Tag: road trip 08

a perfectionist at 12

Another one from the archives. 3.26.08. Funny how fast we grow and life changes in a year. Would be embarrassing if it weren’t honesty. when i was 8 i wanted braces – i’d make my own with paper clips. when i was 10 i wanted contacts – i’d suck on ice and put it in…




desert poem

From the archives. 2.3.08 if i’d have known you as a Saguero, i’d have hunted for your flowers at night: suckled stamina, swam in scents, and kissed each sweetly good night – before they close in morning (for eternity?) if i’d have known you as a Vampire, i’d have been seduced into the quagmire of…




therapy = no health insurance

This has turned out to be a doozy of a week. First, a client of mine laid off all contractors and cut back employees. Very sad despite how much cut backs were expected. Then I received a letter from ODS saying that I was declined the health insurance I applied for over a month ago,…




To Watch, To Listen: Dutch Influence

Miles: ~5,800 Place: New Orleans, French Quarter hotel Note: Dutch boys, Maurice and Sander, love electronica, hence our late swing through gay dance club. Gorgeous man with diamonds sprinkling his skull, like Britney Spears in “Toxic,” loves my hair. Sparkleboy’s boyfriend hand crafted his own strikingly sexy white suit, expertly paired to the boyfriend’s own…




Talk to Strangers Road Trip

Febrary-April 2008 Wow, who would have imagined how much time it’d take to develop and parse through 30 rolls of film and over 1,500 digital photos? Fine, laugh away… Good news is that I’m slowly getting there and willing to share my portfolio and albums along the way. Just remember they’re not complete and I…




San Diego and Jack Johnson

Just a quick update that I’m alive and very well in southern California. My best girl from Portland, Elisabeth, met me here on Tuesday and since then we’ve managed to hit a couple of beaches, tour Wildstorm comics, an offshoot of DC and kill karaoke not once, but twice. My new favorite karaoke bar is…




Don’t Mess with Texas and Happy Easter

It’s true and I’m sad. After raving about the friendliness of Texan highways, I received my second speeding ticket this trip. And it gets worse considering I never received my renewed registration stickers and lost my ID in Austin. Oh, and the speed limit changed from 80 to 70 only 10 miles before. Warning all…




On Being a Champion

Simply put, it rocks – like the music at SXSW. Of the 15,000 folks at the festival, around 100 entered a softball tourney, the entertainment for the close out BBQ. Those braves played their hearts out on dusty fields after 4 days of continuous drinking, partying and little sleep. And some of us won. I…




Lovin and Leaving Louisiana

Nestled quietly a mere 9 meters, or 30 feet, from I-10 in a Texan rest stop, I reflect on my recent Louisiana love affair and replenish my body’s hydration system. Currently, I’m en route to Austin Texas, where I hope to be one of 400 people to receive free tickets to a Yo La Tengo…




Ask Jewel

Is there something you’ve just been dying to check out or want to know? Like, what’s the best city for karaoke? Price of gas in some podunk town? Or if they’re still selling that one shot glass you need to complete your collection? I make no guarantees I’ll get around to everything, but you’re welcome…




Google Earth Roadtrip Map

Places and Recommendations

Goal here is to catalog places to stay, to visit, people to meet, live music and other interests. Here’s a list of major cities along the way (see “The Route” page for more previous post). Check out the Map Arizona: Phoenix Tucson Hotel Congress Mt Lemmon Texas: El Paso Austin Houston Louisiana: New Orleans Mississippi:…




Google Earth Roadtrip Map

Talk to Strangers: the route

Follow me across the deep south, up the rust belt and along classic route 66. I’ll do my best to keep postings as I travel but don’t expect me to move fast. The new car only has a v4 and all my talking to strangers will have me stopping in every town/village/city/gas station along the…