Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Weekend of Whales

In January, 2017, I went whale-watching near the Channel Islands, off the coast of Ventura. I'd read this part of the Pacific is on the migration route for gray whales, who head south for the winter.

Sure enough, I saw several whales that day, along with dolphins and sea lions. But I'd also read about where those whales were headed—to lagoons off Baja California, where they birth and nurse their calves, as well as mate for the next go-round.

I didn't give much thought to whale migration again until I realized whale season was upon us here in 2019, and I hadn't acted to get myself south to Mexico to see the whales. Was it too late?

I researched every term I could think of. Solo travel to Baja. Independent travel to see Baja whales. Gray whales, Baja. Budget travel, whales. I searched guidebooks and websites, but didn't find anything truly satisfying until I really dug in. Central and southern Baja wasn't far away as the crow flies, but it was too damn long from LA by bus. Fifteen hours by car, longer by bus. Nope. Not gonna do that and be at the office by 9 on Monday.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Baja Weekend

Look what I did over the weekend.

Well, okay, I didn't DO this. But I went and saw this.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cash, Parton, Cheech, Chong

Now is a good time to stop by the Grammy Museum.

En Route to DTLA

I was en route to the travel show* at the LA Convention Center, entering the Hollywood/Vine metro station, which is actually at Hollywood and Argyle.

There was a guy inside the platform’s glass-sided elevator.

The elevator was not going up. It was not going down. It was merely existing without bias—the guy did not seem alarmed, nor was he trying to exit the elevator. The doors were snugly shut, as if the elevator was at rest. Which I guess it was. The guy and the elevator were just hanging out.

I averted my eyes and walked to the other end of the platform. I kinda wanted to see where this story went, but self-preservation won out.

*At the travel show, I interrogated some Baja reps about the bridge from San Diego to Tijuana Airport, the CBX. From Burbank, it is possible to take the 4:50 a.m. Flixbus to Old Town, San Diego, hope on a trolley to the San Ysidro border, get on a $6 shuttle to CBX, then walk into the airport through passport control, and take a Calafia or Volaris flight south into Baja. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

But My Haircutter Moved to San Francisco

Going to SF for the day seems decadent, but you know what’s more decadent? Paying for a hotel.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rainy Season in SoCal

There are occasional days I regret my choice to not own a car.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Responsible Citizenry

I went to my first Burbank homeowner's association meeting.

I pitched purchasing a panda to maintain the bamboo in the courtyard, and while I didn't get a panda, now I'm on the board. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Today I went to the first of four workshops intended to teach techniques for relieving or mitigating stress.

It was raining when I left the house, and I was worried about when the bus would come and then I didn't know what to expect and it was still raining when I left and I had to rush to catch the bus and...am I doing this right?

Monday, February 04, 2019

Pottery by Hand

Here's how my first hand-building projects came together. A pinchpot and a coil pot.

Admittedly, they're not gonna set the world on fire anytime soon, but I'm learning.

I might take the same beginning class over again in the spring.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Interior Design

I'm trying to figure out how and where to hang all my souvenirs here in Burbank. I'm all out of room in JC.

It's harder than it looks!

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Professional Fakery

I can't remember if I showed these already. Back in September, I mocked up some fake color guides, supposedly from the early to mid 1980s.

My Dr. Ph. Martin's transparent dyes were in Jersey City (I have them now), so Rob L, who lives on the West Side, had to stop by Steve B's house after work and borrowed his dyes for me. Many were dried out, but there was enough liquid to mix what I needed.

I made do without Finch paper, but in the later years of guides, we'd started using crappy paper anyway, so I was kind of used to it.

I didn't have the tray for mixing colors, so I emptied out little creamer packets from the office kitchen and used those. Rob Clark had an unused Winsor & Newton brush, and we were off to the races.

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed going to work quite this much.

Friday, February 01, 2019

A Novel Approach

Here's a visual aid I made for a little class I taught at work today.

It's part of my quest to get people to accept that these two modes are tools that work together to make a nice printed comic book. You'd be surprised how many people have nearly gone into fisticuffs over CMYK vs. RGB.

Or maybe you wouldn't, if you work in comics.