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Monday, July 30, 2007

past few days

Friday-Studio 9am-5pm
Saturday- Studio 12-7pm
Sunday-Studio 8am-10pm
total shots: 0
Monday-meet with prof in am to review issues, then studio 3-12, finally getting 5 out of the 10 needed shots.

Today was the first day that I have not been in the studio, although I did have class. Tomorrow, 8am, back in the studio either until we're done or they kick us out! The good news is that (I think?) the hardest part is over once we finish this technical assignment. The next assignment we get to choose what we want to shoot (within a few parameters), and what lighting we apply.

Friday, July 20, 2007

$#@!%&%#!!!!

Ah, yes, it is definitely that time again. School. Studio time. Hours spent in the studio working on getting one shot. We spent 9hrs in the studio today. We got three shots. Apparently, we also did better than others, but it didn't feel like it at all.

I was told I have a potty mouth, to which I replied, "yeah, so? Deal with it." I'm not even horribly stressed yet-slightly, yes. Horribly, no. But cussing is just such a good way to let off steam. If I didn't cuss, my stress level would have been much higher. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fire season

Since getting back to CA, I've been suffering-burning eyes, drippy nose, irritated itchy sinuses. I took allergy meds and they did nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. At first, I thought it was just a bit of reaction to jet lag and air travel. Then, yesterday at work, they talked about the fire raging not far from here.

Oh, yeah! Duh. I forget I live in the land of fire now.

The land here is chaparral and a quote:
Chaparral is characterized as being very hot and dry. As for the temperature, the winter is very mild and is usually about 10 °C. Then there is the summer. It is so hot and dry at 40 °C that fires and droughts are very common. (Oh goody!!)

It's so easy to forget because I don't see the fire burning. It's miles away. But it's still sending crap into the air, those tiny particulates that just irritate the hell out of my respiratory system! ARGH! However, it does explain why the sunset was so dang gorgeous these past couple of days. And there is nothing I can do except for close all the windows and just stay inside. Dude, it's summer (and I have no AC)!! Who wants to do that???

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the season and I'm worried it's going to get ugly this year. Usually, the summer brings fire and the winter brings rain. I remember last fall people telling me that the winters are quite wet here. I don't remember getting much rain though. And I have a vague memory of watching the news and them reporting that the rainfall wasn't up where it should be to prevent a nasty fire season. Oh great.

The fire burning now, called the Zaca Fire, has burned over 13,000 acres and they don't really know when it'll be contained. On one hand, it is the natural cycle of the land here. The dry brush is adapted to fires each year; some plants need the fires to break the seed pods open and let the plant reseminate, which is all fine and dandy except for those people that have made their homes there. Yes, it may be a natural cycle, but that's not much of a consolation when your house is gone up in smoke. Just like Florida gets the hurricanes, the west gets fire (actually, Florida gets fires too, but the high humidity usually helps weigh all the gunk down and a good hurricane will help squelch fires.) The BBC has some excellent photos here.

So, even though it's depressing when the skies turn gray and it drizzles all day, I am now hoping for rain.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Travels

Ooof, today I have to fly back to CA. I already have my boarding pass thanks to the wonders of online check-in. My bags are half-packed and I called yesterday to find out what happens if I miss the last bus home.

You see, this time, instead of driving down to LAX and leaving my car there for 10+ days, I was smart and called the Airbus. They arrived bright and early, right on schedule, took my bag and stowed it while I climbed aboard and settled in. Then we were off.

Down the Pacific Coast Highway, I was able to watch the ocean as the sun rose (told you it was early.) Eventually, I dozed off and when I woke up, we were driving through Malibu and our driver was giving a tour!! Who knew that I'd get a tour along with a ride to the airport!!

He explained why the houses were all connected (to keep people away from the beach) and why they have coastal access points (because they got sued back in the 60's for trying to keep people away from the beach.) He pointed out some landmarks, like Cher's house and then a house Mae West used to own. It was so much better than getting stuck on the 405, which is the way I usually take.

However, the flight back might be a bit different. I'm scheduled to arrive into LAX at 9:55pm. The last airbus leaves for Santa Barbara at 11pm. One hour is cutting it very close when you consider possible delays as well as time to get my luggage. Needless to say, I was worried. So I called Airbus yesterday to find out exactly what their schedule is and what the hell am I going to do if I miss them by 10 minutes? Well, what a relief!! It turns out that they do two runs around the airport so, basically, the last run is really at 11:30! I feel better.

With all that though, I still don't want to go back.

** UPDATE...6:09 pm EST
Apparently, my premonition is working. I just had this feeling about today and sure 'nuff....I got to the airport to find my flight delayed. They reassured me that despite the delay, they'd hold the connections and I'd get to LAX about 15 minutes late. I sat to wait and not more than 10 minutes later, they made an announcement that the flight would be delayed further and those flying to X, Y, Z and Los Angeles would need to be rebooked on a different flight! So, I get another night here in fabo Florida and an early morning flight out to LA tomorrow!!

Don't worry, I am going back. I've got homework and school and a possible job waiting for me, not to mention El Gato!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Summer in Florida

Summer in Florida means afternoon thunderstorms and heat lightning at night. I love both. I remember how I missed these when I first moved out of Florida. The rains in Baltimore usually lack the violence that we have here in Florida. A few times they got a good storm but for the most part, it was a nice polite rain that fell. You could still see in front of you and not worry too much. And California?? Well, for all the overcast skies, there's really very little rain and I can't remember a good storm with thunder and lightning together. So, I dug around the internet and found this. Enjoy...

http://www.weatherquestions.com/What_is_heat_lightning.htm

Thursday, July 05, 2007

some things...

It occurs to me that South Florida, with its heat and tropical feel, cooks some peoples' brains encourages some people to forget taste when it comes to their appearance. I noticed it even living here, growing up, but I wasn't blogging then. Here are a few pointers I've gathered over the years:
1. After a certain age, women really should not wear cut-off jean mini skirts. Save it for the teenagers; they can get away with it.
2. If you're going to bleach your hair, please do it right and go to a professional that will make it look like you were born with the fabulous blond locks. Please don't think that having yellow and orange hair will fool people.
3. Having skin like leather is not a good look either. Remember the old woman from "There's Something About Mary."
4. Polyester pants don't work well in this heat.
5. Bleached hair extensions will not make you look younger. No matter what. Give it up.
6. String bikinis were meant for people with little to no body fat. Period.
7. Ditto for speedos. Only a few rare people can get away with these. And they aren't the ones actually wearing them!
8. While color coordination is nice, wearing everything of the same color is a bit much. I mean, really, how much green can a person successfully pull off??

That's it for now. Class dismissed.