7.25.2010

JUST COME FROM THE LAND OF THE SUN












Haiti:

- "Nothing is ever boring in Haiti…"
- Drying laundry on razor wire works really well.
- People living in tents on top of the pancaked rubble of their old house.
- Definitely the largest number of loaded firearms I have been surrounded by on a continual basis.
- Exploring an abandoned ice factory.
- It's universal: kids love having their photo taken.
- Eating pig skin (not good).
- Spicy peanut butter.
- Constantly being shocked at how expensive everything is.
- When your windshield wipers don't work, rub soap on it. It acts like a poor man's rain-x.
- Driving through Jacmel in a torrential downpour that turned all the streets to rivers about mid-calf deep.
- Squeezing around a fresh rockslide in the mountains.
- The wheel of our vehicle falling off while climbing winding mountain roads, in the fog and rain, with a perpetually fogged windshield. We had to find a rock to fix it.
- Starting to believe the oft-repeated statement by our host: "In Haiti, nothing is easy."
- Demolishing the remains of an injured older man's wrecked house and clearing the foundation so it can be used to erect another shelter. We use the rubble for the foundation and back-fill for our dome construction.
- While demolishing the wrecked house, part of a wall falls on a girl's leg and narrowly avoids crushing it. Bad scrapes and massive bruising follow.
- Sledgehammer blisters.
- Seeing murals with a Voodoo priestess, Jesus, and St. George killing a dragon/snake draws some interesting parallels.
- A small child being really scared of us, having never seen white people before.

Learn some Creole (all spellings are phonetic):
- "Blan" = Whitey (Blanc).
- "Muy pa parle Creole" = I don't speak Creole.
- "Muy parle Anglis" = I speak English.
- "Merci Bocu" = Thank you very much.
- "Bonjour" = Good morning.
- "Bonswa" = Good day.
- "Trie bin" = Very good.
- "Sac Pase" = What's up?
- "Como au reale" = What's your name?
- "Say mem neu memna" = We are the same.



MP3:

• Iron & Wine - Love Vigilantes

A band's place at last.

7.20.2010

DUST & MUD












Haiti:

- A common response: "T.I.H." = This is Haiti.
- Burning tires along pitch black roads.
- Swarms of stray dogs scattering around garbage piles.
- Going through the "Red Zone" by the port at night.
- Wrecked remains of tap tap trucks and school buses scattered alongside the roads.
- Just solid black at night. Tiny spots of candle light every so often.
- Occasional waves of stench hit you like thick air.
- Roads cracked from the earthquake, others washing away and turning into small streams in the rain.
- Tent city after tent city, but with a lot of them vacant.
- Driving that surpasses Indonesia in it's chaotic fluid lawlessness.
- Seeing the wrecked presidential palace surrounded by teeming tent cities.



MP3:

• Tom Waits - Bone Chain

A band's place at last.

7.18.2010

HARD AS NAILS












Photos from Port au Prince.

I recently left for Haiti to work on a sustainable building project as part of Konbit Shelter. We are currently based in Leogane and building in the rural community of Barriere Jeudi. I am working in part on the group's website and blog, where you can follow our progress. We will be here for a month, with the hope to fundraise enough to come back in the winter and expand the project.



MP3:

• Peter Wolf Crier - Hard As Nails

A band's place at last.

7.08.2010

I'M A BAD MAN, BUT I'M TOO GOOD FOR YOU







Photos of the Oblivians performing at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, one of my favorite bands. 



MP3:

The only song so good it's been posted on here twice.

• Oblivians - Bad Man

A band's place at last.

7.06.2010

I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD







Photos from the "Escape From New York" bike race.



MP3:

• The Queers - Fuck The World

A band's place at last.

7.04.2010

BIG EXPLOSIONS TO WARD OFF THE MONSTERS



A great view of the stunning NYC fireworks display. . . on the OTHER side of Manhattan.



MP3:

• Lissie - Pursuit Of Happiness (KiD CuDi Cover)

A band's place at last.