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    Allan Holdsworth 1946-2017
    This picture was taken at the Baked Potato with his trio, Ernest Tibbs (bass) & Joe Tayler (drums) in August 2004 (I believe?)

    He was the first major musician that let me photograph him. That was in the 90s, back when I lived in Fresno, CA, and only just started to take pictures of musicians. It was at a small club in Tower District called the Wild Blue. He played with Chad Wackerman (drums), Skúli Sverrisson (bass), and Steve Hunt (keys). I was awkward, but the entire group were so nice. It probably did make an impact on me, causing me to later gravitate toward jazz music as opposed to arena rock bands I was interested on shooting. My ears shifted. That same month I named my new cat’s middle name Skuli.
    After I moved to Los Angeles, I’d see his name on the bill often at the Baked Potato. Unfortunately I couldn’t always afford the 25 dollar ticket except once. Still, I’m glad I caught him again. But because of his being HOLDSWORTH, I never really talked to him.
    Sigh.

    Another icon has left us.


  • 9.9.10 Couchsurfer David Kay – Hosted in Bangkok, Visited in London

    David Kay in London

    David Kay in London

    David can talk, that’s what I remember from hanging out with him in Bangkok earlier this year from February to April. He came to stay with us at the house for about 12 days before and after he went to Burma. And because he can talk, he can make friend with everyone. The weirdest and most adorable thing, I think, is his even temper and dead-pan’ish British humor. You can’t miss his (rather tall) presence, and his constant having a say at something or someone. He participated in many activities including the most memorable one for being a part of the painting crew who attacked the first floor of our place.

    When I visited London briefly, I made sure to catch up with a few people, one of them was David. Luckily he was game to drive 45 minutes to the nearest Tube station to come meet with me. We caught up at the Paddington station. The rest of the day was running around a bit late to this and that. I wanted to go to this museum, which we finally managed to find, and to arrive right as they were closing. So I took a picture of him before headed off to find different places to have a beer.

    David Kay at Tate Modern

    David Kay at Tate Modern Contemporary Art Museum


  • 9.10.10 Peddington Station in London

    paddington station info desk

    paddington station information desk

    “Hypothetically speaking….” I asked nervously as a line was already forming behind me. Fearing I’d inconvenient other people with more legitimate and immediate questions, I quickly blurted “how much does it cost to take a train to Aberystwyth? And I’m sorry, I’ll step aside if this is a stupid question.” “Don’t worry about them, just wait, and I’ll tell you!” I opted to step away anyway. No need to make an angry mob out of these, clearly frustrated and lost, travelers. “I’ll be back in a half an hour!!!” I told him. “Make sure you do!” He responded right back.

    So I did get back to him about a half hour. The gentle informational man had for me a plan hand written rate comparisons on a piece of paper. He further explained how booking months in advance would get me anywhere in Wales from Peddington Station, central London, at roughly just about 15 pounds as opposed to buying a ticket the same day, which would cost nearly 10 times more.

    I was super impressed and thankful, so I asked to snap a picture of him. Bad of me that I forgot his name.


  • 9.10.10 Katie and Dave in London

    Kate and Dave on the Tube

    Kate and Dave on the Tube on her birthday

    It has been at least 10 years since I last saw Dave and met Katie when they went through Los Angeles. I took the opportunity to drop by their couch in London this year. For too many years I’d threatened to come visit them in the UK since they moved there from Thailand. I met Dave even longer than that back in Venice (Los Angeles), California. I answered his ad looking for someone to teach him some survival Thai language.

    Dave that I met in Venice had a roommate, a piano, a python in the house. He worked as a freelance German language interpreter for movies or other things. He made a point to visit one country each year. Before departing, he’d learn a little bit of the language. I was so proud when he told me after he returned that he’s going back to Thailand again. Never before he repeated a country.

    Before long, he met Katie in Thailand, and eventually moved to the UK where she was from. She went back to pursue her degrees. First they were in York for a really long time. I remember Dave taking up photography, telling me about the new long telephoto lens he bought to shoot people on the street for fun. All of the sudden, he took up the profession as a music and portrait photographer in York. Then there were occastional news here and there about his piano moving, and eventually their recent relocation to London.

    Katie is also such a wonderfully interesting person on top of being genuine, beautiful, and kind. I wish I had the opportunity to talk with her more about her work and her study. As far as I was impressed, it was something about the women study… or was it a job teaching? I’m so horrible. For sure, the visit was too short. It was quite funny to talk gear with Dave but mostly for his criticism on my mistreatment of my photo equipment. He’s much more knowledgable now about those things. And it was quite a nice visit  running around town for a day with Dave, listening to him about London, the UK, the people, and best of all, his introduction to the best chocolate store I had ever experienced.


  • 9.8.10 Couchsurfer Tim Nichols – hosted in Bangkok, visited in London

    Tim Nichols in his Stoke Newington neighborhood bar

    Tim Nichols in his Stoke Newington neighborhood bar

    At the end of January, Tim came to stay with us in Bangkok. Not until I visited with him for a quick dinner and a beer last September I got to snap a picture of him.

    Tim is reserved when you first met him, but he’s quite open to discuss much anything not excluding the complex level of politics. His work in child welfare in the UK is not only admirable but right. Not too many people I came across impress me in the proof of living what you preach, but he is one. Hanging with him always keep me in check of what do I really know about the social function as dealt through and with government officials. For pleasure, he has a ton of recommendations of museums, theatre, and even some musical bands. Even with entertainment, he will not let you take off your thinking hat. I’d rather appreciate people like this.


  • 12.04.09 Couchsurfer Ben Castledine – met up and hosted in Bangkok

    Ben Castledine

    Ben Castledine, Australian

    One of the first people on the later became a massive couchsurfing hosting in Bangkok, Ben Castledine came to Bangkok after a life in Russia. A drummer of a prolific band, he was on his slow way back home Australia, but not before spending some time in India. We first met up for a beer and later hung out in a couple of evenings. He was instrumental in  consulting and helping setting up what to be known as “N6”.


  • 12.04.09 Tina Liao at Royal City Avenue (RCA) Bangkok

    Tina Liao

    Tina Liao, Thai-Taiwanese American

    Tina was a friend of a friend who came to Thailand. She was visiting in celebration of her citizenship officialization. Ben Castledine and I met up with her over at this crazy nightclub road in Bangkok. The most memorable part of the night was how Tina was adorably, in her broken Thai, able to negotiate the cab fare to a reasonable rate. We all later learned cabs leaving from this area were not going to charge less than triple fare. She saved us.

     


  • 3.14.9 Couchsurfer Event – Ben Walther’s “Flavor Tripping Party” in Topanga

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    Max

    Max

    Mike

    Mike

    Max and Janice

    Max and Janice

    Rachel

    Rachel

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    Janice

    Janice

    Ben Walther

    Ben Walther

    Jason

    Jason

    Aaron

    Aaron


  • 3.4.9 GE Stinson and Nels Cline

    GE Stinson and Nels Cline

    GE Stinson and Nels Cline


  • 2.17.9 Couchsurfer Hanna Rosendahl – Hosted

    couchsurfer Hanna Rosendahl

    couchsurfer Hanna Rosendahl

    Out of all couchsurfers I’ve hosted, I think I miss having Hanna around the most. Nothing bad about all the boys that’s came through here but this girl is much tougher than anyone. A librarian by trade, a boxer by hobby, she carries my favorite quality – a super woman gene. That is – the nurturer of all strengths, inclusive of femininity, along were intelligence, wit, sarcasm, humor, fighting spirit.

    I sent couchsurfer Ulrik to pick Hanna up from Koreantown where she was sitting bored. She was couchsurfing with some college students who had no time to hang with her. I got a series of messages from her looking for actions. I already had several couchsurfers at my place, but figured what the heck could it hurt to add one more. Besides, seeing her interest in boxing, I wanted to get to know this girl.

    During the time of her stay,  I was only doing mostly fight classes (took a break from music attendance). Like a shadow, she went with me to both of my 2 camps, the Krav Maga training center, and Wildcard Boxing Club. We sparred a little in one of the boxing classes. She was a righteous partner. I got to introduce her to some of my favorite instructors and classes.

    It was also interesting to join a debate with Hanna. Luckily I was on her side and occasionally high-fiving at times. One such memorable moment was a ‘discussion’ we had with fellow couchsurfer Abbéy. It was a formidable topic of men vs. women and the view of dating / relationship. That was fun. It nearly went off edge many times, a disaster near miss. The result was yielded no alteration of anyone opinions. Just more awareness of each other’s level of stubbornness… and traces of any awkward humor.

    Schopenhauer: “Argument is not so much for those who want to learn as for those who want to dispute”.

    It felt as if she was my little sister. There were times I had to throw my hands up and let her run the show. All I could do was to accommodate, which I did gladly. I doubt if I would ever go visit her in Gothenburg, Sweden – but I would love to run around with her again. She’s pure fire.

    couchsurfer Hanna Rosendahl

    Hanna Rosendahl at Wildcard Boxing Club

    Hanna Rosendahl with the (in)famous Freddie Roach

    Hanna Rosendahl with the (in)famous Freddie Roach

    Hanna Rosendahl in a ground fighting class at Krav Maga Training Center

    Hanna Rosendahl in a ground fighting class at Krav Maga Training Center

    Hanna Rosendahl

    Hanna in Los Angeles