Sunday, March 30, 2014

If Brandon Arnovich is the most highly evolved person I know then Steve Romanello is the nicest kindiest person I know

Steve on the left, Gibb Windahl, me

I sat with Steve last night next to his pool at a party he was throwing at his house . But it wasn't his party it was Paul and Muriel 25th anniversary party at his house. The usual suspects were there and I realized I'd missed his smile and the way he barrels from place to place. It's not that we have daughter Leahs or that I owe him for the last several weeks a hundred. He's almost my age and he has a job! He teaches post production- he wrote one of THE books on adobe photo shop. His significant other, Karen
Brannon likes me but is NOT fond of my work.
Steve also paints besides entertaining and teaching. He knows everyone and...is the kindest nicest person.







That's Tim Fuller staring in from the right


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Help Homeless Graduate from High School

I noticed this billboard and thought the idea was ridiculous. I went to pay my real estate tax the day before it would go to auction lien and saw a young homeless person and walked over and asked "are you a boy or girl?"


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.
©Eugene Smith

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.






















"College Roommates"

I travelled to see Jessica freebird in her last semester of college. She's living with her best friend/roommate Sakeena in Eureka, CA and the night I arrived I found them being just plain old everyday nowadays college roommates. It was Jessica's night to be tied up.


I'll give my readers a few days and nights to imagine what I saw!!!