Paolo Balboa

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The Atlantic Cities

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The Atlantic Cities published my photo last week as a part of its ongoing postcard series. Waking up to this news was pretty damn cool.

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November 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

ACRN Guest List

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I was the video director for the All Campus Radio Network at Ohio University during my last year of school. I produced short videos of local artists playing music, laced with interview footage. It was fun while it lasted and I admittedly did not put forth much effort into creating more. Undergraduate life.

Still, I’m proud of what I did and I could not have done it without the talents of my crew and the artists on stage. The video section at ACRN is under new management, and it looks like they’re creating some righteous stuff. Dig it.

Here’s the three that I produced and one in which I interviewed.

Blithe Field

Whale Zombie

The Ghost of Asa Phelps

And I interviewed Larry and His Flask

The Great California Road Trip

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In late September, we drove from LA to San Francisco via the California 1. The 1 is a National Scenic Byway that was built along the coast of the great state of California, and as far as scenic routes go, this one might take the cake. From Santa Monica to the Big Sur cliffs to the Bay, we drove this two-lane route for the better part of four total days. We camped in a Big Sur Cabin, slept in an empty flat two blocks south of The Mission and stopped in Monterrey, before sauntering back to Echo Park.

After living in the harsh, dead and brown LA landscape, this trip was a much-needed reminder that we lived in the most naturally diverse state in the US. It was late September and I think we needed to remember what autumn felt like. I fell in love with California after this trip, and I hope to call it my home again at some point in the future.

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November 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

The Great American Road Trip, Pt. 1

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I drove to Los Angeles with my girlfriend a week after I graduated college to take a job with a public broadcast show. We drove from my house in Cincinnati to Salt Lake City to LA in three days. Looking back, I’m happy that I never allowed myself to revel in the highs and lows of graduation. I forced myself to keep moving and never to settle for something that doesn’t make me happy. I ended up quitting my job after two months and another two months later, I was on the road once again, heading to the East Coast.

I’m going to be cataloging the last four months here for a number of reasons – nostalgia and updating friends – but mostly to organize my life. I’ve been settled in Washington, DC for a month and I’m still living out of a briefcase.

Here are my favorite pictures from the trip out West in June. We listened to a lot of Lucero on this drive and I remember the trip fondly.

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November 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM