Ok, we're live.... text and audio... 3 PM, waltzing on 186th street between Amsterdam and Audubon Aves., 04.26.08...

Smack in the center of 186 between AA & AA is Washington Place. A half block of semi detached three story structures that were certainly been here in Cage's time and well before.

I don't know what they were like then but now they are a collection of dilapidated buildings on a much-in-need-of-repair cobblestone street that looks like it belongs in sub-urban Western New Jersey or Pennsylvania, not New York City.

They all look occupied on some level, many having official city-ish looking "no trespassing" notices posted on their fronts.

In the fifteen minutes I've been setting up for this recording, no less that five stray cats have checked me out....

What a weird little microcosm this block is... so alien to it surroundings... and you know, if it we're restored (even a bit) it could be mighty desirable property...

Is this location some sort of hidden gem in the Waltz piece placed by Cage purposefully?... No, couldn't be, could it?...

Anyway, now I've seen several of the residents: An old funky looking black dude in a skull cap, three fat forty something latino men, a slavic looking woman in her fifties... There's a slew of beat up cars parked in the block... 3 dull mini-vans, an older Ford, a 70's Chevy and a beat-to-shit Lincoln Town Car.

10 minutes in... Damn it!!! I can't believe this is happening.... my low battery waring tone is on... I don't want to say how much prep went into doing this but believe you me, there were fresh AA cells in my Fostex... Oh well......  missed about a minute while changing batteries.... I'll let the recording run a little long.

The dude in the skull cap came back out to check me out.... he's across the street on his dilapidated balcony giving me the once over... and now two more stray kittens have gathered under the Lincoln to give me a look from a safe vantage point (I'm sitting on the sidewalk)...

Wow, this is fun... OK, Sun Ra's deciple has gone back inside and the cats have scattered...

It's a nice sunny day. There is a small breeze (hence the wind noise in the recording, I'm sure)... It's a quite interesting block.... very very pleasant...

A mother and her young son just came out on their porch to check me out and went back in quickly.... now they have reemerged, apparently to go for a walk having decided it was OK to walk past me.

I was just questioned by on the the forty something latino guys about that I'm doing... gave a brief non-understood explanation... hope it's not on the recording...

Anyway, it appears that about forty minutes have passed so I'm going to stop... hope I got a good documentary recording and that I've done decent text documentation...

I know I got one thing right... Cage always said "Never go anywhere without your hip flask."

— Leonard Siegfried