Preview: The Ladies of Fallbrook and Guadalupe

“Let us say yes to who or what turns up, before any determination, before any anticipation, before any identification, whether or not it has to do with a foreigner, an immigrant, an invited guest, or an unexpected visitor, whether or not the new arrival is the citizen of another country, a human, animal, or divine creature, a living or dead thing, male or female.” Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality, 1997

Before introducing you to the lives of the party, Cadmium Jack, a living or dead thing, will introduce himself as your host and then stay out of the way as much as an individual of his nature can. If you have had the good fortune to experience hospitality, you may feel at home in this picture. And men, a warning: You don’t do the star turns in Fallbrook and Valle de Guadalupe. The women do. And the answer to the question “What’s with the name, Jack?” will be revealed as we go. Anything else before Cadmium Jack takes the mic?

Fallbrook, California

Once upon a time, three sisters, who were sociable ladies, lived within walking distance of one another in Casa Carol, Casa Lisanne and Casa Michele, where provision was made for karoake, wine, swimming, wine, food, wine, trampoline, wine, bumper-pool, wine, horse shoes, wine, Scrabble, wine, conversation and wine.

Two Dolls

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico

Casa Adriana
Casa Angela
Casa Vero R.

Six Guadalupe Ladies

source text
Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life), Henri Matisse, 1906

Fallbrook: Andrea, Carol, Cindy, Felicia, Julia, Lauren, Lisanne, Melanie, Melissa, Michele, Pat, Rachael and Suzanne.

Valle de Guadalupe: Adriana, Angela, Elizabeth, Jessica, Josie, Marisela, Mirta, Nancy, Nora, Vero N., Vero R. and Yvette.