As readers know I, as well as Nikita, & Elvira Mistress of Felinity, my 2 Cats, are creative writers, poets, storytellers, and amateur journalists, with hopes, and dreams, regarding our collective talents. :-D
After spending some time, the other afternoon, visiting The Poet's Table, in Huntington Beach, I decided to head on over to Laguna Beach.
As readers also know I've given a couple of Public Presentations (REI, & Riverside Bicycle Club), and performed twice at Poetry Open Mics (Including locally at The Ugly Mug), over the years.
I want to do more of both, as well as do more with Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat, with Nikita, & Elvira and, maybe, even someday become an article contributor (print, or online), or book author.
In order to do more with the blogs, & publishing notions, I have to find ways to attract audiences that are not made up mostly of visitors doing Google Searches, and the 2000 spam comments a day that Meowsings attracts. ;-D
When I heard about a small group of creative types, billing themselves as "The People's Council", who have hung out, daily, since 2006, on the same street corner, between the Laguna Beach Police, and Fire Depts., downtown, I decided to pay them a visit.
I figured why not share some of my, & the Cats, stories, & poetry, with these folks, and get their opinions, and advice?
So, off I went, on the bus down PCH, all full of confidence, and hope! :-D
When I arrived I discovered that the group actually consisted of 2 men, & a woman, & that one of the men was a Dog Person (A rather promising discovery, I thought.), and the woman had a way with Birds.
As I proceeded to introduce myself I couldn't help but notice how silent they were.
Maybe they were meditating, I thought.
Afterall, at their feet, in a circle, were the words Safety, Happiness, Strength, Victory, Wealth, Success, Love, Fertility, Peace, Freedom, Health, and Justice.
As I proceeded to read some of my work, and that of the Cats, they just stared at me, not budging an inch, refraining from giving any sort of feedback, positive, or negative.
They didn't even call the cops on me for, um, occupying their space, & ruining their day! ;-D
Finally, at my wits end, I approached each Council Member...
and begged, and pleaded, for any of them to say something, anything...
just please, stop looking at me so stonefaced, and coldly.
They just continued to sit there looking at me stonily, refusing to respond in any way...
all except the adorable little Dog.
They don't call Dogs Man's Best Friend for nothing!
The Dog let me show it my notebooks, and attentively listened in obvious approval as I read a couple of pieces by Nikita, and Elvira. :-D
As it was getting late I finally packed up, said good-bye, and left the odd little group to their own devices.
I just figured I must have caught them on a bad day as a couple of firemen told me the 3 were usually much more friendly toward residents, and tourists, who stopped by. ;-D