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Retreat to Berdoo; Slow start in LA; No microphones; Silence and words I don't understand.
This AM I struck my camp as rain began, and crept down the mountain in heavy clouds with bad headlights and bad wipers.
I'm holing up in Berdoo again, going back to LA Sun-Mon-Tues for open mics. One nights hotel fee will be less expensive than 3 days camping, driving, and parking. And I can charge my computer and camera to get ready. And I'm recovering from the cold of LA.
I took too long getting my campsite and missed open mics Tues.
Wed. I paid to camp, paid to drive down the mountain, paid to park in Venice beach, walked around, and didn't find anything to do but buy stuff or look at stuff you want to buy! Nobody talked to me but barkers and pitchmen. It depressed me and made me doubt the point of this trip.
I approached two people- one was too crazy to understand- he thought he knew me from years back and couldn't get over where I had been- the other ended up being too British too understand- she was seriously Cockney.
All of my hygiene, car repair, electrical, and internet needs met in a 2 mile stretch of Foothill Boulevard saved the day, and reaffirmed my dependence on Corporate America. I was very loney in my camp Wednesday, and for a few hours I was completely alone in the campground, until one other group arrived.
I decided to spend Thurs. alone on the mountain anyway- I didn't want to - I climbed boulders, set up my video camera in various places so I can pick out still shots from my camp, got pretty good at controlling a campfire, and wrote about a page of banter full of Dangerfield style rapid fire self-directed cheap shots with more cogent segues into larger issues, but I never got around to playing out the segues and actually developing a full routine of quick shallow laughs spacing out pithy observations... the raw thoughts are there, just not crystalized yet. Same old problem
The best is yet to come though... LA was never the point. I wouldn't have had to quit my job to go to LA... and why the hell would anyone want to? But San Francisco and Eureka/Arcata...