The picture says it all. We’re here in Louisville about to embark on an adventure which will open our eyes, hearts, minds, and wallets to the truth about the origins of humanity and the planet. Yes, we are going to the Creation Museum. It is egregiously overpriced and we’re going to be ironic, so I suppose the joke is on us. Oh well…we’ll get lots of good pictures out of it.
The interview in Boston went really well, though I think I left a hefty portion of my sanity on the streets of Cambridge/Somerville just trying to get the fuck out of the city. What a terrible place to drive. Anyway, on Monday we go home. Yessss!
Oh yeah, also we saw Mamma Mia! again.
Last summer while visiting our friend Emily in the city, we spent a little time out in Westchester county with our other friend Matt and his two dogs. He has a psychotic dachshund and a kind of poofy dog that is technically male, but clearly a girl–or at least a girly dog. “His” name is Woody, but last summer I decided that he needed a more gender-appropriate name, so I rechristened him Theresa. Now we’re back in Westchester on our way to Boston and again I’ve come face-to-face with Theresa, the gender-confused canine.
This picture actually demonstrates Theresa’s remarkable knack for contemplative stares, but I think you get the idea.
Aaaanyway, we spent a night in NYC with my friend Catalina in her luxurious summer housing room on the 10th floor of Palladium (an NYU dorm), which is, weirdly enough, where Adena lived last school year! Also where I spent many hours on a couch. It was freaky being back on the 10th floor, but not as freaky as our feet right now, which are currently ravaged by hours of walking around in cheap shoes from Target (in my case, at least).
And now after a night in Westchester we’re about to leave for our last filming location in Boston. It’s been a hugely successful, and–more importantly–fun trip so far, but I doubt I presume too much to speak for Adena as well as myself in saying that we’re both pretty eager to finish up and resume life as real people rather than mangy vagabonds with chronic foot pain.
Greetings from Maryland!
We finished our D.C.-area shoot–including a full interview, and a silly outing to the Washington monument–in just one day, and were hoping to see the band Leftöver Crack with my friend Andrew, who we’re staying with here in Maryland, but as cruel fate would have it there was a malfunction in the greater-D.C. metro, and after about 45 sweaty minutes in an inexplicably unmoving train at the Shady Grove station in Gaithersburg we got word that the show had sold out (“they ran out of crack”), so now we’re here in Andrew’s mom’s lavish guest room leeching the wireless and pondering his awesome cats:
This cat could advertise store brand Fancy Feast.
We’ve actually encountered a great deal of vivacious felines on this trip, plus a few pretty awesome dogs, and I have to admit it’s one of my favorite aspects of the whole project.
Tomorrow we’re off to NYC. The driving is getting a bit tedious, but luckily Adena has a few episodes of The Ricky Gervais Show on her iPod, so we’ve been passing the time with Karl Pilkington.
Here are two more pictures from Ohio:
Jack bought an electric organ for $75 from Goodwill while we were there. Here he is jamming with Adena on his back porch.
But not quite!
Here are a few pictures to go along with Adena’s post from yesterday:
The hay adds so much to this activity.
Biiiig fuckin’ rabbit.
I liked the heart over the “i” in genetics.
THIS is what our country is all about. ‘Merican flag, cats, pandas. You don’t need to know anything else.
Yes, I did make him play Free Bird. But he asked! And we were his only spectators.
This is a cry for help. Somebody please, please save me from Adena’s atrocious mix CD. We’re coming up on day six in Arlington Heights, IL, and if I have to hear “I Try” by Macy Gray one more time, I will call this whole project off. Don’t test me.
Unfortunately the centerpiece of this mix is a song I could never deny, never truly tire of:
Curse you “Fat Lip”!!!!!!!!!
We just wrapped up our second day of shooting with our second interviewee and everything went almost frighteningly well. After shooting in Millennium park we went to a Jeff Koons exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. And then we hiked like psychos to catch the train back to the hinterlands. My feet hurt but we saw some real good art.
“This city’s got big buildings, I like food, bye.”
This picture was hanging in the booth at the Italian-ish fast food place we ate at last night in Arlington Heights. SKEEZER!
We saw Mamma Mia! with Adena’s mom on Wednesday.
Y’all. This movie was outrageous and terrible and I loved it. I think our friend Jess said it best when she said that it’s like a studio paid millions of dollars to produce someone’s inside joke. Honestly you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen Meryl Streep writhe uncomfortably on top of a goat house while singing ABBA.
And now we’re watching SHAAARK WEEEEEEK!
We spent Monday night in my ancestral land with my mom’s cousin, Tony, and his family. I’d never been to Oklahoma City (my grandparents were partial to the greater Tulsa region), but I found it terribly pleasant and extraordinarily spacious. The highlight of the trip was probably our tour of downtown OK City when we sort of forced Tony to paparazzi drive for us around a residential area so that I could get a picture of a particularly goofy-looking man on a Segway. This is the best shot I managed to get:
…despite the fact that at one point we had totally cut him off in a parking lot and were stopped directly in front of him. I really let everyone down in that moment with my shoddy photography skills, but at least we had fun just chasing him.
And now, after a 12-hour drive through 2 magnificent heartland states and Missouri (snap! Missouri sucks!) we’re in Chicago with Adena’s family. Two things: 1) I’m currently in a basement, 2) like a strange land under some sort of terrible curse, Chicago gets COLD at night in JULY! But it’s also home to my friend Jess Combs, who I haven’t seen in months and won’t see again until January due to poor study abroad planning, so I’m thinking it’s not such a bad place after all. Also the suburbs here don’t look like a city had food poisoning and spewed out strip malls from both ends all over its outlying areas, so…that’s a bit of an advantage over where I come from.
Southern Illinois was kind of boring, but I liked these smoke stacks:
And here’s a group pic from the Jaws night:
Life is full of harsh compromises and brutal consequences. Por ejemplo, if you attend a midnight screening of Jaws, then get up the next day at 5 a.m. to drive to San Antonio and conduct an interview, you will get about two hours of sleep (or less, if you’re me).
I can’t say I regret it–all of my Houston friends were there and seeing it on the big screen was an amazing experience–but the timing could have been better, I admit. As a result of these shenanigans I was definitely dragging ass yesterday at our first interview. Adena held it together remarkably well, but I felt as if I’d been interrogated by the Stasi, then forced to run a marathon, and my demeanor was hovering somewhere around Government Employee on the cranky scale. Needless to say, it was a less than ideal situation, but I think we got some pretty good stuff for the interview, and today we set off for a second, much more well-rested day of shooting.
Probably the most awesome thing we saw yesterday was the cover of this local business magazine in Jason’s Deli: