Beautiful Lines

For whatever reason Erik actually agreed to take us climbing up at Peterskill, so Zoe and I squeezed into the back “King Cab” seats of his Ford Ranger. This was Josh’s first outdoor top-roping and Erik’s first visit to Peterskill. We climbed some 5.7s and .8s at Enterprise Wall and then Josh and I dropped my rope off of the Oops wall where we climbed a 5.10+, to the right of the arete (Floops, I believe, 5.10a) with two cruxes. Our forearms burned.

These late Fall days have felt more like early Spring and the trips north each weekend to climb, hike, and be outside have helped in coping with the crush. The deciduous trees have been slow to change and yesterday Josh and I drove a red Toyota Matrix Zip Car to the Ice Pond in Brewster, NY and Bennett’s Pond in Ridgefield, CT for some serene bouldering.

Today is the last day for the Coen Brother’s film shooting in New York. The dream of desert living has to be tempered by a lack of desert fires. Uraguay I’ve heard is a nice place to be off the grid. A winery in the Pompas and an eco-tourism business in Patagonia? Zoe went down to DC. Am doing a day on Josh’s “Ghost Town”.

my forearms have gotten bigger
Greased Lightning
A Dying Sony Camera in the Woods in Brewster's Fall
Josh, forlornly gazes over pond

The Lack

I think I’m getting up at 3:30am tomorrow to work on a MTV commercial. Coen Brother’s is winding down, my last day at the stage today. Worked until 2am last night on ‘Cashmere Mafia’ for ABC. Lucy Liu wrapped early and as such our wardrobe buddy Colleen from Yonkers (Lucy’s wardrobe buddy from “Watching the Detectives”) got to go home. So no rest. Just more work. I guess I had Monday and Tuesday off, bust mostly after hiking and camping all weekend I was exhausted and didn’t leave the house on Tuesday for fear of coming down with a cold. I haven’t gotten sick yet.

So Phoebe Owens, the director of the first film I worked on after college in Olympia, WA requested we post some links to the trailer, the film’s DVD release, and MySpace. The movie, called “Tammy Town” was a lot of fun in the sense that you never get to be young, just graduated, and work on a low budget film in the summertime with a bunch of other kids again. It was my first gig as a film lighting techician albeit unpaid. Perhaps I should have interned at a architecture studio. But I digress.

Zoe and I are going on another little vacay to see her Pops. Belgrade and Budapest for a week at the end of October / early November. Should be nice. I’m still totally over film production, in general. Doesn’t mean I don’t watch films. At the MoMA went to Haneke’s film “Le Temps du loup” aka “The Time of the Wolf”. Totally batshit. Brutal. This guy is truly brutal. It’s good to see films like that, and then never want to work on one ever again. Without further adieu, Tammy Town on YouTube.

He had no problem quitting her

We were shooting in Brooklyn Heights last night on the Coen Brother’s film and I was thinking about Heath and Michelle’s romance which after three years has been “quit” (unlike the love of Brokeback Mountain). Ang Lee’s ‘Lust, Caution’ is in theaters now with Tony Leung literally and figuratively pulling it out, I suppose I should go see it. It cannot be worse than ‘The Hulk’.

I went bouldering the last two days in Central Park and worked too, it’s something I almost never do, that is personal time for half the day and then work. It was good. The Polish Traverse (#9) is as good of a V4/V5 in this city that I’ve seen. You don’t really need a pad or a spotter because you are 3 feet off the ground but there are basically two cruxes and the 2nd half around the corner requires either very quick moving feet or no feet at all and just campusing the three or four sloper/crimps before getting to easier finish crack. Josh has been sick and is starting another movie. Ryan’s foot is still healing. I’m not sure that Taylor is climbing that often. That leaves me and Erik. Maybe we’ll go to the ‘Gunks this week. Would love to go to West Virginia. And Vermont and see Aaron in his new old barn house. Zoe and I need to figure out our trip to Serbia/Hungary.

The record player sometimes skips, sometimes doesn’t. Why? Slippage of belt? Platter slip? Tone arm skating? Sounds so good when it doesn’t. Zoe is at a parade right now. I’m drinking coffee.

Rat Rock North Side, #9 is the Polish Traverse