I Love L.A. – #8 University of Southern California

  I’ve talked about the Lakers, the Dodgers, the Royals, and the Chiefs, but the only team I’m writing a season ticket check to right now is the Athletic Department of USC.  (And that check got quite a bit bigger this year, thanks Coach Kiffin.)  As someone who grew up going to several Sunday and […]

33

If you’re a regular reader of mine, you know I look at (my) life through three prisms: spiritual happiness, professional growth, and personal relationships.  As I look at where I am now, compared even to 12 months ago, I’m incredibly humbled. At 33, I’ve written and directed a professional short.  I still can’t say enough […]

I Love L.A. – #4 Sunset Boulevard

  Last week I had to drop off some CDs to a friend of mine who lives in Brentwood.  Rush hour traffic on the 405…yeah.  So I took the scenic route home, traveling on Sunset Boulevard through Hollywood.  Traveling east, you pass by two of the three things I’ve already written about in this space: […]

ART

  Alright gang, my special guest for this year’s Oscar predictions is Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.  For those of you who don’t know him or haven’t met him, here’s a quick bio: Born in Kansas City, Kansas, two years at Morehouse and then graduated from the University of Kansas, masters from the University of Southern California […]

Limitless XVI – Trojan

(Let me open this chapter by saying I almost certainly do more name dropping in the next few paragraphs than you will ever hear me do in a five minute conversation in real life.  Nature of the beast…) Like any film geek worth his salt, I knew the names of the filmmakers who either graduated […]

Limitless XV – Antonio

Everyone assumes that since we were born in the same city, five weeks apart, have well documented militant streaks and share a passion for the same artform, me and Antonio have been best friends since kindergarten.  In truth, we never even met each other until my senior year at KU.  But with the number of […]

Limitless XIV – Cali

As a kid who grew up loving road trips, the 24 hour drive from Kansas City to Los Angeles didn’t phase me.  Having spent most of my years in either Kansas or Louisiana, I didn’t understand when people talked about how ‘flat’ these areas are.  Driving through Arizona and New Mexico gave me a new […]

Limitless VIII – Senior Year

If my father was my benefactor, my biggest fan in the family was his brother’s wife, my godmother.  My father is very laid-back, which is where I get it from.  My aunt was the one who would stick up for me (all of us really) if someone was bullying us.  I chuckle at how many […]

My 1st Sports Entry

  A quick primer for those of you who are unfamiliar with where my loyalties lie… College Basketball: the Jayhawks.  Do I enjoy playing the ‘sellout’ role a little too much for my KU friends?  Probably.  My first sports event ever, my father took me to Kemper Arena to watch the Final Four practice in […]

Inspirations – My Friends

A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It’s the sh-t that happens while you’re waiting for moments that never come.  – Lester Freamon, “The Wire” Last night, I had dinner with one of my oldest friends and his fiancee.  It was my first time meeting her, so of course we talked about a few […]