I think I’ve hit a series of particularly difficult personal hurdles. I’m a say-yes-to-everything person. The problem is that I tend to say yes because I’m hopeful that I can learn something new, stretch myself and work on a project that sounds cool. I’m helping!
For unknown/first-time projects, I’m terrible at estimating time. I’m pretty good once I know the parameters, but the first time on a project can be brutal. I’ve got several firsts up in the air.
I’ve got several in the air, only one that I’ve shared: Swim Herschel Swim reunion show in less than two weeks. The logistics have been pretty good, but as people start arriving, I have a feeling that we’ll spend a lot of time in rehearsal and I won’t be up for air. Since this is the first time we’re doing this, with people flying in, arranging rehearsal space, making sure everybody has an amp, a microphone and knows the songs isn’t that bad, but the unknown part of this endeavor is hanging over me just a tad.
So I share this peaceful image of a badly lit bunch of trees. Peaceful.
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Daily affirmation: Lift and then put down one foot. And then one more. It’s Monday. Let’s stop there.
Not So Quaking Aspen
I had a great weekend. It’s Thursday already, I know. Seeing my long-time childhood friends was fantastic. You might remember them from such expoits as 2005 Road Trip, (2, 3, 4), 2006 Insane Hike (with erroneous title) (photos), Bonnaroo 2007, etc.
We’ve been unable to do big trips the past few years so seeing JB/Thomas Haden Church and McQueen together was stellar. We’ve decided that we need to restart the yearly get togethers in a neutral location; a true vacation/escape. Last year, McQueen and I went back to Knoxville and hung out for a few days, but this year, Haden Church stayed for five nights. I got him for three. Great to shoot the shit and talk about the recent past and the future. This time together with my boys was some of the best times I’ve had with them. I’ll share more from the weekend in another post, but I wanted to share this photo as it was taken on the first hike I’ve been on since the gall bladder removal. I did pretty well, given the high temperature and the late start. I estimate we hiked an unfamiliar trail at least 4-6 miles round trip.
I wish I’d taken more shots of us as a trio, but I did get all of us to sit still for a shot at a boarded up store that was a block away from my childhood home. I need to get permission before sharing that one.
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Daily affirmation: Let go. Of the past, of the pain and of the crazy-making what-ifs.
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco
Taken at Red Butte Amphitheater, June 25, 2012.
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Daily affirmation: Sometimes you just have to say WTF and do the thing you maybe shouldn’t. We learn this from the classics, in particular, Risky Business starring Tom Cruise.
I love that in the midst of rebirth and spring, this lone tree is either sick, dying or just late to the game. As I was trying to get as much detail as possible from the clouds, I was messing with the luminance and saturation of colors. In Lightroom, the top slider is red. That’s as far as I got, because this looks hellish and awesome.
It’s June! Already! When I returned from England, my very ill father told me that from that point forward, my life would move much faster. He was right in one sense. I think the sense of speed comes from the amassing of memories. It feels faster as the years progress because our minds and hearts are full of milestones, detours, trials and stories. Each day we have more to look at, more to recall and the journey through this internal space stretches ever slightly longer. We recall in a time-compressed and time-shifted way; the rewinding and fast forwarding of our lives adds to the sense of speed.
Daily affirmation: Time passes. Don’t freak about this.