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Summer in Colorado
|| 4/21/2003 || 6:25 pm || Comments Off on Summer in Colorado || ||

::Repost from old blog::

I’m going to work in Colorado for the summer!!! Woohooo! No more city, no more buildings, just an escape to the serenity of the 5,000 acre Snow Mountain Ranch situated at 8,600ft above sea level. I’m finally going to be that kick ass camp counselor I always wanted to be! 40 days until Camp Chief Ouray! I can’t wait!

TV Turnoff Week
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Decorated my TV for TV TURNOFF WEEK

Weekend Recap
|| 4/20/2003 || 1:18 pm || Comments Off on Weekend Recap || ||

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So my weekend went by quickly as usual. Actually time has been flying by at rate that is too fast for me to take in. Chaos is expanding, it must be, things are speeding up too fast for me to notice.

Friday, I went to my Yoga teacher prep. class. I’m going to be glad that class is over next week. Its gotten so monotonous that I dread going. Although I love going to Yoga, doing the same four postures is not the way teaching people to teach! Grrrr…. Next week I have my final paper due, extra credit due, and I have to teach for 30 minutes. I wonder what poem I start and end my class with? After class I went to the hardware store and had a simple metal rope made for my bike. Granted someone with a lock cutter could cut through it or simply snip off my Master lock, but its the price I’m willing to pay ($5). From the hardware store I went a block north to meet up with folks for the Critical Mass bike ride. It was an extra special ride too. Apparently, a DC city council member sent a scathing letter to the police chief about there being way too many police at the previous Critical Mass gatherings, so Friday’s ride there wasn’t one cop there. And since no one had come up with a ride plan, it was nice to meander through DC without getting annoyed. I wrote up a summary and made a video. Afterwards, I hung out with some of the Georgetown Peace Action kats, and then I made my way back home and bought some "Pete’s Wicked Ale" -went to sleep early.

Saturday, April 19th, 2003, I woke up very early. I think when I consume alcohol I don’t really sleep. Its the same when I take sleeping pills, I do fall asleep, but its like my body doesn’t really fall to deeply asleep, so I wake up either uber-tired for the rest of the day or I sleep extra long. Like the drug put me to sleep, and then after it wears off, my body then goes to sleep. Saturday was such a morning. At least it wasn’t a hangover, rather I just woke up at like 5am and said, why go back to sleep? Maybe I should have. But I was able to get some things…ummm…I know I did some things! Probably just read stuff on the net. I remember seeing something for the memefest competition. I wonder if I could come up with a good one? Have I already? Hmmm.

The day before my friend Josh mentioned something about going to a rally his friend’s family organized. He mentioned something about the Mojahedin. I thought they were the "terrorists" I thought they were the ones who were supplied by the American Govt to fight the Russians in the Afghani-Russian War of the 1980s… What I did not know is that they were for a secular government of Iran. The rally was organized by numerous Iranian-American groups. It was pretty cool. Lots of beautiful Iranian women!!! The biggest drawback was that all but one speech was in Farsi, so I didn’t really get the gist of the rally. But I did get to meet a lot of folks who helped explain that the American Govt allowed the Iranians to attack the Mojahedin during the Iraqi Invasion to ensure that the Iran front would not be attacked by America. Weird. Sad too. After the rally we all went to a Iranian restaurant in Clarendon, VA. It was my first time eating Iranian food. I had Shish-Kabobs before, but never authentic Iranian ones. I was happy to see so many vegetarian options on the menu! I started eating hummus and this eggplant puree (I can not remember the name of) and I didn’t finish eating until well after everyone else was done with their main course. I think I secretly had twice as much food as everyone else!!! I even ate a salad- I’ve never been a big fan of salads, maybe its the dressings? But this salad was made cucumbers and tomatoes (Mariel would be proud) and some really tastey spices. I really like the inclusion of mint leaves into cooking, I’m going to try to add that to my culinary repertoire. We also had "Doogh" a traditional Iranian drink, made with mint, yogurt, and I think this had baking soda in it. I was told its the Iranian version of the Lassi (I like the Lassi better)

After dinner, I went back to Foggy Bottom with Josh and went over to his friends place where we hung out for a little bit. I got to play chess and take some pictures of the sunset on their balcony. After we left, Josh and I randomly ran into Ari on the street. He was about to meet up with some friends and go to the first new party series called "Destination" My friend Steve is in charge of the sound in the DnB room and making sure the DJs were picked up from the airports and what not. He drunkenly said he’d put me on the guest list but it didn’t pan out. Nonetheless, I was excited about the party. And it turned out that Ari could give me a ride. It also turns out that one of the random friends he was waiting for was my friend Lyra from Belize. I went back to my dorm changed clothes and met up with Ari and went to the DC Tunnel. On the way there I took some cool footage of the repititous lights in the tunnels on H395. We listened to some burned copy of a DnB set from London. Too much MC- not enough music… We parked and got there made it inside for the early-bird special price of $15. The moment I went in I realized that I had just entered a rave. Not that raves are all that bad, but I just felt OLD- and I’m only 22 :- After walking around in there for about 15 minutes I was ready to go. There was no escape from the loud music, even the lounge room (which had the best music of the night) was loud. And I kicked myself in the ass 15 times for not bringing my earplugs. They are offereing free hearing tests on campus- I’m scared to go- what did you say?

I think the musical highpointe of the night was when BT played "Godspeed" which was my first record I purchased from Satellite Records back in 1998. I guess with tune being 5 years old, I had reason to feel antiquated. Godspeed- funny name for a tune being dropped on Easter… I went to the DnB room, aka the sauna, and danced a bit. A lil too loud for me sometimes, and the wooden floors slightly trembled as 200 people brocked out. I really enjoyed the MC trio that came for the show. I was very happy to see my old friend MC J. Messinian. Around 2am, all the DCDnB kru made their way from Players Ball to Destination. It made the latter part of the night more enjoyable being around folks I knew, and more importantly, roughly my age and sober. I took some great fotos! It was kinda random for a minute, I was talking to Allison R., after taking some fotos of her and a few others, when Alison M. shows up. I hadn’t seen her in over 3 weeks! My perfect rebound relationship, now only friendship, one that had the easiest breakup ever, who I hadn’t seen for awhile, shows up. It was nice seeing her again, and I really wanted to see her one last time before either of us move. I just wonder if last night will be the last time. We got along fine, but I knew there were some differences between us that would never be resolved, yet I enjoyed her company simply because I knew she was moving and after leaving a nearly three year relationship, its wonderful to meet someone who you know is temporary. I avoided the instant attachment / post breakup scenario. Anyways, it was fun dancing with her for the last hour of the event. I was ready leave tho. I didn’t see Allison R. again, :- At least I took some good pictures of my friends. That, after all, is what I’ll remember more than the music. Didn’t fall asleep until freaking 7am.

Easter Sunday, 4/20/03 was spent in hibernation. I was awoken at 2:30pm by a fire alarm. Irony? Fire on the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. I wonder if that was an act of god? Saying that my idleness is a sin, or my staying out late at places of drug induced debauchery should be minimized or I’ll burn forever hell. After going back inside, because there was no fire, I went right back to sleep again. Waking at around 5pm, I wrote a few E-mails, snacked on some food, and at 7pm loaded my backpack up for my radio show. No guest DJs this time, I’m hoping Allison R. will DJ next week or maybe Steve. It was fun for a bit- I had three really good long mixes, and at the end of the third Josh & Emily banged on the glass of the studio and said hello. I put on a CD and went outside for a few minutes with them. I love knowing that not a soul is listening to my radio show! It gives me the freedom to not have to worry about trainwrecking…aahhhh… Mix of the night was my Easter Sermon, that I had actually missed. The sermon I used for my Electronic and Computer Music final project– "Signs of the Time, the End of the World, and Second Coming of Jesus Christ" by Billy Graham, recorded in NYC in 1969. I love that record so much! I’m not too much of eschatologist but for some reason it has always interested me. I think it was the finding of 666 embedded in the barcode that probably started it all. Or maybe it was something else, I wonder. Anyways, I had fun playing that record with the Konflict tune "Messiah" I thought it was very fitting for the day :-) After the show I came back to my room and wrote up the article on the Iranian-American rally and decided to work on my website. And now here I am… I wonder what time I’ll get to sleep? I wonder if I’ll get everything done that I need to this week? I wonder if I’ll get the job and be able to work in Colorado for the summer? Please get me out of the city lord! I want to the beauty you created, not the ugliness of man’s creatio.

And now, I think I’ll begin to clean my room, but before that I’m going to put some hummus on my free loaf of Subway bread. Me hungry! I wonder what the week has in store for me. Yoga, writing, Yoga, blogging, writing, writing, and a little bit of the general theory of relativity. I need to bend my time some more. Woohoo- Its now TV Turnoff Week! I wonder how many people will turn off their TVs this week? I’m going to make a decoration for my TV! Until next time :-)

|| 4/11/2003 || 10:23 pm || Comments Off on Belchtel || ||

Photoshop of the Bechtel Corporate Logo. I’d burp too if I was getting that much money for free.

Critical Mass – “Cars”
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Using Gary Numan’s 80’s tune “Cars,” I made a Newsicvideo documenting a Critical Mass ride through DC. This was sooo much fun :-)

The Universe
|| 4/9/2003 || 10:43 am || Comments Off on The Universe || ||

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I made a short “matrixesque” video using A Guy Called Gerald’s track “Universe”

Time has changed
|| 4/1/2003 || 10:58 am || Comments Off on Time has changed || ||

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Made a newsicvideo video documenting a march for affirmative action. I used Codec & Flexor’s tune “Time Has Changed” to show the inherent difference between Martin Luther King’s civil rights speech at the Lincoln Memorial, and today’s rally for affirmative action.

You Can’t Go Home Again
|| 3/22/2003 || 9:54 am || Comments Off on You Can’t Go Home Again || ||

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This is my first newsicvideo :) I made it to document the Washington, DC reaction to the illegal invasion of Iraq. All the footage is from Saturday March 22nd, the first weekend after we began our invasion. I used my Canon s200 digital elph’s 12 second recording ability to record about 60 clips, then spliced them together, added transitions (ad nauseum), and finally added DJ Shadow’s track “You can’t go home again.” This is one of my favorite historical creations.

“best single action by a single person”
|| 3/21/2003 || 10:29 am || Comments Off on “best single action by a single person” || ||

For my action the day before the war started, DC Metro Action awarded me “Best Action by a Single Person”

Solitary Die-In before the invasion
|| 3/18/2003 || 10:19 am || Comments Off on Solitary Die-In before the invasion || ||

This was originally posted to the DC IMC

Summary of my Day’s semi-Solitary Protest

After watching Bush’s speech last night I knew that our country was going to war for sure. Shortly after the speech was over, as I was flipping through the different stations, looking for the best commentary on the speech, I had the idea pop in my head of how I was going to spend the next day: Dead!

Luckily, it’s spring break for GWU students, so I had the whole day to make my protest be known. After my friend left at 10:30am, I went back to my dorm and began planning on how I’d construct my sign. I knew I’d use the cardboard signs I had been using in the past, but I needed some new words to be read. Across the hall is the staff break room, and I found a massive Post-It notepad that is used for presentations as well as a microphone stand that was only half setup. I snagged both! I widdled the broom stick I had been using lately to fit inside of the mic stand and then I peeled off two of the Post-It notes and affixed them to the cardboard and stapled them to make sure they didn’t fall off. Then I strung them up to the broom handle and wa-la! I had my protest sign that would stand on its own!

I left my room at noon. Walked down to 19th & K where I did my first pratfall, and yelled “AHHHH!” and laid down over the side of the mic stand to make sure it would not fall over from the wind. After about 5 minutes I noticed that the Golden Triangle security were on to me, and I politely and naively asked a guard how long I could lay there without being detained for loitering. After the third guard arrived I figured it was too hot, so I got up, dismantled my mic stand, and began to cross K St. Before I made it to the intersection, I was stopped by three DC Police Officers. They asked me what I was doing, how many people I was with, and how long I had been there. After I answered the questions, primarily, the one about me being alone, the officers were rather nice to me. Officer Larkin joked to me and said that I should have brought some ketchup, and I countered that by saying I’d get in trouble for littering. He asked where I was heading next, and I responded by saying that I was making my way to the the Dupont Circle Metro. He offered the advice of staying out of the human traffic and ended with “More power to you” With his name in my head, and his permission I knew that this was going to be a successful protest.

My next stop was a whole block away at 19th & L street. I laid there for about 20 minutes, until a worker from inside the bank (I believe) asked me to move, and I thanked him, packed up my stuff and move to my next stop which was M St & 18th. Where I had ample room to lay down and silently protest. This is where I ran into Brian, who opted to take some photos of me: It was great to see that someone from the Indymedia was on the scene first :-)

After laying there for another 30 or so minutes. I packed up shop and moved to the South entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro. I laid here for another 20 minutes. I had some great responses here, and even a few photos taken.

My next stop was one of my favorite stops of the day. I laid on the ground in Dupont Circle and was ogled at by a lot of folks. I had some of the best support here. A lot of people would walk by and say “Well Done” “Keep it Up” “You are right, War is Terrorism”
After about 30 minutes here, I shuffled over to the North entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro. I only stayed here about 15 minutes, but as I was leaving an elderly street merchant with a full beard and a cane, gave me some bread and said thank you. His grandson said he was from Afghanistan and had many of his friends die in much the same way. This same person also shouted at a pedestrian that grinned as they walked by me- he said “ITS NOT FUNNY!”

I walked down to L St & 20th where I spent another 15 minutes. I didn’t get much feedback so I moved to my final destination of the day: Foggy Bottom Metro. Here I had the most fun of all!

I’m not exactly sure what time I arrived, but it was somewhat busy and well before rush hour. As I laid there I had a British lady ask if she could take some pictures of me. I obliged and she said that she didn’t agree with Blair and was against the war as well. Shortly after her, a homeless man offered me a blanket and a flower. These props helped aid the protest so much- a lot more than some ketchup would! So I wrapped myself in the blanket and help the flower up against my chest. About 30 minutes later a lady came by and thanked me for what I was doing and kissed me on my forehead. I blushed :-) About 5 minutes later, a reporter named Anne Mulkern [amulkern (at)] from the Denver Post came by me and said she was doing a story on the reaction of the protests and the war. She asked me a few questions about how I felt (which was rather obvious), what I thought was going to happen, and how I’ve changed my life because of the war on terrorism etc.

At the end of the interview, the lady who kissed me came back, and she announced that she was going to sit with me and that she had brought a friend to keep us company. It turns out that they were both English teachers at local universities. They brought a small, “$$$ for Schools” sign, which I liked. After chatting for about 30 minutes or so they had to leave, but they thanked me for my time and I bid them well. Around this time, the homeless man came back and gave me some food, which I thanked him for. After I ate, I had a woman hover over me and tell me she was from Jordan, and she has family and friends in Iraq. She went on to thank me for speaking for them. I wished her well, and she walked away with a smile. Shortly afterwards, as I was looking to the sky, I could see a rainbow had formed above me

For the rest of the time, I just laid there until it was dark enough that I didn’t think people could read my sign well anymore, and I opted to leave. I chatted with a different homeless man as I packed up everything. He said that he agreed with what I was doing, but said it was pointless because we are going to war anyways. I countered that by saying that I was laying dead on the ground with the hopes of changing public opinion.

Overall, I had very few people give me bad vibes. One man said to me, “How would you like if I started kicking in you in the stomach? Would you want the police to come? Well that is the same with Iraq” It took me a hot minute to realize what he was saying, but before I could respond he was probably back in his office. I also had some issues with some kids who didn’t quite get the message. One of them was bouncing the basketball dangerously close to my head on purpose, and I politely asked him to refrain. Upon which I was surround by about 10 youths and they said I was supposed to be dead, and why was I pretending to be dead. What I got out of the encounter was that the kids had been watching a lot of TV. I can’t really describe it, but their demeanor showed that they were in the know about the events at hand, but had only gotten one side of the story. Aside from them, and a few more “Fuck Offs” and “I wish you were dead”‘s It was a lot of fun. There was an overwhelming amount of support from people, and hundreds of people actually stopped to read the sign and take pictures.

Again, I’m advocating these solitary protests! It seems that the cops have more problems when there is more than one person protesting. I think they believe that one person will just be viewed as a loony, and therefore not much of risk. Also, when it comes to the rallies & marches, like the one that took place last weekend, they are supposed to make you feel empowered to go out and do something. It seems that they are more about reading other people’s signs and less about taking the message to the next step- to the people who aren’t protesting. I feel as though what I did today had more of a net effect than my marching did on Saturday. And I know it did!

If you have 30 minutes to spare, or a lunch break to kill off, do something by yourself to tell others how you feel, because it is up to us. Each of us has the power to tell others the truth and its time to step up and speak.

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