News From June 2011

Parisian Participation Part 1

Finally out of Italy, and into France to see some art in Paris.
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"America is my country and Paris is my hometown." -Gertrude Stein
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We wasted no time in alighting on Notre Dame, and inside the relief sculpture of the massacre of the innocents was cloaked in light for the first time in a while.
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The Bible is filled with great stuff. Killing babies and coping feels lesbian style are all over it.
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"The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."  ~Mark Twain
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Matisse's The Violinist at the Pompidou.
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A Picasso detail.
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Max Ernst.
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Henri Rousseau.
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Grashly were tripping balls.
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Artichoke is good for your liver.
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"Really?"
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"I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn't." -Kurt Cobain
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"All I wanted was to connect my moods with those of Paris. Beauty paints and when it painted most, I shot." -Ernst Haas
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Nutella crepe? yes.
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Grant partook of the holy crepe atop Montmartre...
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...And found his spot to devour it while overlooking his minion, all of Paris.
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"No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris." -Orville Wright
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Posted June 30th, 2011 by French Bulldog versus Welsh Corgi?
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Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 8

Leaving Sardinia back to Rome to catch a train to Paris...
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The boat as we left Olbia for Civitavecchia. Our window was blocked by the stairs.
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I spent the journey catching up in my book as everyone else fell asleep. We did wake up crazy early for this boat ride.
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The ceiling was mirrored, but nobody was able to take advantage of it.
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"In Italian there is an expression: We don't sleep on the fame." -Donatella Versace
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It was pouring rain, and therefore it wasn't worth storing our bags to walk around, we just had to wait for our train.
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"I was really nervous, intimidated by the whole thing-all the people and all the buzzing, and all the sitting around waiting. I felt really small in this huge place." -Kate Moss
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"When you say it's gonna happen now, When exactly do you mean? See I've already waited too long, And all my hope is gone."
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The train lurched forward, and finally we were off to France.
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"A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self in the mirror of some woman's eyes." -Clare Boothe Luce
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"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted." -Percy Bysshe Shelley
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"We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror." -Marshall McLuhan
Posted June 28th, 2011 by LEAVE COMMENTS - I LOVE THE COMMENTS
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Beach Days in Sardinia...

Also known as: Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 7
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The most epic beach day where we rented a boat and found a deserted stretch of unspoiled beach I only shot ONE photo. Just this shot with my digi-cam. I don't think I even shot one with my Leica at all. This is it. I dropped off the crew, then went out to anchor the boat leaving my cameras behind. You can see the beach and cave exploration on Grant's blog.
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One of the many reasons I don't eat dead animals.
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The next day we drove north in search of a beach I had read about, Il Pevero. We followed the signs, and after parking had to take a hike down a dirt path.
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Town of Arzachena, Province of Olbia Tempio, "The Pevero" Beach.
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This shows what nook we were in.
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What a secluded little gem of a beach.
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The only dark spots in the crystal clear water over white sand was some wood dust hovering over said sand.
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The water was very shallow and you could walk out quite far before being overhead.
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Ashley forgot her bathing suit at home, and had to wear a bra and panties into the cool Mediterranean Sea. What does Grant have?
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A hermit crab trying to score a bigger shell for himself.
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Do hermit crabs bite?
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Deanna enjoys her dip into the clear sea.
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"It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper." -Errol Flynn
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Grashly rolling deep, Italian island style.
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Yeah, we found vegan cones afterwards.
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The drive back was spectacular along the coast, driving along those nooks and crannies.
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Back in Olbia we visited a church.
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Even Olbia has it's charms.
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Posted June 28th, 2011 by Rocco Siffredi and Cicciolina made a porno called
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Teenage Kissers at Half Gallery

Some images from the opening night. I always carry a camera at my openings, and then never actually shoot anything, so this night I was obsessed with shooting myself with as many people as I could. I regret putting myself in each photo now. So sorry about the over-exposure of my grill.
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Started the day by visiting Terry Richardson at a nearby studio where he was shooting some top secret fashion stuff.
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Deanna and Kevin were enjoying the scene.
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Yours Truly with The Wizard.
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Your Minister of Propaganda, Kevin Barnett with TR.
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When the show began, Glen E. Friedman was there.
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It started at 6pm at Bill Powers' Half Gallery.
See the Opening Ceremony blog about it
...
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Marshall Schuster was there. I would like to thank everyone who came, it's very sweet of you all.
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Leo Fitzpatrick will be doing a show at Half Gallery next.
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Guy Picciotto is the best.
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His music and lyrics are at the top of my influence list, and I'm honored to know him.
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Craig Stecyk flew all the way from LA to see my show?
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Yes, Eggs McManus, another frequent commenter sharing his identity.
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Whoa, Christopher Garrett was in town!
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Mike, from the comment section too! We have already met him, but he shows his Loyal Pawness by coming to the show. Thanks Mike.
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With famed NY Times art writer Roberta Smith.
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And my favorite art writer, Jerry Saltz.
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The Legendary Carlo McCormik.
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This young lady, Paola Andrea Ochoa, said she was friends with Grant and Ashley, so I snapped a pic with her.
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Cheryl Dunn, photographer and filmmaker extraordinaire.
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Ivory Serra.
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Sock check: I challenge Eggs to a duel.
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With Daniele Saxe, who has modeled for me before.
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"Yes sir, I'll sign your grilled cheese sandwich."
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After the opening we were graciously invited to Bill Powers' house for a small party.
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Terry demonstrates the "French" style of kissing.
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With Heidi Bivens.
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Bill sits in his castle.
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Bills lovely wife, the amazing Cynthia Rowley explains the smoothie popsicle maker she bought.
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Cynthia was ruling in the shoe dept.
Posted June 23rd, 2011 by China Chow and Kevin Barnett never hit it off...
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Tomorrow and the Next Day in New York

Two things to do...
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(Photo of James Frey and yours truly by Bill Powers...)
OK, here are the things to do:
One: See this exhibition at the Half Gallery. Opening reception between 6 and 8 PM.
Two: Come to the book signing and get Deanna Templeton's new book signed, and some books by me as well.

And a fun link to see:
Grant's mega-post of our time in Sardinia.
Posted June 22nd, 2011 by Come and party with art in the muggy-ass sweat-box.
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B&W from Copenhagen, 2011

Some recent photographs from May 2011.
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Nils Staerk gallery, where you can still see my show!
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The luck of the draw, your dad is a Krishna. Bummer.
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Posted June 20th, 2011 by Kiera Knightly and Kevin Durant did it.
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Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 6

The Island of Sardinia - South of France, East of Rome, West of Spain, North of Tunisia.
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We got off the overnight ferry as the sun was rising over the bay in Olbia.
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And soon we were off in our rented car north to the town of Palau, where since we were stymied on renting a boat, decided to take our car by ferry to the island of Maddalena and the town of La Maddalena.
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The Maddalena Archipelago is at the north end of Sardinia, and Corsica is just north of that.
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The first thing Grant did was try to catch a fish caveman style.
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This is the "mounted from behind" angle.
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There were lots of these critters.
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See Grant's post of this day. No scare is wanted.
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A dreaded sunny day...
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Back in Olbia we dined in the Italian tradition.
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Brus-Keta, don't say it wrong or Ashley will have your ass.
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The Blue Marino Cave, or Grotto il Blue Marino. We drove our rented boat right in there, parked it and took a tour.
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I guess this is not allowed, but no one seemed to care.
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Into the depths...
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It is very deep, we can only go about a 3/4 of a mile in before we stop at a stunning gallery. Any more exploration needs a guided tour and special equipment.
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An underground river formed this cave over thousands of years. There is a point where the river water meets sea water, but it's not photogenic.
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The Nuova-Spelunkers loved Spelunking. No, not that spelunking.
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"Watch out for the boulder Indy!"
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Ashley was right under the cave's anus.
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The light at the cave mouth was beckoning us.
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Back to our adventure, and Grant and Ashley's inaugural swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Next post.

My Current exhibitions:

In Copenhagen, Denmark: 'My Soul is Worried but not Me'
at Nils Steark Gallery
, May 6th to June 25th, 2011


In Los Angeles, "Art in the Streets"
at the
MOCA Geffen Contemporary, April 17th to August 8th, 2011


Upcoming exhibitions and events:


In New York City, "Teenage Kissers"
at Half Gallery, June 23rd to July 25th, 2011

In Hollywood Florida, "The Seconds Pass"
at The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
June 18- August 14th, 2011

Book Signing with Deanna Templeton at
The International Center for Photography, NYC


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Interview on Art Rebels.com

ET Interview: The Paradigm Case...
6 Video Interviews From Italy
The Seconds Pass book --- Yeah.
Read a review of the Seconds Pass book
And a LA Times review of the Seconds Pass Exhibition

The Cemetery of Reason book, with a sneak peek
Drinking the Kool-Aid - Out of Print
Photos from Russia, Litmus Test
Video - 1999
Some video from the Budapest exhibition.
Deanna's Blog
*Deanna Templeton Fan Page*
Dennis McGrath's Blog-------> get his new zine----> and book!
Ed and Deanna's Food Blog
Ashley B's blog Milk Teeths
Grant Hatfield's Blog------> And he has a NEW ZINE too!
Toy Machine Sock-Team
All the Vegan shoes by Emerica <-----!!!
Get rare zines from Australia
...
American Suburb X
Alleged Press
Hamburger Eyes
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Tiny Vices Portfolio
Posted June 17th, 2011 by Dana Plato and Justine Bateman sit-com slurping
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Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 5

I know I was about to start a Sardinia post, but there is more from Rome proper.
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Deanna is always cold.
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Explore her Blog if you please...
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Looking up through the Pantheon's oculus...
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...is like looking at earth from space.
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Raphael the painter is buried there.
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Sock Team shout out.
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Deanna at her favorite saint's grave, Saint Catherine.
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Smooth my tomb when I die.
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With many a million of footsteps.
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Posted June 16th, 2011 by Soleil Moon Frye let Punky Brewster motorboat her.
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Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 4

Back to our trip to Rome.
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This is not the Colosseum, its just a ruin of an old arena that they built apartments on top of.
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Walking through the ruin yard...
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One side...
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...And the other.
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Grant shooting floating trash.
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This painting was made in 792 or something like that. Very freaking old.
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It was on a special rig that could bring it down for people to touch it.
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People pile notes at the feet of this saint.
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I hope you are not pinning your hopes on these notes.
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A shop in Trastavere...
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They guy invited us in when he saw our cameras. He was a photographer himself...
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The Spanish steps...
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Went into the church at the top of the Spanish steps.
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There was some interesting paintings in there. Death by Lumberjacks. Rough.
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Lemme get that head on this platter and into the oven...
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The view from the top of the steps, and out over the rich people's shopping street.
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Our train to Civitavecchia, where we take a ferry to Sardinia.
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The taxi to the ferry port.
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The young Grant and Ashley in the midst of a mystical and romantic adventure.
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"All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have." -Daniel Defoe
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The night was serene, and we were excited to hit the sea.
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The kids had brought a wide array of snacks.
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And were about to sit down and chomp them while we watched a Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Posted June 15th, 2011 by Gaga once did a solo dildo show for some special fans
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A Southern Californian interlude...

Some images from around my house and from the set up time at the MOCA for Art in the Streets.
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Have you guys seen Deanna's blog?
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This guy sucks so hard. His face bothers me. And he MASSACRES Dylan songs - well, any song he attempts actually.
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Barry McGee setting up Street Market at MOCA.
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Bill Daniel setting up his stuff at MOCA.
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Dan Murphy from Philly helping set up Street Market.
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Legend, Kevin Ancell making Street Market happen.
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Posted June 15th, 2011 by And some LA stuff too I guess.
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A Huntington Beach interlude...

Some photos from before my trip to Europe.

Scanned from a proof sheet, so pardon the quality.
Posted June 14th, 2011 by Lady Gaga motorboated Susan Sarandon recently in NYC
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Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 3

Back to the images from our month abroad in May, and more directly, our time in Rome.
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Inside the Sistine Chapel, this painting, The Last Judgment, by Michelangelo, has a very interesting history, including major censorship.
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The famous central panel is a very small part of the entire ceiling.
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And you are not allowed to take photos or speak. Every few minutes when the natural human voices start rising, the guards "Shhhhhhh" everyone loudly. And they are constantly yelling at people for taking photos. These actions also take part in making this place less than holy or serene and more of a tourist pit. I bet Michelangelo would be bummed, err, stoked - that millions of people flock to and pay to see his work.
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This reminded me of Griffin Collins.
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They use double sided tape to make sure there are no dick-slips.
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The tourist flush.
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Grant is usually doing extreme sports, the Vatican is no challenge.
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Transport. Small Transport.
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Saint Peters Basilica. Cue the "Flash, A-aaaaaaaaah" music.
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Michelangelo's "Pieta." He was only 22 or 23 when he sculpted this.  Substantial damage occurred to the sculpture on May 21, 1972 when a mentally disturbed geologist named Laszlo Toth walked into the chapel and attacked the sculpture with a geologist's hammer while shouting "I am Jesus Christ." Onlookers took many of the pieces of marble that flew off. Later, some pieces were returned, but many were not, including Mary's nose, which had to be reconstructed from a block cut out of her back.
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Pope John Paul II, the likeable one, (as opposed to Ratzinger's scary face.) was Beatified while we were in Copenhagen, and he is now buried here inside the basilica. (apparently bumping out some other pope who was buried there.)
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The place is immense inside, and really awe inspiring. These photos do not do it justice.
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Deanna has a soft spot for the old pope.
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Skeleton with an hourglass covered in marble cloth.
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Inlaid marble.
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Outside the Swiss Guard was chatting up some females. Unlike the guards at Buckingham palace, these guy can talk.
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I would find it hard to instill fear in an attacker, when I look like a court jester.
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Many people write postcards and send them from the Vatican because they have a great postal service, and of course, are a sovereign city-state, and technically not Italy.
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The youngs and the olds on a holy high after seeing so much holiness.
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The front of St. Peters.
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Chair-mageddon. The Beatification ceremony has not even been cleaned up yet.
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Posted June 13th, 2011 by Note to self: come up with something about lesbians
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Wed. June 8th - Catalina Island

My house was under a tent getting filled with toxic gas, so we shot over for a day trip with no expectations...

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We missed the flying fish festival last week in Avalon.
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We hit the water after renting a boat from Joe's Rent-a-Boat. The sun was not yet fully out, but the growing light blue sky was reflecting off the dark blue Pacific.
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We cruised by a quad of Harbor Seals sunning themselves on our way to find a nice spot to anchor and have a picnic.
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During our picnic up at Long Point / Pirates Cove, a lone seagull came to beg for scraps.
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There was a whole bunch of Great Blue Herons flying around and fighting each other. We must be in the nesting grounds.
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The rocks at Long Point, shot from our anchored boat.
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Then we weighed anchor and started heading back. We had already seen The Harbor Seals, and a bunch of Sea Lions, along with the usual suspects of GB Herons, Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, and an Osprey. So now we were searching for some harder to find critters.
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There we go. Deanna spotted one of the islands Bald Eagles sitting atop the cross near some Christian Camp. There are two great webcams pointed at two nests on Catalina Island. One has 3 young eagles. and the other one has one young eagle.
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There are 2 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles on Catalina. We continued on our way and spotted some Leopard Sharks near Gallagher Beach, between Frog Rock and Toyon Bay.
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While we were looking at Leopark Shark, I spotted some Dolphins and was off to get amongst them.
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We cruise up, and the Common Dolphin just race to the front of our boat and turn sideways to check us out.
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These guys were herding schools of fish by racing around in circles, and actually Sea Lions were in there helping them. They close the circle and then dart in and snatch up a fish, shredding it instantly, causing the hovering seagulls to all dive in and fight for scraps.
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It was fascinating to be right in the middle of this, watching it all happen.
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The frenzy.
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You can see them upside down all under our boat...
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A Sea Lion was taking part in the fish fest too.
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So many of them!
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After our epic boat tour, we were tired, and walked around Avalon and Descanso.
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Then before the sun even set, we were back on the ferry home...
Posted June 11th, 2011 by These sea mammals can't be lesbians can they?
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Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: pt 2

Part 1 was called "When in Rome..." - I make the rules here.
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No one can say the Italians aren't god-fearin' people, at least historically. Well in the real early days you could be fed to lions or crucified for being a Christian, then it was allowed, even promoted by the guy who helped cobble together the bible, Constantine. Over the years so many churches have been built there is literally a church on every block it seems. And these churches, if placed in the USA, would be called cathedrals. But there they are just churches.
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A closer look reveals the beauty of tourism on your city.
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This couple rode from the church to their cars on horses after their marriage. About 150 feet. If you are so rich that a 150 foot horse ride is mandatory for making your wedding perfect, then more power to you. Then some guy tried to burn out in his Ferrari and failed, and all the people at the restaurant we were eating at laughed at him. Oh the follies of being rich.
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There is that red Ferrari I was talking about.
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The Spanish steps. To our left (your right) is the Keats-Shelley house, where the poet John Keats died. It was a hangout for many famous poets and writers, including Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron. Shelley's wife, Mary, wrote Frankenstein, but not here, in Geneva actually.
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Certainly not teen aged anymore, the romance of a place can still overtake me.
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Behind the scenes of a Milk Teeths blog post being created. (We found out she loved Paris!)
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Buying into the tourist schlock, totally guilty and busted right here by my own admission. They should put a sign up stating that all coins will go to a homeless shelter. That would make any wish that much sweeter.
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Back it up a bit so you can see the carnage of humanity flocking to this place.
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The Pantheon, free and the painter Raphael is buried here. See Grant's Blog about Rome and his photos from the Pantheon. (There may be some cross-posting of similar photos.)
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Vittorio Emanuele II gets a mega-structure.
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Digital photo dump: All these digital photos are basically for my memory or the blog, and my B&W photos are generally for other purposes...
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Barucca lemons the size of a child's head, an array of yellows.
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Scarabocchiato amore nella terra che il tempo laverà via.
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The coloseum is just down the road.
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The sun took the color with it as it bowed out gracefully for the day, yielding to the twilight.
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The Vatican Museum. Encrusted throughout.
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With both decoration and tourists.
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A wilted Santa Claus gets a piggy back ride.
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Also a great depression era photographer. Get amongst him.
Posted June 9th, 2011 by My house was tented for wood eating bugs.
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Pucker up for Paris: Part 2

Les portes de la sagesse ne sont jamais fermées.
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I thought they had tried to remove all the locks on the Pont Des Arts, but love came back with a vengeance.
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Everyone sits, drinks wine, and eats bread and cheese as the sun is about to set down for the night. Constipation must be big business here.
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Cancer is still super hot in Europe.
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"Pour acquérir des connaissances, il faut étudier, mais pour acquérir la sagesse, on doit observer." -Marilyn vos Savant
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A sparkly pine-cone of flickering light.
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"Practical wisdom must be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but without the discipline of real life, they remain on the nature of theory only. " -Samuel Smiles
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Posted June 8th, 2011 by Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot oil wrestling.
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Pucker up for Paris: Part 1

Lurking both day and night in the city of light.
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The mosaic in the Basillica Sacre Couer atop Montmartre has a sieg heiling Jesus.
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"It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls." -Epicurus
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A slightly blown out Sacre Couer behind me. Photo by Deanna
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Notre Dame at night, when the crowds have gone, and the square is empty.
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You know that famous skatespot in Paris, Le Dome? Well this painting is inside one of the buildings there. The Museum of Modern art.
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It's not far from the Eiffel Tower.
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The pond in the Tuileries Garden was empty, depriving the children of poking boats with sticks.
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Grant was trying to get some spinal meningitis.
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Deanna at the Colonnes de Buren where children are always out playing.
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Deanna walks the red carpet at some swanky event at the Louvre.
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She needs some man-candy on that arm.
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Deanna smells the slightly wilted roses.
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Robert Frank at the European House of Photography.
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The oldest houses in Paris.
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Lurking in Starbucks
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Enjoying the tip of Île de la Cité.
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It's nice to take a rest and listen to the water pass.
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This woman was being stood up, and her feathers were flying in the wind, and her ice had melted.
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It was total chaos.
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More Grashly making out.
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After we left, we saw that the guy finally showed up.
Posted June 7th, 2011 by Jeanne Moreau and Emmanuelle BĂ©art did some on-screen 69.
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When in Rome...

...Avoid doing what the Romans do; Smoking, crashing scooters into cars, and talking on the cell phones at full volume anywhere.
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In a train on the journey to Roma.
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The stations are filled with unexpected life, people coming and going, in every small town as you ascend into Rome.
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Same...
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Michelangelo's "Moses" in the Cheisa di San Pietro in Vincoli.
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The Colosseum, you've heard about this guy.
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It's nice to go see it at the golden hour, when the sun is skipping it's light along the surface, pushing a golden dust on everything in it's cast.
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Grant and Ashley, the two young adults who accompanied us on this journey.
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"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling." -Henry Van Dyke
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Honey comb.
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When the moon hits your eye...
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John Oliver was there posing as an Italian cop.
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Camera 1,
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Camera 2.
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The ruins of past versions of Rome are literally everywhere.
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Get the new Nieves iPhone app and look at zines in digital form.
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Came across a random street performance about to happen.
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I don't think anyone knew why this was happening, and in such a weird spot.
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We watched for a bit, then moved on.
Posted June 6th, 2011 by Elisabetta Canalis, Asia Argento scissored while in high school
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Switzerlandia

Geneva, Lausanne, and the train down to Italy.
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Deanna sprayed with a colorful ejaculation of tinted light.
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"Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure." -Errol Flynn
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"I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different." -T. S. Eliot
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"Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums." -Imelda Marcos
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"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates
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A very pretty and steep street.
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Drink deep.
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Arf.
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"What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!" -H. P. Lovecraf
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Bridge to the beach and swan nests...
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On our way into the Swiss Alps...
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But first, a ride along the lake.
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Posted June 4th, 2011 by I want them to love me more than they love Pac
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Late Nights in London Town

Nocturnal London where the legs flow long, and the light glows from the cobbles.
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Night 1: Happened upon a party for some English girly mag, no doubt attended by porn stars and the like. Suddenly as we are walking by, a group is leaving and the few paparazzi start shooting and the attention grubbing ballet ensues.
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"Lemme open the trunk for you guys..."
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"Fuck you leave us alone... But don't stop shooting us."
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"Fuck you but check out my undies!"
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Walked by a closed shop with a dance party inside. Same night.
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The English really like to party.
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Farting on her head as I walked by...
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Night 2: *NOT PICTURED* But there's a story: So Deanna and I are walking along Regent street towards Picadilly Circus and we see ahead of us a very tall dude talking to two girls. As we pass I get a quick look at his face - he's trying to pick up these girls. Then it hits me, its fucking ANDREW BYNUM from the Los Angeles Lakers! We stop and Deanna asks him for a photograph. He declines, stating that he can't be photographed. Deanna asks him why and he says, "Because I look like a douche in these clothes." It was cold and raining out, and he was in a t-shirt with a plunging V-neck, and a NY Mets hat. (I think) And possibly wearing sweat pants, we couldn't tell. The girls, who he was not making any headway with, are now asking us, "Who is this?" And Bynum does the 'shush' sign at us and says, "Don't tell them who I am." And then he just walks off. The girls ask us again. We say that's Andrew Bynum, center for the LA Laker's Basketball team. They have no idea, being both English and women, but they do realize he is a famous basketball player since we wanted a photo with him, and ask, "Is he loaded?" We say, "Yeah, he makes a shitload of money." And with that, the girls run after him. We are left befuddled. We decide to chase after him too. Deanna is determined to get the photo. So we catch up to him, and he is trying to talk up two more girls, "How old are you girls?" "18." Deanna stands next to him, I walk in front and yell, "Bynum!" He looks and I snap a photo of the 7 footer next to the 5+ Deanna. He says, "Why you gotta do me like that? Can I see the photo?" So now I'm negotiating with Andrew Bynum. I show him the photo, and he asks me to delete it. He says again, "I look like a douche." We are pleading with him, "You do not look like a douche!" He asks again, very politely, "Can you delete that? I'll give you anything else, an autograph, whatever." So I delete it, but instantly regret it. He walks off and there we are left with nothing but a dumb story about seeing an LA Laker in London. he was in town to watch the Manchester United soccer team get beat by FC Barcelona.
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Waiting for the tube is a proper place to lurk.
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Night 3: Grant, Deanna and I are out trolling the streets for photos of leggy women in car headlights, and whatever other slices of life we can find in enough light to register on our strips of celluloid.
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We are lingering around some club called Movida, because there is good light and lots of fancily dressed people coming to and from. We are watching the dynamic of the line and the door. Groups of women dressed fabulously slutty walk to the front of the line and try to get in, some make it in, some get denied. Many people are waiting for hours to get in. (apparently, after you are deemed well-dressed or hot enough, to get in, you still have to pay 25 quid for the privilege of being judged.) Suddenly this kid Alexandre comes up to me. He is a skater and he grew up watching me skate and do art stuff. He says, "I'm working at this club tonight, you want to come in and have a drink? I would love to offer you a drink." We declined at first, not wanting to explain that I don't drink, blah, blah. But he asks again. We say, "Fuck it why not?"
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So we walk up to the door behind Alex, cutting right ahead of those people we had watched waiting for so long and he speaks with the doorman, who then looks over at our clothes, and down at our shoes and makes a grimaced face. The people in line must have been tripping that our group of undressed nerds with cameras were even trying to get in. They talk some more and the doorman waves us in. Commence the house music and lasers.
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We needed to show the contrast between the typical dress code for this joint, and what we were wearing. I see some blue undies.
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That dress exploded my mind.
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Wooo Hoooo!
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"Wait, who the fuck is that guy?"
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I drank whatever the guy handed me, I think it was orange juice.
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Grant shot some with my camera...
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We became Cobra Snake Lazer Lizard for a few minutes.
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You know where I be...
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Thanks Alex for making our night.
Posted June 2nd, 2011 by Julie Andrews and Kate Beckinsale have at least kissed.
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Geneva, yeah, Geneva.

It was nice actually, I wouldn't turn down going back. Lots of "Important" looking guys in expensive suits, and a pretty slutty looking red-light zone. The United Nations is here, so there are two sides of power at play in this town.
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We came to Geneva because Ashley has family here. This is her young cousin Juli. (I don't know the proper spelling.)
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Came across this district that felt like Spain.
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Ran into this skater, we talked for a bit. He's from my generation.
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Spot check, Geneva.
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The end of Lake Geneva or Lake Léman. Nice and clear.
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The central heart of Geneva.
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For the sock team...
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Lurking.
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Posted June 1st, 2011 by Ursula Andress with Liselotte Pulver, scissor via time machine
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