The LA trip: A Prologue

As some of you may or may not know, I was in Los Angeles this past week trying to find a place to live in time for our move in May. The move is an attempt to get me closer to my goal of making movies for money (a theme which is indicated by the Barton Fink still that accompanies this blog). The trip had its ups and downs, but for the most part I feel like it was a positive experience. However, we did not find a residence as I was hoping we would. This doesn't mean that we won't move to LA necessarily, but it does mean that we'll need to make arrangements for not moving in May. I will be on the West coast in this upcoming month, in hopes of meeting some folks to whom my writing may be of interest. But without a place of residence, flying out for possible meetings/events may have to be the standard course of action for now. LA Friends, don't lose heart, I may still find myself in your complicated collection of cities yet, just not this upcoming May.

I will provide a more detailed blow by blow of our trip soon, but for now here's a short list of important points:

1) A week before our trip began, I came down with a coughing sickness usually reserved for gentleman gunfighters and Irish street urchins. Though I feel better, the cough plagues me even now. A doctor's visit is necessary.

2) Moab is a magical place that somehow restores my sense of equilibrium. Also, I am grateful for the kindness and generosity of Denise's Aunt, Uncle and Grandmother, who were kind enough to host us for three nights.

3) Las Vegas is an eyesore. It's like a fourteen year old kid was playing Minecraft in the barren wastelands of Mad Max's outback.

4) Palos Verdes Estates reminds me of Prince Eric's home in The Little Mermaid. It was beautiful. I am grateful for the kindness and generosity of Marcy and Mick for hosting and feeding us, as well as providing us with sage advice and wonderful conversation. I also want to thank Heather and Brian, for setting us up with a place to stay.

5) My wife is a master of LA traffic.

6) Being in LA Traffic makes me want to "sh** down both legs" as my friend Brent would say.

7) The city of Van Nuys starts out nice, but soon turns into the alternate 1985 where Biff Tannen is in charge.

8) Studio City seems a lot like Boulder.

9) It was nice to see some good friends again. Thanks to Kyle Anderson and Lia Kozatch for the kind and encouraging words. You guys are the best.

10) It was nice to see my dad on the way home, he is a kind and generous man with a salty wit. Also, visiting my hometown (as with Moab) also restores my equilibrium. And this was the first visit in a long time in which I haven't been besieged by relentless nostalgia. I was able to just enjoy it. It was wonderful.

The lead up to this experience was fraught with emotional difficulty. So now, I at least feel like I've jumped a hurdle and am ready to take the next step. Though my adventure yielded zero results as far as a place to live, it did open my eyes to changes that need to be made going forward. I'm still making the necessary arrangements, but soon, Cigarette Burn Pictures will no longer exist. In its place will be a new thing, comprised of solo animated projects (to start) and new exciting things once I move forward. A new season of Victorian Cut-out Theatrewill commence after a short respite, but in the meantime you can still check out commentaries for each episode, and I highly suggest that you watch Cinevore Studios' awesome web series NERD vs. GEEK. I'm so proud to be associated with those folks and hop[e that some of their brilliance and humor rubs off on me (although I'm probably not qualified enough to join MENSAX).

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Take care,