tar heel
April 13, 2007, 12:08 pm
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ok, firstly, i made it to north carolina safely – albeit, an hour late due to plane issues in detroit.

secondly, what the hell is a tar heel?  what kind of state mascot is that?  and people make fun of minnesota for paul bunyan.  paul kicks the shit out of tar heels.


cbpicked me up from the airport and we promptly went to to a durham bulls game (well at least the last 2.5 innings as i was so late).  i love outdoor baseball.  i love baseball players.  i love baseball uniforms.  lots of woofy things to look at.


i’ll be with cb until sunday – it’s going to be a very lowkey weekend which i’m looking forward to.  i was pleased that he liked his prezzies from italy (and yes, i know i need to post more pics from my trip).  i got him a print from the same artist i got mine from.  here’s a shot of the one i got cb:


 la citta’ d’estate by antonio greco

(double click for a larger view)

in other news, i was saddened to hear that my good friend kari is resigning her post as director for the red ribbon ride after this july’s 5th annual ride.  kari is one of the most amazing/strong/brilliant people i know and it’s a big loss for the ride.  however, it’s an amazing opportunity for her.  i’m very proud of her.

on sunday, i’ll leave cb’s house and move to a hotel – i’m helping one of our cosmetology schools with a earth day event early next week. 

speaking of earth day- you do know that april 22 is earth day right?  what have you done for the planet lately? 



if it’s a new day, must be a new blog header
April 3, 2007, 7:01 pm
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direct your eyes northward, yup, it’s a new blog header.  here’s the photo in the original form:


it was the oddest thing – there is this amazing church in milano, the san lorenzo maggiore that i was immediately attracted to when i saw it during a walk on the first day.  over the course of the next few days, i visited the church a few more times (if only because it was on the most direct route to where i was headed) – i never noticed the building next to it.

then one late evening i was walking back to my hotel at about 1am and there it was – illuminated in all it’s glory.  i have no idea what function this building holds, but i’m completely in love with the very specific message in neon the building projects at nightfall.

here are a couple of pics of san lorenzo maggiore – the church features the largest dome in milano and dates back to the 12th century (in it’s current form).  the columns outside the church date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries.  the 16 columns and the section of the architrave were from part of a roman temple.  in front of the church is a bronze copy of a roman statue of constantine.








April 1, 2007, 6:03 am
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well i’m finally home.  and i’m not sure how i feel about it – i seem to be a pretty large sack of conflicted emotions and thoughts.  course, a lot of that can be chucked up to the exhaustion of travel, but just the same – i’m not quite comfortable in my own space right now.

i find myself annoyed at expectations that haven’t been met.  i hate feeling like an afterthought, and that seems to be the rule as of late.  is it so bad to want to feel wanted/needed/missed?  i’m not all-together sure where i fit in right now.

of course the trip was a success on so many levels – i learned a lot about myself i think, and i did things i never thought i would have been able to do (that “7” rated hike for one) and i’m sure as i reflect upon it, it will be in a positive light.

i need to unpack, go through my journal, review my pics etc.  i need to go to my mom’s as soon as it’s a decent hour and get parker.  then of course is the laundry and cleaning the apartment.

i discovered an amazing artist in this small town in vernazza named antonio greco; picked up an incredible mixed media piece titled “totum” that i need to find the perfect place to display (pic will be forthcoming)… and a print that i need to get framed:


in the meantime, i need to figure out how to let go of my annoyance and focus on things in a better light.  life ain’t all bad of course, it’s just a momentary thing. 

back in milano
March 30, 2007, 1:05 pm
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hi all –

back in milano getting ready for my departure tomorrow for home.  the coast was stunning in so many ways and i will offer a full account later this weekend when i’m back in minneapolis (truth be told, i’m ready to come home).  but in the meantime, i’m suffering a bit from montezuma’s revenge… i have no idea what i ate or drank, but it certainly doesn’t like me.

as such, i’m hanging out in my hotel room watching italian tv.  i tell ya, the italians get it right (hot men, futball, pasta) – and so wrong.  as an example, let me give you affari tuoi (your business).  affari tuoi is the italian version of the game show ‘deal or no deal’

in the italian version, there are 20 boxes; each person holding a box is a representative of one of the 20 regions of italy.

the highest prize is €500,000, but on some occasions, there’s a special €1,000,000 prize. In addition to small money prizes, like €0.50, there are three gag prizes — usually items like salami, a year’s supply of soap, or stuffed animals like hippos and weasels.  also, for dramatic effect, they’re fond of using wojciech kilar’s score to the coppola film dracula.   

if you ever get a chance to watch this thing in italian, i highly recommend it. 

la sera buona dal hotel di ariston in milano
March 26, 2007, 11:45 am
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greetings and salutations kids….

well the show is finished and i’m about to enjoy my first free night in milano.  i’ve had to switch hotels (which is a good thing; the hotel we were staying in for work is undergoing renovation and was crap; with the exception of the extremely cute bartender who created this vodka/lime/sugar concoction that was tasty as hell).  my new hotel is super cute, i even have a balcony (view of the alley, but i’m in milano so i don’t so much mind).

the show went well – just over 1,000 attendees.   there was some killer hair (i have some pictures somewhere that i’ll share later).  in the meantime, here’s a pic of the stage and rigging being constructed.  i quite like the diffused light effect:


the actual show was yesterday (today was workshop day where the hairdressers can spend extra money for classes with master stylist’s and colorists) – after the show i had an amazing meal with some colleagues, octopus, pasta with scampi (note; scampi in italy is very large with head and legs attached) – after that, i met some more friends for drinks at bond, an excellent lounge-y bar where we proceeded to get amazingly drunk making this morning fun.

tonight, dinner with other colleagues, and i’m sure drinks – tomorrow, i need to get up very early as i have a ticket to view da vinci’s ‘last supper’, then it’s off to explore the duomo (only saw it briefly the other day).  then i’m off to the coast for some r&r.

oh, i almost forgot – i may have a “date” with a seemingly straight guy (the guy, oddly enough also named “guy”) owns the production company we use for shows in europe.  he asked me if i wanted to grab a beer later, he’s very flirty – and i know he’s twice divorced, but my gaydar is so seriously fucked up when it comes to european guys.  there’s also a guy named pedro who is very flirty with me as well, but he’s a super homo. 


la buena sera da italia.
March 23, 2007, 5:09 pm
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or as the people here say, hi!  yea, so i’m in italy, in milan – the center of the fashion world.  it’s everything you would imagine. 

just a quick update as i’m terribly exhausted… landed in milano yesterday around 11:30am.  yesterday was my “acclimation day” before we started working in ernest with the show this morning.

as anyone who’s travelled internationally will know, it’s critical to try and get on the new country’s schedule as soon as possible – as such i spent the entire afternoon bumming around central milano (a very beautiful city, contrary to what you might have heard -at least central milano is) with a friend and then had a great meal with a bunch of friends just across the street from our hotel.  by the time i crawled into bed at 11pm milano time i had been up a total of 29 hours.  to say i slept like a rock would be an understatement.

while i saw some of the sights yesterday, i really wasn’t in tourist mode – however, i got a couple of great shots (be kind, i have not had time to edit any of my pictures):


a typical street with cable car lines – i just liked the look of the apartments above the retail space.  this was on via edmando des amicis.


a great side street


detail from inside the galleria vittorio emanuele II outside the duomo (more on the duomo in a future post)


detail of floor mosaic from inside the galleria. 

today was all about loading into the space where we are doing the show on sunday and monday – it’s an amazing space called ‘superstudios’ and is where milan fashion week occurs.  we also had model call tonight (followed by an even better dinner) – but i am one f’ing tired boy. 

tomorrow is rehearsal all day and probably into the evening followed by the show on sunday.

more later….

4 days and counting
March 18, 2007, 7:39 am
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hey kids, greetings from our nations capitol, washington d.c. – a city with a storied past filled with scandal, optimism, hope, and currently, a fuck-wad for a president.


sorry i’ve been quiet the last few days – on top of milano, i’ve been prepping for a show that’s in d.c. tonight.  i fly home tomorrow night late and then off to italia on wednesday – talk about whirlwind.

the show i’m doing in d.c. is all about men’s hairdressing.  last night was the men’s model call.  male model call’s are always a challenge, last night proved to be no exception.  we got some great guys – including one beefy/preppy dude that’s so shy i’m gonna have to get him a bit drunk before he goes on stage (he’s cute as fuck tho’).

we’re doing the show (it’s a smaller, more intimate show) in one of our cosmetology schools – it’s a bueautiful space, everything in the building is super eco-focused.  the wood-floors are reclaimed wood from the bottom of a river, the reception desk is made from compressed sunflower seeds – it’s quite the statement.  the show itself is taking place on the cutting floor for the school.  all of the stylist stations were removed  and the stage is being placed against a wall of windows facing 7th street in chinatown in dc.  great space.