Saturday, January 01, 2005

new year resolution.


happy new year!

i spent new year's eve walking around the neighborhood. i find i run into different people, places and things everytime i venture around this little area i been living, between Hyde Park and the University.

i was looking for the new issue of Heeb magazine , it's got a cover story on the Beastie Boys, so i went over to Barnes and Noble on the Guadalupe drag. they of course did not have it.

but it gave me a chance to check out Texadelphia sandwich shop, which Sam swears by. it was alright, probably better if you are of the carnivorous variety. but it was good and it gave me a chance to get back to another ongoing photo project i have been slowly working on, a collection of pictures of kids giving me the thumbs up like the Fonz.

i am thinking a book for kids on the history of the Fonz, what he means and ways to guide kids to be "cool like Fonzie".(a line i cribbed from "Pulp Fiction")

i got this great picture and their Dad wasn't weirded out and didn't seem too worried about what i was going to use it for.

i walked back towards Anne's and happened upon some college aged dudes hanging out in the garage and playing music. there was a bumper sticker on one the cars in the driveway that said "salam"(in arabic), "shalom"(hebrew) and "peace". so i knew they were wit' it.

stoned(very stoned) soul grooves, rhyming(more like mumbling) on the mic and everyone was taking turns on assorted instruments, popping, clanging and banging. some of the guys were wearing big airtraffic controller like ear plugs. i started taking pictures of these cats. they didn't barely flinch and motioned to me to pick up an instrument. i took over on drums when the one guy got up to pack a bowl.

we threw down for a while, mashing up the disco, funk, reggae riddims and some old school hip hop beats. i hung out for a while with these guys. i can only remember Ron's name, but they were all really nice and invited me out with them to grab a Thundercloud and some afternoon soccer. i had to get back but thanked them for letting me play with them and they told me to drop by again sometime.

later, i decided to keep new year's chill, instead of meeting some peeps down on 6th, i went to dinner with Anne and Heather to one of my favorite spots since i been here, The Thai Kitchen .

always awesome, we talked to the lady that runs the place with her husband. i asked her if she had any folks back home and if they were alright. she said they are all fine and that her brother was on his way to the coast from Bangkok, only he couldn't get his car started to get there the day the tidal waves hit.

she wanted us to kinda eat quick as they were closing soon and wanted to get over to their other shop across town where they were going to celebrate. i told her i eat slow and that i "wanted to finish the year with a clean plate". it drove Heather nuts as i ate nearly every piece of rice one by one with my sticks.

later we went down the street to Nadine, Krista and Nathan's. they are a nice family. Nadine is two and she was sleeping most of the time. but there were some other peeps there. we had the record player going and Krista poured me a vodka in pomegranite juice.

i hung out with one of the guest's son, Daniel, most of the time. he is six and seemed excited about hugging his mom on new year's. i tried to get him to count down from 1800 when it was a half hour to midnite. he didn't really go for it.

instead i taught him how to play vinyl records and showed him which ones were the coolest. we choreographed a call and response drum session on a planter that was on the porch along with a karate dance that we did at midnite. he also did a dedication to Anne and Heather with the copy of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" that Nathan had in his stack. he told me about one of his favorite books "Around the World in 80 Days" but i explained it to him that this dude, Prince, was so bad-ass that he did it in one and that he should check out THAT record. Nathan didn't have it but we rocked "Purple Rain" for a while as it was always Anne and mine's favorite as well.

we talked about New Years resolutions and Daniel couldn't seem to come up with one. i told him he should stay nice to mom and not always play gamecube "until his finger hurt". he seemed cool with that.

i couldn't seem to come up with one for myself, except to do more yoga. it has been months since i have done it and i am probably pretty stiff and tight in my back. seems like an easy resolution.

the other resolution i thought of is a more general one i reccomend others to follow.

it is a choice between two: don't smoke cigarettes or make babies.

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