19 January 2010


Santa Barbara, California

The times that are easiest for me to miss and get nostalgic for are seasons in my life when it felt like I was just starting to find my groove in a place or setting totally new to me.
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I have such a fond and strong memory for dates like early 2010 when I had a sense life was about to get really good… just before it actually did, or late 2012 where life was a pretty steady stream of meeting new people and being inspired. I’ll remember everything from these windows easily, every song I played the crap out of, the way frequented buildings smelled.
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I’m hoping and suspecting another one of these sorts of times is just around the corner for me.

12 January 2013


Sequoia National Forest, California

Today four years ago was that time Deanna surprised me with a picnic in the back of her Subaru.
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We were just dating and I was getting ready to leave for South Africa but one of the last things we did before I left was drive out to Sequoia National Forest.
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We pulled over, but it was a little too cold for a regular picnic so we improvised with the back of her hatchback. We shared OJ and sliced cheese and salami.

05 January 2013


Santa Barbara, California

Life four years ago— paying Santa Barbara a visit after months away, getting ready to go to South Africa for the first time, probably the last time I was at this old college hangout spot.
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Life now doesn’t send me to Santa Barbara often enough, same with South Africa. It’s still a good life, but I also miss old hangout spots and places where I was once a “regular.”
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Goal for the next year or two: Become a “regular.”

29 December 2012


San Diego, California

Four years ago, while visiting San Diego for Christmas, I had Deanna go on a photo shoot date with me in Balboa Park. Not bad for being legitimately broke at the time.
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I asked Ivy to be our photographer, although we really didn’t have the right equipment for shooting around there at night. Some of the blurry photos ended up looking pretty cool, though.
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I made one of the pics my Facebook cover photo and it hasn’t changed since.