I am JACKED right now. The caffein in this americano is helping me remember days spent in the café in the town of Lone Pine, California, biding my time while my shin splints healed. The further the PCT recedes into my rearview, the more precious the memories become that I can still hold onto. Just last night Banana Boat and I enjoyed some FaceTime, recounting our glory days while we struggle to find as much pleasure in regular life.
My last post was back in July? Wow. I had just gotten off the trail and found myself newly located in Hollywood…Hollywierd. If ever there were a place more at odds with my personality, I’d like to experience it, just for a moment for some perspective. Believe it or not I am enjoying my time here. I am enjoying my time with my Father and his partner, both of whom I have only seen occasionally in the past 10+ years. I have also had the chance to re-connect with an old middle school friend not to mention make a bunch of new friends. Overall the social experience here has been quite pleasant. I am glad to report that the more places I find myself living, even temporarily, it’s always possible to find cool, interesting, genuine people.
Speaking of interesting social experiences, I just returned from Burning Man. The only thing you REALLY need to know about the experience is that it was life-changing and I will be going back. Without writing and exhausting narrative of my 12 days in the desert vortex, I feel like it is my duty to correct some common misconceptions about this gathering. First of all, this is not a concert or music festival. Music is a major part of the event but it is only part of the experience. Not EVERYONE is nude. In fact, naked or partially naked people are definitely a minority at Burning Man, although you might not think so based on popular images of the event. Either way, not everyone chooses to whip out their goodies. Along the same train of thought, Burning Man is not some crazy sex-romp. Sure, it could be a sexual experience if one was seeking that kind of adventure but again, you would be a minority. It was for a couple of these main reasons that previously I never attended the event – mostly because a significant other didn’t want me going to this magical place. Understandable (although ridiculous at the same time if you really KNOW me).
So what IS Burning Man? Well, you can read about the guiding principles on the BM website if you want a definition. The best way I can describe the event is PURE LOVE. I have never previously been in a social environment that is so caring and accepting of ‘the individual’. EVERYONE is welcomed into the Black Rock Desert and received with a warm hug and respect. In this desolate wasteland you will embody your truest self and everyone will love you for your bravery and honesty. Ok, enough about that – the take home message here is that if you have EVER had even the slightest interest in Burning Man, you should go. I will post a link as soon as our time-lapse video is done being edited and online.
After 12 days of travel, music, very little sleep, and immersion into this new culture, I returned to Los Angeles.
Since my return I have been very actively seeking work. I am slowly wondering why I choose
such an obscure major in college. I have applied to MANY jobs, most of which have not even returned phone calls or sent confirmation emails, assuring me they have received my resumé. This is a competitive job market. All (most) PA work on films is usually unpaid unless you have previous experience…ok. Serving/restaurant jobs all require 2-4 years serving experience…ok. Basically catch 22 kind of stuff. I do have my second interview since getting here tomorrow. It is what it is.
I have started doing some freelance graphic design on the side, building my portfolio and learning as I go. My online portfolio can be found here if you have any interest.
I am trying to stay positive by doing fun things (that don’t cost much money) during the weekend when friends have time off from work. Most recently we went down to San Diego county and surfed at San Onofre State Beach (just
North of the old nuclear reactor). That evening we camped at the State Park. Great time with great friends. My friend Jeremy put together a great little video shot and edited entirely on his iPhone 6. You can find it here, San OnofreSurf Day.
Ok, I’m losing interest so instead of rambling I will end this post. Thanks for following along, will try to make the updates a bit more regular.