Monthly archives: December 2004

I realized tonight as I sat watching a movie at the cinema, that so many people go to movie to escape. To totally get lost in the film and kind of forgot where you yourself are. It cuts down time to think about your own problems instead you are thinking about the characters on the screen.

There was a child somewhere talking, quickly followed by numerous people saying “shhh”. I smiled, then wondered why I wasn’t upset by the disturbance. Most people get annoyed because it kills the whole illusional escape. It made me really happy that I wasn’t annoyed, but instead I enjoyed the interuptions. Interruptions made the theater full of life, and that was somewhat beautiful. From the kid talking, to the phone that went off right after a really intiment scene, to the people getting upset at the kid, and finally to all the youngsters leaving early for their curfew. I guess once I sat back and relaxed I realized that it is silly to be annoyed, and even crazier not to realize that these little quirks are kind of unique and beautiful.

  1. Anonymous said:
    I was also at the movie tonight and I felt the same way, almost. I kept bouncing back and forth between being "the only person in the theater" totally engrossed in the film to being part of the living breathing body of the audience. It was a good movie that dealt with relationships and during lulls in dialogue I had a chance to reflect on those of my own while quietly spying around at the crowd. I agree that it would be nice if more people could recognize their connectedness with one another and enjoy the time they share...even in a movie theater.

    --the guy with the least hair on his head
    December 26, 2004  11:26 pm

In 2004 I have slept on many couches, some more lumpy then others, but I have been thankfully for each and every one. Here is the list of all the placed I have slept in 2004…

1. Sydney – my futon (ok so sometimes I fall asleep in front of the TV)

2. Sydney – Christine’s pull out couch bed – I had my very own room, I was very comfortable

3. Hong Kong – Paul’s couch, he gave me his key and flat for my week in HK, very cool

4. Finland – Jossu’s floor, his put down a little mattress for me

5. Sweden- Kristina’s friends rollaway bed- I even got woken up on my birthday with a Swedish treat

6. London – Jen’s floor – her apartment complex had an extra air mattress

7. Atlanta- Bill and Banish’s couch – lots of good movies and I always felt welcome

8. Atlanta – Dereks couch – lots of pillows, very comfortable, and some good company t00

9. Atlanta – Fil, Chris, and Tourbans – the cats wanted to cuddle all night

10. Atlanta – Dave Taylors basement couch – no windows, always a good place to sleep in

11. DC – Marshalls couch

12. Connecticut – Dave Scales Futon

13. Massachusetts – Brad’s parents basement – I loved Cape Cod, but learned that when a local says that the water is cold, that it is freezing

14. New York – Some of Bob’s friends couch

15. North Carolina – Darci’s couch – I had a cool dog to keep me company

That is all I can think of right now. I have slept in lots of tents, busses, trains, a few planes, more hostels then I can remember, and of course chewy (the 86 pathfinder I drove in Australia) and my new car. Overall I have become a bit of a heavy sleeper.

  1. Derek Haynes said:
    Wow...I hope you got tested after all of this.
    December 20, 2004  10:10 pm
  2. Kristi said:
    Ya I have caught sofa-ifalis, and I think that I gave it to your couch. Sorry.
    December 24, 2004  9:51 am

I am really excited, I have been working on my travel plans to Belize and it looks like I going to be staying in a small Mayan Village, called San Miguel. When I spent some time in Peru learning about the Incans, I started becoming very fasinated with them. I have been reading up a bit on Mayans and really want to spend some time seeing what else I can learn. Here is a link to the village I will be staying in

It’s crazy to think that I am going to one of the best diving spots in the world, and I don’t even know if I am going to dive. I would much rather learn about the people in the area.

I photographed some kids over the weekend, here is the link, It is crazy, i have done 3 shoots with this company, 2 of the parents, and 1 of the kids. I find it pretty funny how much easier it was to shoot the kids then the parents. Kids show their personality, and usually will do anything for the camera. With adults it is pretty hard to get anything other then a headshot. I really enjoyed this shoot.

I went out on Sat night to a club, went up to the bar and asked for a water. The conversation with the bartender was as follows:

Bartender: why are you ordering a water?

Me: cause I am a loser

Bartender: Well you are at Hole in the Wall (the name of the club)

Me: Are you saying that everyone here is a loser??

Bartender: Well depending on how you look at it, we are all losers?

(I eyed the bartender strangly)

Bartender: Well put it this way, have you ever played the lottery?

(I laughed, he had won, pretty much everyone has lost at least once at the lottery, so with this train of thought, we are in fact all losers)

So tonight at a restaurant I was discussing this story with my friend Dave and his responce was:

Dave: everyone in here is a winner in a way… Well we all were the first sperms to make it to the egg!

So here is my next trip

December 28- Belize

Jan 7th – Denver

Jan 10th – New Zealand

Feb 1st – Sydney

I got really excited today, I can’t wait to get back to Sydney!! I have missed that city a lot! Soon I will be out of Winter and back hanging out with my Sydney friends on the beach!

New shots for me include:

Big Day Out in Auckland (Beastie Boys, Chemical Brothers, the Music-,

Rod Stewart in Sydney,

and Norah Jones in Sydney.

  1. Anonymous said:
    How long will you be here for?

    December 4, 2004  7:51 pm
  2. Kristi said:
    Right now I have a reservation to leave on the 22nd of March, so for just about 2 months.
    December 5, 2004  9:18 pm