The Great Wide Somewhere

As I am writing this, I am sitting in a Starbucks on the Missouri/Kansas border. I am a little over halfway through my driving for the day. For the next week, I will be driving across the western half of the US making my way to Los Angeles. Outside of a previous trip to California and an airport layover, I am about as far west as I have ever been, and in a week, I will officially be a resident of the West Coast. I could not be more excited.

The last week has been filled with visiting all of my favorite places in Saint Louis and spending time with my family and friends, which was really lovely. The next week will be filled with me traveling to places I have never seen, hopefully the great adventure I have been waiting for. This, of course, will be followed the real adventure, life in Los Angeles.

I don’t have any profound thoughts at this moment, I am hoping the inspiring landscape of the West will do more for my introspection than the Mid-West has done. I cannot express how much I look forward to mountains and oceans and anything beyond prairie land as far as the eye can see.

I will do my best to keep posting throughout my journey, wi-fi access providing.

That’s all for now,

The open road is calling.

When it Rains

When I initially started writing this blog, it was because I had so much spare time on my hands and lacked a creative outlet. I thought writing about my experiences would help fill a void in my life. The issue being that there was not much to write about. These days there is so much happening in my life, but no time to sit and write about it.

Life is all about finding balance: busyness versus boredom, work versus a personal life, bingeing on Netflix versus doing anything else; but it seems like every time the scales start to even out, they start to tip the other direction. After almost a year and a half of too much time and too little to do, I have more to do than time to accomplish it. Despite feeling like I am barely trading water, this is where I find I am the most comfortable. Here is where I thrive.

After two very long years, I feel like I am getting back to myself. In reality, it has probably been longer. The downtime was good for me, I know. It gave me a chance to break it all down and start rebuilding. Now, here we go. Onwards and upwards with a renewed sense of self.

Boyhood

Boyhood

Richard Linklater is a director whose name has become synonymous with innovative filmmaking, not in the way that James Cameron or Peter Jackson are with the newest forms of technology, but in a more simplistic way. He is a storyteller in the truest form. His films do not tend to be action packed, they are about people and relationships. M favorite films of his are the Before Sunrise trilogy which also includes Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Also starring Ethan Hawke, these films tell the story of a young American man and a young French woman who meet on a train traveling to Vienna. Each film takes place over the course of a day or two and follows the two in 1995, 2004, and 2013. Each was filmed 9 years after the last and is a more beautiful story than the last.

Boyhood was filmed over the course of 11 years. The same core cast is seem throughout the film with other characters coming in and out periodically. The film centers around a boy named Mason between the ages of 6 and 18. Not a lot happens throughout the film. There is no major plot. It is the story of this boy’s life in the truest form. It is the story of his family as seen through his eyes. The true feat of this film is watching the children grow up. The use of the same actors for 12 years watching how they change and grow in a way we have never seen before in film.

While I was truly impressed by Ellar Coltrane, the young boy (now young man) who played Mason, I think the is the best performance I have ever seen out of Patricia Arquette. She is just lovely as the mother. Watching her handle the raising of her children, her struggles with her romantic life, and subsequently life after her children leave home is really powerful in a way I was not expecting.

This film was not only really cool to watch because of the historical filming process, but also because no one can tell you a story like Richard Linklater. He is a true master of basic character development with truth and depth we rarely have the opportunity to see.

See You Next Week

Hey all,

I just wanted to let you know that I will not be posting this week because I have a show that I need to finish before I head out of town to put up at the end of the week. I hope to be back next week Monday, but it may be Wednesday depending on how the trip goes. I figured I would give everyone advance notice this time rather that just disappearing for a while.

See you next week!