Leaving San Diego
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I’ve been out in this town for six weeks and I’m feeling glad to leave, though not really sure what I’m going to be doing when I get back to Minneapolis.
San Diego is a beautiful city, with the most diverse geography I’ve ever scene, at least the parts that aren’t all covered up with military bases and strip malls. If I could move everyone from minneap/st. paul to this little tropical local then stuff would be heck-a pleasant, word.
So, today is my last day working on this yoyo tour for hasbro, and I hate the feeling I have right now. Originally I was asked to work for three full months.. The timing was good, my girlfriend Rhea and I had just broken up after living together for over a year, and a three month tour was a great way to avoid dealing with it. So the tock is clicking, and I can’t wait to get back to minneapolis, but I really feel at this moment I’ve got so little to go back to. Rhea was my only good friend, and I don’t know where I’m going to stay. I’ve already accepted a position at Pulse, so at least the job thing is covered. I’ve never felt so friendless and alone as I do right now right here.
Before I go back home I’m gonna travel up the coast. I’ve got a friend in San Fran that’s got a nice pad in the Mission to stay at for as long as I want. My plan is to avoid coming back to the midwest for as long as I can.
At this moment, the two things I most look forward to are riding my single speed again and eating breakfast at the Seward Cafe…. And the International Cartoonist Conspiracy get togethers…. and the College for the Easily Amused meetings… But mainly riding my bike again, I fucking hate riding my car everywhere, I’m so spoiled.
I left minneapolis on a real creative high, I hope that continues when I get back, I haven’t had time for anything in my life out here. I had plans of returning with a new mini comic book finished, some short stories, and an album’s worth of beats on my fancy ass laptop.
Since I’ve been out here, I have had no time for anything, the little time I had off I spent in the ocean, I am gonna miss that. Waters real cold here, but makes me miss the swells in Hawaii. Speaking of, I found this great restaurant in town called Da Khine, if your ever in SD, check it out, I’ll give you some good directions, just be sure to get the Kulua Pig and Cabage with the macaroni side. Okay, so I guess I’m going to miss San Diego a little, but I never could find anyone to talk to, they just watch a lot of tv here. I guess its like anything else, there’s parts of MSP that would give me a bad impression of the cities.
So by the length of this thread I guess its pretty obvious how much I wish I had someone to talk to. I feel like I’m just exploding with convo.. But who the hell am I gonna call at 12:30 am west coast time… Thats 2:30am real people time.
At the very end of this, I’m very glad this is over, and I’m really glad I did it. What an awesome experience. The folks I’m working with here are such cool personalities, of course all yoyo pros would be. I’m really psyched about seeing my friends Meredith, David, and Kiya in San Fran, and I can’t wait to get back and make some new friends in the Twin Cities. As well as renew my friendship with Rhea, but right now I think we need to take some heavy time off and start all over, rediscover our friendship and non of the relationship guck.
Okay, not so much “new” as they are “new to you”.
I love the fact that The Return of Dr. Octagon subscribed to my blog, but hasn’t added me as a friend yet. That’s so backwards.
I’m performing at Paul’s Absynthe party tonight, whee.
Check out this video of Beck playing “Clap Hands” on the Sarah Kuttner Show in Paris. It’s a great video, and cool sound, but one of the best parts about it is that Matt Mahaffey was on this tour as a drummer in Beck’s band, so he’s in this video. He’s the guy hitting things on table to create a musical beat. This and other videos are availlable on Stewoo.net.
Matt Mahafey is the center of Self, one of my fave rock groups from Murfreesboro. Huge inspiration to me personally. Someday their new album will get released.