September 2010


Crazy heat these days and a good portion of it was spent outdoors. Walked up to a drive-thru…haha, that’s right, walked.

With such nice weather, everyone headed out to the waters, but am I the only one that doesn’t enjoy the beach? Sand gets everywhere. Little flying bugs hover over the ground. Broken glass, hermit crabs and blood sucking leeches might be waiting for their next victim…okay, call me paranoid. I did manage to grab two beautiful sunsets though because light was lost so quickly afterwards, we had to return the next day to finish the shoot.

The second day, we were treated to some Southern home cooking – pulled pork, chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes,
cornbread

and candied glazed carrots.

It was suggested to mix my collard greens with some cornbread, hot sauce, and vinegar for an extra kick. Vinegar? I’m game! I’d do anything for vinegar. Went back for seconds, and even a partial thirds. Polished everything up with some carrot cake, and passed on the other sweets.

Filmed a couple more hours and ended up at the beach again. I think this may be enough visits to the beaches for me for quite a while.

Last week I spent all day in the city, so I grabbed a bit to eat at the cafe for my first meal.  Drove in to the city w/the AC on in the car in the morning. How often does that happen in SF? So I decided to make something cool, light and refreshing. Gathered together some spring mix, turkey, bay shrimp, cucumber, black olives, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese with some oil and vinegar…basically anything and everything within reach.


Last year I worked a benefit show for Macy’s

and the time has come again, but this year’s event didn’t do it for me. I was not overwhelmed, leaning toward a bit disappointment. With the economy, they really scaled back in the production. The venue was different, the stage was different, the entire thing was just …eh.

Had a quick bite to eat with some hummus and Lamb & Beef Gyros wrap, before heading to the next event.

It was a crazy night, working with the camera department this time around. We performed dozens of interviews in a packed lobby and bar for an awards show. We also found our way around the venue and snuck backstage. Red tapes did not keep us away. Felt like we were in school with a golden hall pass, free to roam around and not be condemned for it, as long as we were capturing footage that will make for good tv.

There were so many people, I didn’t have time to capture anything other than me on the red carpet 🙂

Made a stop at a Vietnamese restaurant before arriving home. Picked up a Vietnamese bun, vermicelli noodles with bbq pork, bean sprouts, lettuce and carrots.

And treated myself to a three color drink.
(mung bean, read bean, green jelly, coconut milk with crushed ice)

It was a great way to end the night.

No, not that P!nk, Pink slips, well sort of. Started my drive with a little fruit to keep me company @4am.


Later on, had a little breakfast from craft services and got my credentials.


Lunch was catered by Panera Bread @ noon. That toffee nut cookie was ginormous.  It was good, but I felt like I was eating it forever and there was still more of it. Mmm…pickles, my favorite.
6hrs later, dinner was served, but any way you arrange it, it was not appetizing at all. 😦
Can’t I just get some more pickles? 🙂

Good thing I had a stash to keep me satisfied.

After I got cut, I had time to take part in the event as a spectator. All the ‘muscle’ cars were waiting to race each other to qualify for times.


They really burn rubber, called a burnout, by spinning their tires over a hosed down area of the strip. This heats a layer of the tire making the them sticky, forming a better grip and traction on the ground when racing.


Really hardcore enthusiasts with no masks on, braces the fumes of exhaust and burnt rubber. I wonder how their lungs are doing.


17hrs later, I was ready for my next task…SLEEP!!!

You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can choose how you respond to it as I sat in a blood bank in lieu of the utility pipeline rupture.  That lingered in my mind as I thought, you’ve only got one life, so go out and do what you want. Decided to take that step and  met up with a truly inspirational mentor over at the Dish Cafe in The Presidio of SF – an old military post transformed into a national park/landmark.

After the meeting, I received a couple calls and an email for gigs in the area. Pretty stoked that somehow they all scheduled perfectly on my calender. Life was looking good, even spotted the Walt Disney Family Museum while at the Presidio, which I didn’t know existed around here. Went in to see what it was all about, but since admission tickets were required to enter, I decided to migrate over to browse the gift shop instead – haha.


Back home, I had a new purchase,  vitamins –  in GUMMY form! The creator is a genius.  They should make gummy aspirins, gummy allergy pills, gummy everything!  I don’t normally do sweets, but when I do, gummy candy is my weakness. I use to snack on gummy worms, gummy bears, gummy peach rings, gummy root beer bottles all the time. I wonder if there’s a gummy recipe out there.

This made taking my vitamins so easy, I got an extra one with vitamin C.

Felt like the Laws of Attraction has been bestowed upon me, that when I decided to pursue a venture, the stars aligned to support my decision.

The greatest discovery is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. – William James