Today’s blog kicks off a little theme. I put my film into pre-production, production and post-production all in March of 2010 and wrapped it all up by the end of March 2011. In that time I amassed all sorts of different materials. All the materials were spread throughout my office downtown and my home in Encinitas. Then one day I was walking home from the beach with my family when we passed a yard sale. The lady had a huge Sony camera box for sale. We haggled and agreed on $5. I thought I overpaid and she acted like I was ripping her off. Either way I left with a huge camera box, sans camera of course. My wife asked what I planned on doing with an empty box? What I did was put all the tapes, notebooks, DVD test burns and every other scrap of paper I save to make Career Courier in that box. For the next two weeks I will be discussing the little and big things it took to make my longest film to date.

Since todays video blog is an introduction to the next two weeks, I thought I would just post some of my favorite random pictures I have collected on the way in the making of Career Courier.

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no parking... unless you ride a bike. Then park wherever you want.

While cars are limited to many restrictions as to when and where they are allowed to parks bikes have very few if any of these limitations. All you need is a pole or rail and you are most likely good to go. I’m always surprised at how many people want to know, “but where do you park your bike?” I know they really aren’t asking “where” messengers park there bikes. What they are really asking is this, “I know if I road my bike down here I wouldn’t want it stolen and I can’t think of anywhere downtown I would want to lock my bike and leave for even five minutes.” But I don’t go there, I just smile and point at a pole or parking meter and tell them that messengers rarely leave their bike in one spot for long enough to draw attention. That is usually good enough to put them at ease.

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I think we all get a little busy at times and forget to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. By going by bike/foot you really are forced to see more things on a daily basis at a slower pace. The secret is appreciating them. This is one of the wonderful statues downtown in front of 401 B street, home of my very first delivery in 2000.

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