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Gregory Parks

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WHOA! [10 Oct 2010|08:39pm]
[ mood | interested ]

I'm looking this guy up to see if he's written any books. Plus, his last name sounds onomatopoeic: SPONG!

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Full Disclosure [24 Sep 2010|08:22pm]
[ mood | mischievous ]

You may have heard this before from either me or another source but . . .

Yes, it's true: black people really do watch the news and breathe a sigh of relief when the criminal the authorities are looking for is not black.

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Bad News/Good News [24 Sep 2010|01:49am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

1) Bad News: My workshop proposal for the Northstar Storytellers' League was not chosen for their convention in November. Good News: The convention is the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, so I can stay in Springfield past Friday and not have to drive up to Minnesota!

2) Bad News: My camera can apparently not be fixed. Good News: Since I bought the service plan when I bought the camera, they are letting me replace it with a completely new camera!

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NO WAY! [19 Sep 2010|08:15pm]
[ mood | confused ]

What? A headache? I don't even remember the last time I had a headache! I had migraines only for a couple of years and that was right before and right after the end of college.

It's muscle tension. I know it is. I can feel it. I'm doing some weird subconscious tensing of scalp muscles and don't know how or why I'm doing it.

No drugs: identifying the problem and fixing it. Relief is already doing its work.

I just looked for the "spell check" button in the place it is on Blogger. Oops.

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Fuel For The Fire [18 Aug 2010|09:36pm]
[ mood | creative ]

You know, I get scared and I admit it. The worry and the fear cause internal friction, which creates a fire inside of me.

I will make it. I'll survive and then I'll thrive. I will be Joseph Gordon Levitt in Inception. I will be a Green Lantern discovering the power of the ring and of his will.

And hopefully I will inspire others. That is very important.

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Twisted [22 Jul 2010|11:32pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I'm pretty sure it speaks to my eccentricities where soon after I enjoy a trip to hike up Mount Fuji to watch the sun rise on the day before my birthday, I return home and realize that Comic Con is going on in San Diego. I notice that the fact that once again I'm unable to attend takes the Fuji buzz down a bit.

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Achievement [15 Jul 2010|03:44am]
[ mood | excited ]

A week from now I'll be hiking up Mount Fuji for the eve of my 37th birthday, closing out the last day of my 36th year by watching the sun rise.

Daunting, but fricking cool as all hell.

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A Thought [26 Jun 2010|05:02pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

I'm thinking a lot about how to go about yoga instructor training, most notably which to pursue, how to pursue it and how to afford pursuing it. I have a lot of options, but right now my issues are:

• Do I want a one-month intensive or multi-month drawn out?
• Which style do I want to purse first?
• Even with money saved from working over here in Japan, how will I afford it and living back in the US?

Things to think about.

Same thing with photography.

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What Century Is It? [15 May 2010|08:01pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I just beat out a rug like the olden days. Dust was flying everywhere with each satisfying smack of the broom. You might say, "But Greg, this is the 21st century. You can put rugs in the washer machine!"

And you'd be correct except for a couple of things:

1) Any washer machine near me is Japanese-sized and wouldn't have fit the rug anyway.
2) It's an electric rug (oh yeah!) so immersing it was out of the question.

Besides. Had you said that, you'd have begun a sentence with a conjunction. That's all right: I did it too. There's no law against it.

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Unfettered Joy [06 May 2010|10:21am]
[ mood | content ]

What gave me the most joy yesterday aside from being done with 21 shows in 7 days, some cool audience volunteer guys, and finding unexpected Be@rbrick movie figures attached to Pepsi bottles was seeing and watching a bat fly around in a streetlamp in a parking lot.

I suppose that would actually make it a parkinglotlamp.

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Plane Debate [01 May 2010|08:04pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

So in order to save a couple of hundred dollars in returning to Japan in June, should I chance a double layover in MSP and Seattle with a 90 minute layover in the former and a 75 minute layover in the latter, or go the same route (avoiding a 75 minute layover in O'Hare, which just spells doom or delayed luggage) and have long layovers at both the same airports, arriving in Japan two days after I leave, mostly assured that my luggage will arrive with me and that I'll make my connections, even in case of flight delay?

A sentence that long? In this economy? What am I thinking?

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I Was Never In the Closet [18 Mar 2010|09:34pm]
[ mood | rejuvenated ]

In explaining to a fellow geek friend of mine why she should immediately cleanse herself of the sin of not having seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (I know! Freakish isn't it!?), I realized something that I would like to get off of my chest:

The Voyage Home is not that good a Star Trek movie. In fact, I rank Star Trek the Motion Picture above The Voyage Home, ridiculously long docking/fly-around and wormhole scenes notwithstanding. It's droll and novel, yes, but come on! It's not all that good to put it above the first one. I also think that Generations gets an undeserved bad rap. Did that Excelsior class Enterprise look spiffy or what?

There! I said it!

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Retooling [14 Mar 2010|09:11pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I have finally begun the chore of going back through my LJ posts and unlocking what once was unlocked, but became locked. I though to lock them up and then sift through to better determine which should be viewable to the general public.

This also means that I was reading them. I can't believe it: in two months, I will have been on LJ for five years. In the earlier years I was posting more than once a day at times especially near the beginning when I was living in a suite hotel with my folks as the house was being worked on. Now new friends and friends who have not signed on to LJ, but still like to read me blab and blab about unimportant exploits and musings can once again gain insight to my brain and its workings. Or at the very least, see me get self-indulgent.

22 July 2005. "The New World". It contains a telling of an in-flight reverie that made me laugh out loud. I suggest you seek it out. Doom has never been so poetic. Or at least poetic and brief.

It's amazing what a difference five years makes. In some ways it feels like I'm reading a teenage diary. It made me reflect on the things I've experienced since I first started spewing written vomit on LJ. I've had quite a bit of living in five years. I'll have one heck of a ride to look back on when I'm on my deathbed.

Plus, I also forgot about the marquee tag!

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Awesome Lyric [12 Mar 2010|11:01pm]
[ mood | impressed ]

I just heard this lyric in the song "Black Dogs and Bubbles" by Quasi:

"Don't you know that she's already yours
to love, but not to have and hold?"

Killer lyric. So very true, all too very often.

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Torn: A Conundrum [08 Mar 2010|05:13pm]
[ mood | confused ]

I found this used in a CD store and bought it. It was an insanely cheap ¥500, which is just above $5. You'd be lucky to find it that cheap online. Check it out. I did.

I have a few friends to whom I could gift it who would be very entertained and appreciative. Or I could keep it for myself. I've already bought it used, so given its unavailability new, any money I spend on it won't be going to the artist or the record company. With those factors in the equation, I have a couple of options.

Still, giving the actual product would be the best case scenario. I may have to comb the stacks over here more.

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Known For A While, Finally Beginning to Explore [26 Feb 2010|03:10am]
[ mood | energized ]

Dude:

Paul Fricking Robeson.

That's all I have to say.

Amazing, deep voice and resister/persister extraordinaire, he was a serious target for the FBI/CIA/MI-5 and McCarthyist witch-hunts.

He was intelligent, eloquent, multi-disciplined, and engaged in a John Henry-like crusade against black stereotypes in entertainment and discrimination in general.

Conservatives today would probably still have an issue with the man in some way or another. He is a classic role model of an uppity negro: pure gold in my book.

After I'm done reading about Bert Williams, I'm all about Robeson. Until then, I'm downloading songs and speeches, fostering another history crush.

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Big Mouth Hungry [21 Feb 2010|12:39pm]
[ mood | whimsical ]

I really, honestly wish I could share all of this food with my friends. This is nifty stuff.

It would be best to just have a big party with a table packed with all of these delicious snacks and comfort foods I'm shoveling in my gullet. Good food and good friends. There are few things better.

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Yuki! [06 Feb 2010|01:45pm]
[ mood | grateful ]

My two-month mark is rapidly approaching here in Japan. Things are going pretty smoothly and pressure-free. The only exception is that the second day of work – or maybe it was my first day – the agent mentioned that it had been requested that we create new material.

Really? I just got here and haven't even had the chance to spread my scent around the my room, let alone get a hang of the show pace and you're already putting this in my lap? It's a good thing I can deliver or at least I think I can. To be truthful, I don't recall having felt so confident in my clowning. Here, I'm cementing the ideals of simplicity, keeping connected with your audience, and having a clear story. This journey is good for me.

Today it has been snowing throughout the day, although nothing is accumulating now that the sun's up and what little accumulation there was has disappeared. This is the first snow since I've been here. It's been plenty cold – not as cold as I'm used to for this time of year – but there has been no snow.

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Reappearance [14 Jan 2010|02:19pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Holy crapitoly, it's been a month since I arrived here in Japan!

I have pictures of my place and other things, but frankly, I'm slow getting to uploading them to Flickr. That way you can see my workplace and my room.

About the weirdest thing about my being here is that in reading the paper and such, I've started to become riled up to the point of considering running for office when I get back to the states. Honestly. They'd have a field day with the fact that I am/have been a clown, and you know what? That would work to my advantage, primarily – thought not limited to – being underestimated. I'm repeatedly frustrated by both sides of partisan politics and Baby Boomers just screwing it up for everyone, really. And you know what? They way things are run, Generation X'ers will be playing the same game if they're not smart enough or resilient enough to resist the way Boomers and the so-called "Greatest Generation" have been setting things up.

I have another blog that is more public-eye worthy that is dedicated to my traveling and performing experiences and it's over at

www.freelancedork.blogspot.com

I promise I won't be a stranger over here, though. I've just been busy with work and World of Warcraft and getting my space all situated and such.

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On the Verge [13 Dec 2009|12:21pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

I have fewer than 24 hours left.

I haven't been packing furiously or stressing heavily. I have been tense and I am frustrated that a few non-Japan related things won't be done. However, things have popped up that have gone well:

• I don't get charged for the first two pieces of luggage. At least that's what I gather form the tables on the website. Those, while clear, can also be simultaneously misleading.

• I'll be able to swing a third piece of baggage in the form of a box. It won't be oversized and the company will reimburse me for it.

• I'll have supplemental boxes for later delivery all packed before I go. If I get on the stick, I can have them already paid for as well, so my folks won't have to pay for it. Even if they do, I'll pay them back.

• Making extra clown noses is going well.

• I may be able to catch a matinee of The Princess and The Frog before I go.

I'm debating whether or not I should use my Blogger account as a dedicated blog of my adventures in Japan. I'm also considering doing video blogging either there or on YouTube.

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