On Day 242 I made my way over to the Black Cat to see my friend Melanie’s band, the NRIs. You might recall that Melanie is also in a band called Machines on Vacation (see Day 80 and 128). I had not seen the NRIs before so I was excited to check them out and they didn’t disappoint. My friend Melanie, who plays the violin, is a great addition to the band giving some of the songs a very genuine sound.
Before going in to see the show, I spotted some people having a cigarette outside. I thought I would see if one of them would be my 242nd recipient. After a brief discussion they agreed that Gabrielle should be one.
“Today I live in Virginia…I guess,” she tells me as I collect some basic information from her. It turns out this 28-year-old left Seattle a week earlier and drove 2,800 miles with her boyfriend Chris to Washington, DC. “It was a long drive. It was a hot drive,” she told me.
Gabrielle moved her for a job in the video gaming field as an environmental graphic designer. She’s the one that puts the trees and landscapes in your favorite games! You’re welcome! She likes working on next generation games and wants to make cool monsters (I think that is what my notes say…my writing is particularly bad this day.) She recently completed some work on the racing simulator Forza Motorsport 3.
As I recall she initially was staying outside of DC in Virginia as a house-sitter for some people who her father met in Idaho! Totally random I know.
“Wow, that’s cool,” she says as I hand her the $10. “I need it, I’m pretty much out of money.” She thought for a while about what she was going to do with it and finally said that it would probably get spent on two beers that evening: one for her and one for Chris.
Here is a short video of Gabrielle talking about the highs and lows of her trip back east as well as her initial impressions of Washington, DC. Take a look: