Writing postcards

Monday, March 18, 2019

“Travel tip for your next vacation: Send postcards” I wrote.

Tanner asked of this postcard advice, “To who? Why?

I had thought about these questions, but I didn’t share them at the moment. (I should share the Who and the Why more often.)

Who should you send postcards to? Your close folks! This includes biological family and all the others that fall into the category of your tribe that you consider solid.

Going through my phone contacts was a wonderful exercise of remembering many who I very much would like to see again. It was also a moment to consider those with mailing addresses I did not have. A list of folks I’d like to know better emerged.

Writing postcards is a time to take stock in who you care about and who is important. It’s entirely acceptable—in my mind—to deem someone important even if you’ve never really met them proper. Make that list, reach out, offer crossing paths.

Why? It’s great to slow down and not look at a screen. And it’s nice to exercise the connection between mind and hand. Writing is exercise. If you’re rusty, once you’re over the cramps, there’s a lovely intention and fluidity that may emerge. Scribble out the mistakes. Add some drawn emoji to apologize—working with the small canvas and accepting mistakes is part of the charm. Delight in each flaw, sign off and stick a stamp on it.

It’s scientifically proven you’ll feel better once you put them in the mailbox. I do not have this research fact on file, but I don’t think facts matter at this point. (I do hope they matter again one day though!)

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Mom’s wish

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Til next time, mom. We’ll see how many places we can take you.

Oʻahu

Saturday, March 16, 2019

View of Honolulu from Tantalus thanks to Oʻahu Photography Tours. (Which I give two thumbs up.)

Mental note for next trip anyway on my own? Look for photography or private tours of an area. Also write to friends in advance and extend the stay for as long as possible!

Hālona Blowhole. (Also a location for a scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Hālona Cove.

Wiki-movie-fact: This was the site of the love scene between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity. (It was also featured in some other movies and music videos, but let’s just keep it brief.)

Waimanalo Bay

Waimanalo Bay

Koʻolau Range

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Aloha

Friday, March 15, 2019

A (really quick) trip to Hawaii

I was over halfway there, being in the Los Angeles area for work. My inner dialog said, why not pop over to Hawaii for the weekend?

So I did.

Once I arrived, the memories started flooding back. I had 3 hours to kill before checking so I had lunch at the hibachi grill that was just around the corner. (A few months ago it was called Benihana, but now it’s called Rocky’s, and it was my first experience of this place. It would become a staple of birthdays and special events for my family ever since.)

I wandered the grounds for a bit afterward and then headed up to my room. When I stepped through the door, I’m pretty sure I said “Oh My God” ten times as I saw the view. Sadly, because of jet lag and some scrambling, I didn’t make it to the sunset fireworks that night, but I would find a way to make this weekend in Oahu jam packed with goodness.

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The Pacific

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Before the blink of an eye, the work part of the trip is over. Lots accomplished though, and even had time to walk down to the pier and see the sun set.

Santa Monica

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Woke up extra early on this day and flew out to the left coast to work in the same room with folks. Though working remotely has some benefits, it’s always better to wave hands around ideas in person. Plus also? California!

Extra bonus? Lunch at True Food Kitchen. (Started in part by Dr. Andrew Weil)

Well Rounded

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Detail of ‘Well Rounded’ by Jonpaul Smith

That scouts biking jersey didn’t fit me, but it would fit Aaron from DIY Printshop. So once I documented it, I took it over and dropped off bandanas for printing.

Aaron had just wrapped up making some editions with artist Jonpaul Smith who had large format works in the hallway.

Gay Scouts Jersey

Monday, March 11, 2019

I designed this jersey last year for the San Francisco Gay Scouts, a group that formed in 2011 to:

  1. Give back to the LGBT community,
  2. Learn about LGBT history and culture, and
  3. Become well rounded individuals.

2018 was their first AIDS LifeCycle event, and they’re gearing up to ride again this year. I just sent off some bandanas for fundraising and realized I never documented this project. It was a joy to bring to life. I’m looking forward to making some adjustments to freshen up this year’s kit.

Some of these badges are self explanatory, but a few leave folks curious. The candle is for the vigil, the red dress is for a tradition of wearing a red dress on a particular day of the ride, and the whiskered critter is for the Otter Pop stop (popsicle stand on the grueling day 2).