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as you all know, i produce ceremonies for the red ribbon ride and as i’ve mentioned,  i concepted and produced a video that was shown at this year’s opening ceremonies at the mall of america.  our amazing volunteer video & photography crew (jeff & rita) took my very rough idea and created this very excellent video:

 

i can honestly say i’m beyond thrilled with the result. 

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so yea, i have a blog eh?  suppose i should update it every now and then. 

hi.  how ya been?  mad busy here (same ol’ story)…. a couple of highlights.

  • came off of the red ribbon ride last sunday.  it was an incredible ride.  amazing and bittersweet.  for many reasons, it will probably be my last.  i’m not giving up the cause however, there will be something in my future regarding hiv/aids – something amazing.  and to keep me busy until then, my good friend kari is starting the breast cancer ride; a bike ride to raise much needed funds for a local charity that serves the breast cancer community in minnesota – pretty excited about that. i’m not saying forsure that i won’t be back for the rrr, but i’m ready for new challenges and new ways to support the community.  with kari leaving the ride, i commissioned an incredible video which i hope to get converted to mpeg and will post it as soon as i can.  she’s an amazing woman and i’m truly blessed to count her as a friend.  i’m in awe of what she accomplised on the rrr and can’t wait to see what she does next.

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(pic of kari and i on day one; yea, i really am that pale… damn)

  • i’m off to san francisco for a hair show tomorrow – should be great, i really love sf so i can’t wait to get back.  the show will be great and i’m excited to direct it (but more excited that one of my favorite record stores; ameba is in sf… how much damage can i do).
  • had more work done on the never ending tattoo tonight – mostly some more background work and a bit more on the prayer flags – the cool bit tho?  i great zen infitiy circle surrounding my elbow…. sweet ink.

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  • i’m about half way thru with harry potter 7… it’s killing me that i’m not reading faster – just been exhausted since i got home from the ride (and in-turn, the global sales meeting)… hoping to finish it on the plane tomorrow.

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(picture of one of the crew members of the ride (sophie) who dressed as harry all day on saturday.. how rockin’ is she?)

  • also just bought prince’s latest – planet earth.  so far so good; easily the best thing he’s done in 10 years…. it’s a headphone album tho’ i think – can’t wait to listen to it on the ipod

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ok, that’s about it – need to finish laundry and pack for ‘frisco (my god i’m boring)…. ta

hey all

so it’s day 2 on the red ribbon ride (the second largest bike ride for hiv/aids in the country – and the most financially successfull one!!) and i’m in lovely rochester minnesota.  it’s odd that i’ve found an internet connection, but have crap cell phone coverage. 

i’m the ceremonies and entertainment producer on the ride this year (second in this role) and the ride is going quite well.  i was a nervous wreck yesterday morning before opening ceremonies which is weird, as i normally don’t have butterflies before an event.  i think it’s because for the first time i concepted and produced a video piece for opening.  i’ve never done the video thing before (more truthfully, i’ve never concepted a piece before), but it went over very, very well (spontaneous applause a couple of times and a ton of heart-pulling and tears… [can’t.ever.beat.tears – the true test of a great ceremony]).

so tomorrow is a big night for us – we do a “friends & family” night of hiv/aids education.  i’m producing a large night of eduction and entertainment.  we also will be honoring and celebrating our executive director who is leaving the ride after 5 years.  wish me luck.

oh, and of course harry potter 7 comes out tomorrow… i’m sure i’ll be stoping at a target on the way to our next campsite!!

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