28 October 2008
I had a meeting today with my seminar small-group coach Troy. It was an interview of sorts, in that he has a project on which I may be able to help, so this was a chance to learn more about his project and show him some of my mad skillz. I gathered a few of my corporate samples to show him. I’m always hesitant to show my corporate work because it is such a completely different animal than feature work. All the same, most of my projects in that milieu are pretty slick and high-end. In addition, the budgets I’ve had to work with as a producer in the non-broadcast/industrial video realm have been larger than what most independent producers have to work with. I’m learning more and more through this Flash Forward class that I have more transferable experience and cachet than I was previously acknowledging, and I’m grateful for this self-discovery.
Yesterday, I had to relinquish Robert the BMW to one of Darrell’s friends who would be using him for a few days. With that, today became a bike & subway kind of day because I was meeting Troy in North Hollywood.
I haven’t talked about this for a while, and it sounds pretty ridiculous, but my riding acumen on this bike comes in fits and spurts. Some days I’m super-confident, zipping down the streets, up driveways, down curbs, past gawking tourists. Other days I’m as wobbly as Jan Brady riding her bike without her glasses (even AFTER Marcia confronted her). Today was a Jan Brady day…
Let’s start with my bike helmet, and the fact that it looks like a consolation prize won at an 8th grade nerd convention. I’ve had it forever, and it’s time for an upgrade. It’s hard to feel like my usual suave and sexy self (ha!) once I’ve stretched the kevlar straps across my face and locked them together. Today’s helmets are more sleekly designed and fashionable, which are adjectives that are not typically associated with me. Even so, I’m able to deal with the geek factor because I’ve known people whose lives have likely been saved by their helmets. Let’s face it, brains smeared on the pavement = not sexy.
On my way to the subway station, I went over a HUGE curb that must’ve been about 9 inches high. Please don’t ask how I’m able to easily assess – almost unconsciously – this specific unit of measure. Anyway, after my back tire hit the street, I heard a thud, and noticed the under-seat satchel that holds the bike lock and a spare inner tube had snapped off and was on the ground. Ugh. Great. Another item to carry around in my already over-stuffed backpack. I’m grateful I heard the thud, though, otherwise I would have arrived at my meeting unable to lock up the bike.
The best moment, however, was when I was riding past a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. Since it was a sunny day – what else is new? – this fine, upscale establishment had some shade umbrellas up to protect the delicate patrons out on the patio. The umbrellas were out in the middle of the sidewalk right in the riding path, AND they were angled at 45-degrees, so it’s not like I could very well duck under them. I’m not painting a great picture here, I admit, but suffice it to say the damn umbrellas were in my way. As I was delicately attempting to navigate between one of them on one side and a light post on the other, my shoulder BARELY grazed the umbrella and over it fell. SOOOO embarrassing. Truly.
I stopped, parked the bike, and walked back to reset the thing. This particular umbrella had been protecting a table of 7 or 8 twenty-somethings, all of whom were now looking at me like I had just touched down from the planet Neptune. Their faces were contorted into various shapes of disbelief, repulsion and utter confusion. It was as if they’d discovered their trust funds had been depleted, I’d keyed all of their cars and was now going to force them all to wear clothes from The Gap. I could see the wheels turning as they soon looked to one another for what to do next. I imagined the whispers: “OMG, do we call someone?” or “Don’t look directly at him.” or “Poor people are so clumsy.”
It was one of the more amusing anecdotes from my otherwise busy day. Oh! After my meeting with Troy was over, I stayed behind for a while at Panera and saw Tim Allen, the Home Improvement/Santa Clause movies dude. He parked his car, plugged the meter and, I’m guessing, was just a-walking around NoHo tending to some errands. So weird to see celebs in their natural habitat. Perhaps, like me, you are wondering what the hell he’s been up to lately. Here’s some info about that. There’s actually a Toy Story 3 in the works. Who knew?
Otherwise, not much more to share today. The Jan Brady incident had a lasting effect that carried me through the whole day…