Posts Tagged ‘Occupy LA’

Monday there was a protest march focused on the Fed Reserve that the Shhmokewear team was going to catch but we decided we had too many things to get done for work so I took a new bus route that shaved 30 minutes off my travel straight to work.

I worked as long as I could on 3 hours of sleep then biked to get groceries. Before passing out I texted Rabella good night and that was the last thing I remember.

Tuesday was a basic business day. Had a few rare events happen. An old partner who owes me over $80,000 (Roland Pinto) replied to an email after a year of silence. Same old reply though where he makes a broken promise. I got my mom a payment to deliver to the bank to clear my credit report today as well. The IRS audited and tricked me into being liable for a $2000 donation to their fake national debt interest back in 2008. After they emptied my bank account the TierOne/Great Western Bank charged me $250 for rolling overdrafts while I was out of touch. I finally gave in today and gave them $60 so I have a clear record. Now that I have a reason to sue them I am going to use this example to practice my legal abilities.

For the evening I took the 45 minute bus commute to jog with Rebella in Santa Monica. She likes to stop and sprint rather then jog a steady pace so it was a nice balance to my normal weekly run.

The next morning I had to force myself out of her bed to catch the bus in time for work. She was very persuasive to keep me for breakfast and coffee. The first bus had no room for my bike so I waited for the next one while eating at Jack In The Box.

The ride from Santa Monica to Boyle Heights along Wilshire is a lovely ride. It takes you through Beverly Hills, past the Tar Pits and museum, Hollywood and some popular downtown landmarks.

I worked until 5 and then went around the parks to the north until I found some futbal players. We played 2v2 until 6:30 and then I headed home.

The next morning I took some extra time to work in the yard and lift after yoga. The morning NPR talked about a critical injury to an Oakland Occupier being hit in the head by a pepper spray can from police.l It also talked about the Maryland Police Union was standing in support of Occupiers while Boston was having American flags disrespected by their local PD.

After work on TR Alejandra and Scott went with me to visit 2 local buddhist temples and a Japanese ?. Will picked me up on the walk back to get a burger and have our weekly talk. It was a stressing time as one customer stopped a $2000 check claiming incomplete shipping while another a second situation involved a supplier with poor street smarts.

I then gathered my costume and headed for the train to Hollywood for a Media and Music party at the W Hotel. I had an hour to mingle before my date arrived so I met several interesting people including creator and voice behind Daniel the Turtle as seen on YouTube/madBeanz. About half of the people where in costume and it was easy to start conversations since I was in character as Gandhi.

The Rangers where about to win the world series with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th with a 2 run lead as my date entered and I switched my focus. She was not interested in meeting the others so we walked up to the music party and met a few musicians and enjoyed an open bar. I took some fun pictures as we looked over Hollywood and Capital Records from the balcony.

 

My date had a few differences about posessions and materialism and dress so my interest is being challenged. She drinks water but is picky that it is carbonated and pays $5. I challenge her that I think she would not enjoy camping and nature but she bets and insists otherwise so I invite her to go hiking this weekend. Despite my refusal to drive her places she invites me home for the nite so I accept. I am left in a uncertain position that my Arabic promise to be monogamous will be short lived but must go about my days without worry.

After coffe and a morning wake up call I headed for the bus. I had a pay it forward commercial moment on the bus. When placing yourself in public you are presented with many opportunities to improve the lives around you. A middle aged man with a bad hip gives up his seat for an elderly gent; athlete gives his seat to the middle age man; a lady moves her bag to offer the last seat to the athlete. =) I was also reminded to carry flowers or bamboo for crying children and others of in need of peace.

I was 2 hours late for work but that just means I work 2 hours later.
I ended up doing a whole sale order and then taking it to the downtown FedEx drop and then Home Depot to get a Usb hub.

We usually have a week summary meeting from 1 to 2 but I didn’t get back until 4 so the meeting took until 5 and then Will and I went to the bank to get me pay before jumping on the train.

Friday night, we went to Hermosa Pier clubs for costume parties. Neil was a Pirate and walked past security with a real knife. Sean had a zombie mask with a biking outfit and I had a jedi cape and Ghandi Sirong with a yoda green funny hat. The clubs were fun and Sean was his usual out-going self attracting drunk guys looking for a fight.

We eventually passed out around 3. The next morning I didn’t have any specific plans so SP and I spent the day doing errands. After dinner at the best Vitnamese place in South Bay called, PhoEverSouthBay.com, I headed for Rabellas. The next morning she took me to the best mediation gardens I’ve ever been to.

The Lake Shrine.org Gardens where full of symbols of five of the 6 global religions. Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Muslim but not Wican. There are flowers everywhere and different prayer rooms and meditation areas. We took some cute pictures and cuddled and meditated and then I drove her covertible CLK Benz down Sunset BLvd and along the beach on PCH. It was exactly like this scene in “From Prada to Nada”. We stopped at the beach for a while to watch some Dolphins and make out on a sideways tree. It is not very often you get to watch the Dolphins and Whales from the beach so I stayed unil they left our view.

I was 2 hours behind schedule to leave for the Green Festival at the convention center downtown so I held off her invitation to take a nap, carried her to bed and tucked her in before leaving.

The first 3 buses had full bike racks due to the beach pickup points being right before Rabella’s neighborhood so I had to wait nearlyh 40 minutes to get moving. Once I finally arrived at the convention center I had 30 minutes to walk around with Sung and get a quick look at all the vendors. There where so many attractive women I couldn’t focus on business networking. Another highlight was the entertainment. I followed the beat of drums and chanting and a beautiful dancing gypsy to the presence of the Agape singers. The Agape are a spiritual gathering group that meet Wednesdays at 6 and all day on Sundays at 5700 buckingham in culver city. At the invitation of the beauty I will be visiting Wednesday.

After dancing with Agape we headed home. For the first time, the neighbors had organized a Pilada at the park across the street so I got a good 11v11 game in while Sung cooked up chicken and veggies.

On Wed Sept. 28th, Will and I went to the LA Galaxy Champions league game against Monselia. We picked up 2 $40 tickets for $15 each in case we couldn’t jump a fence. It ended up being a waste because we found a spot on the press box.

I got careless and rushed my technique. The was a railing to catch my foot on the stadium side of the fence but it was just out of reach while holding on to the fence so I grabbed a cement rafter to turn around. My grip slipped and I almost fell which I would have resulted in my leg getting caught as I catapulted the back of my head straight into the cement. Fortunately, my angel caught my finger tip on the edge and guided me safely down.

Once inside we sat with the press on the first row of the 50 and got in some of the tv and media shots. Then we were asked to stay above the front section so we got some lounge chairs for the 2nd half.

It was tied going into injury time as LA scored in the last minute off a corner to avoid elimination from the tournament.

Thursday night I stopped at the Lawndale soccer fields to get a workout in and met some Turkish friends to play with on the winter league.

Friday the 30th, Sung/Sean and I went to a Dead cover band in Long Beach called Cubansis. On the way Sung got pulled over and fined $500 for tossing a burning item out of a moving vehicle.

Saturday was the beginning of the Occupy LA march and protests so I spent the day downtown. I met several wonderful new friends, including a few cute girls who would later dance the night away with me at the LA Decompression Burningman festival until the sun started rising over historic park.

I went back to the rally after the girls went home and Will was up playing cards still. It was almost 5 by the time I laid down in the van and then I got up at 7 to take the train home.

As soon as I got back Sung was ready to go to an Art walk event. An old brewery was closed down and remodeled into an artist commune. The place was amazing with all the self expression covering over 100 unique studios. There was a studio open for rent to consider for Shhmokewear but it was not available for viewing. It took us 4 hours to visit all the studios and then it was time for dinner. We stopped at a restaurant in Chinatown where a lot of movie scenes have been filmed in front. It was nice to have authentic sweet and sour pork and Saskatchewan chicken and $10 a plate was fair for L.A.

On Wed Sept. 28th, Will and I went to the LA Galaxy Champions league game against Monselia. We picked up 2 $40 tickets for $15 each in case we couldn’t jump a fence. It ended up being a waste because we found a spot on the press box.

I got careless and rushed my technique. The was a railing to catch my foot on the stadium side of the fence but it was just out of reach while holding on to the fence so I grabbed a cement rafter to turn around. My grip slipped and I almost fell which I would have resulted in my leg getting caught as I catapulted the back of my head straight into the cement. Fortunately, my angel caught my finger tip on the edge and guided me safely down.

Once inside we sat with the press on the first row of the 50 and got in some of the tv and media shots. Then we were asked to stay above the front section so we got some lounge chairs for the 2nd half.

It was tied going into injury time as LA scored in the last minute off a corner to avoid elimination from the tournament.

Thursday night I stopped at the Lawndale soccer fields to get a workout in and met some Turkish friends to play with on the winter league.

Friday the 30th, Sung/Sean and I went to a Dead cover band in Long Beach called Cubansis. On the way Sung got pulled over and fined $500 for tossing a burning item out of a moving vehicle.

Saturday was the beginning of the Occupy LA march and protests so I spent the day downtown. I met several wonderful new friends, including a few cute girls who would later dance the night away with me at the LA Decompression Burningman festival until the sun started rising over historic park.

I went back to the rally after the girls went home and Will was up playing cards still. It was almost 5 by the time I laid down in the van and then I got up at 7 to take the train home.

As soon as I got back Sung was ready to go to an Art walk event. An old brewery was closed down and remodeled into an artist commune. The place was amazing with all the self expression covering over 100 unique studios. There was a studio open for rent to consider for Shhmokewear but it was not available for viewing. It took us 4 hours to visit all the studios and then it was time for dinner. We stopped at a restaurant in Chinatown where a lot of movie scenes have been filmed in front. It was nice to have authentic sweet and sour pork and Saskatchewan chicken and $10 a plate was fair for L.A.

The next morning, Monday, I headed back to Shhmokewear to get the business plan done. After work Will and I went to City Hall to protest again with Occupy LA. We made several new friends each time we went over there. It was basically a big festival with media around. There is a tent for everything from general store to food and recycling. There are compost bins and drum circles and everyone barters and shares.

It is basically a temporary unitopia of traditional life like the old west gold towns. Unfortunate that there is not a continuous string of such events in more local areas for others to experience. The Occupy rallies would continue on in most major US cities for several months of 2011.

We went to the rally Monday and Tuesday but then Wednesday I went to the Further Fest at the Greek Theatre. You can take the train 15 blocks from the theater near Vermont and Hollywood and then bike up to the park. The first night I went straight to the Hyde Observatory above the theater to watch the show for free. I went in the wrong entrance and took an extra 20 minutes hiking up the Hyde trail.

Once I got to the top I discovered you could park for free at the top vs. Paying 15 down below. The trail by Hyde has several spots to put a chair or blanket down to watch the show plus you get an amazing view of the LA and Hollywood sky lines.

The temps dropped to 40 and I started shivering so I rode down to the theater to scope out ways to get in. The fence top was flat in front but extra security was on duty to stop jumpers. You could climb the hill in back and get over but you need a spotter on the inside to let u know a good time to come over. Once over you need to remove your hat and mix into the crowd to avoid being chased.

The next night Will, Brian and I rode with Scott and his lady to Furthur. This time I was in the lot 3 hours ahead of the show to experience the touring  flea market. It was quite an experience seeing all the colorful characters and their art creations they sell to survive on the tour.

We spent too long promoting Shhmokewear and waiting for scalpers to sell cheap before deciding to hop the back fence so the cross lot was taped off and being secured by security. I ran diversion while Brian and Will snuck around. After that I waited for 20 minutes before giving up. I went by the front gate so I could see the screen and hand out with the other members of Shhmoke that were there.

After the show we set up our merch in the path leading everyone back to their cars and we put Shhmoke cards on the luxury cars. It is a great way to break the ice with attractive people you want to meet.

Friday Will and I went camping. He showed me the sacred Oaji hot springs and hiking trails. We camped and cooked some grub about midnight after several hours of full moon yoga and hot springs rituals.

Saturday we hiked all day and swam in a freezing fresh spring water hole and then returned to Occupy LA.

The weekend group was 2x the size of the week day groups. All areas of the block and park were completely covered and there were now tippis and plywood walls for graffiti art in true Venice skater form. This night there was a community projector theater and we contributed Russo’s Freedom to Fascism.

After meeting several more new activist friends we headed back to the pad around 2am.

Sunday I toured Mariachi plaza shops for hand-made leather crafts then biked with 100,000+ at CiclaVia.org. The city of LA closed downtown and 40 other blocks to biking only to promote green living and transportation. It was amazing. There were events and bands on several streets and parks and it joined with the Long Beach south bay tri-athalon. I rode most of the route and then spent the afternoon making new friends playing volleyball and Manhattan beach.

I especially enjoyed meeting 8 new lady yogi friends who are in LA for a 9 week training by the airport. They were very friendly and added our LA Fun facebook group to keep in touch for future gatherings.

When I finally made it home for a night, Sung’s friend Neil was temporarily staying with us because the job we helped move him to San Diego for, had fallen apart. He was staying with us while lining up a new Dr. position.

We caught up on the weeks events and then passed out. Monday morning (10/7) I hit the hot tub, swam some laps, pumped some iron, did my yoga and then headed back to the Shhmokewear head quarters.

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Skipped Burning Man to make sure I had everything packed perfect and all of networks business organized. I also took my time because I was having fun with new friends while hoping Allison would want to see me before leaving.

A week later on Sept 12 Christy Hamlin offered to take me to the airport on Saturday the 17th, so I scheduled the cheapest flight with only 1 day in advance. My final night in town, Alli needed to sleep early to get up at 5 for the Tyler Rose Triathalon so I never got to see her again.

We did text back and forth while she was on the way to the race and I was on the way to the airport and we continue to update each other.

On my first flight I sat with a executive for FuelReliefgvAid.org and
She offered to help some of the Network when possible. I then emailed her Opal Lewis’ story.

On my next flight from Phoenix to L.A. I met Jenny. She was coming home a day early because her air show in Reno was canceled when a plane crashed into the crowd. She also told me about Project Health Waters which her dad was a part of.

 

My buddy Sung was waiting to pick me up and then we rushed straight to a Shhmokewear appearance at a John Lennon musical at the Hayworth Theater.

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It was the perfect initiation for Sung into the Shhmokewear family. The production did an amazing job portraying the life of Lennon.

http://thehayworth.com/justimagine.html

After the musical we stopped by the warehouse Shhmoke is considering moving into which was also the site for the Harvest Cup.

Next, Sung dropped us all off at Shhmokewear’s headquarters so we could go to the Harvest Cup and sell our art all day Sunday soon as we woke up.

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The Harvest Cup was an amazing experience. I’m all for respecting and returning to the Industrial hemp standard and the freedom of adults to medicate without regulation but the absence of such booths at the event showed room for improvement.

The vendors were all medicinal focused. The stage had continuous rap artists and the finale was a bikini contest! It gave me a great opportunity to study the key players in the Canabis industry.

The 10 member hipppie Shhmoke team has an amazing chemistry so we started filming to promote a video series for YouTube.

Monday, I took the rail 1.75 hrs. 25 miles from the downtown warehouse district to Sungs in Redondo. I worked with Sung Monday and Tuesday to build customers for his car sales business.

Wednesday I went back downtown to Incorporate Shhmoke with Will. At the end of the night 3 of us went to a freestyle club like the one seen on 8 mile until 3 am. I stayed until TR night building the biz plan then went to the Kaiser Permanente protest for fair health benefits before landing back in Redondo.

Friday, we helped a friend move from Catalina Harbor to San Diego then hit the Boardwalk.

The BooGaloo Club was hoping with a blues band until 11 then shoulder to shoulder honeys as it converted to a happening dance club. The guys from the move, Lee and Brian and Sung, fed me drinks while watching me bust some moves.

We crashed at 2 and then got right back out at 7 to do a group hike of Malibu’s Solstice State Park trails. The drive along Malibu is one of my favorites. You pass Sana Monica Amusement Park then drive PCH along the ocean and pass tons of million dollar celebrity homes. There are several fresh sea food shacks and the Topanga Canyon hippie town along the way to the park.

The trails lead you to the Roberts home remains at the stream in the base of the canyon. You have to look at my pictures and see the full beauty. They had 3 different fire places and 2 were built with stone ovens and stoves for cooking. Everything but the roof was set in stone and a water pump system was set to keeulapiap it wet and fire proof when needed!

After the 7 mile jog over several steep ridges everyone met back up at the nearest sea shack. We got this combination platter that must have come straight from heaven itself. Stuffed breaded shrimp, oysters, tulapia, samon, iced shrimp and potato wedges of pure ambrosia flavor.

We chilled at the pad the rest of the night working.

Sunday Sept. 25th, was the Abbot Kenniy festival in Venice. I strolled the 200+ vendors along with 150000 others and then rolled out my blanket by the stage to promote Shhmokewear while writing. I met with the Venice community association and look forward to promoting the boardwalk on their facebook page.

Will and Alejandra showed up about 4 and we srolled some more and will introduced me to several artists until 9 and then I bused back home.

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