Thanks for putting up with a long hiatus from blogging while settling in to our new digs. Thanks to the satellite feature of Google maps, the difference between where we used to live and where we live now is pretty striking. Even accounting for atmospheric differences, Ojai is still strikingly more green and organic-looking than LA. Now to unpack some of those boxes …
I was reminded on Wednesday night of one of the true gems of Los Angeles that I am going to miss: The World Stage. I took a friend of mine (and a talented poet) who is new to LA over to the Anansi Writer’s Workshop. It is a privilege and pleasure to workshop poems with such dedicated craftsmen. In the middle of a particularly stressful week between work and moving, a real discussion of The Craft was nothing short of totally therapeutic.
Of course, other gems I will miss in this city include Hide Sushi, Urth Caffé and Peace Labyrinth and Gardens, my home here for several years. Other than that, it’s really the the people that I will miss most. Yet I’m sure the waiting list for our guest room in Ojai will soon fill up with friendly visitors. And living in the country again will be priceless.
Things have been a little slow on the blog lately because there’s just a lot going on. The biggest news is that we are moving to Ojai. We will be close to the David Allen Company, close to my family, and closer to nature. This is an upgrade I have been nurturing along for awhile now. Having recently found an amazing place to live in Ojai we are now in full swing, set to move in at start of June. Adventures ahead…
If you are looking for a place to stay in San Francisco, I highly recommend The Golden Gate Hotel on Nob Hill. It is central yet reasonably priced — walking distance to Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf down one side of the hill and the Civic Center, Market Street, and MOMA down the other. The hotel is a beautiful old Victorian with a working antique elevator. Our room toward the back was quiet, the staff were helpful but not intrusive, and the croissants and jam in the morning were excellent. All in all, a great bargain and a great find.
What do you get when a small town American kid who grew up on late-70’s punk rock marries a classical pianist from London? A fantastic musical cultural exchange. We’ve been pooling our respective strengths and interests and having a lot of fun. Take a listen:
After some encouragement, my wife has finally started blogging. After only two entries she has already gotten great feedback from musicians and other creative types. Here’s to the success of Free2Create — Valerie Kampmeier’s Blog. Long may it wave.