August 27, 2001
Canon TX SLR Camera
One year ago today, my friend Lisa drove through Iowa
City as part of a two month road trip that she took
during a leave of absence from her job at Jellyvision.
I had just returned from New York and had been thinking
about a project where I would be selling stuff from
my life in an effort to downsize..
This camera was my first act of downsizing. Lisa's
camera had been stolen out of her car so I gave here
mine to shoot with while on the road. Its not unusual
for me to loan my friends things, but this time I didn't
want it back. I forgot where it went.. Until I showed
up on Saturday and saw it on her shelf. I will see if
she has any photographs from it for you to look at.
I've stayed with Lisa in Chicago for the last two nights
and tonight I will be pitching my tent Naperville, IL,
which is a suburb of Chicago, I will be staying on Adam's
front lawn.. I went to college with him but I didn't
know him that well.
August 26, 2001
Eddies: Irish Breakfast
Lisa's boyfriend Mike is a brick mason from Ireland.
This morning he took us out to the best breakfast I
have ever eaten. Sasha complains when I eat steak and
egg for breakfast.. She should have seen this..
Two eggs over easy, beans, potatoes, bangers and rashers(
sausuage and ham), black and white puding (blood sauasage),
and toast.. This is not the place for the vegetarian
in you. It was by far the best thing in the world.
Fast Eddie's is on the northwest highway on the rim
of Chicago, just within the city limits. On this Sunday
afternoon it was moderately crowded, b/c there were
no major "football" games on. (Football as
in Soccer) Everyone in the place was first generation
Irish and when Mike would talk to the guys at the bar
it was near impossible for me to understand what he
Beer with breakfast? Well it was 2 pm.
were the high bidders on my copy of JD Salinger's
Franny and Zooey. Yesterday I arranged to meet them
at the taping of Chica-Go-Go
in Chicago, and then tonight I stopped over at their
house for a home cooked meal.
Ted made a vegetarian shepherd's pie that my mom could
be proud of.. And then we sat around and talked for
a while. This was the third stop on my trip where I
have met with total strangers. We had a long conversation
about whether or not we were indeed strangers due to
our exchanges of e-mails and photographs.
Dawn and Ted met in a "Movie Buff" chatroom
three or four years ago. They shared a similar taste
in movies and started corresponding on and off again
for over a year before they actually met. At a certain
point in that year they came to the conclusion that
they were dating.
At first I questioned whether or not this is possible,
but Dawn and Ted talked about their levels of engagement
with eachother and contrasted their interaction with
meeting in a bar.. Why is it that you can meet a stranger
in a bar, talk over a drink or two and get a phone number
and consider that a real interaction? As opposed to
writing and e-mailing and sharing photographs and instant
They lived in different states. She moved from Florida
to Atlanta during that fist year and it changed nothing
in their friendship. And eventually they did arrange
a meeting and it went really well. So well in fact,
that when Dawn was hired in Chicago, Ted came with her.
They seem really happy to me. I wonder if they still
instant message eachother.
me a CD of his band in West Virginia, I tried to convince
him that he should get his friends to come up to play
Oh and my book.. Yeah my book.. The reason for my visit..
Well its fine.. Its on the desk next to their computer..
gave me her copy of Salinger's Cather in the Rye.
I better read it befor someone trys to burn it. Maybe
I will leave it in a High School Library..
I asked them how they became involved in my project.
Ted explained that he was searching for something on
Ebay.. Well I doubt that he typed in "Used Paperback
Book, Idiot Visit His Stuff" into the Ebay search
engine... but... I'm still a little full from dinner..
And the Irish breakfast..
August 25, 2001
Ummm. I had a religious experience at Chicago's Public
Access Cable Channel's Chica-Go-Go
a children's television dance party. The crowd is made
up of little kids of all ages.. The older the kids,
the more likely that they have prepared a costume for
the event. And the regulars brought two or three costumes
so that they could be a deferent character for each
of the three shows taped.
I met Nora from the n'kd lady art institute, and Dawn
and Ted at the show. It was so great.. Edith Frost was
the special guest for one of the episodes and it was
so great to see her and her band jumping around and
lip synching to their latest single.. MTV
watch out.. In 20 years ma be nonprofit cable will still
have its finger on the pulse that MTV used to have when
it wasn't a giant multinational corporation soley interested
in the bottom line..
What's so great about Chica-Go-Go
is the wide mix of people and music.. And the wonderful
hosts Ratso and Miss Mia... Kids love it. I love it,
You will love it.. I think that Chica-Go-Go
should send out Pamphlets to doctors offices offering
their Dance Party as a way to deal with ADD.. It could
be the first line of defense.. So instead of putting
a kid on Ritalin (SP) they could just give them this
CHICAGO ACCESS NETWORK 322 S GREEN
ST (1 BLOCK WEST OF HALSTED AT VAN BUREN)
Also while Chica-Go-Go
might be slightly addictive, doctors wont have to worry
about school principals stealing kid's chica-go-go or
the bigger kids snorting it for fun.. I used to be a
bad kid and now I am good.. All thanks to Chica-Go-Go
here to make your own Chica-Go-Go music video
August 24, 2001
Industries, St. Paul, MN
I am currently sitting in rubber band land. I am have
aprox. 3,272,298 rubber bands in bags and boxes on the
walls and at my feet. I am three blocks away from Kim
who I met last night.. What are the chances of two St.
Paul neighbors buying stuff from little old me?
Today I met Ave Maria Green, who until I spoke with
yesterday, I thought her/his name was Ave Green as in
A-ve, I envisioned the brother of Al Green the singer..
Boy was I surprised and Ave answered the phone. She
is the head puff at P.Puff
Industries the worlds largest distributor of rubber
There are literally rubber bands as far as my eyes
can see. Ave bought me some coffee (thanks) and is letting
me use her DSL connection so I can upload all of these
She bought two things from me, my telephone
list and a my set of X-ray
Films. She gave the X-rays to a friend, and my phone
list sits in her overflowing office among photographs
of the "who's who" in the world wearing rubber
band on their wrists.
I now have an entire bag full of these and I'm going
to see if they will make some Temporama ones for me..
I will let you know...I am also going to have her call
a # from my phone list at random.. I'll let you know
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Heather works for a photographer in Minneapolis and
I attended a little party that they had last night..
And only in Minnesota would a Hip Fashion Photographer
who is widely published serve home made meat loaf to
Her mom Billie made the loaf and we traded recipes
and even confided in each other that once in a while
when the corn is fresh that we'll even throw it into
a meatloaf.. I won't tell you what her secret is but
cayenne pepper made it burn ever so slightly (burn in
a goooood way)
I will say that I was sorry that she didn't put bacon
on the top, she was afraid that the health nuts wouldn't
approve.. Only here would a mom engineer a healthier
meatloaf.. It was sooo good
They sent me on my way with about a pound or so for
lunch today.. MMMM left over meatloaf..
St. Paul MN, Photo of Heather
Kim was one of the first people to send me an update.
She bought my photograph of my friend Heather
Hibbard. She had it framed and it now resides in
the "black and white photography" section
of her house.. Directly across the hallway from here
black and white photo of the Ramones! Heather you are
in good company, and you are in a nicer frame than I
even had you in.
Kim gave me an autographed copy of her friend's band
Son Volt, which I find out, features the member of Uncle
Tupelo. I had to decide quickly what to do? should I
take it? Am I going to return to Iowa with a car overflowing
with stuff.. But since I know that I will have to drive
through the forever state of Pennsylvania where NPR
gets washed out by fanatical Christian preachers, I
figured I better have some music to play in the car.
The craziest thing is that her cross street is Davern..
Which is what the D stands for in my name.. All I knew
about the name was that is was from my great grandmother's
Irish family. In fact some of my distant family lived
in Minnesota. Do you think that the street is named
after a distant cousin? I was a little freaked out when
she told me to drive past "Davern" street..
I said "Davern! .... as in D-A-V-E-R-N?"
So Kim and I sat around and talked about the stuff
that too strangers talk about and had a few Summit IPA's..
Good Local Brewed Beer...
Last month Heather e-mailed me about a 50 cent art show
sponsored by Soo V.A.C.
in Minneapolis.. So I walked on down today and made
30-40 little prints for the the project.
In the front of the space they have an a set of plastic
prize vending machines, and even though the selling
part is over I decide to leave these with them.. Should
I add this to my list of shows that I have participated
in? Top of the List... 50 Cent Show....
Their current show is out of this world.. I don't have
time to give it fair representation but it is really
wonderful to see the likes of Felix Gonzalez Torres
and Christian Boltanski during the first stop on my
August 23, 2001
You may be asking me.. When the hell are you going to
start this damn trip? Its the 23rd of august already!
Well I'm in Minneapolis.. So it has began..
I left last night at 7 pm and decided that I would
go the back route from Iowa City. Every time that I
arrived at a major exchange I changed my mind about
the route and went from taking the back way to getting
on the interstate..(more about that at the highway section)
So I arrived last night and have two or three people
to visit here.. I am also going stop at PaRTs Gallery
and the Walker Arts Center. I am staying with my friend
who I met when I went to SPE in Savannah this spring.
She is a photographer, I'm going to see if she will
let me photograph
some of her work so you can see it..
The folks at Chezik Sayers Honda in Iowa City had pity
on me and found a way to knocked a few beans off of
my repair bill.. In the end though it still bit into
the savings that I had anticipated spending on gas..
Nothing to worry about today but how I'll get to Texas
I have no idea..
August 22, 2001
I am sitting at my local Honda dealership waiting to
hear the estimate.. I brought my car in yesterday to
get looked at before I hit the road and found out that
my axles need to be replaced, along with a my front
left ball joint.. All I know is that it would be rather
dangerous to drive my car 10,000 miles with out getting
So I sold all of my stuff and I'm about to pour it
all back in to the last thing of stuff I own.. I guess
I should have sold the car too.. I guess I will be eating
ramen noodle packs more than I anticipated.. They should
have it fixed today.. So I can still make it to Minneapolis..
August 20, 2001
So I now have a tent and a camp stove and its starting
to feel like I'm already starting to accumulate too
much stuff, and I'm just borrowing it. Sasha bought
me a flash light at Target (made in the USA) I guess
I will need a flashlight..
My first destination will be Minneapolis, I'm going
to leave on Wednesday and will be there for a day or
two.. I'm going to stop in Madison, WI on the way to
Chicago to meet Brandon, who owns my favorite pair of
jeans. If he is there.