my friends djMark & lirpa both noticed some fotoblogging i had done
over the summer @ flickr.com that i had made a link to in my myspace
page... i mostly posted pix that i took in august during an unusual
vacation for me, my first-ever
, solo, non-business-related trip, in fact (post-breakup), to both philadelphia
(in two installments
all of the pictures i took were captured with a series of disposable
cameras... i had thought about buying a digital camera before the trip,
but knew nothing about them & ran out of time... i discovered
during my journey that the more i wandered around the east coast &
took fotos, though, the more i wanted to keep doin' it! from my cocoon
of despair & confusion began to emerge a full-fledged shutterbug
(& please keep in mind that my mother was being treated for cancer
@ the same time as that trip, so i wasn't just simply wallowing in
'dating' blues in self-pitying fashion)...
anyways: practically no one
on myspace really noticed (such is the nature of that online community... + i'm a wee bit older
than the average there [ha!], which has always made me slightly
uncomfortable with having a myspace account at all)... practically no one
noticed, that is, except for
mark & lirpa, & maybe a handful of other frenz & family members...
well... out of all that initial flickr/myspace blog energy came a later
invitation from those two to start a buzznet account, which, in all
honesty, has changed my life.
sure, this shite ain't perfect, but i personally really
needed to reach out to a larger community--something radio work has
certainly allowed me to do, but which is a tall order in this
gentrified region of the "golden" state...
as a result of my membership, i've made a bunch
of friends in three relatively short months (including deepening my
ties to djM, lirpa & their 2 wonderful children, paisley &
here's the thing, then... re: that beautiful painting
mark gave me the other day for helping him get up to snuff to start his
first ever gig as a full-fledged fm radio dj?... on 1 level, i don't
feel like i really deserve
it, 'cause i've gotten so much more
from them than any extra effort i put into answering mark's self-described
"stupid questions" (damn, answering radio-related questions is what i largely do
for a living
! it's the least
i can do, especially
for a friend!! =)
i don't know how to thank the two of them enough, or also so many of y'all
(who have even waded this far into this
particular entry), for helping me to reimagine a very difficult phase of my life as actually being one of rebirth
(& i'm hoping, even, evolution
the least i can do is to share some of these thoughts with a number of
U collectively, in this site, & with others (such as my very best
friends from santa barbara, for instance--jay, sara, & samara, luis
& doina, john b., keith r., my boss elizabeth robinson, my longtime
coworker bryan, my roommates since i joined 'laguna house,'--sara b.,
laurel, & keira--so many of the student managers @ kcsb,--chris m.
& carlotta, esp.--kcsb's great programmers, and so on... plus my
family, of course (both immediate & extended)... i just want to
express appreciation to you all for being there for me, and for being
such important parts of my life...
o.k. enough of my blather... y'all must think i'm some sorta hippie
but back to U 2, "dj"mark & april
(is it o.k.
for me to call U that for once
, lirpa?;) ~ not only
am i gonna think about other concrete ways to pay U back for your luv & generosity (besides writing a unsolicited tome
)... i also just wanted to show U just how special a location mark's "sound salvation" piece has already assumed in my space
(in the haven
i've been calling my bedroom
since late winter, 2005)...
U twose, so many
of y'alls... i just don't know where
i'd be withoutcha!!!!!!!!
with LUV & in solidarity,