expressives and explosives collected along the way

Adventure

Somewhere, Arizona

I’ve got the travel bug like something fierce.

I’m already booked for a climbing trip in Red Rocks, Nevada in April.  Currently drafting a plan and hopefully in San Francisco this July.

But I’m itchin’ for that open road.

And planning doesn’t help much with that.

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changing of the seasons

I  visited the Patagonia campus to learn more about the iconic outdoor company and their plans for the footwear division last weekend.  Our large round-table group made introductions the first day.  I always find it interesting to see how people introduce themselves; personalities can often shine or in my case, quietly made.  One by one our group members recounted how they got to the campus in Ventura, California.  Jamie, our group host, had grown up in the ski industry his entire life.  A passion and love of the outdoors had led him to a job working with Patagonia Footwear.  Variations of this story echoed around the room.  It occurred to me that unlike most of my colleagues it was the outdoor industry that had plucked me from my life and invited me to join in on the fun.

What started as a summer job at Whole Earth Provision Company had turned into a full-blown lifestyle and career.  Oh sure, over the last five years I’ve noticed the small changes in myself.  BUT  the big transformation has happened in the past year.  I’ve officially traded my Saturday shopping days so I can go hiking, climbing, and swimming.  Others have noticed, too . . .  much to the chagrin of my partner I have abandoned the Susie Homemaker role that I had come to (finally) master.  These days my too many shoes are scattered at the doorway and it just doesn’t seem to bother me as much anymore.  My refrigerator is now filled with frozen burritos instead of homemade champagne vinaigrette, my laundry piles are now filled with sweaty workout clothes instead of silk shirts, and my hair – more often than not – has resorted back to its wild locked ways (seriously, it has a mind of its own).  While it sounds rather sad when one puts the pen to paper, it’s not so bad at all.  Instead of my Facebook profile being filled of glamour shots with perfectly manicured nails and designer duds, I’m filing it with photos of mountain summits, late night bonfires and most recently my attempts at surfing.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy wearing high heels anymore.  In fact, after a summer of shoving my foot into my climbing shoes, my “too tight” Delman’s actually feel quite roomy.


petrified of mass transportation and other confessions

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Coming back to Austin Texas.
i never rode public transportation despite l.a. having one of the most comprehensive transportation systems in the west.

new found respect for the l.a. breed. so much work . . . for the rest of your life.

l.a. gave me a sense of losing all of my inhibitions and taking part in my imaginative mind. just do it. create produce it doesn’t matter.
confidence is “the path” of everyone, no way really to explain making it happen while on the road.

still ready for the ocean, much more partial to the country side than i expected.

May 21, 2007

*Found this in a draft on 6/26; liked it, posting it.


palm springs and other desert cities

Late in the week explored Venice to check out the scene and to stick my feet back in the sand. Went to muscle beach- I guess that muscles and over sized gold chains are in style these days. I hung out around the skate park and graffiti artists- standard for the Venice scene. All in all it was a fantastic day!

Of course there was work involved . . . all for the love of music videos.

On Saturday I woke up to free VIP tickets for Friday and another set of standard tickets for Saturday at the 3 Day music festival Coachella. I read they sold over 120.000 tickets! Saw a slew of awesome performances, crazy art installations, and a massive amount of dance party LOVE! Adventure started with a 5 hour car ride out of L.A. Yikes! Got to the show and caught Interpol, Brazilian Girls, Faithless (Stand-up performance), DJ Shadow and Bjork!

Saturday was filled with energetic kids from all walks of life, ready to dance and have a good time. I saw DJ Heather, Busy P & DJ Medhi, Rejina Spektor, Peter, Bjorn & John, !!!, Kings of Leon, Blonde Redhead, Ozomatli, LCD Soundsystem, Gotan Project, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the first 10 minutes of Tiesto, and then headed to the smaller DJ grounds for some bass pumping grooves! At the end of the night I passed out like a baby . . .

Back in L.A. now for some rest before the week. Looking into future flights across the States. Wonder where I’ll land . . .


tidbits and timely photos

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Headed over to Santa Monica for fun one afternoon. Immediately took off my socks and ran to the ocean. (I’ve never been the same since Hawaii.) Walked down to the pier where I found this Fantastic little fortune teller.

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Loved that the city was so bright and colourful. Didn’t have time to ride ferris wheel, next time! Why can’t more cities have parking lots like this?

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Ate at the fantastic Barefoot in Los Angeles, cuisine that is just sinful! Really just a quick bite before big dinner plans. The building reminds me of the vertical garden, Musée du Quai in France. It would be easy to get lost in thought here. Next time it’s out on the patio for me!

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Then it was off to dinner at “THE BELMONT”- seems to be an IT place to eat here too. Dinner was fantastic- Drinks were equally as impressive. All in all the night was the tops- sharing compelling conversation, sipping the finest of espresso martinis late into the night. Laughter carried us back to the Frenchman and the Writer’s house in the “middle of the jungle”- I didn’t know that amount of greenery was possible here in L.A.


another day being glad I’m living in California.

Granted I’m already in love with the food and the weather.
IN LOVE WITH THE FOOD AND WEATHER!
But Especially on this Wonderful Easter Weekend.

Winter returns to Austin this weekend
Rainy and cold Easter expected with possible sleet
By Claire Osborn
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Friday, April 06, 2007

Drag out your winter clothing again and turn on the heat. Easter weekend is going to feel more like Christmas in Austin, said Bob Rose, a meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority.

A Canadian cold front plunging into Central Texas Saturday will drop temperatures to the mid-30s by Saturday night, bringing rain and a chance of sleet.

It could be one of the coldest Easters ever in Austin, Rose said.

“This is just unbelievable to be saying this in April,” he said.

Rose said the area could see some sleet Saturday night and Easter Sunday morning.
The average high temperature for Austin this time of year is 77 degrees and the average low is 55 degrees, Rose said.
The cold front, combined with moisture from the Pacific, will drop temperatures about 20 degrees to the mid-40s during the day tomorrow and bring an 80 percent chance of rain. No heavy storms are expected and Central Texas could see about an inch of rain, said Bob Fogarty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
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Oooooohh! I’ll be sending you all my love as I’m sipping Mimosas sitting on the patio of Boulevard (in my shorts).


frank gehry

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scouting locations for music video on Wednesday, went into downtown, walked around the music hall, explored the warehouse district, drove into East L.A. by accident, watched Mary Mary Bloody Mary, drank at El Guapo, drank at El Coyote.

Today filmed a minute in the world for director friends documentary piece. Out to brunch, on Sunday.