The day after…

last night, the Deciphering Gibberish Release Party was amazing…the show of support from friends and family along with folks from the community was definitely overwhelming.  I haven’t had a show in LA in a long time where there were so many emotions going through me.  Watching friends perform my pieces was interesting because how I listened affected how I heard the poems.  Gimel’s interpolation of ‘Wings’ gave me an ‘I wrote that?’ moment, IN-Q telling stories of my competitive nature were funny and his reciting of ‘Flashy Words’ was classic.  Poetri reminding me of an old joke I made up brought back all sorts of memories from early 2000 and reminded me how far we’ve really come.  Natalie’s story of her going from a standing in line attendee of DPL to now, co-hosting it was inspiring.  And Javon, he did a great job hosting.  He didn’t curse up a storm and his story of loyalty was important to hear.  And Kyle’s proclamation that there is ‘no one in the world that he would die for’ but me, was heartfelt and I’m glad he came.  There were so many people who came and supported and I really could write a lot about the evening but, I just want to take the time to thank everyone especially, Trey and Krys, who got there at 6pm to help set up the space for showtime and were there until the night concluded and everything was back the way we found it.  They were so fantastic.  Sometimes, nights like those are necessary not only for the sharing but, in a selfish kind of way to see who has my back.  I’m very big on loyalty and having the people come out who did meant a lot to me.   I almost forgot, I’d like to thank Artshare LA for allowing us to use their incredible space to hold the event.  I hope to work with you again in the near future.

Now, comes the GIANT ALL CAPS THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME BECAUSE ONE THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH…FOR THOSE WHO ATTENDED, I THINK IT WAS PRETTY OBVIOUS I WAS CAUGHT IN THE MOMENT AND I APPRECIATE YOU GOING ON THE RIDE WITH ME.  TO THOSE THAT DIDN’T COME…WE’LL TALK SOON.  AND THOSE THAT COULDN’T COME I’M SORRY THINGS DIDN’T WORK OUT.  HOPEFULLY, THERE’LL BE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY SOON.

I’m tired so, I’m going to take a nap.  Write soon

Shihan

Portland, OR

Sitting in my hotel room bored out of my mind about to find a 7-11 or store to buy some snacks.  I got in late last night for a job with adidas.  I can’t get into any details right now but, I’m looking forward to it.  My call time is 5:30pm and until then, I’m supposed too be going over my poem and I’m starting tod rive myself crazy in this room.  But, where else can I talk a louder than normal volume and not be looked at like I’m crazy?  I ate Burgerville for dinner and need some regular non fried food for breakfast/lunch now.

i just got word form a few folks that the download link for the book is glitching so, I’m tying to figure out what’s going on.  But, when I called godaddy to find out I realized they’re having all sorts of hosting issues.  Hopefully, it gets straightened out soon.  If not, I’ll be sending direct links by email to those of you to download.

Anyways, this is a short write up for now gotta get some food and memorize this poem.  Catch you soon.

 

shihan

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and just thinking about how much work you have to do makes you want to go back to sleep and put it off until later.  But, when you have children you can’t do that.  They have an internal alarm clock that screams ‘Get Up Daddy!!! Get Up Daddy!!!’ and doesn’t let up until you get up.  Today’s feeling like one of those days.  I got up this morning, groggy and not wanting to get out of bed.  I thought about the full schedule I set and second guessed why I did it.  I’m still grateful just tired in anticipation.

6:30am – 6:45am wake up the kids

7:00am make breakfast

7:30am help Lani get here costume together

8:00am take them to school

8:45am Return home and jump in the shower

9:00 – 9:40am Check and send emails

10:00am Haircut

10:45am Take another shower to rinse the hair off

11:00am return phone calls and check emails again

12:00pm Head to Torrance High School to facilitate workshop

2:45 – 3:00pm???  Return home (after hitting traffic)

3:30pm Eat/Rehearse adidas project

5:15pm Start heading out to LAX for flight to Portland(more traffic)

6:30pm Arrive at LAX

7:45pm Take Off

10pm Arrive at PDX

10:01pm Call home to let Elsie know I made it in safely

10:30pm Check In To The Hotel

10:45pm – ?? Rehearse adidas piece

??? Go To Bed

Randomness:  I watched MTV Jams Spring Break something something and Trinidad James performed his song ‘One More Molly’…not only was his performance terrible but, the idea of a mainstream music form constantly pushing drug use is sickening.  I feel old saying that but, to put it in context I don’t drink or smoke…never have.  I never liked the idea of loss of control.  Now, loss of control in a relationship comes along with the territory but, if I can’t take care of myself or am incapacitated in anyway, it doesn’t work for me.  I imagine it being one of those girl fights on World Star where one grabs a hold of the other one’s hair and just yanks her around the room.  I believe the girl being yanked never thought a simple hand wrapped in hair would cause that much awfulness.  The other side IK guess you could argue(if you really wanted to) was how good you feel in the moment, but, in the few videos I’ve seen there doesn’t seem to be much fun in sweating and mumbling.  I could be wrong but, I doubt it.  Anyways, I have to start my schedule off on the right foot so, I’l catch you later.

Shihan

Heading to the park to play some basketball…

I’m really hoping my lungs don’t explode…it’s been way too loans once I’ve played consistently.  Hopefully, everything goes right. I opened my Bioshock Infinite, it’s a beautiful day outside, I got some good news about work and the whole family is going….what could be better? Oh yeah, the Deciphering Gibberish Release Party April 12, 2013 at ArtshareLA.  Be there.

Up too early…

Normally I’m not one to complain about being up early especially when I have 2 kids(3 if you count my exchange student) that I have to wake up and get ready for school…but, last night, Da Poetry Lounge was exhausting.  I had a great time, but, I was burnt out.  I got there just as things were getting started.  A full night of poetry with no food in your stomach is not cool.  The time of the starving artist is coming to a close and I surely shouldn’t have been that hungry.  Not being a grown up.  I just wanted to post a little something but, I promise to be more on top of my blogging job with this new site.  Enjoy your day and expect another post after I catch up on some rest.

Shihan

I’m still figuring all of these site features but…

…I wanted to bring things up to speed. It’s March 23, 2013, my daughter’s 11th birthday and the release of my 1st book of poems/memoirs/random stuff and Soundtrack.

Soundtrack? Yes.

I didn’t to just create another album of poems/songs, I wanted to create an album that told a story as much as it created a backdrop to the book.

This is also an evolving project. There will be constant updates to it because ‘nothing is ever really complete.’ And Art is always changing, so, expect some surprises over the rest of the calendar year. By year’s end, ‘Deciphering Gibberish’ may be a completely different project than the one released today…until then, enjoy.

Shihan