Monday, May 30, 2005

and its over.....

well first off and most importantly the show i was working on is OVER!!! thank god i made it, i seriously had doubts there towards the end, what with ugly character defects rearing their ugly heads and just ( as noted previous) lots of little breakdowns and squabbles amongst the overworked and homesick crew i was working with. it wasn't all bad and i did learn alot about myself and how to and not deal with some people.

anyways i have been spending the last few days with two of my oldest friends here in sf, j and tirsh, a happy, saavy cute couple who were basically so left coast they were destined to live here, they keep telling me it could be in my cards too. still pondering that next move as the end of road tripping and working comes closer-2 months- but i do need to make some choices here eventually. the thought of just travelling for kicks has been out there, then their is school and maybe even setting up a home somewhere.....

the time off has been fantastic here though. 2 days ago we did southern sf beaches and went to a boardwalk amusement park in snata cruz and had an awesome dinner by the ocean. how yummy does seared and grilled ny strip with a whole roasted head of gilroy garlic sound, ohhhhh i'm hungry again. yesterday we went to a brazilian style carnivale in the mission and had a very lovely dinner in. we spent the night listening to records, talking and having a mini spa experience with face masks and nail buffing and the like.

today union square, china town and north beach and then some playin' it by ear. its hard to believe that my time here is almost up again and i have to head back to the reportedly grey and rainy minnesnowta, but i am jazzed to be back with family and friends and stomping around all my old familiar haunts. plus i just found out my next tour, in two weeks will bring me back out here again and in like six weeks i can hardly wait but i am currently enjoying this moment and this experience here and now........

Friday, May 20, 2005

i HAIGHT to wake up anywhere else.......

well as of yesterday i'm back in one of my most favorite cities-san francisco!!!! this stop on our trip couldn't come at a better time as things are starting to fall apart on our crew. just a lot of little petty differences, control issues and the wear and tear of being out on the road for so long have started to take their toll. it hasn't all been negative per se, but for surely not positive at all. so a nice 3 day break, followed by a 5 day show schedule and then 5 day vacation here seems completely doable.

i felt so metropolitan taking the train from south san francisco into the city, connecting with a bus and getting to my friends place in the haight neighborhood all by myself! i love mass transit that works so much that i've recently started to feel pretty bad about my job, feeeling like a cog in the car culture machine. that could tangent, so back to happy stuff, had a nice dinner with my married couple friends just chilling at their place listening to new music, talking and just being together again rocked!! what a treat to wake up in their sunny, warm, third floor walk up and realize that i'm here. i could get use to living here, i really could.........

Sunday, May 15, 2005

so cal and so long tejas......

lets see so much has happened in the last however many days since i've posted. i guess i can work backwards....

got to go to an awesome meeting in laguna beach this weekend. miracles happen, which is the o.c. version of minneapolis' minnesober. the church it was at was decked out and beautiful and so many people were so gracious and nice to me, i felt right at home. as luck would have it i talked to a guy who gave me all the info, then called back 10 minutes later and invited me out to dinner with him and two of sponsees. it made going to the convention so much better to have somebody to introduce me and show me around, and most importantly help me get there.

on the meeting fron, i got to go to the meeting in santa ana last tuesday where i picked up my one year chip last february. quite a few people remebered me and they were all sooooo nice i felt like i was at my own home group.

orange county and southern california is so absolutely fuckin gorgeous i can hardly stand it sometimes. it's usually at moments like these when some lady with fake tits and botox from the beyond scowls and i remember that their is a whole element of california that i'm probably missing.

i've really been debating the whole ipod or not thing in my mind for so long, i must have walked into the mac store on autopilot. ohhhhh i want one so bad, and a powerbook too, i need help and counseling to make sure its what i need to get my photo stuff and other things going. i'm pondering quitting smoking to finance it. i would just need to quit for 4 or 5 months to pay for it-uggggghhhh........

i got a membership at a 24 hour fitness place and have been hitting the gym hard. i really miss my y in south minneapolis, the level of customer service at this new gym is basically none existant. i guess they win with a quantity versus quality style arguement, but its only a month and my physical health is that important. as if the way i was being treated wasn't bad enough i lost my somewhat new expen$ive $ungla$$e$ there and really got no help from anybody.

we missed our flight out here due to bad weather in houston, so we got off a day later then planned, but whatever, i still get paid. late arrival also met 1/2 day less on the load in, my least favorite part of this job, and things were humming along and we even finished early inspite of being 5 hours late.

i already miss my sister and neice in texas and hope i'll get back to see them sometime later this year. as far as my next gig goes i know i'll be in seattle on june 10ish but where i go from there is anybodys guess. i'm rallying for more west coast shows, but i may end up on the midwest tour which would take me through minneapolis for a week either previous to or following the 4th of july, but like i said its all up in the air............

Thursday, May 05, 2005

houston, san antonio, houston, san antonio, austin, san antonio, houston

well the houston leg of our trip is over and that only leaves la and sf! my little mini vacation in sf is kind of my carrot dangling at the end of this show, i can hardly wait. houston (actually texas city) was a little dry and found myself cutting my hair shorter and shorter and hanging out in the b grade mall across the parking lot. can you imagine a mall without a gap even?

well i thought i do some personal traveling and rented a car yesterday, sadly no covertible like i wanted, and i'm almost set to go. i'm taking a day trip to the uber trendy austin for some sightseeing, a meeting, dinner, ect. and plan on coming back tonight. tomorrow i go back to houston, but houston for real, not some third ring suburb. texas city to houston is like chaska to minneapolis, yikes indeed. well i have a posh hotel reservation, tickets for fischerspooner and plans to to meet up with a friend when he gets off wiork at the sushi restuarant that he gm's.

also if you apprecite fine art photography you must, must, must check out the new book by david hilliard, recently published by aperture. ohhhhhhhhhhh it so good and hilliard is such a genius and a seemingly genuine wonderful gay man. he is what i want to be when i grow up. seeing his work in portland and a handful of other experiences has really set my brain on fire and i've been pretty motivated and excited about getting my own photography back out there, more details forthcoming.........