Friends with Elephants

In the room, that is.

Other Humans

Social life? Ah maybe it’s still a little light since the pan-2020 but you know, you get out and mingle as much as the next bro or chica in your ‘hood.


You’re doing it. You even noticed a pair of pants slipping this week (true story) and you installed <insert exercise equipment description here> in your house or apt. and you’re using it. You’re not procrastinating anymore, the challenges of starting a new habit, like walking or running, seem to be gone. You wanted to start ______ and now you do.


You’ve got projects or travel or events on the horizon. And you know what? You’re excited about them — and you should be! These are major things that psychologists will say keep people going right?

So. . .

Abraham Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs, circa 1943

The Elephant

I’m gonna switch to first person now, just so we’re clear.

  • A published book — based on the making of my latest film (two months).
  • 10 new Homestead bikes — bikes not made since 1991 but desired again — on the strength of the story told in the aforementioned film, 30 Bikes.

What about the Elephant

Well, sorry to say but I think it’s simple.

The M-Word and the L-Word

Masks — esp. in a huge country like the United States — simply cannot (esp. when wadded up and reused for weeks) significantly (please respect that word) stop an airborne virus — at least in any statistically measurable amount.


I had a (for me) heartbreaking exchange via email recently, with a friend (completely convinced that masks work), who mentioned how he’d rather not talk so much about this issue, but wants instead to hear what I’m up to, to follow my exploits and travels, and in short, to move forward.

Can we recover?

How did we recover after the division from the Vietnam War? After such a tumultuous decade of protests and tense Thanksgivings and bloody violence broadcast on TV nightly?

  1. The government
  2. Big tech

I was born in a small town to John and Priscilla. Not a pilgrim exactly just another latch-key kid obsessed with BMX and Tom Petty. Now I make films.

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