A Different Kind of Homeless
I wanted to experiment with the sort of semi-nomadic life we’re currently living years ago, when we owned a duplex in Culver City. We went a different route and basically doubled down on Los Angeles and bought a large house in the Baldwin Hills.
Before we had even closed escrow, I went off to decorate the movie, "The Legend of Zorro," filming down in Mexico for the next 8 months.
Several things have happened since then. We decided to home-school our daughter, the real estate market took a dive and Cindy ended up working out of Los Angeles more often than not.
After several years of living up in our McMansion, we realized we were going further and further into debt and spending less and less time together as a family. We decided to sell our house, sell and/or give away most of our furniture and all the other stuff you collect after being together for over 20 years, and put everything else in storage. We would all move to whatever city the job was in and then gather up our stuff and move onto the next place.
Cindy had done several jobs already in Atlanta, so I got a Georgia’s driver’s license, a mailing address and joined the film local, so that I could work there to keep up my union benefits. We were in Atlanta a lot, although even then we ended up in several different living situations.
Atlanta was starting to feel like home. Then Cindy got a job back in LA and I got a job in Baton Rouge.
Cindy starts a job in New Orleans in about a week. We're currently in Mammoth Lakes for a Shakespeare camp Skye is doing. I'm running the Spartan Beast in Monterrey August 10 and then going to Burning Man aug 26th to Sept 2. In between that we'll be camping at Crater Lake, as well as hanging with friends in L.A., Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and all points in between Black Rock City and Corvallis, OR, where Skye will be chilling with my mom for the week of the Burn. After that Skye and I will blast over to central Ohio for her cousin's and my niece's wedding and then drift down to live in NOLA for a spell.
Being set decorators, we have access to a lot of “stuff”, working as a lead man or a set dresser I have to have a good variety of tools and equipment.
As home-schoolers, we end up setting up school where ever we happen to be for a while.
And then having the hobbies that we do, we end up with a goodly amount of equipment and supplies.
Add to that mix that we often find ourselves camping in between gigs, partly because we enjoy it, but also to help keep costs down. So there's that gear and set up.
After the last stretch in Atlanta we decided to get a small utility trailer to haul around our “essentials"
For better and for worse, that decision has dramatically changed how we roll.
Without any sort of home base, we now have to consider where this little storage on wheels will go. It's become our albatross in many ways.
Recently when we camp it's been less about the outdoorsy, camping experience and more about saving some greenbacks.
This last time around, we had to leave the Best Western in Baton Rouge, our home for the last 4 months, in quite a rush because we had to get out to Mammoth for Skye's Shakespeare camp.
I have been resorting and organizing our stuff for the last couple of weeks. It's amazing how much stuff you can pack into a trailer and how much stuff you can collect and have little if no idea why you're carting it along.
I've been sifting through batteries and cable for electronics for the last several years, very similar to the asps of Medusa's headdress.
Loving Mammoth Lakes California
It's been a tough couple of weeks of confusion and decompression, but at least I have been in a place that I love. The Eastern Sierra's are an amazing backdrop to the struggles of mortals. Seeing the mountains helps keep me grounded and positive.