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I went to Brooklyn earlier this month to see friends and a punk show. I’d perceived Brooklyn to be some kind of hipster mecca, and it kind of is – artisanal everything – but it’s the same story as Echo Park in LA, or Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, or any other neighborhood amidst gentrification. Get a bunch of young, privileged, “creative” types together, let it simmer, and you’ll get neighborhoods like Williamsburg or Silverlake.


I was telling my friend that Brooklyn was auditioning for me on this trip, and it went well. Maybe I’ll live there in a few years. This first picture is by Andy Betsch.


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December 30, 2011 at 1:04 PM

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Coming Home

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By now, I think I’ve talked about (and probably repeated) all of my feelings about living in California and driving across the country, so I’ll spare some narrative. I miss the people and the food and the beaches and the shows in Los Angeles. It’s a surreal place and sometimes I felt like I was dreaming. I think I was.

We took our time on the ride East, stopping in Vegas, Flagstaff, Las Cruces, Dallas, Nashville, Louisville, home in Cincinnati, Kenyon and finally DC. The country rolled under our blue Prius from the desert to the plains, and I tried hard to remember it all because I didn’t know the next time I’d be out West.

In Kentucky, when I saw the autumnal colors and I felt the crisp cold, I knew I was home.

Here’s a few pictures I took. Enjoy.

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December 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

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San Francisco and more Big Sur

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I was looking through my external and found more photos from this trip in September. It really was something special. The last picture doesn’t belong in the series, but I think it’s cool and I have no where else to post it.


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December 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

In the summertime

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Well, I graduated and I spent the summer in Los Angeles where I learned some things and took a lot of pictures. My girlfriend and I lived in a neighborhood called Echo Park. Lifetime Salvadorean and Mexican residents mingle with rich kids in jorts and tank tops, and the DIY space is just past the Latino karaoke bar. Our former neighborhood had elements of “hip” places all over the nation.

Anyway, here’s some pictures that I took. Enjoy.

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December 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

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