So I've been really busy this summer planning for the future and trying to figure everything out. With that being said, I'm sure you're aware I picked up a new motorcycle recently. The KLR650! I've been trying to figure out a good trip to do and have been considering everything from riding to Alaska or even riding to South America. But first I need to get my bike fixed and set up right. Well I pulled apart the crank case and found that the Balance Idle Adjuster modification had not been done yet. So I went ahead and ordered the parts and started working on that. I took a bunch of pictures since I wound up having to do it over the course of a few days. I'm still waiting on two parts (bolts) that I need since I misread one of the instructions and accidentally snapped two bolts with too much torque. I also finally readjusted the chain on my shadow and have been riding it a good bit lately. I figured since it hasn't sold this season, I'll likely sell it next season. This weekend I'm hoping to make a weekend long trip on the shadow but we shall see! I think once I get all the motorcycle stuff done I'll get back in the studio and work on finishing my album and get back to working on making my guitar. Being that I do all this outside of a demanding day job and on the weekends, it can be tough to find the time for it all. I still need to refinish the fairings on the KLR, possibly install some auxiliary lights, possibly a center stand, clean and tune the carb, and put a lowered seat on it. After that, I'll be done! So far I've replaced a few bolts, replaced the coolant, the adjusted the idle, replaced the shifting lever, replaced the brake fluid, and adjusted the throttle handle.
Also, I wanted to include a few pictures from when I cleaned our gutters last week. So a little back story first, I rent the in-law-suite of a house and the rest of the house is rented out by my three other friends. We live together in this place in Marietta that's a really good fit for all of us. The only downside is that the house is owned by a corporation instead of an individual. And it's pretty clear, whomever built the in-law-suite did a pretty shit job. As an example, there's literally no insulation in the walls. We found this out when the cable guy tried to put a modem in my side of the house, drilled through the wall to the outside, and there was nothing but two pieces of wood and some space.. We've had all sorts of problems with the house living there for the past few years because the management team doesn't take care of it, and so we're left to take care of this place ourselves if we want a semi-nice place to live in. This is how our house got it's name, The Shanty Shack. Yes, it's a bit redundant, but it pretty accurately sums up the quality of our housing structure. Anyway, we have lived there for about two years now and I was under the assumption that the gutters had been cleaned before. Well on really hot days, our house gets a sort of funky smell. Previously, I thought maybe a dead animal had gotten stuck in one of our walls or our attic but I could never find it. Well I got fed up last week and googled it to find out what could be wrong still, and the internet told me that it could be that our sewer outlets on top of the house could be clogged. I went up on the roof to check it out and to my surprise, it was the gutters. They were so full of debris that they had created a sludge like substance of rotten leaves and whatever else. Not to mention, that on other parts of the house, there were literally trees and weeds growing out of the roof. So I spent the afternoon cleaning it all up. Here are a few pictures I took.
So it’s been a solid two months or so since I’ve updated this last. My bad. I got this fortune cookie and then it came true! There’s quite a few reasons that I haven't updated this blog, such as getting very busy with my day job, but really it’s mostly just neglect on my end. So… Where to start, where to start… Well, I guess where I left off?
So after that road trip up to Ohio to see my favorite acoustic artist,Pat (the Bunny), I wound up hoping on a plane to visit my parents on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I took a budget airline and only a backpack. Taking a vacation with my parents was pretty cool. I really don’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like but that’s life. While I was down there I started to read the book I was gifted at LoveBurn; The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox by Stephen J Gould. I’m more than halfway through it and it’s a really awesome read about the rise of sciences. Anyways, while I was down in Florida, I got to hang out with a good buddy of mine whom I haven’t seen in nearly ten years. Catching up was very refreshing and gave me some insights into life. His father recently passed away due to a car accident. He told me as we had been talking about retirement and how his father worked his entire life for "the prize" at the end and never even got to enjoy it. It really put some perspective to life and gave me some things to contemplate.
After getting back into town, I caught the Dick Dale show at the Earl. My buddy’s bandMoonBase opened for them. If you like surf rock, definitely be sure to check them out! Walking in I remember specifically thinking that there’s a strange mix of hawaiian shirts, leather jackets, and mustaches among the crowd. Everyone from mid-twenty somethings to people appearing to be in their sixties showed up. It was an all-around good time.
Right after that, I met a bunch of Folk Punk artists at Wonder Root! Actually while talking to Pat at the show in Ohio, he asked me if The Wild was still a band around Atlanta. Being here nearly five years and somewhat involved in the entertainment scene nearly the whole, I told him no since I had not heard of them. And sure enough, as if to prove the synchronicity of the Baader Meinoff phenomenon, I get invited to WonderRoot to catch The Wild with special guests. One of which was Jeremy Ray, really cool and very talented guy, seriously blew me away.
Shortly thereafter, my friends at Pocket Universes began a Kickstarter and hosted a few art events. Unfortunately, they didn’t reach their funding goal but that’s alright. They’re going to revamp the whole thing and come at it from a different angle. It also gave them a few other ideas so definitely check them out here and be on the look out for some new things coming from them! They had an art show at Mass Collective and I literally forgot to take any pictures. Shame on me. They're really cool people and have a Facebook so make sure to go there for pictures!
So then after the weekend was over, I went to Chicago for business. I had the opportunity to visit the famous Kingston Mines blues bar. It was amazing. Again, I only snapped a few pictures getting caught up in the excitement of it all. If you're ever in Chi Town and have the opportunity to check out Kingston Mines, do it.
Later that week, I got back to Atlanta for a few hours then drove to Brooklyn for Memorial Day weekend. I spent time with some good friends and we did the whole booze and food thing. Smogashburg (sp?) was epic. So was The Whiskey Brooklyn and we also went to a pretty dank meatball shop I cannot remember the name of.
My buddy’s at Incendia invited me to Mysteryland Music Festival in Bethel NY. It was where the original Woodstock was held. Mysteryland was pretty incredible. I’ve never been a big fan of EDM but I really enjoyed Porter Robin’s set. Incendia literally made headlines at the festival and are looking at some pretty big things in the future. It was really awesome getting to hang out with them again, spin fire, relax, and overall do our fire thing for a bunch of people who’ve never experienced anything like it before. Even just talking to the audience about who they are and what we all do, seeing the fire light up their eyes, and hearing the enthusiasm in their voice, was really awesome.
After Mysteryland, I then continued on to Buffalo New York for a business meeting. Well the meeting got out a lot earlier than I expected so I got to visit Niagara Falls that afternoon. Nature.Is.Literally.Awesome.Awe-inspiring.Wow. Check out some of these pictures I snapped.
After Niagara Falls, Google Maps directed me to drive through Ohio to get back to Atlanta, so of course I had to stop in at Cedar Point for a day. I guess it was just opening again for the season and we happened to make perfect timing. Got a cheap hotel for the night so we could go first thing in the morning. The manager there was telling me that starting next week their rates triple, school lets out, and everything gets super busy. Since we were there so early in the season and on a week day, we literally rode all the rides we wanted to by about 1pm, leaving us unsure what to do with ourselves. All of the lines were only 30 minutes at max. My favorite ride being the Maverick, was the last one we got to ride (for the second or third time) before a huge ominous storm came in and started raining sideways. We sought refuge from the wetness in a saloon on site for about an hour before we decided it was time to go.
After that, I got back to Atlanta and got back to work. Found myself a new adventure bike so I now have a KLR650 and will be selling my Honda Shadow. I’ve got a lot of work to do on the KLR but it will be a labor of love and I’m excited to see how she turns out. As for the Shadow, you can check out the Craigslist Listing Here.
I also had the opportunity to visit Sky Lounge for a friends birthday party. Pictures below.
So sorry for not updating this blog. I haven’t been doing very many artsy things as I’ve been very busy traveling and doing other things, as you can see. But as things are starting to settle down and with the new bike, there will be many projects coming up soon!! I am back in town for the foreseeable future, and have already begun working towards finishing many of the projects I’ve started.
Some Other Random Updates That Happened!
I decided to post the song to Sound Cloud that I wrote for Blix’s video. You can check it out below.
Kaleidoscape had a few shows I helped out with, including a metal show. They’ve got a few other things coming up as well so be sure to swing by their page and take a look. Here are some pictures from some of the events they had.
A buddy of mine got some welding tools and put together a shop again and started making his art again. You can check it out here. We’re going to work on some metal projects here in the near future including making a hang drum out of a propane tank.
This past weekend was a pretty good one! Saturday I went busking outside of the OutKast show at Centennial Olympic Park. I made quite a bit of money in a pretty short time, got some people to dance, tried some new songs, and overall had a great time! I spent most of the day working on my EP and only a few hours busking. I was probably there maybe 10p to midnight. Afterwards I went to Virginia Highlands to catch the bar crowd but it was fairly dead so I wound up grabbing a drink with some new found friends.
Sunday I was up bright and early for the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride which raises money for prostate cancer. It was epic to say the very least. Meeting everyone looking all dapper was wonderful. I enjoyed networking and may have even found up getting a fire spinning gig out of it. The Georgia MotoRyders group are the ones who hosted the ride in Atlanta this year. Below is a picture of me in the ride (bright blue tie) and some other pictures from the ride. The picture of me riding was taken by Michael S. Cosky and the entire album can be viewed here! The one of the entire group is from Yarold Benavides and his photography business can be found here. I snagged the one of the bikes on my phone.
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