Monthly Archives: June 2010

YMWW #21: Feeling Settled After Seattle

This is only my second entry for the month of June.  Seeing as my New Year’s resolution was to do at least one entry a week, I’m staring at a 50% fail rating for this month.  Or, maybe it’s a 50% success rate.  I am an optimist.  Besides the lack of feedback on my last entry, I do have reasons (read: “excuses”) for not writing as much.

First of all, I was gone for a whole week. . . in Seattle!  For those of you who logged onto Facebook anytime between the 9th and the 16th, I’m sure you were bombarded with my daily photo albums.  I got quite camera happy.  And why wouldn’t I?  Seattle was a fantastic place to visit!  My family rented a model-perfect, two-story house in a neighborhood that reminded me of a clean Berkeley.  All the character and charm of my old college town without the hobo smell.  And just like Berkeley, we were within walking distance of  the main college drag: University Street a.k.a. The Ave.  Small, privately-owned shops and healthy restaurants lined both sides of this student-infested street.  Needless to say, I spent a lot of time walking up and down The Ave.

Downtown was a $17 cab ride away.  While our northeast neighborhood was a clean version of Berkeley, Downtown was a clean version of San Francisco.  Besides the lack of hobos (I’m sure the rain washes them away), Downtown Seattle felt like San Francisco.  The seafood was great, the shops were eccentric, and the street musicians were abundant.  I could have sworn I stumbled onto a hidden pier off the Embarcadero.  At one point I even smelled my city by the Bay.  The fact that I felt at home and at the same time knew I was traveling made my experience in Seattle special.  I was simply happy.

I am not going into detail about my day-to-day adventures in the Emerald City.  That’s been done through my Facebook photo albums (all the detail you could ask for. . . with pictures!).  What I will discuss, however, was how Seattle changed my view of Hawai’i.  While touching down on the runway at HNL Tuesday evening, it occurred to me that my trip to Seattle was my first vacation from the island.  I went home in December, sure, but that was “going home.”  This was “going on vacation.”  I came back with a sigh and realized I had finally settled in.

I have a routine here.  Sure, it’s not as tedious and repetitive as it was during my Whole Foods days, but it’s still a lot of the same.  Ride bike to work.  Ride bike back from work.  Watch TV with roommates.  Hang out at bars with coworkers.  I’ve lost that urge to “explore the island” every chance I get.  That little voice that motivated me to just walk around Waikiki during my free time has quieted to silence.  There’s nothing new.  Nothing exciting.  It’s just Hawai’i.  It’s just home.

Routine leads to lack of progress, lack of progress leads to lack of story, lack of story leads to empty blog.  And that’s my second reason for not writing as much.  I know, I know, it’s a lame excuse, but unless you want to read about how well my tables did at Forrest Gump trivia, you’ll be stuck with these bi-monthly routine rants.

Until, of course, I move to Seattle next year. . .

(Young Man Went North?  More on that next time.)

 

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YMWW #20: The Ghosts of Writing Future and Past

About two weeks ago, my pathway to a possible writing career grew a bit longer; Cody from FLUX Hawaii magazine called with an assignment for the next print issue! Lisa the Publisher/Editor apparently liked my online trial assignment.  Of course, like I do with any assignment that has a deadline, I put this new one off until the last minute.  And any time I felt I should write another entry for this blog, I reminded myself that I should be writing the article instead.  So I worked on neither.  That’s what happens when you mix a good sense of priorities with procrastination.

I am still baby-stepping my way up to a prime assignment;  this current one is not a feature article but material for the “Green Environment” department.  Every issue showcases some new “green” living development in Hawaii and my subject was sustainableUH, an initiative created by a student-run sustainability group at UH called Help Us Bridge (HUB).  Basically, HUB want to convert the entire University of Hawaii system into a model of sustainability.  I’d go into more detail if I hadn’t just pulled a late-night writing session doing just that.  I guess you all just have to subscribe to FLUX Hawaii magazine and wait for the next issue!

Interviewing The Throwdowns for FLUX Hawaii magazine. Photo by Carrie Hasson.

It’s interesting how I “discovered” that I like to write after graduating from college.  It’s not like it was a new development; I took some writing classes in high school. . .

Dammit!

Alright, so that idea failed.  I was going to lead into the introduction to a new category tentatively titled “From the Vault” wherein I’d share with you writing samples from high school.  I had this grand idea to use those as fillers for the weeks I had nothing to write about, but I LOST THE FILES!  I must have missed the folder when transferring everything to my external hard drive.  (For the computer illiterate: I didn’t take my old writings from my old computer and put it in my new computer.)  Oh well, that will just have to wait until I either awaken the broken beast of what used to be my old laptop, or go home to Livermore and find the hard copies.

I was looking forward to sharing my old stuff with you partly because I thought it would be interesting change of pace, but mainly because it is tough to write about how content I am with everything.  Things are just going well and I don’t know how to write about that without feeling like I’m bragging.  My older posts were more frequent because I was homeless, hungry, and poor.  Now, I have the funds to eat, drink, and be merry.  I guess I have to throw more caution into the wind and see what happens.  Either that or I could start complaining about my love life on this blog, but I swore I’d never do that.

This entry started out as an explanation on how writing has always been a part of me and hopefully always will, but it has turned into an examination of the struggles of a non-struggling artist.  I guess the lesson of this entry is that things rarely go as planned.  Don’t let roadblocks stop you; instead, use them as stepping stones on a pathway to a new adventure.

Roxy model!

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