Finding the balance between being content with appreciation and striving to reach the new heights is an ongoing contrast. At least for me I look back and see it has been a cyclical process. I look around and find the things I wish to change, build some dreams and goals and then set out to accomplish them. Focus, hard work and consistency sooner or later finds me arriving where I was headed. The happiness of my new found achievements and surroundings inspires pause and some time to immerse with smiles till it becomes normal and so I look around and find the things I wish to change build some dreams and goals and set out to accomplish them.
Sometimes things work out to where all three become merged into something less volatile and more consistent, and that works too for a while and then over time as I find my life become a homogenous luke warm brown adventure, the cycles start again.
As the symbol to represent each phase became clear I went and got it tattooed to mark it my body so I would never forget. Those three markers are the only tattoos on my body. The first is the Rat on my left forearm which to me represent breaking free from expectations and freedom. Rats are intelligent, industrious, curious, relentless and feared. But not feared for their aggressiveness, but rather because they roam freely outside of the rules. And yet, their motives are simple and pure; to eat, sleep, sex, play and wander. I like that the rat 'weeds out the weak ones.' By that I mean, people that are so uptight or offended by it can not help but scoff and identify themselves and then they steer clear of my world. Next were the four the mechanical Hinge tattoos on my right wrist and elbow. It takes a lot more work to hack a new path than to follow a predictable one. The hinges on my arm are to remind me to work hard like a machine, no matter how tough things get, do not stop until the task is accomplished. A machine feels no pain, needs no sympathy and does not follow the 9 to 5 with breaks and lunch pattern. And finally, the Monkey on my hip and thigh. That was the missing link to happiness. For years I worked hard but failed to take adequate time to smile. Without the monkey it is easy to fall into the martyr/workaholic trap. She represents immersion in the pleasures of my accomplishments and unfolding of dreams realized.
All this comes to mind as this fun celebration adventure starts to wind down to it's last few weeks and I get to switch it up to home world.
Speaking of adventure and home world. On the way from the Bakersfield show to San Diego I jumped on the Production Bus, which pulled off the freeway and dropped myself and Royal, the rigger at Burbank airport at 3:45 am. The town car I had waiting dropped me off in Oxnard at 4:45am and was fast asleep in my own bed by 5. Of course I left my straw hat in the town car.
By 7:15am I had my wetsuit and surfboard in the car and by 7:30 was paddling out. Good morning sunshine!
Breakfast with the surf buddies and made it to Rat in time for our weekly meeting that I had been doing by phone, Since no one knew I was in town, I made the call to do the meeting and walked while on the phone. Ooooh, look what I found in my office!
That rules! Thank you! I did some sound proofing work and and this was thank you gift!
Next stop, go pick the shorties up from school! Oh, how beautiful to see their smiles and pace pick up as the see me. I can not wait to see and hang out with them. They came over did homework and we made dinner together, so fun!
A good night's sleep a cab to the train station and
an easy and beautiful train ride on the Surfliner to San Diego. All Good!
Oh, and thank you Phil for an awesome time in Portland. So fun, so happy!
May as well mix it up and not forget the rock show.
Loving the blog and thanks for finally explaining about the tats - very cool. I have two.
Love the surf pic - and so cool you added a shot from the surfliner! Wow - that is something I'd like to travel on.
So good that you got to to be with your girls - that's got to be the hardest thing,being away from them- I would miss mine (as much as they drive me nuts!)too.
Thanks for bringing us all along on your adventures.
I've been following your blog for several years now, and just wanted to thank you for your generosity (all the subs config, and you sharing your vision of live sound and touring is much appreciated)
A friend of mine (Frank) was the FOH engineer for the local opening band in Montreal a couple of weeks ago, and he had only great things to say about you, your PA and your crew.
Keep on writing, cos we'll keep on reading!!!