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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Load of Hokey Shit 

I'd like to apologize for the "(yikes!)" that appears in the last post. And for the whole tone of the post. You see, when I don't have nicotine and I need it...and I need it, something happens. I go from having many different emotional gears when communicating to having two. My two non-nicotine gears are "happy flower time" and "fuck you, asshole."

I promise subtlety and nuance will once again become part of my life soon, but for the moment I assume anyone who still reads this would rather get happy flower time than my foot up their ass.

That is all.

Settling in... 

It's amazing how long it takes for me to really nest into a place. Ever since leaving my parents' house in Houston in 1998, I've lived in a half-moved-in state. One of the things I decided to do upon relocating to Los Angeles was to change that.

I feel like this is my home. One that I'm sharing with my better half. It's a good feeling, and part of that feeling is really settling in. I love our place (if you still haven't seen it, click here for Jessie's flickr tour). So I've spent a significant portion of every day since Monday working on little things around the house. The most important is finishing unpacking. But that requires finding storage for everything, which means trips to places like Target and the Container Store.

I've still got to go get some shelving to set up my sound/DJ gear, but other than that most of the major work is done. In fact, the flickr tour doesn't really do the place justice as it is now.

I'm also quitting smoking again. Cold turkey again. Poor Jess. But I think I'm already over the worst of the physical cravings and sudden desires to rampage and kill everyone. Now I just gotta keep sucking on the toothpicks and everything will be okay. Pretty soon I'm going to be a non-smoking, occasionally-exercising, totally-moved-in, working (yikes!) member of society.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

"Quinceanera" and Echo Park 

We went to see the movie Quineanera this afternoon while it was too hot to do anything else.

It's a great indy flick. Short and shot on video, but what it lacks in budget it more than makes up for in story. There are shortcomings -- don't get me wrong. But overall it's a sweet little film that takes on some heavy subjects with honesty and clarity.

One of the subjects is the "gentrification" of "inner-city" neighborhoods. Affluent and mostly white (let's face it -- the movie does, to its credit) move back into city-centers and change the fabric of neighborhoods basically abandoned by the white and affluent of the 2 or so generations before them.

Austinites know the process well. Just drive around the Eastside between Manor and MLK to see what it's like at it's inception, and the Eastside between Manor and 38th to see how it ends.

Well, Quinceanera takes place in another neighborhood in the process of gentrification. My new neighborhood of Echo Park in L.A.

It's shot and set in Echo Park and does a careful and, as far as my experience so far goes, accurate job of portraying the area. But the neighborhood is more than a setting for the movie, it's a character. It acts and reacts with the other characters to drive the story, and that is what makes the movie special.

Check it out.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Back in L.A. 

Back at home and glad about it.

I loved being on vacation, but I'm worn out. Ready to get the house in order (finally) and get some structure back in my life. One week to get that done and then I start work.

I'll be back posting more in the not too distant.

Good to see everyone I got a chance to hook up with in TX, sorry to have missed those I didn't manage to get a hold of. It was a whirlwind.

Hope this finds everyone well. We're doing fine if a little worn out from couch-surfing and what not.

Be back soon.

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