The Portland Winter Light Festival was completely beautiful and fun. All after dark, all over town – it really was magical. I love sculpture in general, and what a great time of year to have an event like this. And oh the sculptures – there was an ornate outdoor chandelier with flaming torches instead of light bulbs, or a long strip of mini torches that were triggered by playing a keyboard. I loved the soft green tube rings that formed a cool ceiling – that lit up and played different notes when you walked under each of the 16 rings. Someone had even built massive, freestanding outdoor fireplaces that looked like steampunk animals, and there was even so much more.
We went down to one of the hubs of the event, SE Portland by OMSI and the Rail Heritage Center, two of my favorite places, and my friend and I just walked around for a while and talked. It’s a tough time of year for a lot of people, and the past year has been extra challenging in general. I was delighted to see so many people out enjoying the art and community.
As a sign of how much better I’m doing these days, I could handle the crowd with only slight discomfort, instead of anxiety or a panic attack – yayyyyyyy. That’s like an ongoing Christmas miracle. Hell, every day I can get out of bed and function like a real human is a miracle. And the sparkly winter light festival sure brought more warm and fuzzy happiness. Fuck you depression.
Kiss Me – Tin Tin
Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Annie Lennox and Al Green