Thursday, January 28, 2010

Want to see what ₩300,000 looks like?

Don't get too excited, that's only about $280 USD.

If I've learned anything from my music video experience, all I need now is an Ed Hardy hoodie, a white cyc and a rented Lamborghini and I'm on my way to becoming a hip-hop star!

Monday, January 25, 2010

All Tomorrow's Parties

Just wanted to thank everyone who came to the going away party last night. I believe a good time was had by all. Except for Vikings fans, maybe. But seriously, I'm really lucky to have so many wonderful friends, and I'll miss you all while I'm overseas.

If you picked up one of my business cards with the blog URL and the new phone number on it, I should clarify that, if everything goes down the way AT&T has described it, I'll be keeping my current LA number for trips back home and such. The new number is a Google Voice number. If all goes well I should be able to retrieve your voice mail messages on either number from overseas thanks to the modern miracle of Google Voice.

Oh, and by the way, here's the current status of the Korean Marriage Pool. I think you'll have to get in touch with Zak if you want to participate.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Goodbye, Mr. Blue

Dropped my pet fish off with a friend last night. Fare thee well, Mr. Blue and Nice Guy Eddie. Hopefully Eric will treat you better than you treated his fish. (Sorry about the loach and the chinese algae eater, Eric...)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Your minutiae, your perks, your perspective, my paperwork

Took a big step in completing all the paperwork I need to compile for the trip today by applying for my visa at the Korean consulate. Went fairly smoothly, although I did have to buy a new passport-style photo as I forgot to bring one of the spares from my passport application. (The new one was a much better photograph, but not nearly as comically mustachioed as the old one.) Most of the remaining preparations involve buying small electronics (what can I say, I'm a gadget junkie) and generally packing up to get out of LA. Oh, and I broke down and bought the shirt. Hope it shows up in time for the going away party (rescheduled to Sunday the 24th, by the way).

Saturday night I went to a party held by a friend of mine to celebrate his wife finally arriving permanently in LA. (She's from the Czech Republic and the move has been held up by visa problems for something like three years. Sure hope an E-2 visa to Korea is a little easier to acquire...) Thought it was ironic and kind of sad that the time between her arrival and my departure is only a couple of weeks. Saw a lot of friends I haven't seen in a while, including some that just recently moved here. I'm starting to feel a little bit like Shia Lebouf at the beginning of "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," when he's confessing to how he abandoned all his closest friends when he left Astoria. (Of course anyone who's watched the movie knows that he did it in an effort to get away from dead-end poverty and getting shot by the Puerto Rican hoods in his neighborhood, but I digress.) I guess the downside of living, traveling, blessing, adventuring and not being sorry is that you always miss someone somewhere...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Last Picture Show

So after a holiday visit to Western New York I'm back in LA and working as best boy grip on another low-budget feature. So far it's been pretty typical of your 2-3 week shooting schedule type affair. To review: Day 1 - the sprinklers went off on the HMIs. Day 2 - not as bad as Day 1. I have to say, after three and a half years of working on 95% low budget crap in LA, and still encountering the same people on those jobs three and a half years later (meaning they haven't moved on to bigger and better things either), I have very few regrets about moving on to something different for a while.

So here's the rough schedule for how this going away to Korea thing is going to work:

January 23rd: Just-announced going away BBQ (check your Facebook invites)
January 31st: Vacate apartment, move onto someone's couch for a couple days
February 2nd: Ong Bak 2 on DVD
February 3rd: Begin World Tour in Las Cruces, NM
February 4th: World Tour - Oklahoma City, OK
February 5th: World Tour - TBD (probably Nashville or Louisville or Chicago via St. Louis)
February 6th: World Tour - Chicago (possible stopover in Louisville)
February 8th: World Tour - Buffalo, NY
February 12th: World Tour - New York, NY
February 13th: Blaggard's Day/Mitch Fowler's Birthday/Henry Rollins's Birthday
February 15th: Depart New York, brief stopover in Los Angeles
February 17th: Arrive in Incheon, Republic of Korea