Wait, what is this? Is this entry
devoid of any massive emotional baggage? Devoid of any
diatribes about "The Journey" and all it entails? That
hardened road of despair? Is this just... about a fun
hike and a fun party?
This project has always been about
documenting what changes my character, and this year -
just having fun is about as character changing as you
can get. Meeting new people, giggling at the
colorfulness around you and being carefree 'cause you
know the planet is spinnin' in your direction at the
moment. Good times.
So it's "Palmolive"'s 29th
birthday week and she is certainly going all out.
I wanna go to Disneyland! Come with me!
I wanna hike Echo Mountain! Come with me! I'm
throwing a birthday/costume party! Be Indy! Let's take
old-time photos at Knotts Berry Farm! Ha. This really
is a ridiculous way to start a relationship
considering this period is ALREADY fun. I'm reminded
of the line from "When Harry Met Sally" about not
taking someone to the airport at the beginning of a
relationship. "Why don't you ever take me to the
airport anymore?" Heh. What's cool though, is that
what really excites both of us? Is working together. I
think we both believe that what we will create and
produce in the coming months will be far more exciting
than this week. No, this week has just been fun.
Unadulterated fun. After Disneyland, a
To anyone living in LA, completely
burnt out by how many damn people there are? You need
to find some trails. Find your own "Journey Mountain"
and escape, because California is pretty gorgeous. And
these trails are everywhere. This one in particular
leads to the Echo Mountain Resort Ruins where from
1893-1936 a cable car transported the rich folks up to
fun and frolic.
Now of course, there's
just remnants of what was there after a fire
- but it's pretty cool to see it all strewn
Cool, right? I dig old
stuff like this. And who knew? It's located
in FALL. Somehow, though it rarely hits other
parts of LA - Eastern Autumn is located atop
a hill in Alta Dena...
Isn't that cool? God I love Fall.
And man, would CeBe ever have a BLAST back
For a second I actually
thought she would pull this off...
Ooh, ooh! And there's this "Echo
Phone" that seriously has at least a 2 second
..as it echos off a mountain
across the valley which I'm sure annoys the living
shit out of some poor bastard that bought a house
there. HAAAAAAAAA. The realtor doesn't tell you
THAT pieec of info on the walk through.
And then it was time for...
"Palmolive"'s birthday/costume party! Enter, fun
Haaaaaaaaaaa. First, that poor
bastard wanted that one-egg pan so bad he was hiding
it in his coat.
I'm such a prick. I stay back
with my camera until the very end of the gift exchange
and then jump up and steal the coolest under $5 gift
there. I mean, I don't know what the hell
I'm gonna do with that pan - but I gurantee it
will make its way into a funny Journey video. Of
course, one dude stole the night, and alas, it was not
Brian the waiter. Oh my
sweet jesus was this guy perfect as that
ANNOYING PRICK waiter? Could there be a
more relatable character? Ever since some
waiter called me "Hey Guy!" about 27 times at
a Chili's I have abhored this type of
waiter. And they NAILED it in this movie
thanks to Mr. Todd Duffey whom
Of course the best part is that he
totally plays along and dresses up like the guy and
watches the hilarity ensue when people look at him and
think: "Fuck that guy looks like the guy..." as
I got in the video. And what a genuinely cool guy
who has done all sorts of cool things but of course
happens to be in one of the biggest cult classics of
our generation. I love that he just runs with it.
It's the one thing I learned from Michele Greene
who was best remembered for her role on LA Law...
she's incredibly talented and works constantly... it
just happens to be that one of the things she did
"blew up" when she was in her early 20s. It's not a
curse, it's a blessing. I remember seeing the guy
who played the young Tom Hanks in Big a few years
back, and he was just such an absolute prick because
I didn't know what else he was in. You just shake
your head and walk away. I hope Todd realizes how
much respect people have that he is so willing to be a
goof ball. Which of course meant we had to play
Heh. Too funny. What a cool
So, whew. What happens next? Well
I can tell you that an enormous amount of work
happens next. I have a million things ahead of me
to get done and get rolling 'cause as I mentioned
before a nice part of this convergence with
"Palmolive" is producing a shitload of things and
slowly taking over the world. But what a fun week to
start things off?
Smile. Smile. Smile.
PS - Jesus, too much fun for one
entry. Forgot about Knott's Berry Farm: