I graduated college about ten days ago which was a huge accomplishment for me; looking back at my choices at various forks in the road makes me glad that I stuck it out and finished right on schedule! It was great to complete my goals and I know that it meant a lot to my family; which is one of the most important points for me.
I live in Downtown Los Angeles now! I moved into a loft with a couple of friends, on the first of this month, and here I am a week later; still trying to adjust and get settled in. Yesterday was my first day feeling like a local; my roommate Chris and I rode our bikes down to skid row to visit my grandmother (Gwams) who works at the Catholic Worker soup-kitchen; it was cool to see her in her element in the hectic grind that drives that area.
From there Chris and I rode up to the LA county library, signed up as members, and gave ourselves a self-guided tour of the place. It was HUGE! They had several floors, fantastic architecture, tons of historic documents displayed as art and they even had a Yousuf Karsh exhibit! We came back home after that, so that I could get ready for a shoot and when that was through a few of us went kite-flying on our roof; it was awesome!
Later on in the day my good friend Adam and I walked through the fashion district, the garment district, on down to Santee Alley; it was hectic and fascinating and it was cool to see where all the materials, bits and pieces come from that drive such a huge industry.
The night ended by signing up at our local video store, Old Bank DVD, which had a great selection, good prices and a rad vibe! From there we headed back home to watch a movie and unwind.
All in all, it was a fantastic day, it's been a fantastic couple weeks of transition and I have so much more to look forward to!