Hang’n With The In Crowd

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After meeting Travis Hardy at The Urban Workshop (we were both working on our van projects) I decided to check out what he and his wife Lauren have been doing crisscrossing the USA for the past three + years with their Airstream trailer based Small Room Collective Road Emporium pop-up shop. Travis mentioned they were doing a three day pop-up at a small dirt town outside Joshua Tree CA in-between the Coachella concert weekends. An old western movie set town, desert scenery, exploring, artisan food, Oregon wine, and music were enough boxes checked to get me rolling to see what the pop-up shop experience is all about.

Pioneertown California is an old ’40’s movie set where actors like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry filmed. It’s a weird, quiet, almost forgotten kind of place. The most famous surviving business is Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, a bar and concert venue. Now the recently renovated Pioneertown Motel whose Grand re-Opening was the reason for the pop-up soiree is a second reason to venture onto the dirt. The hotel’s new owners, much like the two New Yorkers who bought P&H’s 13 years ago, thought if they build it they will come… and they do… and they did. Even the New York Times sent a writer and photographer.

After my gas station almost model wannabe experience (see FB) I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Coachella crowd in a dirt road town. A neighboring dirt lot starting filling up near sundown. At $10 bucks a person you could park for the show and stay the night in whatever sleeping arrangement you favored. Finely dressed millennials with straight white teeth and tanned skin unloaded just purchased Walmart tents from their BMW’s. Tent instructions blew away in the wind. Some realized they need a hammer to pound stakes in the hard desert dirt. Neighbors lent supplies. Cocktail recipes were tested and traded. By the second song the lot was empty as everyone headed to the show 300 feet away.

I fell asleep on a full moon April night to the just-from-Coachella sounds of Swedish band Miike Snow.

Pioneertown. Who knew! I’ll be Back

J

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Update 5/19/16:  click here to see The New York Times article on the shindig!  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/fashion/pioneertown-hollywood-california-desert.html?action=click&contentCollection=fashion®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0&referer=http:/m.facebook.com

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Mexico House Build 2014

For those of you who were wondering about my trip to Mexico in September…

For the past three years Lighthouse Coastal Community Church has built a house for a homeless family in Mexico. This year I was asked to tow the materials trailer down to Mexico. I brought a camera with me. This video is being used this morning as a sermon support for a study on John 19.

J

 

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One Of The Great Things About The West Coast

Catalyst West. Our first time. It won’t be our last!

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Yelp Help

Liz and I both have used Yelp for years.  On my work trip to Washington D.C. I turned to Yelp for help finding a unique restaurant that wasn’t to be missed. Since this was in the outskirts of Georgetown on a Thursday night I decided to hit the tab for “make reservation”.  Oops.  I’d never properly signed up for Yelp and had been a lurker up until this point.  The interview subject was arriving for the shoot and the producer was looking to me to see if I was going to let dining preparations slow us down.  I quickly signed up, made the reservation, and got back to work.

The next day I received a Yelp email request to submit a review.  I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight so I thought what the heck, I’ll send in a review. Funny, the restaurant promptly responded with a thank you letter.

Awe.  Lovefest.

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Homeward Bound

@SLC yesterday looking toward the storms in the west

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The Definition Of Envy…

What I’m Experiencing Right Now!

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Expensive View

As Liz is on an airplane heading east again this morning I thought I’d post a picture from our most recent plane trip together.

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N208JH, Cessna Grand Caravan 208, Flight Level 110, heading WNW toward FXE, less than an hour of sunlight left over the Great Bahama Bank

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February 10, 2014 · 9:22 am