Last week, Sarah Green (You might know her husband better. He’s John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars), who used to work for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, debuted a new series on Youtube, in partnership with PBSDigital. It’s called The Art Assignment, and it’s pretty neat. Every week she (and John) meet with artists who talk a little bit about what they do, where their sort of art fits, art historically, and then will give everyone an assignment. If you’re interested, you can watch last week’s video for yourself:
On Wednesday, after I watched the video, I messaged my friend Lori on Facebook. We agreed to do it because Art! and also because we hadn’t seen each other in awhile, despite living within half an hour of one another. So I used the website listed in the dooblidoo (idk what it is, that’s what John and Hank Green call it and I love them, so.) and it told me that the exact geographical midpoint between where Lori and I live is in the middle of the Ohio River. So I googled for a different website, and that one told me that the driving midpoint was on the highway, on an exit ramp.
On the left, the geographical midpoint, which would have put us in the middle of the Ohio River. On the right, the driving midpoint, which would have put us in the middle of a busy exit ramp. Also, possibly illegal to stop there except for an emergency.
In the end, we cheated, just a little. Not even a quarter of a mile away from the driving midpoint was a gas station/restaurant. We decided to meet there, at one p.m., on a Sunday afternoon. Yep, you read that right. We agreed to meet at a restaurant right in the middle of Sunday after-church feeding time. We’re geniuses. Lori asked if she should bring anything with her. I said no. I then changed my mind and said to bring something superhero-related, if she and her husband had anything of that nature laying around their home. (I figured they would. Like me, they fall squarely into the geek-and-nerd category.)
Lori was there first. I parked next to her car and went inside. No Lori. Confused, thinking that maybe the car I parked next to wasn’t hers, I went back outside. And there she was, about as confused as I was. She was wearing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer t-shirt, and let’s be real, okay? Buffy’s got to be a superhero. I mean, super-human strength, witty repartée. I mean, the Scooby Gang were Joss Whedon’s original Avengers (and then he got to play with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson… that lucky, lucky man). So, Buffy shirt. And I… I was wearing the Captain America hoodie that I got for Christmas. (Lori also brought a Batman mask, so both DC and Marvel were actually pretty well represented here.)
Your fearless heroines, Lori (R) & Jess (L).
We decided to not eat at the Cool Spot — it was too crowded, and instead made our merry ways to Lori and Dave’s apartment. It’s a nice little space, and they’re doing work on it to make it even better. (What I like most about it, though, is that I always feel at home there, and welcome. In the end, we decided to brave town in our search for food — a successful endeavor, I might add — and afterwards, decided to roam around Crafts2000. And fitting, considering the nature of the day.
Lori the Zebra, riding a… horse?
In Crafts2000, you find many things. Most of them are wondrous, indeed. Paints and brushes, beads, flowers, baskets, glass. But our favorites were the foam hats and masks. You know the ones. For kids. We each chose our alternate identities, and while being a pirate was great, I think that Lori probably won this one. But the absolute, crystal clear winner of the day (at Crafts2000, at least, was Diego. Well, he was sort of Diego. Okay, he was
Diego, but there was something wrong with him. Almost like he was… hungry. Hungry for… brains
AHHHHH! IT’S ZOMBIE DIEGO! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
So we fled back to the safety of home with our treasures, and since we are all three of us clearly adults, we colored. Why not? We colored and chatted and Dave made candy mustaches — what else are you going to do on a Sunday afternoon? By then it was starting to get dark, the temperature was dropping, and it had been raining for a good part of the afternoon. I had to drive home, and in the interests of Not Totaling the Car and Not Dying, I decided to leave. But not before we put into action the superhero portion of our day.
We’re men! We’re men in TIGHTS!
Like the superheros that we are, Lori and I saved the day… somehow. Even we aren’t entirely certain how, but it definitely included leaping and running and throwing shields and being Batman. We paused for the requisite photos for our adoring public, and then we donned our disguises OVER our disguises and vanished into the night. And that, my friends, is how I completed the first Art Assignment.
Say, Batman, that’s one sweet ‘stache you got going on!
So, what’d YOU do with your Sunday?