W O N D E R
This was taken from the pilot episode of The Wonder Years. My mom used to call me Fred Savage when I young… I don’t really see it, but you know moms.
Even though the period of the show was far from anything I knew, it hits me so close to home.
Recently in a conversation with a good friend of mine he was trying to describe my humor and attitude toward life. Though he was a little drunk, I sense it was coming from a genuine place (as most things drunk people say are) and it made me really think about those attributes.
I tend to analyze so many things in the world during my average day as do most comedians I tend to lean towards. Circleface thinks of me as Larry David at times. Which to me is an honest person. Crochety, but honest. Another comedian I have come respect as a genuine person is Louis CK. Though his show is not for everyone and really takes the confrontational approach to another level, it reflects a space my head is constantly in. The shitty space of dealing with shitty people on the regular.
I won’t front and say I have backed CK for years. His show, now in it’s second season, is the main reason of interest. His writing is incredibly real and definitely not your conventional situation comedy. Having just watched the season finale where the show takes him to Afghanistan for a USO tour I can’t help but feel what he must have felt when he actually toured Kuwait in 2009. I highly recommend watching the episode, Duckling, that is currently streaming on Hulu and reading his blog posts about his real tour.
While watching the show, I noticed in one of the last shots a Leica hanging from his backpack. WHOA! What a surprise to see. I immediately Googled what I saw to see if anyone was talking about it, but what turned up was far better.
It turns out CK is somewhat of a photography fanatic. During his tour of Kuwait in 2009 he took a Leica MP, Leica D-lux 3, and a Flip Mino for video. He then actually followed through with not only great photos/video on his blog, but such eloquent writing on what he saw and felt during his 10 day trip.
It is hard for me to describe my admiration for someone that clearly sees the world for what it is, and I hope you can understand after reading his wonderful blog posts.
You must learn.
Roy Ayers: Everybody Loves The Sunshine
This has been with me in the kitchen the last two nights in a row. What a perfect album….other than Lonesome Cowboy. I don’t know if that is a good album closer.
This was taken while on a very last minute trip to Boston. The Glochester Beach was just what I needed. Having dinner with buds and taking a day trip can really bring your spirits up. More bus trips this Fall.
Sitting here watching this Will.I.Am mini documentary and thinking about where I stand in life and how I feel about where I am.
First off, The Black Eyed Peas are definitely not who they once were musically speaking. This we know. However, after watching Will talk about things and hearing his PMA, it made me miss the homie Roofeeo and it made me say who the fuck cares about what they sound like now? Why can’t he do what he wants to do? I hear inside stories about dude all the time, but I think his reactions are genuine. Sure I don’t like Fergie, but I also don’t like the Black Eyed Peas anymore. If they were still doing what they were doing back then. now. would you still be into them? I highly doubt it. Tastes change, pop music is pop music, and if you don’t like it that is fine with me. What I am trying to say is, we shouldn’t be so negative to things we don’t find likeable.I can almost guarantee if they were still rapping and breaking on stage someone would be saying, “They are still doing that?” It’s a never ending cycle of negativity.
Second, I am stoked I live in New York City. October will be 1 year since I left Texas and though it has been up and down in my life and I can definitely say I am still on a steep climb, I have made it this far. I quit DJing earlier in the year and I still don’t know how I feel about jumping back into that area, but I have always felt bigger and better things coming for me. This still stands true. Though my best friends are on tour and some might be more considerate than others, I adapt to the situation and continue on the quest. It seems to be what I have always done and will continue to do so.
I miss Japan everyday and I plan on living there at some point in my life, but as of right now I live in one of the greatest cities in the world and I am doing it. I am making ends meet. I am surviving in one of the lowest economic times in our lives in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Now that I think about it, if I were to DJ out and I got a Black Eyed Peas request I would more than likely get reminded of why I quit in the first place. Sorry brah.
Man now I really am upset I didn’t go to Minneapolis after all. Didn’t know all my friends would be there at once. Rabbit, Roofeeo, Devlin, Spank, + Circleface!!! Where the heck is Gho$tdad?
So now that I am kind of ALL WRAPPED UP in this newish Korean drama, Heartstrings, this hurricane could not have come at a better time.
Lunch today is polenta in marinara with fresh garden picked tomatoes, some onion, and mint.
I took a very last minute jump in the bus trip up to Boston this weekend and I am so glad I did. I have been itching to get out of the city for a little bit + get some beach time. Both of these things went together so perfectly I can’t even stress how important it was to me.
Though this photo does it no justice, we made a quick detour to Rockport Mass on our way home from the beach. This is the kind of town that makes me so happy to be on the East Coast. Right by the water, beautiful scenery, great food, and awesome people. We stopped into Roy Moore Lobster Company to get some grub. SO CHEAP and SO GOOD! I got two fish cakes and a smoked mackerel for about 6 bucks.
I have a gang of photos, but no USB connection currently, so keep your eyes out for some photos from the journey.
Tonari No Totoro
Inside My Bag
Anyone that knows me knows I always have a bag on me, since I hate having anything in my pockets. Well I took this before heading out of the office the other day just to see what was going in my bag for the day.
I always have at least one camera on me at all times. This is my latest. Still trying to figure out if I like it or not.
Had my DS on my for killing time during long subway rides. I mostly use it for My Japanese Coach, but you know Mario goes hard.
Speaking of Japanese, picked up this excellent read the other day from St Marks Books. This is a great tool for language students as it offers great Japanese short stories in English and Japanese to help further your studies.
Though this last week has been feeling like Fall is already here, and if you step into Uniqlo they are acting the same way, I gotta carry around a little sweat towel for this muggy ass city.
Recommended Listening / DJ Mixtape
AEIOU hit me on bookface the other day with a new mix. Super stoked on this one. All types of awesomeness in his selection here, Balearic Disco, Garagey goodness.
::DOWNLOAD + LISTEN::