PAPINO is now available in print at THE ARSENAL in San Jose, an artist-owned art supply store and gallery, with weekly drawing and painting workshops.
Volume 5 coming soon. Photo by Dan Zumsteg.
I see her reading on the sidewalk everyday next to a retirement facility.
Meet Joyce, my neighbor.
I used to work at Intuit.
Yeah it was so much fun. We would have a beer bash every friday, and like you would be standing there and all of the sudden a bowling ball would come running down the aisles.
That sounds fun.
The engineers were crazy. You can tell they were like the attention-deficit kids, like they were so playful. What do you do?
I write for the newspaper, I do a lot of play and art reviews.
Oh cool! My son does plays. When he lived in Palo Alto and went to school, he had the best voice of any of those kids. But like he did Oklahoma! And there was no way they were going to cast him. You know he’s this big black kid over six feet tall and they wouldn’t cast him in anything.
Well then he went to a private school in San Jose and got brought into children’s musical theater, where in his first performance in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, he had a full solo. It was wonderful. I couldn’t believe it was my son. And now he is in productions in Santa Cruz and elsewhere.
Well thats great, he get’s to do what he loves.
Yeah he gets to do what he loves. I asked him, you know, when are you going to get a job? And he said oh mom, you don’t have to type to work.
Hey if it makes him happy.
Yeah, he tried growing weed for awhile but that didn’t work because they kept getting ripped off. People coming into their backyard with guns and everything to rip them off. And its a shame because he had some beautiful plants…one must have been five feet wide. But he can do it someday when he gets his act together, and after it becomes more legal.
Yeah it’s funny how San Jose will ban all this stuff but still take the tax money.
I know, exactly! And they are making plenty of tax money.
How do you like this place?
Oh its nice. They have a lot of activities, karaoke, ping-pong…we have an art show coming up. They also bring in a band to perform once a month. They have singers come in and stuff. It’s okay….boring, but okay (laughs). I’ve learned about aging that’s for sure.
Why are you here?
I’ve been here about a year. I’m doing a little bit of custodial therapy. My goal is to lose weight and walk to my daughters graduation.
Photo by Tyler McCourt. Oranges?