Friday, June 27, 2014

"The Season of Light" and Other Things


I have been doing a lot of things these days, but most of these things are the same things, good things: Going out of town on the weekends for weddings and baby showers; writing all day and working for my dad, filming surfing with Scott for a movie our friend Phil is making, drinking lots of different beverages (see above) and staying up 'til 1 a.m. You'll be happy (or surprised) to know I didn't fall off my skateboard once this week, which has given my bruises time to heal. I went to the park nearby to practice my frontside turns the other day and there were some guys drinking beer out of a brown paper bag and talking about girls, which was amusing. I heard one of them say "sometimes buying them stuff totally works."

The "babycue" / shower I mentioned was a success. Basia came down to visit and we spent the weekend at Steph and Michael's. A bunch of our friends made the trip to Hermosa Beach. We tapped a pony keg as a group, which we were still sort of proud of. Kind of like one of those "We've still got it" moments, especially since all my friends and I met in college where we had the opportunity to drink and finish many kegs. Of course Steph and the baby didn't help, but Steph can't have beer normally anyways since she's allergic to gluten. 

There was a surf shop party this week too. And Kristen, Scott's middle sister, came to visit. She paddled into her first waves all by herself yesterday, which reminded me that so much of paddling and catching waves is about tenacity. 

I have been listening to Third Eye Blind while I'm working and riding the train and eating Mexican bean salad for lunch. I would have listened to them while I was cleaning the house, but Scott did that this week. He isn't a consistent cleaner of things. Or rather, he leaves his clothes and shoes at the foot of the bed. But honestly, he is way better at cleaning than me. The shower door no longer looks like it might start sprouting stalactites any minute. 

We're going to the Pacific Northwest next week, so I've been preparing for that too. I know I should have told you about this whole excursion (a two week road trip to northern California and Oregon to write some stories, surf, camp, visit friends and family, sample craft beer and try not to break our arms etc. while skateboarding in the skateboarding capital of the country). I feel I should have told you because I think of you as friends (even those of you who I don't "know") because you are nice and kind to look at the pictures and words I put here. The reason I didn't mention it is because I have almost backed out of this trip every day of the last two weeks. This happened once when I read about all the sharks that like to live in Oregon and another time when I heard about upwelling causing the water to be in the low 50ºs (fahrenheit) in the summer months, and again last weekend when I saw a bunch of killer surf pictures come out of Cabo. But the point of this trip is to put ourselves out of our comfort zone. To freeze our brains with the sharks and meet more characters at the skatepark (and maybe even some who might seem like they could be on Portlandia). 

I have decided that if summer is about any one thing, it is about adventure. It's about sleeping over at a friend's house for the first time and realizing that she has two dads. It's about selling lemonade to your neighbors and being so bored you consider calling your teacher. It's about blowdrying your hair perfectly for Jr. Lifeguard's because you have a crush on your instructor. It's about night swimming and trying new food. It's about listening to your best friend's bother's Third Eye Blind CD because it says "Explicit lyrics" on the cover. 


Happy summer all you adventurers! 



"There is no certainty; there is only adventure."~ Roberto Assagioli

16 comments:

  1. "I have decided that if summer is about any one thing, it is about adventure." LOVE this, Devon. What a great way to look at summer; I think I may have to steal that! I'm off work for two weeks from next Friday and we have a few trips planned but I've never considered them adventures, but I will now :) Have a great trip and a great weekend xx

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    1. Yay adventure! Where are you headed?

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    2. We're headed up north for a fancy dress boat cruise (it'll be nothing like your current trip, unfortunately - colour me jealous!), we're headed to a local spa for the day and we're headed to Barcelona for 5 days and I. CAN. NOT. WAIT!! I actually got a post going up on Thurs talking about adventure, inspired by this post, so thanks for the inspiration - I have credited you ;) xx

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  2. sometimes it's just so good to do things. glad that you've been having a good time and doing fun stuffs with friends.
    have a lovely weekend!

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  3. Beach, sun, cocktails, road trips- this just screams summer (and California). I totally agree with you that travel is generally about putting yourself out of your comfort zone and that can be such an amazing thing. Hope the trip goes smooth!

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    1. it took me a while to realize that

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  4. I am probably a bit biased, because I live in Portland....but you guys are going to have a great time in the NW. We've had a bit of rain the last three days, but it looks to be improving. We don't let the weather dictate our lives...we've just learned to sing and dance in the rain! Enjoy!

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    1. Awesome!! I've always wanted to visit and I haven't ever been to Oregon. Any tips? I will take them!

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  5. Have a fun trip and enjoy your adventures! Can't wait to see what lovely pics you bring back :)

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    1. Thank you! Just broke my favorite lens, but it was under warranty. Phew. Now it's back and working just in time.

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  6. Summer adventures are the best! Have so much fun on your trip!!

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  7. I love that your summer is about adventure and I'm glad that you are heading up to the Pacific Northwest. I think that it's one of my favorite places. I don't know. There's just something about it that I really love. And it is good to put yourself out of your comfort zone. I would love to take a trip to write and adventure and surf. I feel like I haven't been super inspired with my writing lately. But I hear you about the sharks and the cold water. They caught 2 (2!!!) sharks off the coast here in NYC where we surf. I'm a little spooked!

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  8. Summer should indeed equal adventure. It sounds like you have a lovely trip planned, cold water notwithstanding. My three little men went in the sea today, probably low 50's, no wetsuit or anything. They were a bit stiff and shivery before too long! I love that you spend your days writing. I think I shall pop by one day and sit in your beautiful garden and write with you, I'd love to spend a day writing too. I hope you enjoy your trip and that it's a happy adventure. I know you'll make lots of memories and I'll look forward to hearing about it. CJ xx

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  9. You're so right that summer is all about adventure! This trip sounds like a blast, and I'm sure it will be memorable. I hope you have a wonderful time exploring, skating, surfing, writing, and just living life to the fullest! That quote is perfect, by the way:)

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  10. Road trips are great....don't back out!! And if you get as far as Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda, check out the fish tacos at the little stand in front of the BREW PUB! (Pelican Brewing) It's one of our favorite places.....and take comfort, we have never heard of a shark sighting THERE!! the water is damn cold but when the fog lifts it's gorgeous!! Have fun!

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