She assured me she was a she. She asked if I'd drive her somewhere and I agreed. First she wanted to download from the library a birth certificate application form. She kept spilling her q-tips but we got her bags in the car and drove to Target. She went inside and asked me to wait which I did for over a half hour then placed her stuff in a tree and drove home.
The next day I met Conrad, homeless in Tucson, born in Sierra Vista.
I drove all nite stopping to sleep for an hour in a rest stop on Interstate 10 and got to the Blythe, Ca Starbucks just after it opened. I noticed a young man talking to himself.
I placed my camera on my table and got two shots off before Starbucks management told him to leave. The shot I took of him remined me of the Eugene Smith photos of the population in the insanity ward in Haiti in1958.
I my trip to Eureka, Ca I stopped in LA to weather the heavy rains then up to Oakland and San Francisco with a stop to see Felice in Santa Rosa then up to Eureka. On my way back I hit LA for Marian's 92nd birthday. We celebrated at Manderette on Beverly Blvd. In that journey I slept 3 nites in my car, two nites in Dave and Ori's back- by- the- pool casita, two nites on carpet at Jessica's, one nite at a motel bcause the rains were too hard to drive with my tires shifting the car from side to side one nite on David Lubin's couch.
Ori at home
Dave and I buying homo erotic literature at Circus of Books on Santa Monica Blvd.
then up to David Lubin's home. I get to watch him divide him time between sculpture, water colors and play writing. I've had he pleasure of seeing his comprehensive art since 1969 in Taos, then Manhattan, then Point Reyes and now Oakland. Pure pleasure to witness and record the creative process.
a Lubin sculpture of me and woman with her legs apart. David assures me that this piece is mentioned in his will. I have the same assurances from my movie friend, Jon, that he has left me his very rare copy of Man Ray's Alphebet.
Is it clear that these pieces are small...maybe 12 " high yet each is distinctive with a strong likeness to its subject.
Brandon Arnovich has a JOB! He went and learned a new design technique and now designs downtown SF. He took me to the Slanted Door's take-out (Out The Door) in the Ferry building. I am struck by how calm he is through all his changes. His evolution as a human being...is it the result of his radical cool parents, his golf swing, the music he plays or the smoke he smokes. In any case he keeps getting more beautiful. He is VERY high.
I'm always short of cash and plan on always being short of money. This time I brought over 100 of my thousands and thousands of color prints I made to give models (and made extras). I sold them to friends for gas and food and did just fine. i think I'll have an extra ten bucks when i get home.
Brandon holding photo I did approx. 14 years before at Christmas of himself and Felice on Bush street in San Francisco.
Then up to Santa Rosa to see Felice. After eight years of living together...I don't see enough of her now.
she's collecting abstract paintings and finishing college.
Which brings me full circle to Jessica. She, too, has changed. She was the wildiest young woman
(here she is in 2008 in Tucson without her mother's permission)
I ever shared time with. But she had her excesses and they were hard for me to stay with and we stopped. Now seven or eight years later she has matured into a beautiful interesting young woman. Lucky is the man to have her in his life.