Archive for January, 2014

Sundance night one – and check out the fluke celeb snap in my failed selfie!

January 20, 2014

A beautiful but long long drive landed me at the fest 35 minutes before “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” began.

So beautiful.

So beautiful.

A very sexy black and white film by loveable Iranian hipster girl Ana Lily Amirpour, who name checks Die Antwoord while wading through the usual lame audience questions.

I would be so proud of that as my first movie. And sundance. Jeez. So many film lovers in one town. All lit up and overpriced but worth it.

An SA filmmaker friend is here and though both exhausted we popped in on the kcrw Music Cafe. While trying to sneak a selfie of Francois and I accidentally captured Vince from Entourage. He’s right there behind me.

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See in the back? That’s Vince! Adrian Grenier I mean. I’m not the type to take celeb pictures and so on, but am pleased I didn’t delete this.

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The road to Vegas is Paved with good intentions

January 19, 2014

I’m sitting at the bar in my off-strip hotel – a Best Western dressed as the ‘Mardi Gras’ but hey, it was cheap. I didn’t know you could smoke indoors in Vegas. It’s a bizarre sight to my googling post-regulation eyes.

I can’t gamble because I don’t know how to. So I threw money away on the LCD slots. A few dollars.

On the way here I saw …
…A huge donkey pump drilling oil in a graveyard
…Towns with welcome signs bigger than they were
… How I’ve changed since the last long drive alone

And such unimaginable beauty in the dessert dollying by, which was unexpected because Vegas.com derided the drive as boring, scenically.

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Abandoned. There’s a lot of these – you could see them as evidence of failure, or proof of someone’s dreams lived out. A story in every one.

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I’m on my way, apparently.

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Leading up to this: a series of quoted 10 Commandments on signs.

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Guff. Aware. What does it mean?

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I am happy when I am traveling.

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This is not ugly.

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There’s a weird glow in the sky opposite the sunset that’s just as beautiful.
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Vegas. Aaah. LIGHTS. It’s hard to describe until you’ve driven in off the darkening desert into it.
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Now this is sorta ugly… I fed all my $1 bills into it and won nothing. It happened so fast, I was amazed… haven’t gambled since I was 12, when I had to drag my parents away from the slots in a Sun City in Lesotho. They let kids wander around in the casino back then.

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What I don’t want to become. This tiny little lady was drunk and crazy and feeding the machine, feeding the machine… she is about 60 and I swear everybody in here is chain smoking. I didn’t know you could still smoke indoors in the USA, but in Vegas, everything goes it seems. People bring their tiny dogs in too.

I feel so strongly for this Land after three years here. I realize I’ve become sorta American. And yet not quite. And when I’m home not quite there either. Perhaps I’m destined to really belong nowhere.

Having planned to simply stop and sleep in the cheapest place possible, I wound up having a couple of beers, throwing about $5 into the slots and ordering some food from the restaurant (which, like the hotel, is pretending to be something it’s not – the menu is clearly Chili’s). Anyhow, it’s bedtime soon. I can’t wait.

Stranger than fiction

January 13, 2014

Back in Los Angeles, land of traffic, billboards and unbelievable graffiti. Here, the irony of a TV program that’s all about the tough law people enforcing the law, painted with illegal writing.

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Don’t know what CAUSE LOER means. I googled it – if you can tell me, post a comment with the info.

I’m so impressed by whoever got up there, and wrote that without getting caught, however little sense it makes to me. I’m all fan girl. This is a definite case of graffiti making a billboard better. Some other examples in this ADWEEK blog which¬†¬† led me to 40 BILLBOARDS IMPROVED BY GRAFFITI on buzzfeed…

I pulled a few of my favorites and posted them below. Enjoy!

original source: Buzzfeed

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