2019 May 28 Journal
I haven’t even written about this since it happened…
I didn’t get the TEDxSLC talk.
As I’ve said on a few occasions, I’m ok with that version of reality, as it frees up my summer and focus to just manifest my journey.
I’m very disappointed.
I gave it my best effort and it wasn’t accepted, which kind of blows.
But here’s the deepest part – on some level,
Woke up with a hangover on Tues morning. Had to get up early to go meet Hunter Allan for a much anticipated photo shoot and podcast interview. I felt like such shit… I was getting all sweaty from the hangover and from concentration while we were shooting… my mind was kind of slow and foggy in our interview. We did get A FEW really great images. Lately I’ve been struggling to find good light. It’s been so frustrating.
After our shoot, I had thai for lunch. The people at Sawadee Thai are so gracious. Yesterday I thought they were anxious for me to get out of there, but then they brought me a rice milk & jack fruit desert, complimentary. It was the best lunch… really nourished my body. Between the fresh veggies, meats, curry spices, and ice water, I could feel my body thanking me for the good nourishment.
I was on my way to pick up a scheduled Lyft ride – I had been talking with Esther. I had this thought… I’m going to send her a pic of my legs in my car and caption it, “I always wonder what people think when they get in my car and I’m dressed like this….”
I then picked up a Lyft rider. He was so infatuated with what I was wearing, was rubbing my leg, pulling my shirt up to see the pockets on my shorts, being too intrusive to the point where I had to say, “dude, no”. He then started talking about how he loves to drive long distances without any pants on, and upon dropping him off, was inviting / trying to persuade me into driving around with him without any pants on.
….and yes. He’s a single 33 yr old sexually confused semi-mormon guy.
It frightens me to think that we live in a world where this guy is common. In other news, I got a really nice compliment from a new listener, someone I picked gave a Lyft ride to the other night:
I then hit a pigeon on the highway. It was flying across and hit my windshield. I’ve never hit a pigeon before. It had a certain kind of thud to it. I’m guessing it weighed about 6 ounces. Not quite half a pound of flesh at 55 mph. It was kind of startling.
And then signs started appearing –
Earlier this week, Rachel told me about a thrift shop in town called “the other Side”, a thrift boutique run by ex cons. “The place reeks of people who give a shit”, she said. She said it was th most inspiring shopping experience she’s ever had. As she laid out her experience with it, I could see walking in there with cameras rolling, to produce a short doc about the place. I’m going to hit up Steve about it.
And then on my way to a coffee appointment, I found myself driving behind the delivery truck for The Other Side:
I had coffee with Adam Butcher, the friend that Linda Gregerson introduced me to. For 3 hours he unfolded his story of being a recently paroled sex offender. Spent 3.5 yrs in prison. He talked about how he transformed prison into his sanctuary. It was unreal. As he laid it all out, I could see a whole season of shows about his story.
I’m going to do a mini-season of shows with Adam before I leave for Philly. Absolutely. It’s just so obvious. Pre-production has begun. We are meeting again next tues to go over some notes.
Yesterday was a fascinating day in the 801.