The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13 (I know I’m a day late) “Andy Irons Day”. I didn’t know Andy or even surf enough to be considered a surfer. But last month I was in Kauai on the north shore which is where Andy made his home. One of the things that I noticed was all the makeshift memorials in his honor—I saw dozens but I suppose if you really look hard there are probably five times that amount. Most of them were surfboards tied to trees or rocks where the people said their last goodbye to their brother (brah as the locals say).
It’s been a crazy and fun 2011 so far. This is the first week I’ve been able to settle down and catch up in my office. Since Christmas, we’ve gone to Palm Springs, New York City, Salt Lake City, Park City, San Francisco, San Rafael, Bodega Bay and Kauai. We’ve logged thousands of miles by air, auto and train (NYC subway). You would think we were either sponsored by Chevy or the CIA as our convoy of Suburbans made it’s way around each city shuttling about 20 crew and clients—my producer probably has enough Hertz rewards points to rent any car for free for about a month. Here’s a shot I took near the end of our travels just before reentering reality.
A couple weeks ago I went to New York City again for another client meeting. I took the exact same flights as in my last trip to NYC. Consequently that put me in the Big Apple for about 19 hours, again. I got into Manhattan at about 10PM and left the next day by 5PM. I haven’t spent much time in NYC so when I do go I am such a tourist (insert geeky picture of me walking around with camera glued to my face). So much so that I nearly missed my flight this time since I decided at the last minute to go up to the top of the Empire State Building. Most of these shots are very documentary-like and I can imagine looking at them in 50 years and marveling at the way the city used to look.
The week after Christmas, we took a little family vacation/road trip to the desert. My kids call it Radiator Springs. My son was very excited that I was “not going on vacation by yourself again.”