What would I do without Facebook?
I booked my commercial gig through a Facebook friend, so that was 5 days I wouldn't have had if I wasn't "wasting time" on Facebook. And as of late it seems to be the only way or at least the easiest way to keep track of my coming and goings.
It's getting a bit confusing to say the least.
In case I run out of time....here is a series of my Facebook statuses.
Jon Danniells July 30
First a gate change, a nice journey across the airport, now a 2 hr flight delay. — with Skye Danniells at Atlanta Heartsfield Intl Airprt.
Jon Danniells July 31
Working on a commercial; it's been a long time since I've worked in Los Angeles — at Quixote Production Services Hollywood.
Jon Danniells August 4
Hanging with an old pal, plast from — at Terrell Moore Gallery "A Summer Fantasy".
Jon Danniells August 5
My nephew Adam is going on in the main room, looking forward to seeing him kill it(I think that's the correct term) — at Comedy Store, Sunset blvd.Jon Danniells Tuesday
Jon Danniells Tuesday
Guilty pleasures and a trip down memory lane — at Carney's.
Squeezing a lot in on this trip to L.A. — at Safety Passport Training Contract Services.
Jon Danniells Tuesday near Los Angeles
Stuck in traffic, turns out Obama's in town, at least we got to see the motorcade
Jon Danniells was at Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Wednesday
Jon Danniells 23 hours ago
Went on a wonderful trail run on my last day in the City of Angels — at Fryman Canyon Trailhead.
Jon Danniells 18 hours ago
Fueling up for another road trip — at Yabu Restaurant.
We got back in LA after midnight on Tuesday and I was supposed to start a job the next morning at 8 and I still needed to load my tools from the trailer into my car.
I was a little nervous about "leading" a commercial in Los Angeles. It had been a while since I worked in LA and I had no idea how big the project was or what the expectations of me were.
I was told it was not a big deal and that it would be easy and a lot of fun.
I've been told that before.
This time it turned out to be more than true.
It was a great gig, pretty painless with absolutely no stress.
That all said it did take up 5 days that I had planned to run errands, see friends and prepare at a semi-leisurely pace the next 3 months of adventures, which is no easy task, trust me.
Not Working....And Busier Than Ever
The job was easy and sort of like a vacation.
Because I have a couple of races coming up including my first Ultra-marathon, I had to make sure to squeeze in some runs. Fortunately, there is a great trail head just down the street from where we're staying. So even though my mileage is nowhere near what it needs to be and I am woefully unprepared for these upcoming events, which for me that is saying something, at least I had a pleasant venue to beat myself up at.
Terrell Moore and I go way back. Back to days before Cindy, back before I was in the union. He's one of the people, I've known longest in LA and we've been through a lot together.
So I made a point of going downtown and checking out his new gallery and hanging out with him for a spell.
I didn't get to Terrell's until after 11 or so, and just like old times, the party was just getting started.
He and his crew were still going strong into the wee hours of the night when I crashed, finding a nice set of foam cushions to catch some ZZZZs.
Only to find out the following morning that I had stolen the dog bed.
I crawled out early the next morning with a full day of stuff to do and a very fuzzy head.
Not Work, Certainly Not Play
To work below-the-line, behind-the-scenes, in the film business in LA one has to take a series of "safety" classes depending on one's craft. You don't have to if you're working in Georgia or Louisiana and certainly not if you're working abroad, say like in the middle of Mexico where it is really unsafe to work.
However the closer you are to Hollywood and Hollywood's lawyers to more safety aware and accredited one needs to be, which is in theory a good thing, to a point.
I had to attend a 1 1/2 hour class on "Hazard Communication and the GHS" or Course "P2", basically a long-winded session on how to understand the labeling of potentially hazardous materials on the work-site. Nothing to do with the handling of it or anything like that, just basically being able to know that a skull and cross-bones symbol is bad and this was the second in the series because they have slightly changed how these labels look and it will become a global standard sometime around 2016.
Oh well, glad I got it out of the way.
On our way to somewhere, I don't recall where we ran into some pretty ugly traffic, even by LA standards. Turns out Obama was in town and on his way to Jay Leno's over at NBC and we had unwittingly stumbled onto his motorcades route.
It was actually pretty cool and worth the delay.
packing up again, getting ready to hit the road. We'll be in Santa Barbara tomorrow and then heading up to Monterrey so I can run the Spartan Beast which by the way I am totally not prepared for, oh well, a few hours of misery for some sense of accomplishment and attaining the Sparta trifecta, then a casual trip up the coast, before dropping Skye off at my mom's in Oregon and then some time at Burning Man before heading east for a wedding and then down to NOLA. Epic Road Trip or for our little nomadic/nuclear family, the norm.
So hard to know what we'll need where.
Running around getting supplies for Burning Man, a couple of trips to our Godforsaken storage, etc. etc.
We stayed with a fellow decorator, KC Fox while there and really it couldn't have been a better situation.
Besides being centrally located and a place where we could leave the dreaded trailer the entire time we were in Los Angeles and even the two days we weren't, you couldn't have asked for a more amazing host.
Incredibly generous and compassionate, words can't express the gratitude. It certainly made the LA grind more bearable. So a big shout out and hug to our dear friend KC.
We're pretty well loaded up with all sorts of gear for camping, "burning"
circus play, home schooling, physical fitness, and landing somewhere for the next several months.
I still have a lot of organizing to do.
The nomad life is an interesting adventure to say the least.