiss about blogging and sending email updates to my non-blog reading friends; it’s not that I haven’t been doing anything, it’s that I’ve been so stinking busy, I haven’t had time to update. [BAD Lisa]
I’ve been busy with the day job, the magazine gig and of course, the fire spinning.
I’m performing on Friday night for what promises to be a very fun all girl 50th Birthday party where I’ll get to spin fire on the beach and enjoy the company of very cool women, good food and cocktails.
I realized that I didn’t have any business cards that didn’t have outdated contact info and didn’t have time to print any new ones up, so after I ordered some which now include photography, writing and fire spinning (which won’t arrive in time for Friday) I just edited an image, added some text and got them printed up as wallet size photos.
*dear stalkers-don’t get excited; this is a googlevoice number that does NOT ring to my phone and on which I can block you.
The garden is doing well, although I’m not certain when I’ll be able to take my peppers out of the greenhouse. If it wasn’t for having heat mats and grow lights in the basement, a greenhouse and wall-o-water insulators, I would not have tomatoes this year.
Here is the Juliet tomato (parent to the grape tomato) I started from seed in the basement.
I’m super excited about the asparagus bed. Anyone who has ever been over here in the summer, knows how much I like to grill salmon and asparagus. I have to leave the plants alone this year to let them establish. Since they are already two year old crowns, I can start harvesting next year. It is taking all the self control I have not to snap off some tasty spears.
The Liberty and Braeburn apple trees are blooming (if the SummerRed doesn’t bloom soon, I’d best hope for a neighbor growing a pollinator-wouldn’t a late summer bearing variety bloom before the varieties that ripen later?)
It looks to be a good year for blueberries
The cold wet winter and spring seem to have been good for the cherries. (note to self, get bird netting)
Speaking of cherries, the Kwanzan flowering cherries I planted in the front yard are blooming.
The hard work I put in planting 704 flower bulbs sure paid off, as soon as the daffodils were done, the tulips took over.
A VERY special treat have been the stunning parrot tulips I planted in honor of my dear friend Karen who lost her brave battle with cancer last December.
The chickens are fat, sassy and naughty. As you can see, MaryAnn has gotten into the garden area.
As you can see from the following video, the chicken round ups are becoming rather routine.
I did my second burn. I got braver this time and included the buzz saw (requires a wrap around the hands to avoid hitting the face) and even spun a butterfly behind my head) I was also finally confident enough to do a weave turns with fire. Now I need to learn a new trick or two and to work on choreography for my next burn.
I also did a 2nd burn just for fun and to play around. I hit myself a couple of times but since Ted our fuel guy had done such a good job squeezing the excess fuel out of my poi, there was no concern about lighting my cotton clothing on fire.
Special thanks also go to Jon our safety guy without whom I would not have felt comfortable attempting a move behind my head for the first time.
And for the comedy relief portion of the evening, I actually hit myself in the crotch with one of the flaming poi.
It was also the night that I decided to pop my fire cherry and light up the cathedral fire poi.
It had only been 31 days since my first time ever spinning poi. That may sound like a lot of days, but when you consider that the weather was horrid (deep freezes, snow, wind storms, hail, freezing rain) there were virtually no days to practice outdoors (ceilings, doorways and furniture are quite limiting to free artistic expression) so I was a bit nervous about scheduling something so soon. My fire mentors assured me that they thought I would do fine as long as I stuck to moves I was very comfortable with. (I had no intention of any behind the head moves 😉
We had an awesome safety crew including Michelle’s husband Jon and Becki’s son Marshall. We had wet towels, a fire blanket, an extinguisher and wet towels. There were also well defined fueling and performance/lighting areas and lots of spotters all the way around the spinners at all times to alert them if they caught on fire. Two folks did catch fire, but the spotters were on it and they were able to pat themselves out without even stopping their performances. (the safety team was at the ready if need be, but they weren’t needed) I’m quite pleased to say that I did not catch myself on fire.
So I covered up head to toe in cotton because it doesn’t ignite like synthetic fabrics which also melt, adhere to your skin and cause really nasty burns. (sexy eh?) and volunteered to go first.
Here I am about ready to “get lit”
and away… we go…
For little poi, they flamed up pretty big
Here’s the Video of my first “burn” for those who haven’t seen it.
And yes, I made a bunch of mistakes and even hit myself once (but since the excess fuel had been squeezed out of them and I was wearing cotton, my shirt did not ignite) but it sure was a lot better than this… my first ever attempt… (when I beat the crap out of myself the whole time and actually hit myself in the face)