A Visit to Santa Rosa

Normally I’m excited for any chance I have to head north to Santa Rosa, my old stomping grounds. The beautiful landscaping, the cute downtown, the proximity to wine…

Unfortunately, this trip is business, not pleasure. Business that involves lawyers, visits to Courtroom 15 at the Main Adult Detention Facility and a cheap and, somewhat dirty, stay at a Comfort Inn less than mile from the Sheriff’s Department.

Perhaps the most annoying part of this whole deal is I can’t really say what’s going on. Not until tomorrow once everything is settled, though, those of you who have paid close attention to my Twitter account have a pretty good idea of what is going on.

On the upside, tomorrow I get to spend some quality time with Kayla, enjoy some wine and hopefully get this current situation fixed up.

So the photo of the day, right at the top, illustrates the half-bakedness of this hotel. Everything is just a bit short of decent. That other light isn’t turned off, by the way, it’s just broken.

Wine, Sushi and the Photo of the Day

Today was another busy day here in the city. Editing video, working on a few press releases, searching for an open seat at a coffee shop… Such is the life I live now in San Francisco. Not too shabby really.

Tonight I had the pleasure of hanging out with my friend Marris, aka @Marris_Returns. We shared some wine at my place before heading out for sushi at Warakubune. I realized tonight that I haven’t hung out with anyone else since arriving to San Francisco besides Ryan. I guess several months apart and all you really want to do is be together.

All that changes tomorrow, I drive up to Santa Rosa, deal with some legal issues I can’t really write about just yet, and then get to hang out with my bestie, Kayla. Crossing my fingers there will be some wine involved, which is a pretty safe bet!

The photo today was taken from the roof of my apartment building looking out towards one of the smaller buildings next door. I loved how the light from a few bedrooms lit up the entire scene highlighting a tree still in its autumnal transition.

The follow photo I’ll go ahead and include. Both of these photos were taken handheld for as long as 30 seconds. So, apologies that they aren’t as sharp as you normally see from me. Apparently I’ve hidden the shoe for my tripod in one of the remaining moving boxes. So, there’s that and there’s also lots of perfectly straight, vertical strips of light. We’ll pretend that was done on purpose, ‘aight?

Resolutions and Revelations

I decided that one of my New Years resolutions…

Let’s stop there really quick. Yearly resolutions are about 90% total bull. I know that. I know that you are far more likely to be unsuccessful at a “resolution” if you put arbitrary timelines, start dates etc. But I digress…

I made a few including the following:

  • Post here more often.
  • Thinking positively.
  • Workout like I did when Max was my gym buddy.
  • Make more money doing what I want to do, not just making money to make it.
  • Take more photographs.

I realized tonight that I’ve put photography onto a back burner. I have stopped introducing myself as, “I’m Justin… yeah, I’m a photographer” and instead say, “I’m Justin… I help companies utilize social and new media systems and networks to reach customers, create transparency, build trust, gain respect and increase revenue.”

“I’m a photographer” isn’t nearly as big mouthful.

So in an effort to kill two birds with one stone, I will post here more often with a new photo every day. I promise it won’t turn into one of those annoying 365 photo blogs. Just a simple photo everyday of something that caught my eye. Whether the photo be from my nice camera or my iPhone camera (which is actually a pretty nice camera…)

I’d like to further challenge myself to taking each of the photos from the same place. Can I make 365 unique and interesting photos from my courtyard? How awesome would that be? If I miss a day, I miss a day. Giving up because one day I didn’t do what I wanted to do is insanity. It’s an excuse to give up. I will miss a day but, I will think positively, I won’t let it, let me down.

So, let this be the first one. The Image above is the night view from my courtyard. It is the view I see every night as I do the dishes. I’m totally ok with doing the dishes when that is what I get to see while I do it.

We Made it to Flagstaff

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It was a long drive from Oklahoma City yesterday morning, but we made it to Flagstaff Arizona right on schedule. Also, right as the snow began to fall. Great timing. I swear, these were the biggest snow flakes I had ever seen!

So much drama preceded this trip just hours before I was supposed to leave. Drama including a missing moving truck…

But all of that will come to light after I’m in San Francisco and unpacked! Until then, it’s time to get back on the road. See you in California!

Going Away Party and a Road Trip to California

I’m packing up my place today, hoping to put the final touches on tomorrow before my going away party to be held tomorrow (Wednesday, December 15th) night @TopTenWines here in Columbia.

Top Ten Wines has been my “go to” bar here for years. The owner, Paul, and the regular wine lovers have turned this once small wine shop into a bustling bar, music venue and the best wine tasting room in mid Missouri. Saying goodbye to Top Ten Wines is like saying goodbye to one of my friends, many of which I have because of Top Ten Wines. It only seemed fitting that I had my going away party there!

Oh yeah, everyone is invited! So if you are in Columbia and free tomorrow night, stop by Top Ten anytime after 7:00pm. There will be a champagne toast, ping pong, great music and more!

In an attempt to avoid the slick winter roads of Colorado, I’ve decided to take a somewhat southern route to San Francisco. All going as planned, I will depart Columbia Thursday around noon and drive to Amarillo Texas. Sleep there and then drive west to Kingman Arizona. Next stop, San Francisco!

The plan is to leave December 17th 21st and arrive December 21st 24th in San Francisco. But I’ve given myself an extra day to make it so, perhaps it will be the 22nd 25th that I get to the city.

It’s going to be a LONG drive in my rented minivan but I’m hoping to make it fun with awesome music, informative podcasts and interesting audiobooks. If you have any suggestions for traveling music, standup comedy routines, audio books, etc, leave them in the comments!

Also, if I’m driving through your neck of the woods, let me know! I’m sure I’ll need a coffee break (or 90). Leave your suggestions, invitations and whatever else in the comments! Thanks friends!

Amazon.com Has Quite the Package…

too bad they don’t know how to use it! Heyo!

Amazon.com is known for many things. Great products at the best prices around, cutting-edge eReaders, stellar customer service and as of the last few years, environmentally friendly custom product packaging and shipping practices.

So imagine my surprise when UPS showed up at my house today with a big box from Amazon. A really big box. I thought to myself, what did I order? Four memory cards and a Samson Zoom H1 DAC, in two separate shipments.

Amazon Box Superfluously Overflowing

Too bad they don’t know how to use it!

All of the above products are known for their size. The secure digital card is the smallest professional quality memory card. They are about the size of a quarter. The Samson Zoom H1 is one of the smallest, high-end (yet very affordable) personal digital audio recorders on the market, about the size of a Snickers bar.

So, what did I forget that I had ordered from Amazon.com that needs a 10 x 10 x 21 inch box rated for 65lbs?

Transcend 4 x 8GB SDHD Cards

Four secure digital cards of course! Seriously Amazon.com? I guess this is why they ask for commentary on how they are doing with their efforts for effective, efficient, economical and environmentally friendly shipping practices.

Check out package two, did Amazon.com do a better job?  Continue reading