Saturday, March 17, 2007

Evil capitalistic mugs

Evil capitalistic mugs, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Corny, yes.

But these are the best coffee mugs Ive ever owned. Liked it so much, bought an

whippet withdrawl

whippet withdrawl, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friday, March 16, 2007

parked horses

parked horses, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Ferrari F430

During my time of being 'residentially challenged' I got to know many folk who, unlike myself, were struggling with their addictions and in programs. Most of them have their own stories.

Good, decent folk, all. Im picky about the folk I hang with or even talk to. I dont hang with the sketchy - I dont allow anyone to drag me down.

These are folk I got to know.

When I left Berkeley, I lost touch with most, seeing some on occasion in San Francisco, hearing from others spread around California and the world. Most are doing good.

Keith, who when I met him was going through a Berkeley program, had a tough haul, but was invariably cheerful and religious. The tough former marine , although battered, was in good physical shape and kept himself in good condition. I like him, for he is honorable and a straight shooter.

Ive seen him in the intervening years, and although he is the same Keith, he kept falling down back into his addictions. But, he kept that same robust and dogged determination not to lose himself.

On my way to work this afternoon, I saw him. He saw me and the joy lit up his face.

I almost didnt recognise him. His muscular frame had lost a third of it's girth, his previously perfect set of choppers.. a good number were missing. And, as is wont for those who have into extremely heavy drug use his already dark skin had darkened several shades. His neatly trimmed beard was gray.

He looked as if he had aged a decade and a half from when we first met.

He was in bad shape.

We hugged.

"How are you, Keith?"
"Ahh, Joe - I wont bother you my stories."

And I didnt press it, no need.

We caught up, chatted. He asked me to spot him a few quarters, I peeled off a 5 spot. Enough to help, not enough to have him go on a bender.

He then asked me for a pen to write down his voice mail number.

"Sure. Why do want me to have it?"

And, at that point he stopped. He was hurt.

He still has his pride. But he understood why I balked.

You do not let junkies, functioning or otherwise, into your life. Even the good ones. They're not in control and will ruin yours. As I said, I will not allow anyone drag me down.

"I dont want anything. I just want to talk. To help keep my focus."
"Hm. Ok, here's my notepad..."

And so he scrawled his VM and work number into my book. And when he was done, he handed the pen and pad and said "PLEASE call."

We hugged and parted ways.

Long story short - Will I?

I don't know.


under the hood

under the hood, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


DSC_3210, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nikita & Tracy

Nikita & Tracy, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My friend Tracy J has had a deeply held dream in all the time Ive known her.

To make films.

Nearly 10 years later.... her very first.

Cant give up on your dreams.
Heh, this is one of those films where I know every location the scenes were shot, from Tracy's almost hidden front door, to the little shop where Id buy the paper before I'd trek up to her place, the 77th Street subway stop, the Bay Ridge townhouses...

Ah, Brooklyn.


platform, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year Parade, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Shot by a s602

Shot by a s602, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

the scene

the scene, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

egg drop and roll

egg drop and roll, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


signage, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Fact: The expression "knuckle down" originated with marbles - players put knuckles to the ground for their best shots.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Friend Risa

Friend Risa, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

In her natural state.

up the street

up the street, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

salt and pepper prawns

salt and pepper prawns, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

One of the dishes Ive only started eating since Ive been in San Francisco.

You eat it whole. When its good, as here, you remove the heads, eat it scales and all - then eat the heads. Wow.

And another one

And another one, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Fact: Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.

Corner of..

Corner of.., originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Corner of ...

Corner of ..., originally uploaded by Itinerant.

.. and then a young woman came up, hugged me, told me she wanted swallow me up, kissed me on the cheek and left.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Friend Risa, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friend risa came into town to connect with her friends and .. in her words ... get refreshed by San Francisco.

It really feels good when friends make it a point to visit.

the scene

the scene, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Golden light

Golden light, originally uploaded by Itinerant.


setup, originally uploaded by Itinerant.