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catacombs, christmas and more

So … what you are about to get is a piece of my mind …
this are notes from more than a week of events …
again they are going to be a little scattered and incomplete sometimes … but hey … who really cares … anway … i’ve got pictures on my phone but I have to wait to get them off then you’ll see them!

Ok so …

let s flash back to the 12/23/09

It’s 10:12 on the east coast of america … but i’m in paris france where it’s 4:12 am

i’ve just come home after a 5 hr trek to and through the underground tunnels of paris!

Dopeness at ground level! And I mean ground level as in ground water. We tread through the water thanks to 6 euro knee high rubber boots and faced the darkness with 4 euro 7 LED headlamps, lit the evenings jam session with free candles from rockstar cuz’s house and the most expensive part of the 5 hrs experience were the 2 hrs spent lost … can you say PRICELESS!!!

A mini-castle, clean ground water, gargoyle heads, drunk tour guides, home made liquor from spain, graffatti, battery powered guitar amps, tags that said “goonies, we live, and fuck you”, 2 gated exits, the scream, desperado beer, wet socks, egyptians, a spur of the moment thought abut beating the tour guides ass for getting us lost, the beach, a redeeming trek to the exit, violent thoughts, few funny pictures on my phone and the remembrance of a christmas eve from a labyrinth of madness like i’ve never experienced before.

did i mention there was some incredible art down here!?!

no these aren’t my pics … but i have almost these exact pics on my phone camera!

ok so … these were my thoughts immediately after the experience

but then i wrote this the following day …

it’s dec 25 … christmas day … i’m in paris

rock star cuzs’ friends, Farmer& c-rock the tea walla!, were with us in the catacombs … and they agreed that it was all a metaphor of life.

Rock star cuz described the event as a school friend trip that went wrong! kinda like the bus breaks down and your like “yea … the adventure goes on” then you realize “damn we need the bus to get home!”

this is how i kinda saw the experience. We go deep beneath the surface of ourselves just for the adventure sometimes. To check out what’s going on. Many times we’re guided by the inspiration of someone that we don’t really know. sometimes it’s a parable, a quote, a mantra, a book, an idea … but, in the end we make the decision. How we implement that decision is often largely influenced by the resources that are bought to the table by those that are closest to us. If we were to design & construct a car it still wouldn’t run w/o the tires. Our friends are our tires. They have their rubber on the road and allow us to move in various directions. Good tires are important to a car for many reasons. They influence how far you go on a tank of gas and can stop your progress if they aren’t durable. They also deal with potholes, bad weather and have to be aware of vandals too. So … all that to say it’s important to surround ourselves with people with shared principles that we trust and that are smart, visionary, fearless, balanced, guided, hard working, loving and creative. Well those are the standards for my people-my peoples! [in retrospect … it was late … I was tired. But it sort of made sense!?!]

Then there was christmas … i’m not gonna go into my anti holiday rant … i’m turning a new leafe for 2010 … no i’m not celebrating a bunch of stuff but I will be more involved in utilizing time away from work to gather and enjoy friends and family.

ok i’m fading it’s 4 am

SHiNE