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Sep 3, 2006
i spent my last night in santa barbara mostly on the beach. Taking some last pix & listening to the sea. It felt peaceful.
Unfortunately, i did not meet neric on that night, but i got the chance to spend a few hours with him later during the week in la.
i got about 20 mn earlier even though the train left late & eventually found rick in the station. That was really great. We went to his appartment & talked a bit & prepared the garden for the party (lights & chairs). i took a nap & then his friends arrived to prepare a vegan chocolate cake, the people invited + from the building came all along the night. It was nice & some of rick's friends were quite interesting to talk & listen to.
The next day was dedicated to food not bombs so i got the chance to join the organization of the food distribution. i could take many pix while distributing, you'll find some in the album i made about my trip (
http://pelagus.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album01) & also feel free to check out la's fnb's website
That was really impressing & it really gave me the desire to have it to work better in paris. But the thing is: we really need more hands...
During the week i've been visiting the city with rick (he took some days off) & by myself. i discovered the central library where i've felt like home. So i've spent some time there... i should say a lot
thursday night, we went to see those chinese dancers, they were really amazing! All made of fire
We went to that old brewery where there are now a bunch of artists working. There are some exhibitions there but the day we went there, almost everything was closed.
i've been to some interesting exhibitions though.
Rick took me to the concert of one of his friends: emily wells, she's an amazing singer, i was blown away by her voice! You can listen to some of her stuff here. Enjoy!
i also met gary, 5 year of email exchanges & eventually, my durian man was in front of me that was really cool! He also got the chance to meet rick who joined us that night.
We also went to a swimming pool where i could swim a little while, it really felt good!! i felt like a fish again: thank you rick!! 
Last week end was sunset junction fair. Concerts, booths of all kind -from clothing to activism. We saw some good bands; unfortunately, i got wrapped by some pod's smoke & got out of sentience... & that was just after the first song of this great rock band
i saw seng also. It was really wonderful to meet him again. We spent a whole day together & it was warm & soft to spent time with him again. Something funny actually happened as we were sitting in the park in front of the library: a flock of pigeons (about 50) suddenly flew to us, surrounding us. They stayed quite a while & i started talking to one right in front of me. S/He was funny because S/He was seriously starring at me as i was talking, as if S/He understood everything. Then, a few minutes later, i was relating an event to seng about a policeman who didn't want to let me go on a sidewalk & i spread my arms, this very same pigeon who was now on my right side jumped on my arm & stayed there at least 5 minutes. i asked S/He to get down, that S/He did. a few minutes after, i lifted my arm again, & S/He jumped again, this happened several times but every time i'd ask him/her to get down, S/He did. Funny/amazing anecdote.


So i stayed with rick one more week. That was so sweet of him to let me stay longer. Anyway, i moved last thursday & stayed with seng until today. He lives in el monte, about 30mn drive from la. We went for a couple of hikes. On friday, we went to that waterfall in the mountains, i think the name is stuvant, or something like that. That was so nice. i swam a bit, but the water was way too cold to stay longer than 15mn i then crashed on a rock, just likelezards do & fell asleep for a little while. i so much like this feeling of waking up after a while in the sun. But it was already shaddy when i opened my eyes.
Saturday we went to the african market, a huge market place with so many things & amazing people. There was the litterature part where i definitely had to hang out! i talked with some interesting people. They have a newspaper that looks pretty good. We talked for almost a hour & i got their 30 hours cd s about capitalism... i'll definitely have to find some time to watch it. By what they were saying, it is really interesting. We were also talking about coalitions & how to reach people. i'm hoping to keep in touch with them. They were very excited about the next protest in la against bush, unfortunately, i won't be in the us anymore since it is on the 5th of october. Anyway, i hope many people join, it has to be huge!!!
Later, i met this guy who works for a painter. i was watching the shirts they were selling, he came talking to me & gave me their card. i was really fascinated by some of the drawings. Eventually, he told me he'd give me one shirt if i wore it during the market & advertise for him; ie, just giving his card & direction to the booth while on the market... hey, i took the shirt & did i'm definitely in love with his work !
There was also this jazzy band, they played a lot of good stuff, but i did not get a chance to know their name. i took some pix of them though, i'll had them later on the album.
Seng & i then left & went for a walk in venice beach. It was pretty nice, some cool people (mainly homeless - such as everywhere) i went in a tattoo shop (there are thousands there!)to ask about their octopus drawwings. i got some good ones. Now i have a better idea of the shape i would give to the one i'd like.
i left el monte this morning. i sort of freaked out when i realized that there was no other way for me to get out of this place then seng's car or hitchikking... i just wanted to get out of there for the day & hang out on some other sides of la... so i left. i found some lockers at union station so my bag is safe. éhéh, the first thing i did once out was SWIMMING... how is that i always find a swimming pool/lake/ocean when i'm out of wack? Well, anyway, i did. This labour day week end seems overcrowded but dead for all the buses, trains, etc... i'll stay downtown until tuesday, then i'll take a train to san diego. At last. i think i've needed it so much & have been waiting for too long. i thought i could stay longer with seng, but my freedom seems more important then anything else. i realize how much i'm hurting people, but freedom is too important to me.
So after i send this email i should head down to union station to get my ticket.
The funny thing is, as soon as i get out of some "prison" -would it be human or physical- i'm feeling completely different & what seemed so necessary before, becomes completely meaningless.

More later
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