Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hell yes!

I'm in the South.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

R.I.P. Hummer

1992 - 2010

February 24

Earl loves it when I come home with my hood all warmed up.

A New Generation Of Fans

Michelle Marsili sent me this picture of her boy today.

"My kid loves your calendar!  Check him out...he couldn't get enough of it last night."

Monday, February 22, 2010

February 22

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Ages 12 and 16. 
Thanks Toms.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 13

Full night of birthday parties. First, Joe's birthday.

Then Markus' Native American theme birthday party. 

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Save The Peak

I hiked up to the Hollywood sign which is covered for several days with the words "Save The Peak" to protest plans by Chicago developers to build mansions along the ridge line above the sign. The developers will sell the property to the activists if the groups come up with $12.5 million by April 14. So far $7 million have been raised. The developers paid $1.7 million for the land 8 years ago.  

Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Hate Valentine's Day

but I like Ian's new Valentine's song.

R.I.P. Capt. Phil Harris

1956 - 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

World Wide Traffic Jam

Leonard Knight, 78 year old creator of Salvation Mountain, wanted me to share this with you.

Palm Springs Photo Reenactment

Last year in Palm Springs we reenacted one of the many framed photos of classic Hollywood in the house.

So this year we had to do it again.

February 6

Palm Springs.

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February 5

Palm Springs.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl Finger

5 years ago I left a Superbowl party with this.

Today I returned to the same party and left unharmed. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

February 4

Joshua Tree National Park.

February 3

The Salton Sea.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hardee's Carcasses

I started 2002 off by moving out of my apartment and taking a cross country trip. I was ready to move out of NC and needed to find where I wanted to go. When I returned to NC a couple months later I decided to move to Los Angeles. I needed to make some money to fund the move so I went back to work as a freelance photo assistant but I never established a residence. I would split time between friends' places around Greensboro when I had work and my parents' in Morehead City when I didn't have work, a distance of 220 miles. Durning this time I spent a lot of time on the roads of NC and I noticed something which led to the project I called Hardee's Carcasses. It was published in a now defunct online magazine in 2003. I recently came across the images while looking through some old files. 
Click here to see images.

Growing up in a small coastal town in North Carolina I remember a time before the town became another battleground for fast food restaurants. In the 70’s, before McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King and all the others came to town, there were only some locally owned drive-ins, a Dairy Queen, and a Hardee’s.

The first Hardee’s was opened in 1960 in Greenville, NC, about 75 miles west from my hometown. Rocky Mount became the corporate headquarters for the fast growing franchise chain. By the 80’s it was the 4th largest food chain in the world. You may still have some smurf glasses or California raisin figures from their 80’s promotional campaigns. Though Hardee’s has never been my favorite fast food, I feel some pride in the eastern North Carolina restaurant’s rise to become one of the world’s largest restaurant chains.

But apparently with ever rise there is a fall. In the 90’s competition got the best of them and they had to make some changes. A result of this was the buyout by the California fast food chain Carl’s Jr. The corporate headquarters moved out of North Carolina to St. Louis and Hardee’s restaurants began to disappear from the North Carolina landscape.

But the buildings remain.

In my travels through the state I keep spotting the unmistakable buildings in almost ever town I pass through. And now that I am planning to move to California I have been straying off the beaten path and exploring the small towns I have driven by all these years. Almost every town has a building that once was a Hardee’s. Some have new businesses residing in them, some have been recently vacated, and some had new businesses move in and fail. Could it be the effects of bad economic times or are they located too far from the new Wal-Mart. Who knows? But chances are, if you live in the South there may be a Hardee’s carcass near you.

Today Is My 7th Anniversary Of Becoming An Angeleno

(Feb 1, 2003 -          )