Visitors galore, and only small explorations so faróI need to start just driving my moped around all day; just looking. Yesterday my brother and Johanna were in town. We went and saw 13 Conversations About One Thing, which I liked. Itís a dialog driven drama about the lives of various people all in search of happiness, and (almost) all failing. Sounds depressing, but I didnít come away from it that way.
Yesterday I picked up the latest issue of Punk Planet. This issue centers on Chicago, so I was doubly interested. Itís always been published here, but thereís never been a focus or theme dealing with the city. Iím continually surprised by the depth and intelligence of that magazine. Itís a far cry from the bad interviews with bad bands loop that most long running zines are stuck in. In fact, as the years go on (this is their 50th issue) they are covering more non Ė music related topics, and talking more about level headed political ideas. Iíve read nearly the entire issue this afternoon.
Dan, Miguel and Dave rode mopeds to Chicago to visit about a week and a half ago. As crazy as that sounds, they made it and back without any significant break downs or problems, save some severely sun Ė burnt skin. Itís currently longest Moped Army trip ever. It was awesome.
No job yet, for Meredith or I. Sheís been hunting like mad every day with lots of resumeís and interviews; but no call backs. Iíve been doing freelance work still, so I havenít been concerned with it much. I might stick with freelance for a while; it depends on how things go. I might have even gotten a raise from Copper; Iíll know next week.
On a different note, I realized today that for the last year Iíve only been doing ďsafeĒ work. This is really troubling to me. Iíve gotten a lot done, but itís been personal projects with little to no external accountability, or freelance work that has fallen into my lap. I need to branch out into unfamiliar territory, maybe with collaborators who hold me responsible for my time and output. I need to find some new clients that have high expectations. Iíd like to do visual work that is directly critiqued by the end user and client, not just me making something function according to a pre Ė described specification. In short, I need to push my self creatively, not rest on my laurels and get caught up in all theory and no output.