Category Archives: seattle

Faces of Sakura-Con

Went to my first-ever anime convention to take in the scene and snap some pictures. Not gonna lie, pretty awesome. Cool people with cool costumes everywhere. Here are some of the pics (click to embiggen)

The Man.


Gundam Dreams

Sponge Bob Square Bag

Booth dude

Sitting Sailor

Long Distance Assassin

Sharp

Sharper.

dreds

game face

red eye contact

makeup the breakdown.

Strategy

double vision

zombie mask.

game time.

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“Faking It”

A few days ago I gave my first performance at “A Guide To Visitors: Storytelling in Seattle.” While I’m pretty comfortable writing stories, I had never before stood up on stage and performed one in front of an audience. To top it off, I couldn’t use my notes. Nerve-wracking, no doubt, but I think I made it through my set relatively error-free, and I got a good reaction from the crowd. Definitely a lot of fun and I hope to share more stories in the future. Below is a written version of the story I told, based off the theme of the night: “Faking It.” Check it out below.  

There is an old proverb that says, “A turtle only travels when it sticks out his neck.” I know this because it was written on a card given to me by my sister, right before I left the country for 15 months.

It was a couple years ago. I had just graduated from college and I was struggling to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  All I knew was I that wanted to see what else was out there. I wanted to experience something new. So after giving it a little thought, I did what any rational person would do: I packed my bags, said goodbye to my friends and family, and flew to the opposite side of the world: South Korea.

 I had signed a year-long contract to teach English at private language academy in a small farming town called Seosan, an hour and a half southwest of Seoul. I’d be teaching kids and adults. It was just what I wanted. A change.  A challenge. It was going to be great. I couldn’t wait! There were, however, a few minor details that I may have overlooked in my rush to find a way out Seattle, namely, that with the exception of Canada, I had never traveled outside of the country…And I had never traveled anywhere alone before…And I had no teaching experience… And I didn’t know a word of Korean… And I knew absolutely no one who lived or had lived in Korea. I could barely use chopsticks. I was woefully underprepared, but I had made up my mind and my plane ticket was non-refundable. I was going.

 (The Rest of the Story After The Jump)

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A Guide To Visitors

Shameless Plug Alert. I’ll be performing at A Guide To Visitors, a night of live storytelling hosted at the Theater Off Jackson. Every other month, A Guide to Visitors curates a selection of real-life stories based on a theme. This month’s theme is “Faking It.” No scripts, no actors, no notes, just real people telling real stories and hopefully not screwing up too much. I won’t give away what my story is about, but let’s just say it involves nudity, lots and lots of nudity. Intrigued? Then come on out and get ready for some good times. The show takes place on Tuesday, April 5th at 8pm. Buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/157767 for $8 or for $10 at the door.

For more info, visit A Guide To Visitors website.

Pike Place Pics

Two pictures from my last visit to Pike Place Market.

Hoop Dreams

Light On His Feet.

 

Food For Thought

Sometimes you are what you eat, other times you eat what you are.

spotted at QFC in Wallingford

Paved Arteries

I spent the night experimenting with long exposures from various overpasses in Seattle. The resulting streaks of light really illustrate that if a city is a living, breathing thing, then the highways are most assuredly its arteries.

On The Spot #1

I spent an afternoon at Gasworks Park asking random strangers a simple question and filming their on the spot answers. I hope to do more shorts like this in the future, but with different questions and different locations. If you have any ideas for cool places to film or interesting questions ask, let me know. Special thanks to everyone who stopped and talked with me that day. Projects like this are a great reminder of how kind and open strangers can be, and how much they are willing to share if you are willing to ask.