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Travel Perks
10/15/2022 | 0 comments

 

So much has gone on...

Charissa got in on the morning of the 28th. She was naturally quite tired, so we did a little unpacking and rearranging before napping for much of the afternoon.

That night we went to the Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) to see Roger Waters. She had seen him several times, including at Desert Trip and a month previously on this tour, but I had never seen him. She got great seats at the very front of the 300 section, so we had an unobstructed view.

The stage was in the center of the arena, and Waters played to different sections for different songs. Screens hanging above in a cross shape accompanied with images and slogans, quite political as one would expect. He played for about an hour and forty minutes, with a ten minute intermission between two sets. The music sounded great, the songs I knew never better. An inflatable sheep bobbed around the arena during "Sheep". Overall it was a great show, and I'm very happy to have finally seen him.

Thursday was her first work day on the west coast, and she's been having to start at 5:30 AM due to having an east coast position. She's still been in training, and there's often been not much to do, and while the early morning is difficult, it's been nice having her done with work by 2:00.

So after work on Thursday we drove out to Anaheim to acquire a tent for us to use on our upcoming weekend trip. It was only upon opening it the next day that we discovered the tent was broken, so she contacted the seller who said they'd given us the wrong tent and we should meet then again to exchanged. Being the nice person she is, she agreed to meet them half way.

Thusly Friday after work, we were back down the 91, again meeting the tent people. We exchanged tents, confirming that the new one wasn't broken, but it wasn't until we got back home and really unfolded the thing that we discovered it was a one-person tent instead of the two-person we needed.

We said screw it, and went tentless and decided to sleep in the back of the Prius she'd rented instead.

All said and done, we left LA a little later than hoped for and didn't get to our King's Canyon camping spot until around 10PM Friday night. I think we both had an uncomfortable sleep in the Prius that night.

Saturday we spent driving around King's Canyon, stopping now and then to look at the vistas or take a short walk through the trees. We saw the General Grant tree, the widest living Sequoia, got great views of the Canyon, and found a cool little waterfall.

That night I blew the cigarette lighter power in the Prius when trying to boil water, which changed our plans for staying the next night, as she no longer had the ability to plug her laptop in for work first thing Monday morning. Despite this, we both slept more comfortably that night.

Sunday we drove over to Sequoia, which had many more of the famed trees and a lot more to look at and do. Through exploring and taking the Prius on some questionable roads, we ended up at the top of a peak which held a fire watch tower at the summit, accessible though a series of steep wooded staircases. A fire watch woman was busy at work at the peak, and we got to go into the tower and out on its balcony, and ask her a few questions about the job. The views were incredible, with the trees and Lake Hume far below.

When we got back to the car, a man in a pickup truck asked if we were the ones who'd driven a Prius up the dirt roads, and Charissa was proud to say indeed she had managed it, while the man said he'd felt he'd needed his 4 wheel drive. It wasn't the first time someone had been amazed by her Prius offroading skills.

We stopped at a trail through a grove of Sequoias and marveled at how many of the giants were around us. A steep hike took us down to the General Sherman tree, not the tallest or widest, but the largest by volume. Blackened groves from previous fires were interspersed throughout the forest, and many sequoias showed signs of burns, some to the point of being hollowed out, but still they stood and lived on. Truly amazing trees.

We'd decided our best bet would be to drive home that night, so we left the park as the sun was setting and stopped at a burger joint at the bottom of the mountain, where to too-loud live band played old songs to a table of boomers. 

We got home Sunday night, just before midnight, then she was back at work bright and early the next morning, and I was back that night.

Since then we've been adjusting into more normalcy, working our hours and finding things to do when we're off. I took her to the beach cities one afternoon, and up to Canyonback another, and she took us to Topanga State Park one afternoon and we hiked to skull rock (which looked more like a roosting chicken to me).

Last night we met up with Scott at the New Beverly to watch The Wickerman and got some food after, and I was glad that two of my best friends got to meet.

In other news, work has begun on the ADU. I had to move some plants around this week, and they've been out digging a perimeter ditch for the foundation. Things are moving forward quite quickly at this point, which is very exciting.

Mom flies in tomorrow morning to visit for an unknown amount of time, perhaps a month or so. It'll be a pretty full house here as a result. I look forward to having her help with going through stuff and arranging the yard better.

So I'll say that things are quite looking up here at the end of 2022.

 

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Neon Giants
9/23/2022 | 0 comments

 

On Tuesday the 13th, my sister, her friend Stella and I drove up to Santa Barbara in the afternoon. We got to my aunt Rosie's around 5:00ish and found her already there. We got Mexican takeout and had food and drinks in the backyard, the hot day finally cooling down a bit. From there we carpooled to the Santa Barbara Bowl and paid for parking nearish to the entrance.

We were seeing Nine Inch Nails, and doing so in Santa Barbara because their LA presence was limited to the first Primavera LA festival. And seeing them in Santa Barbara allowed my aunt to join us, so that was a nice bonus.

We got there just as opening act Yves Tumor started. Chalene and Stella and I waited in the merch line as my aunt went to the bar at the top of the hill to get a beer. Chalene got a bag, and Stella got a shirt and hat. I didn't want anything, so stuff acquired, we hiked up the hill to our seats. Yves Tumor was ok, but their sound was terrible, and I was afraid I'd have another bad sound experience. I also wished I'd remembered to bring ear plugs.

After they ended, we went up the hill to use the restrooms, and when I exited, they were in the beer line, so I joined them. I hadn't bothered with getting a wristband and wasn't sure if I'd be able to get a beer as a result, but Stella was able to buy two.

The show was just starting as we got through the line and started walking back to our seats.

The show was similar to others I've seen over the last few years, even down to some of the lighting cues. They sounded great, so no sound issues there at least. And they played "Heresy"! It's one of my favorite songs of theirs, and that was my first time seeing it live (in the eight times I've now seen them). 

  1. (with "The Only Time" breakdown)
  2. (David Bowie cover)

They played for about an hour and forty minutes, and it was a lot of fast-slow, standing-sitting. Reznor didn't say much, aside from introducing 'This Isn't The Place' as a sad song, and giving credit to the band members. Rosie didn't care for the strobe lights. The show had a hard 10:00 PM curfew, and they ended a few minutes early.

From there we dropped Rosie off and then drove back to LA, getting home a little after midnight.

Saw Scott for a couple of movies on Sunday. We saw "Pearl," which I enjoyed, and "See How They Run," which I did not enjoy. Tomorrow we'll be seeing "Darling Don't Cry" and the Bowie documentary "Moonlight Daydream".

Otherwise mostly cleaning and rearranging and getting prepared for Charissa to be here. She's coming in Wednesday morning and staying until she's sick of me. I had to get a new bed, but haven't set it up yet. I'm very excited, but nervous that she won't like it here or won't feel comfortable. I've got five days off next weekend, and we'll spend it adjusting and then taking a weekend camping trip.

The plans for the ADU were finally approved, so one step closer to that dream. The present's a little stressful, but the future is looking good.

 

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Getaway Dinosaur
9/4/2022 | 0 comments

 

This Ain't No Picnic, Day 2

Sunday, August 28, 2022

 

I tried to get the earliest start possible, but didn't manage to leave the house until nearly 11:00. Before heading to the Rose Bowl, I went to Scott's house to get breakfast at El Sol with him. So my drive to the venue was different this time, and I thought I was supposed to get there via the 210 instead of the 134. Thusly I got a bit lost and didn't make it in until about an hour after I was initially hoping to.

I parked in different lot a bit farther away from the entrance, but getting in was again no issue at all, and this time I'd made it inside a bit after 1:30. This time I'd gone with a fanny pack rather than my backpack, and was glad for it. My first stop was again the ID booth, and I got my wristband with no incident. Charissa wasn't feeling well this day and didn't join me.

The first group I caught a small amount of was Michelle, who had a bit of a girl group thing going with four woman singers backed by a few guys in a band. They were ok, but not my cup of tea, so instead I went next door to the Back Nine stage to watch Mike Watt + The Missingmen. 

I hadn't seen any Watt projects before, so was excited to check out his bass playing. One of the members of the band was from Manhattan Beach, and another from San Pedro, so they could almost be considered a local band. Watt and the guitarist were fantastic, and I greatly enjoyed watching them play off of each other.

I walked to the Fairway, but Girl Ultra wasn't doing anything for me, so I instead walked back and went into Despacio. I enjoyed the music being played this time more, but alas I again didn't hear anything that I recognized in the half hour or so I was in there.

After Despacio I went back to the Fairway to see a bit of Nicki Nicole's set, as I'd heard good things about her at Coachella but hadn't seen her. She was fine, but again not really my cup of tea. 

As I headed back for the Greens stage, I picked up a tall boy of Hazy Little Thing and had half of my acid-dropped sour gummy worm once I'd arrived at the stage. I was quite excited to see Nothing, as I had not seen them before. The middle-of-the-day time slot wasn't ideal, but they still put on a good show. They sounded pretty good, but not great, but perhaps that was partly due to the not-great sound at the festival. They didn't play "Guilty of Everything", alas, but they did finish with "B&E" and that made me happy. Glad to have finally seen them.

After Nothing I went back across the grounds to use the restrooms in the far corner at the Fairway, which were generally empty and so my favorite use. And I got to watch some of Mdou Moctar as I went. I'll always remember watching him shake his fingers in the cold of the middle of the night at Desert Daze. A hot summer day fit the music much better. I found a shady spot to stand and watch for a while.

The day was hotter than the previous day, and much more crowded. As such, it was dustier, and I was glad that I'd decided to cover up with a hat and a mask. There were tons and tons of people wearing shirts for The Strokes, so many that I was almost tempted to stay and watch some of them. Their enduring popularity surprises me. Maybe some other day I'll see them again.

I went back to the Greens for Shame. I was very excited for Shame as I love their recorded music, but they're just not that good live. Their bassist was running around the stage and flipping his bass around his neck, but it seemed very unearned. Like, dude, the music isn't earning those moves just yet. The lead singer tried his darndest, but their music isn't particularly well-suited to 90 degrees and 5:00 in the afternoon.

I think it was at the start of Shame that I had the other half of the lsd gummy. Whether because I'd just had half or because of the mushroom liquid the night before, the trip wasn't going particularly strongly, so I figured it would be better to get the other half in sooner than later.

After Shame I went back across the grounds for the restroom and the band Wet Leg. I finished my hot, flat beer while watching them and got the can into the recycling bin. It was nice to be able to carry alcohol around anywhere, but as a result I took far too long to drink the thing. Anyway...

Wet Leg was enjoyable, and I love their album, but I wasn't really in the mood for them and am assuming they'll be at Coachella next year. So instead I went to watch some of Tinashe, a trip-hoppish r&b artist. I thought she was pretty good, nice voice and backed by a group of women dancers.

I left a little early to walk over to the Greens for Deafheaven. I hadn't seen them for several years, and not since they'd changed their sound. They were about twenty minutes late, which was the first time I'd seen any artist be late at all, let alone waste almost half of their set time. Left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, as did George's attitude all around (at the end of the show he apologized for being late, but said that they play these things all the time, so we can just catch them next time). The new songs have some of those old Deafheaven passages of rhapsody, but I just can't get behind the singing. 

I was about mid-crowd for the show, but felt like getting out of the crowd as "Sunbather" started, so I watched the rest of the show from the hill between the Greens and the Back Nine, Deafheaven in one ear and Caroline Polachek in another.

Polacheck is another artist who'd gotten major hype at the most recent Coachella, but whom I had missed, so I was pretty excited to check her out. She definitely lives up to the hype about her amazing voice and hypnotizing performance style. I only got to see about half of her set, sandwiched between Deafheaven and Sparks as she was, and I would be glad to see more if given the chance.

Sparks was another of the main reasons for me attending this festival. I had never seen them before, and am honestly only a fan in passing, but they're one of the more intriguing acts out there as far as I'm concerned, so I was very glad for this opportunity to see them. And they were absolutely one of the major highlights of the weekend for me, and put on a show that was everything I wanted from them and more.

They put on a great show for a couple of older gentlemen. Russell's voice hasn't lost much, but he has some strain in his voice at the high end. Ron is an absolutely hilarious human being.  He had a great spoken-word song with backup singers, and even busted out a few dance moves at the end of the set. I was decently close and had a great mix of young and old people around me, everyone seemingly having a blast.

Setlist

After Sparks I went to the restrooms by the 19th Hole, the dance stage I never bothered to go into. Four Tet and Floating Points were doing a DJ set and I was tempted to hang out to hear that (the line was wrapped around the small fenced-off stage area, and there was absolutely no getting in, and also not really anywhere to hang out outside of that staged area, so just listening wasn't a great option.

But Turnstile were playing, and I think they're great live and I quite enjoy their music, so I had no problem with going back to the hill overlooking Back Nine to watch the crowd go nuts. 

And people were absolutely going crazy down in the pit area. They did their thing where they stop the show and play a slow song and hand out water so people can cool down for a minute. It's always nice to see a group that cares.

I left five minutes early to walk over to the Greens to watch The Descendents. I'd seen a very small part of their show at FYF a decadeish before, but had otherwise never seen them and was glad for the opportunity. Fantastic musicians! And Milo is a highly entertaining front man. I would put them amongst the best musicians that I saw all weekend. My favorite song of their is "Clean Sheets", and I wasn't sure if they'd play it or not since it's so poppy, but they did! Quite happy to have seen them finally.

Went to the Back Nine again for Beach House. Beach House alone is always going to be bittersweet for me after that FYF with Hayley and Rudy. I tried to find a quietish spot to call Charissa, but she didn't answer the phone (it was after midnight in her time zone), so I left a message. The band sounded great and performed in darkness, silhouettes against a starry backdrop.

I wanted a good spot for Godspeed You! Black Emperor, so I left as Beach House played "Myth", the sound of the song floating over as I got as front and middle to the Green stage as I could without getting into the tighter crowd at the front. I'd hoped to get close enough to feel the sound waves coming off of the instruments, but anything I might've felt was cancelled out by the overly-loud speakers.

Godspeed has been one of my favorite groups for about twenty years now, and I'm always very happy to see them live. I love how they build and execute their songs. It wasn't my favorite setlist of theirs I've ever seen, and they didn't play "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!" which was one of my most wished-for songs of the weekend, alas. But they were still one of the best acts of the weekend, despite the bad sound. 

When they'd finished, I briefly thought of walking to the other side to see some of The Strokes, but I figured ending on a high note with one of my favorite groups (and beating the crowd out of there) was the way to go. Anyway I was right at the exit, so I wrapped up my festival.

Glad I went, and especially glad that I've finally done a Brookside show and can hopefully feel more confident about going to more in future, but the fest was honestly too expensive. But I mostly had a good time, though in the moment it didn't always feel that way, and I got to see a lot of cool shows that I'd been wanting to see and that's really what it's all about.

 

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Getting out was easier than it had been the night before, and with there being no traffic this late on a Sunday night, I was home in about an hour from the end of the show. 

Vibrationale
8/31/2022 | 0 comments

 

This Ain't No Picnic, Day 1

Saturday, August 27, 2022

 

I couldn't recall ever going to the Rose Bowl before, and certainly not as an adult. So I was quite anxious about the new venue experience. But I had Charissa on the line and in an earbud, a place she'd remain for just about the entire day.

Getting there only took about 50 minutes, leaving my house around 11 AM and going up to nearly the end of the 110 freeway. Finding the parking lot was easy, and I got a good spot near to the entrance. I sat in the car for a few minutes, trying to force myself to eat more of the flatbread I'd brought along for the ride. I finally left the car at about 12:30.

Getting it was the easiest experience I've ever had. They didn't even search bags, just waved us though metal detectors of some sort that they claimed would catch whatever they needed to. No wristbands, just a phone barcode.

I went first to ID check, since it was right there and had no line. They checker put it on my wrist too tightly, it was actually indenting my skin. I figured I'd find another in the music area, but it was the only one I ever saw, so after sitting in the grass for Isabella Lovestory's set (she was ok, techno pop DJ with a live singer for some songs), I went back to the ID booth to get a new wristband.

I went to a different checker, and the man greeted me with a "hello, young man" and I handed him my ID, figuring he might say something about my age since I'm not exactly young, but instead he looked at it, said, "oh, it is you," handed it back, and continued, "so how long have you been yourself?" I was caught off guard, of course, and replied "my whole life" before scurrying away. Charissa was very upset on my behalf, and would go on to write Golden Voice an email about the incident. It certainly stayed on my mind for the rest of the weekend, and left me with dysphoric thoughts for much of the time.

Hana Vu was playing the Greens stage near the entrance at that time, so I heard a couple songs as I walked to the ID booth and headed back to the back portion of the venue for Tre Amani. I thought she and the band sounded ok, but I wasn't really in the mood for their particular brand of indie rock.

The festival itself is essentially the return of FYF, a festival that essentially collapsed in the MeToo days (and from a bad lineup/expensive ticket price fiasco in 2018). Whereas the last FYFs were held at the Coliseum and wrapped entirely around it, this festival only used a small portion of the Rose Bowl itself for the entrance and a few real restrooms. The majority of the venue was on a golf course which veered off of a side of the stadium. It was already dead grass and sandy dust before we'd walked all over it, so I'm not sure what its status as a gold course for playing on is. There was a clubhouse in VIP, numerous sand traps to navigate, and a small pond. The main stage (The Fairway) was at the far end. The early crowd was sparse.

I stood in the shade of a tree for Tre Amani, who was decent. The day was fairly hot, so I stuck to the shade as often as I could. From Amani, I went back to the other large stage on the other end, called the Back Nine, for Lala Lala. I sat under a tree on the hill overlooking the stage. The venue was quite perfect for views and took great advantage of sloping hills, enabling the crowd to be always heading downhill, right up to the stage barrier. I enjoyed Lala's alterna-pop, but liked everyone enough that I figured I'd bounce around all day and see a bit of them all, as there was no one I really wanted to see all of until the night time.

From there, I went back to the Fairway and caught a bit of Dawn Richards, an r&b artist with hair done up in liberty spikes. I thought she had a nice voice and was putting a lot into her performance, despite the small crowd and early time.

Sets were on top of each other, only five minutes in between, so I stayed in my tree-shaded spot as Indigo de Souza started. She reminded me a bit of Alanis Morrisette, but with even more vocalizing. She had a nice voice and sounded good, and had similar folky vibey songs.

Went from there to the Back Nine for Enjoy, who were a little more raucous and loud than I was expecting. I'd noticed already that the sound wasn't great, and it was particularly bad for bass. Overly loud and muddled, which was a disappointment considering Coachella has such amazing sound.

After a little bit of Enjoy, I walked over to the Greens again, which was the small stage near the entrance for the more eclectic fare, and I watched the beginning of Godford, a DJ with some decent electric tracks.

The path I mostly traveled throughout the weekend from front to back took me past Despacio and The 19th Hole, a small stage enclosed by slatted boards where electronic artists performed. I was shocked by the length of the line to get into Despacio as I walked to Genesis Owusu, and was a bit afraid that I'd have another Yuma '22 situation on my hands and never get into the tent.

Owusu was good, and I'd see him again once he has more music out there.

I stayed where I was for the start of Julia Jacklin, whose music I'd quite enjoyed during the research phase.I found her to be a bit too slow to stay for the whole set, so I decided to see if I could get into Despacio. There was a small line to get in, but it went by very quickly.

Alas, Despacio's sound was also plagued by the too loud/too bassy problem. I didn't recognize any of the tracks played in the half hour or so that I was in there, alas. But a drum and bass track was played that had me very impressed with the sound of the drums, which just about sounded live, so Despacio still lives up to some of the hype in that way.

From there I went back out to the Back Nine's hill to watch Ying Yang Twins at Charissa's request. They had the crowd going crazy, and it was one of the largest crowds I saw that day, if not the largest. I will admit that I found them pretty fun, and sometimes I can enjoy watching crowds having a good time.

After that I went to the Greens to watch a little of Ethel Cain, whose music I can only describe as epic, building from quiet to crescendos and such. I didn't stay for long, and instead headed to Earl Sweatshirt, who was too plagued by bad sound for me to stay. Like I couldn't even pick his vocals out of the muddled sound.

So instead I went back to the Fairway to catch Courtney Barnett because I know she sounds amazing live, and at this point I just wanted to have a good set experience. And she was indeed great.

From there, it was back to the Greens for Magdalena Bay. They have some good songs, but I was finding them too poppy, loud and chaotic happy to stay for long, so instead I went to catch the end of Isaiah Rashad's set, as I was unable to see him at Coachella. I thought he was pretty good.

Stayed there for the start of Kaytranada, who was also very good. I would've definitely stayed for more, but I feel like I'll have a chance to see him again before I get another chance to see Circle Jerks, so instead I went to see Circle Jerks, stopping at the craft beer stand to pick up a hazy IPA from Mumford on the way.

Circle Jerks were fun, though I didn't think their songs were that great. They definitely had a few good ones, and even a couple I recognized, but I still left a little early to catch the start of Jungle's set on my way to see Le Tigre.

I'd had a vial of liquid psilocybin extract for over five years at this point, the last in a six pack. My memory was that the resulting trip come on fast, wasn't particularly strong, and was over quickly. So I poured the vial into my last finger of beer and drank it as I walked to the Fairway to get a good spot for Le Tigre.

I've been wanting to see Le Tigre since I got into them in 2005, one year after I passed up a the chance to see them at Coachella (on their final tour). I've gone on to become a big fan of Kathleen Hanna in all of her projects, and the announcement they'd be reuniting there was my main reason for attending this festival. So I went as close as I could get without pushing through the crowd, pretty much right at stage middle.

The three came out in colorful outfits befitting their personalities: Kathleen in a red dress with yellow leggings that went down to feeties, Johanna in green pajamas, and JD in red and orange shirt and pants. The screen behind them had the lyrics on them, but the video was started before the band was, so after noticing and rolling her eyes, Kathleen had them start the video and the song over so everything was synched up.

It was a fun performance, with lots of dancing and enthusiasm to make up for their amateur sound. All the members look amazing for being 50ish and had great energy befitting their songs. Johanna introduced a song as "Le Tigre's most controvesial" and I briefly wondered which one that could possibly be before they started in on "What's Your Take on Cassavettes?" and I had a laugh at that. Kathleen told a funny story about being "someone's plus one at the VMA's" during Bush II's presidence and wearing a "Fuck Bush" shirt and admiring Gwen Stefani from a distance (she's so pretty and cool and I want her to like me) while Stefani gave her the side eye, learning later that Stefani was married to the lead singer of the band Bush.

They played everything I was hoping to hear, minus "Much Finer". And played some things I wasn't expecting. Their final song was "Deceptacon", and the crowd went crazy and so many young women knew all the words, which made me wonder how is that their most well-known song? Overall I thought they were a lot of fun, and I'm very glad to have seen them, and they can be added to the list of acts I got to see in 2022 that made it probably my best year for live music ever.

Setlist:

Larger men had started to push their way in as Le Tigre was wrapping up, so while I briefly considered staying in my spot due to good view I'd probably have, I didn't want to be in a tight crowd, and was hoping to get out of the parking lot with slightly more ease, so instead I went out some distance from the front.

LCD Soundsytem continues to be one of the very best live bands, though at this point with no new songs in years, they seem a little going-through-the-motions. The crowd was rather small, and I felt a bit bad about how they've waned. "Losing My Edge" made me feel old, and that combined with the seeming dwindling  relevance of the group was bringing me down a bit (plus the dysphoria, plus Charissa being with me, but also very far away). The mushrooms had started to kick in strongly at the start of their set, surprising me with the strength and timing. And I was also tired and hungry on top of that, having not eaten anything since having eggs and half a flatbread before entering the venue.

I stayed to the end at 11PM, and as a result, didn't quite beat the crowd out of the area. It was no problem getting out of the parking lot, but the roads were crowded and I could only hope for the best when it came to getting back to a freeway. The only way I could go got me to the 134 W, and I knew exactly where I was from trips with Scott to see movies in Pasadena. It took less than an hour to get home from there.

Alas, I was a little too awake from the late shroom excursion, so I had a difficult time getting to sleep despite my exhaustion. I had to get up a couple of times to eat and drink, and don't think I managed to fall asleep until around 2:00.

 

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Brotherly Love
8/20/2022 | 0 comments

 

Alright, well...

July 23 Scott came down to the South Bay and we got food before heading to a screening of "Nope", the new Jordan Peele movie. It was better than the Hands Across America movie "We", but not as good as "Get Out". It did have a decent twist to it, but also a lot of "huh? what? why?"

Then on the 29th I drove up to meet him early at the New Bev for a screening of "Brown Bunny" which I had never seen and knew by reputation. Vincent Gallo was there to give an introduction, where he spoke about the Cannes reception and said he hadn't seen the movie with an audience since then.

A couple of his shorts played first, one that wasn't much more than him kissing a beautiful girl in different locations, another that was a white screen with music, and then also the Buffalo '66 trailer and a clip from Ebert and Roper where Ebert talked about having changed his mind about the film since Cannes and its recut.

The movie itself was difficult to watch, controvery aside, due to being slow and rambling and having lots of long shots through the windshield of a driving van. Gallo's character was in a complex spot, and I struggled to come up with coherent thoughts about the whole thing once done watching it. I would call it exploitative, especially considering he was writer and director and producer and star, but the film itself isn't easy to write off or dismiss and has something to say at least.

The next week Scott was away for work, but he came back on a Thursday night, so we went to Kettle for a late night nosh, both hoping to get a bran muffin, but there were none left, alas. So I got a carrot cake muffin and french fries.

Then last weekend I went up to his place for El Sol before going to see "Bodies Bodies Bodies", an A24 horror comedy that uses modern Twitter talk and the toxicity between the shallow characters to drive the mayhem. It was ok, but had an amusing reason for the whole situation to go down.

After that, he drove us across town and we saw "A Love Song" in Santa Monica at the Royal. Dale Dickey was very good in the role, though the plot was very thin. Wes Studi was also very good in his role. It was nice to see a mature film about folk in their 60s struggling with issues plaguing almost every age.

AFter that we walked to a Japanese section of town and ate at one of the dozen or more restaurants to choose from. I got vegetable coquettes, which were delicious but unfilling. I just didn't know what to order, but I'd go back and try something else another time.

This morning (Saturday) he drove down and we got La Playita before hitting up a Target and then taking a half hour walk before he was off again to see another movie in Santa Monica. It hadn't even occurred to me to join him until he'd left. Oh well.

Meanwhile Charissa and I have continued to spend house on the phone with each other every day. She sent me a box of Philadelphia style soft pretzels, as well as a package that she put together including a framed photo of us kissing (which unfortunately has me as the focus), the sweetest note I've ever gotten, and a comfy old shirt of hers that smells wonderfully of the vanilla scent she likes to wear.

We've been powering through TV series. Besides finishing "Umbrella Academy", we've also watched all of "Stranger Things" and the new "Sandman" series, though neither of us particularly enjoyed that one. I will concede that "Stranger Things" eventually becomes a very good show. We're now going between "Doom Patrol" and the animated "Harley Quinn".

Today she's on a plane to Dallas and will start her new job from the road on Monday morning. Alas, no more hanging out with her from morning to night, at least not during the week.

Next weekend I have the "This Ain't No Picnic" festival and will finally be living the dream of seeing Le Tigre live. Can't wait!

 

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The following people signed this petition:

Hespera "(No!)"
bena "(forgiven)"
barcode "(excellent exercise, I like it, but it's too difficult for me )"
firelust
joseph "(haid)"
HoboEnigmaMe "(Veggie Egg Rolls ...Mmmmm)"
tar-nuh "(hai)"
Cerra "(No.)"
Sludge "(Edification)"
northern lights "(filament)"
Raaji "(succulent OR hibiscus)"
cenobite "(burgle)"
snodogj "(cunt.)"
bodybuilderef "(yes)"
Pheonix "(babydoll)"
bubbadduck "(fuck)"
instigator "(penis)"
prettypinkkitty007 "(constitute)"
ParadoxBaby "(paradox)"
wyrd "(megszentségteleníthetetlenkeskedéseitekért)"
wela meohewa "(fabulous )"
karakins "(Luxurious)"
Sara_Timberlake "("cunt"...it's a very powerful word.)"
sam gideon "(wrought)"
Kaitlyn "(ineffable)"
bridge "( )"
Kyrenna "(wanderlust)"
SIN "(ubiquitous)"
iFeLLdown "(caramelldansen.)"
supercute "(ubiquitous & esoteric)"
kaz "(Hi!)"
BendtheGlass "(embolism)"
Stupid_Girl "(doi)"
choice "(paradigm)"
Curt "(awesome)"
.caitlin. "(Flaps)"
ShaggyDope "(the most versitile word in the english language, fuck.)"
Bexi "(fuck)"
LittleOne83 "(Restitution....it's a work thing!)"
AshleyBrass "( )"
samma "(Flutter.)"
shutup "(ohhhhh)"
-Matt- "(fuck!)"
merrry "(Stitch-my husband's nickname)"
jaymazing "(clavix)"
Pure-Fiction "(Hello friend!)"
Orgasmic Fantasy "(moist)"
rarr.ae "(chimerical! i just figured it out about a month ago. yours?)"
rayneofsorrow "(manuver)"
Whitespace "(Perspicuity.)"
wiccan3 "(That's what she said... -referring to dodgy things only though-)"
VEAL "(sphincter)"
sane "(sasafras)"
Diskonnektie "(ej thankuu. god, you've had a suspension, what's the feeling like)"
Katkutia "( )"
Shevek "(klem)"
IronChef "(twat just say it and it makes you smile)"
eva "(swell, counterintuitive, longing)"
yarddog "(one of these I HAVEN'T signed!)"
xaqari15 "(zowie)"
strawberry "(douche)"
ducttapedave "(i like frood.)"
Jeanna "(dang'it)"
aniorange "(rosebud)"
Calamity "(pantaloon)"
ashbat "(BEVERAGE)"
Scenester "(awesometastic)"
KatePrayer "(motherfucker)"
edcunard "(inchoate)"
Lizzard "(FUCK!!!)"
ambrosia "(hey thnaksfor saying hi i'm new to iam and am a little lost!!)"
Jake "(I don't have just one. I just learnt "coquelicot", though.)"
paulo4127 "(bollucks)"
chemically_lobotomized "(cockamamie - yay for House fans!!!)"
JuuL "(Berserk)"
EoniAbstract "(projection)"
Sad Squid "(i do say awesome a lot. seriously...a lot. )"
deadly pale "(atemberaubend - nicely hard and with a cool meaning)"
snoogans "(fwang)"
scamp "(onomatopoeia always makes me giggle)"
Ernest "(uncertainty)"
goomy "(honeybunny)"
Mr.me "(Finkelstein)"
vizante "(needle)"
freakz "(champingnon)"
lost girl "(smooshed.)"
bexrox "(rain)"
tlw "(I still pick animals over people. At least they care.)"
Mangaartist "(I have a lot, I LOVE English words, it isn't my 1st language.)"
PiercingBunny "(Shit!)"
HEDGEHOG51 "(GNARLY)"
sugarNspice "(sweet)"
level3stud "(undulating)"
allison_scout "(heebeejeebee's)"
TripleHelix "(Syzygy, because it's structurally perfect)"
firstluff "(scadink " move it a scadink to the left")"
Rumball "(philanphropist)"
ununseptium "(authenticity)"
Holly Bo "(Spork)"
an0nymous_vamp1re "(Ni)"
Della "(It's a toss-up between "maelstrom" and "dichotomy.")"
jazzybean "(proper - i'm cornish )"
bruxa "(I'm old Gregg!)"
hobo soup "(moist.)"
Satans_Angel "(schooch)"
manini "(love)"
amberlynne "( )"
helanus "(weasel!!)"
KIVAKA "(love)"
tyger burning bright "(why?)"
radical kiba "(snarly)"
jonathandoe "(hella)"
Zee "(Smock!)"
Nermal "(Shenanigans)"
The Hektik1 "(cheedle )"
MrNoModifications "(Feierabend)"
s_a_h_mommy "(flibbertigibbit)"
Golem37 "(Cooter)"
fetch "(gravy)"
postblue_ "( )"
fuck_life "(RAD)"
brokken "(what ever word fits?)"
Blood Roses "(ambiguous)"
Lofty "(Seriously. )"
hailshimmer "(New favourite is AHOY!)"
Daddy "(Sharks!)"
vivica "(GollyGeeWillakers!!)"
Mentabolism "(Fantastic)"
yurmomnaked "(fuck, shit, or cunt)"
JustJen "(Fastidious )"
brute "(your calvin and hobbes tattoo is the best thing i have ever seen!)"
xdollfacexpiex "(Cunt I know it's bad but I love it!)"
*Stitch* "(so many good ones...um i'm going to say taco)"
Myko "(fhqwhgads)"
Miss Gabrielle "(Bloody, Bah!, and Pissy.)"
phoenixxx "(smarmy)"
Raphael EN "(hiricow !)"
oddbod "(pain)"
GnomeChomsky "(triflin')"
angelicfruitcake "(Snout! Or crocodile...)"
HighLevel "(Goeiendag)"
Sugar "(Apoplectic)"
cadaver "(guillotine. my bf's current favourite is verisimilitude)"
autumn "(Moist)"
rusu "(Bubble. But I use the work 'wanker' an awful lot.)"
MizzGrell "("Crap")"
DragonHeart "(pie!)"
shadowsidetattoos "(cheers dude, like your tatts)"
steveinthesun "(DESKS)"
SamanthaM "(tits)"
vonfaust "(at the moment 'homonymn')"
Bot "(Bitchin')"
DrGreenThumb "(Hella)"
Mike Dimas "(fun)"
residue "(Swiss Army Knives ftw!)"
Killer Bee "(Dang- because i once heard a 19 month old say it )"
Blitzkid196 "(queue.)"
DreamsOfJade "(pervert. i dont know why. just is hhaahahahaha)"
dejennarate "(efficacy)"
atatattoo "( )"
Dawnie "( )"
nadineynuisance "(cunt)"
Hollywood "(triceratops)"
jessecake "( )"
Malvenkemo "(My favourite French words are pneu and pamplemousse. )"
namicoj "( )"
Stitch Faced Angel "(Strudle)"
pierced-boy "(love)"
Dreadlocksmile "(apocalyptic)"
doxgukka "(monkey)"
george_the_ballerina "(saucy)"
xJessiCUNTx "(cunt)"
Chronics "(cunt)"
Povallsky "(See, I was thinking of getting an adamantium helmet...)"
clubberdude1981 "(Merge)"
Fuzz "(Cuntwhapple)"
Cmhionn "(Skwerl)"
11 "(Murmel)"
The_Voodoo_Dolly "(abso-fucking-lutely)"
ColeMine "(discombobulated)"
Emily Post-Punk "(slyboots)"
Tovie "(quixotic)"
nekokichi "(cunt)"
:with love and squalor: "(conundrum)"
KnifeInTheMarathon "(suamaetrepanofiadaputa)"
BeccaMonster "(Wonky)"
ookumbubbleoo "( )"
Chadgrisly "(Obscure)"
majikan "(kutjes)"
the pierced russian "(fuck)"
Nero "(kluge)"
Amadahy "(aight)"
evilpixie "(discombobulate because it has Disco and Bob)"
ShesSoVaVaVoom "(kumquat)"
Mythology "(outlandish)"
ColdSweat "(Cockbadger)"
fluffyreptile "(cooder)"
dboard9 "(Nipples.)"
brian.johnson "(prehensile)"
Morgue "(Turmoil)"
Jemma.m "(flannel!)"
())crayon))> "(sleep)"
Somech1ck "(fuck)"
DIY'er "(Arrrrrr!)"
livid "(llama)"
AnotherBleedingHeart "(therefore)"
EziliGede "(fuck-nut)"
Kid Presentable "(crapshoot)"
Crowned Dragon "(pernicious)"
nufger "(success)"
jody "(murder)"
blackwinghalo "(spanakopita)"
Funky "(funkadelic)"
FauxPas "(Indubitably)"
Chevo "(FUCK)"
Knulp "(quark)"
chickadee2084 "( )"
Caroline June "(Litotes)"
Auryn "( )"
Celticgent "(YES.)"
soulmom "(shenanigans & bombardment)"
second place "(snow)"
Snow White "(crumbs, cunt and jinkies)"
TattoedMat "( )"
XkuruX "(irrelevant)"
asphixiation "(Coitus. Why isn't it used more now? Thanks for signing!)"
SVEN "(thats money)"
shpluck "(portal)"
verve729 "(Soliloquy)"
kermee "(stuff)"
Jinxed "(No)"
Alledria "(currently it's "effusive")"
fieryn "(epitome)"
Jareb "(cunt.... sorry, but i love it!!!!!)"
Hail "(boobies)"
MartiniBuiltForTwo "(fuck- or trepidation )"
asparagus "(banana)"
DrLouLou "(Hello hello!)"
Leroy "(Smeg)"
blackandblue "( )"
ConchyMcBleed "(brrrmmmm)"
MsNightingale "( )"
dazedeagle "(shit. I say it all the time, I have a shit problem.)"
Elfling "(thank you for the birthday wishes!!! )"
Melissa "(shitass)"
little_miss_pirate "(bangle)"
christina bo bina "(bologna!)"
perpetual "(chicken eye and seductive)"
luckyshamrock "(whiplash and i like guttersnipe too)"
no_pants "(Blech!)"
JennaG "(ooze)"
Stardust "(achtung- a German word that sounds like projectile vomiting =D)"
color me blood red "(shit)"
indigo_dream "(quite)"
dopesong "(anaesthetic)"
Kittie.Lee "(Audacity)"
Glow "(Monty Python??? I never made it through any of them.. I suck. )"
The_Prophet "(Antidisestablishmentarianism)"
filosofadelaspollas "(hullabaloo)"
kit33 "(Twitterpated or Incognito)"
GypsyDissident "(Cooch)"
ctlnpg "(diminutive.)"
Cerberus_the_dog "(Shag)"
deadinblood "(rediculous)"
Jenna Saisquoi "(discombobulated)"
TMHahn "("fuckheads" has been relevent recently.)"
ivy "("fuck" for t3h w1n!!!)"
solocard "(moist...)"
Mrs Wolf "(Innigkeit)"
deadvin "(exudate)"
OneOwner "(supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)"  

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