Going to California

Last week I began my trip from the east coast back to Los Angeles. A whirlwind of travels, people, parties, late nights, stories, and friends new and old seemed to abruptly come to an end. You anticipate something for so long, and just like that it seems it’s time to move on to something new.

Last minute, my brother Tom decided to tag along for the trip. We had driven across the county twice together before, but it had been at least 5 or 6 years since the last time we did it. Unfortunately for this trip, time was of the essence, so it was a lot of long drives. Taking shifts at the wheel while the other person slept. Trying to keep awake in the wee hours of the morning while the rest of the world seemed to shut off. Even if someone was sleeping, it was still nice to have someone accompany you for those long drives. We were able to pop into Chicago and Denver before ultimately returning to LA. Coming back to 90-degree weather was a little bit of a change from the east coast as it was begging to get brisk out there. So to beat the heat, we grabbed some beers, rented some bikes, and hit the beach. Something I rarely seem to do nowadays when I’m here. But just like that I had to send Tom back on his way and try to acclimate myself to life in Los Angeles once again.

2016 is going to bring about a lot of change for me. Change can be a scary thing sometimes; the unknown. But it’s an exciting thing. It’s how we grow as people. I’m looking forward to figuring out this process as I go. And as I sit here writing this on my friend’s couch that I slept on last night, I realize how lucky I am to have had so many amazing people come into my life. I’ve spent the better part of a decade traveling (or roaming) around this county. And in that time, every single person that I met has touched me in some way and contributed to who I am as a person. Weather it was someone who’s couch I crashed on, someone I had a conversation with at a bar, someone who came to see my band, someone who I was intimate with, someone I met for 2 minutes or have known for 10 years, you all will never fully know how much I cherish the memories that you’ve help create. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m looking forward to making more memories.

<3

Mike