Rubber tramping – traveling in your motorhome/car/vanagon living in random places along the way (note: not official definition).
Almost a month ago I took off…in my Vanagon. I’ve never officially introduced you to Junior, so here he is. Everyone, meet Junior. Junior, meet everyone. He’s a 1982 diesel Volkswagen Vanagon who’s been quite the handful since purchased. He’s running strong now, with two long successful voyages in the last month.
I headed down the coast for some time to myself. First stop was in San Onofre State Beach campground for two nights. I biked a lot (it felt like half way to San Diego), swam/body surfed the beaches and burned lots of stuff (ALL our old scripts from our almost-feature “A Man Called Jon” and close to two pallets that I found behind Ralph’s which I carried to my campsite in my backpack on my bike). Chuck joined for night number one, bringing down whiskey and one of the full pallets that I couldn’t get myself.
I burned this little guy too…a dead and gone squirrel that had dried up on my site. It’s much better for the body, I promise you. I can’t say how many other squirrels violated his dead body.
After my nights there, I made my way down thru Oceanside and Carlsbad, for more biking and swimming, ending up finally in downtown San Diego. Met up with some old friends and slowly made my way back up the coast and back home after a good 5 day voyage.
Being out on the bike/in the van/by the ocean always gives me time to think, to process, to clear my head and settle my soul. That’s why I have to get out on these trips periodically. Life is too busy, stressful, and chaotic sometimes here in LA as a part of the film business. Sometimes I feel like my days never stop (lately, I’ve been up at 630a to get to the gym before work, working a full day, and then staying until 10 or 1030p after work cutting short films we hope to submit for this year’s Sundance Film Festival). I’m not asking for your pity, by any means, but encouraging you as well to get out of town, get your head out of your daily clutter every now and again: it’ll do you wonders.
Since Vern and I parted ways, I’ve also been busy with decisions about what to do with the company going forward, getting all the legal and tax stuff taken care of, and in some ways rebuilding the whole thing. It’s been a good experience, and I think that we’re both better off going our own directions right now, but it’s a taxing and tiring path as well.
I’m glad you’re still reading, glad you’re still supporting, and I promise that we’ve got great things in store to reveal soon. We’re on the cusp of finishing almost all our shorts that we shot in the first half of the year as well as writing and shooting more…and other things as well. Many which I can’t even talk about just yet, because they’re that big.
In short, that’s why I haven’t been posting much lately. The new site is coming soon, which will blow you away, and after that, I’ll be sure to post more often again, with all your favorite hobo stories, projects we’re working on, and insightful stuff.