Bug Abroad: Home Again, Home Again (Days 8-10)

  Day 8: Homeward. We were loathe to leave San Jose despite the morning gangs’ encouragement to scram. Stretching out our sleepy breakfast as long as possible, we indulged in the morning light, the breakfast of perfection (oh hell yes I ate that yogurt and fruit and banana bread, who do you think I am?), the coffee,…

Bug Abroad: A Slower Side of San Jose (Day 7)

Day 7.1: Gang Wars. As it happens, there is a raging avian gang war in downtown San Jose that is centered around the territory of the Selina San Jose courtyard. Creatures for miles in every direction can hear shouts and arguments between the Sharks and Jets (or whatever the bird gangs are called) claiming victory over…

Bug Abroad: To San Jose (Day 6)

Day 6.1: Packing and Pipa Frija. One final breakfast at the Lizard King as the morning clouds rolled in. All was well-lit, if slightly blued by the new divider between earth and sky. We worked a little, talked a bit, packed our gear. My heart was tempted to sink with the imminent departure from paradise,…

Bug Abroad: Me Color (Day 5)

Thursday was the hottest day of our trip to that point, and the humidity was somewhat oppressive. Still, we had plans and were aiming to misbehave. Ahoy, ahoy. Day 5.1 Breakfast & Prep; or, A New Heat. The day began with our usual work time, coffee, and open-air breakfast. We fueled up and prepared for…

Bug Abroad: Beach Hopping (Day 4)

Miles of beaches to see and lots of flat road. Why not go exploring? Let’s jump right in. Day 4.1: Breakfast & Coffee Naps. You’d think this working breakfast could get boring. Pro tip: it doesn’t. Fresh fruits, breads, pinto gallo, eggs, cereal, and more coffee than you can shake your fist at. Plenty of…

Bug Abroad: Puerto Viejo (Day 3)

Here’s the thing about being someone who tends to get a good deal done each day: your days become longer when you have less to do, so much so that a single day can quickly become several. Case in point: our first full day in Puerto Viejo. Day 3.1: Breakfast. The hotel provides a buffet…

Bug Abroad: To Costa Rica (Days 1 & 2)

I’m writing this from the sitting area at the Lizard King Hotel, a beautiful 2-story space in Puerto Viejo de Telamanca, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We have finally arrived after many months of saving, some careful calendar work, minor bribery of my co-workers to let me escape for a bit, and…

Adventures Away!

Another several months away from blogging, including several months of feeling guilty for not writing. Quite a bit has happened–another show, another move, some emotional turmoil, etc.–but I’ve not written it down. There’s something about writing that scares me. My fear is mostly of my own insufficiency–but I’m a terrible writer! How is writing going…

The Fire Last Time

Four weeks ago my house burned down. Putting this fact in writing is a surreal experience, indeed. After a morning of callbacks and music rehearsal at the theatre, I was ready to head back to my tiny house to relax. The packing of my things was interrupted by a phone call from an unrecognized number: “This…

The #PWN30 Blog

A long day of breakfast, bus travel, finding our AirBnB, festival wandering, and finding our late-arriving compatriot was capped by whiskey and cheesecake at a Portland brew-pub. After a successful #epic29 year around the sun, it was time to admit I was launching into new territory. As with most of my plans, I started with…