Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hot Stuff

Ash from a near by fire and near 100 degree heat 
was occasion to shut the windows and turn on the A/C.
This would be the unit's inaugural blast, or so I thought.
After several hours the interior thermostat was rising, and the air was stuffy.
Shortly after the sub-panel blew and with it my electricity. 
This was an inauspicious start to a holiday weekend
enhanced by a dramatic flash lightening and wind storm.
Hours later, order or least power was restored, 
but an uncomfortable few days were still forecast.

Scotch had an inspired idea to wake up early, get a jump on traffic and head to the beach.
By 830am we were strolling along The Pacific, rejuvenated by the seascape.
After two months without a camera, an eternity, my new Canon had finally arrived the previous day.
My mind never stopped framing shots,
but now I had a new device to capture the moving sun, and populated shoreline.
The magical sea created a vacation state of mind,
and a supreme escape from Saturday routines and inland heat.










Friday, August 18, 2017

Blowhard


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

RACISM



Never before have we had a man in the white house
who has been less of a leader or unifier than Trump.
FDR said the presidency was a place for moral leadership so how did we elect man who has no morals or ability to lead?
Complimenting her husband's character, Michelle O'bama famously said, 
"Being President doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are."
Truer words have never been spoken.
The disgruntled Trump who regretted reading a prescribed speech condemning the White Supremacists at Charlottesville quickly did an about face.
His racist, separatist views could not have been more transparent as a press conference
about infrastructure went off the rails.
This is a dark turning point in American history.
This unscrupulous man has single handedly embolden those who wore hoods and hid in the shadows
to come forward with clubs and torches illuminating their faces.
In the bright light of day they had the audacity to denounce Jews, blacks, homosexuals and women.
Even more terrifying is their agenda to protest in liberal and diverse cities like Berkeley and Laguna 
There will be no resting.
We must join forces to eradicate the evil this imbecile helped to unleash. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

For two weeks, a  lingering cold and and a colonoscopy, 
kept me off the hiking trail.
Tonight was a perfect night to step away from work and tread over dirt paths I travel frequently.
The earth grounds me, as does familiar terrain so
the combination soothed me like a warm homecoming.
The harsh August light ebbed slowly into evening.  
I watched the air over the Pacific get dense and gray,
while softer pinks radiated from the setting sun.  
These hikes are my meditation, the sands in my hourglass.
I can never take for granted their significance, these granules of time, foot contacting hiking trail, for the sum of these moments gives my life magnitude. 



Saturday, July 29, 2017

DIETLAND

AMC officially announced our series green light at TCA today.
This project has been a salvation during a politically charged time.
Every day another breaking news story reveals how much we are under siege. women particularly.
This mysoginsioc bigot is holding our democracy hostage.
Thus, DIETLAND has been a gift, an empowering project to sink my teeth into during this tiring time.
As we move closer to production the creative process continues to evolve.
We're moving from words to a cinematic language.
It's as thrilling and satisfying as any project I've worked on, and the fact that it is getting produced
has brought a bounty of joy to my heart.
Production in NY will bring me closer to some loved ones, and take me away from others.
Life is fluid, everything is temporary, and ALL is good.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Barcelona Eats


Viblioteca
Small neighborhood tapas restaurant.
Carrer Vallfogona 12, Gracia


Flax and Kale
Inspired by health food trends in California, well know local vegetarian chef got it right.
Carrer dels Tallers, 74B, The Born


La Cova Fumada
Old school family run seafood joint near the sea
Carrer Balaurd, 56, Barceloneta


Caelum
Bakery in an old convent. Abundant confections and jars of honey and jams.
Carrer de la Palla, 8, Gothic Quarter


The Juice House
Another healthy find, this one more intimate and remote
Carrer del Parlament, 12, Pöble Sec


Casa Lolea
Best sangria and frittata, delicious!
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 49

La Pubilla
Prix fixe lunch menu was a steal. Sophisticated modern take on local classics.
Plaça de la Llibertat, 23, Gracia



Monday, July 10, 2017

Mad Genius

I saved my last full day in Barcelona
for a deeper dive into all things Gaudi.
My first stop was Casa Batllo,
a fantastical apartment building like something
out of Dr. Seuss' imagination.
Built in 1904 it's an architectural feat of rounded walls and passageways.
 An impressive central stairwell spiraling into the heavens demonstrated
modern functional progress.
My favorite features were the kaleidoscope facade of broken tiles and whimsical outdoor spaces.
Even though my architectural preference is for simpler, cleaner design, 
I appreciated the skill and audacity it took to erect such a radically unique edifice.
Queueing for the La Sagrada Familia, I already preferred the scale and intimacy of the residential structure over the spectacular spectacle of the church.
I pondered what it was like to inhabit one of neighboring apartments, and to witness the slow progress of the masterpiece and the daily swarm of tourists to the site. 
Upon entering the cathedral
the cascading light from stain glass windows was unexpected and powerful, 
but the sheer size and constant hum of the drill made me want to escape into natural sunlight.
Crowds, construction and chaos, an unappealing trifecta, sucked all reverence
from the hallowed space.
I soon left and found much more tranquility on the streets of Barcelona,
before meeting Swan and Jenny for one last cava.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Outstanding in the City

One day is more outstanding than the next!
Major contributing factor is the ease in which Swan and I travel together.
We both have a penchant for museums, exploring on foot,
and balancing tapas with healthy vegan meals.
Keeping track of our quotidian adventures makes me aware of how ground we're covering.
Our pace seems leisurely, but then again we're over achievers.
Today started on at hilltop overlooking the city at the spectacular Joan Miro Foundation,
followed by a walk through lush gardens to the Palau Nacional.
Majestic fountains, sculptures and columns seized the landscape
projecting a world class influence I hadn't yet experienced in the city.
The next stop was my favorite, Mies van der Rohe's World's Fair Pavillion.
In a city known for it's surreal, may I dare say, gaudy architecture
this structure is a minimalist haven constructed of the most sensual polished marble.
Several surprising facts:
The interior was vacant except for two chairs, seats for the king and queen.
They became world famous, replicated and still in vogue today.
The original building was dismantled in 1930 and its parts used in other structures.
In the 80s an exact replica was painstakingly recreated and built on the actual site.
After siesta, more tapas and a goblet of refreshing sangria at Casa Lolea
before taking in the seductive movements of classic flamenco dancers
at Palau de la Musica Catalana.





Saturday, July 8, 2017

La Cova Fumada

Old world charm permeates the streets of Barceloneta,
a seaside neighborhood defined by its working class roots and proximity to the port. 
La Cova Fumada is a backstreet restaurant, established in the 1940s,
serving old school tapas.
The owners' grandmother rules the small kitchen of the tiny establishment.
I kept expecting to see Anthony Bourdain at the next table blotting olive oil and garlic with crusty tomato smeared bread.
This is a place of legacy.
Jenny's husband, Pau, has been coming here since he was a baby.  
By far, this has been my favorite meal in Barcelona