Tuesday, December 30, 2008

~Ate at Haydee's with the good Professor Combs last night before he dropped me at Union Station where I chatted with a self-professed "bullshitter" who, upon hearing my sad story (after asking for a dollar), cleverly turned the tables & offered me one hundred dollars. I refused his kindness (?) & asked him to piss off so I could read my brand new book: Big Boy Rules by Steve Fainaru. He conceded. So I won (because life's a competition). As he left he asked, "Why you so anti-social?" which reminded me of Mr. Corcoran. I replied, "I was born that way," to which he said, "No, you're just hiding from people." Then he sat down, assumed a yoga position & breathed deeply, perhaps circularly, as he became one with the great spirit. It was enthralling, if not enlightening. We then walked into the sunset together, holding hands, laughing & becoming the best of friends.
~This morning has been simply beautiful. It's inspired memories of Italy--via physical jolts to my skin thanks to the temperature, sunlight, & breeze, as well as the fabulous visuals of nearly empty streets as DC remains a ghost town due to the holidays.
~Thinking about more school, this time for something useful--architecture or green design. I dream about building things. Have for years. But I may just run across the ocean to España or Italia... coz I need a fix & that place gave me a good one when I was running around on my own.
~So, my two jobs have hit slowdown situations where I barely made enough to survive in the last month (& worrying about it has been waaay too stressful to endure much more). Meaning my "savings" are essentially no more, meaning I may have to pack my boxes & move in a month if I don't make big bucks in January. It's pretty exciting, because it means I have no reason not to do whatever the hell I really want to do. It's also kind of good timing, because it's time for an occupation change, time to get out of the non-productive, non-creative rut in which I've made my home for the last few years. CHANGE! WHOOOOOO! Now, who's gonna give me $100,000 to get me started on my change? [waiting....]

Monday, December 29, 2008

~Shadow By Design
~Incomplete condo
~My RAZR has nowhere near the talent to record this glorious still life
~2 of the (ultimately) 7 cop cars in my alley last night
~Abandoned Gainesville gas station

Sunday, December 28, 2008

~Doors with stories
~Hit Lex Vegas for a midday Saturday stroll. I highly recommend the chicken fiesta panini at A Joyful Spirit café.

~Went home for Christmas:
.Tree with antlers
..Flip's Rockbridge cabin
...Vid-cap from the unreleased Planet of the Priests
....Shiloh, me pops, me brutha
.....Greene tower

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

~I want a 40-hours a week job. If you know of an opening in the District shoot me an email. Happy Holidays. WHOOOOOOOOOO!
~18th & S St NW

Monday, December 22, 2008

~My parents had their 40th wedding anniversary over the weekend. JFM & I took a scenic route through Rappahannock & Madison down to home on Saturday before we all (minus our much-missed Kiwi sister Margaret) went to a fantastic dinner at Basic Necessities in Nellysford.
~Couple pix of JFM playing Twister at Prica's Friday night party.
~Effing cold today! I woke up late & it was still only 17!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

~Registered for these two April Saturday runs: The Charlottesville Ten Miler on the 4th & The 31st Annual Fodderstack 10k Classic on the 18th. Guess I better start running again!

Monday, December 08, 2008

~My 400th blog post is to confirm/affirm the accuracy of its current title.

Monday, December 01, 2008

~Pittsburgh is a great city. I'm infatuated with river cities.
~Mike is within striking distance of DC, so stock up on your defensive supplies, as The Mike is capable of reaching you at any time--anywhere. Be prepared.
~A fun trip: lots of travel in the Mikemobile at high rates of speed; cheap beer; graffiti artists; roaming traintracks looking for old tags; Pittburgh's South Side; I shot multiple rolls of 120/220 in my Mam7ii for the first time in a couple of years; Mike's farm is cool; we had two delicious Thanksgiving dinners with his friendly & hospitable extended family & their friends; Beehive Coffee Shop; The Mattress Factory; the Liberty Tubes....

Thursday, November 20, 2008

~Drove through snow showers Wednesday morning on my way to work on trees deep in Rappahannock County. On my way back to DC my clutch began acting like it's shot. So I'm spending today in denial, knowing that it's my only day off until Wednesday, & not wanting to deal with the trouble & cost of dropping the Camry off at the shop to get $800 of work done. Doesn't seem worth the effort. Maybe it's a sign to end my dependence on an outdated mode of transportation. Life would be less expensive without a car: no insurance, no fuel, no repairs, but it would also fuel a job search in the city--which would be pretty damn frightening. The incredible anger & stress I've built up in the last few months from twice-weekly drives out I-66 & back would be taken away--a definite plus! But I'd not have a stress-of-the-city reliever like tree climbing... hmmm. One of those times when it feels like the only sensible thing to do is dream big & act at last on going to Spain, or Buenos Aires.
~Flickitingphlucketingmuthafrluckerismisticosity. & stuff. Shit.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

~Spent all day in bed feeling ill. A long week culminated in eleven hours of work on Friday, followed by a visit to my old friend Rafal's bar (where TMC called me to announce he's been laidoff--so his DC peeps need to figure out a way to get him a job in the area), followed by a questionable visit to Saint-Ex with Julia, Emanuel, Laura & Adrian (where I laid open my wallet & induced the need for today's bed rest).
~Today's my daddy's 68th birthday. He's retiring next month.
~Looking forward to next week--the weather's supposed to be closer to seasonal (excepting possible snow showers on Tuesday) & I'll stay close to home kicking my cold & watching movies: the new Bond in theaters (maybe a Tuesday midday matinee), & on DVD: Straight No Chaser & War Dance. All this & FotoWeekDC is kicking it this week.
~Looking forward to my first-ever Pittsburgh visit to hang out with Mr. Corcoran for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

~Done bin bizzay since my last post. Let's see... I attended my friend's beautiful wedding in the gorgeous autumnal Poconos landscape, helped elect Obama, installed the cool new photography show at Hemphill (Kendall Messick & Hiroshi Sugimoto), watched movies (good & bad), climbed trees, drank beer, read a little, checked out the groovy new Hamiltonian Gallery space, lusted after a quick December trip to Spain, & decided against acquiring a DSLR off of eBay just yet (still owe most of my '07 Fed. taxes + my late quarterly '08 estimated taxes... so I'm continuing to pay off my credit cards & beginning to get my Fed-paying ducks in a row).

Saturday, October 25, 2008

~Bill Emory has a cool photo up from earlier in the week.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

~11th & Florida Ave (East view) 6:48AM 10/22/08
~Rosie outside Hatnim's parents' liquor store.
~Superhero in a tree

Sunday, October 19, 2008

~Unsuccessfully rummaging in my sparse digital archives for 20 pix to possibly be included in a presentation, I happened upon this (& liked it).
~After puppysitting Saturday morning I spent the PM having a good time in Baltimore with Craig, Heather, & their awesome dogs.
~The Redskins won again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

~Continuing with the flawless & exquisite RAZR pix.
~First thing this morning Lyt & I scampered 70' up a linden tree to look at some big broken limbs in the tippytop. That broke me for the rest of the day.
~Strange 66 traffic this week... must've been the Monday holiday.
~I like Rosie.
~Fall is about to sneak up & hit us over the head.
~One more effing debate to go.
~Trying to figure out how to schedule a fall trip to Maine. It's hard because I work in two industries that cannot be called recession-proof so I must make money while I can. But I'm such a huge fan of leaf peeping (yawn) that it would be a travesty to not at least make it up there to drink a beer & go hiking with my ol' buddy ThoMicCor.
~Got a 19-lb. pumpkin on my way back to DC this afternoon. Whoo.
~One more... just for the old days... WHOOOOO!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

~Cait brought Rosie the puppy home from the pound today... love, true love.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

~Mr. Nipples et al.

~Sienese pigeons love Remus & Romulus's wolf mama in the Campo.

~Mr. Mike.

~RAZR video of the Yay Team performance last month.

video video video

Friday, October 10, 2008

~Thursday views of NY Ave.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

~Watched the "townhall," aka drank Stella. Actually hit a few places before I went home around 11PM. Dined at The Diner. Watched TV at Ulah. Nightcap at Solly's. Gorgeous day. T-shirts arrived in the mail. Picked up contacts mid-afternoon. Watched the crappy Coen Bros. flick Burn After Reading in Chinatown. Felt lonely but good. Listened to lots of music. Did a lot of nothing--my usual daily routine. Whether work or life--it's all nothing anymore. I used to read, learn, chase stuff down... now it's just look at crap & refresh, refresh, refresh. But I don't write to anyone, so why's anyone going to write to me?! :) Chatted momentarily with Milena in Chicago. Ahh, I'm in a nice little hiccup depression. They happen! When one won't deal with one's problems, they tend to accumulate & cause more problems. Certainly been happening for the last week or so, just to start. My entire life is fodder for writing a book on how not to deal with problems in a positive/healthy manner & I'm always "at the point" where I just don't give a shit... so what else is new? ;) Ach. Nuthin. Just mopey. Drinking too much--coz that's how I "handle" shit anymore... be a passive-aggressive, manic-depressive alcoholic & guzzle down beer... which aids my poor decision making processes. Yup. Damn it was a gorgeous day! Going to Baltimore in a couple of weekends to hang with my B'more buddies. Looking forward to it! Going to see what should be a kickass historical photo show maybe this weekend with A-dawg, my favorite married Photo classmate schoolteacher! Whooo? Going to a Halloween wedding, stag, any hot ladies want to be my date? ;) Kidding... Wendy said she must approve, so my ex-girlfriend bailed... hmm... maybe that wasn't the reason... whatever... knew I should've waited a little bit to RSVP... it didn't feel like a final decision. NOW a final decision has been made. Argh. My friends, the "debates" of the last couple of weeks sure have been silly, ya know?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

~If this gorgeous tribute to a dog doesn't make you cry, you should shoot yourself.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

~Had a bad run-in with poison ivy Monday. Painful. My itchy, swollen hands drive me nearly to tears a few times a day when the PI acts up & I respond with the forbidden scratch (not masturbation ;).
~Back to the "two Saturdays on, two Saturdays off" gallery grind after a delightfully long summer stretch when we were closed Saturdays. But it's nice to break up the work week, giving me another weekday off for me to get chores done, or schedule art installation work, or fritter away money. Or!!! Or, get back to creating & learning stuff!