Coming To America

Jun 23

One year ago today, I crossed the world’s largest undefended border with no intention of returning in the standard 3 to 14 days. The “1″ under the Number of Entries heading on my visa was X’ed out, and as they say, the rest is history.
What a long strange trip it’s been.

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Oh, Happy Day!

Jun 20

Guess what? The samples of our latest issue arrived today. You may, as was John, be thinking, “Yeah, so?” Well, this isn’t just any old issue, it’s my first issue. The one with all my contributions. You just know that I lovingly checked on every ad I designed (despite how painful some of them were) as well as the few editorial pages I worked on.
When my editor called, I let her know they had arrived. “Did you see your name?” she asked, “I was hoping it would be a suprise for you!” My name? My name in the masthead! I hadn’t even thought to look. It was all I could do to stop myself from throwing the phone gleefully into the air. I just wanted to run to her office where I’d laid out the books, so I could see for myself.
It’s not my first masthead credit – I was also credited in the Gay Paper – but this is a beautiful, full color glossy! Go me! So I just had to share.
One more thing… If you love the smell of a new magazine as much as I do, you should know… it smells 27 million times better when it’s your own magazine.

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Texas Turn 0ff

Jun 19

Yesterday I was archiving some photos from a recent photoshoot. They were all beautiful pictures but there was one thing that really bothered me. Many of the photos included pictures of a man dressed in formal attire and flipflops. Granted they were made of leather and probably very expensive, but flipflops none the less.
Here is my problem: flipflops are not shoes. Slapping a piece of leather, rubber or foam under your foot is not the same as putting on a pair of shoes.

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Coming to America: The Prequel

Jun 18

One year ago today, I got my visa. Check back on Monday for a special Coming To America post, detailing my immigration story so far.
And on an unrelated note, K was the only person who bothered to call me on the story about how I got my name. Go back and reread it carefully to determine which details give away the fact that it’s a complete sham.

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Two Can Be as Sad as One

Jun 18

I came across something recently where someone had said they would rather read something interesting every once in a while, than a bunch of irrelevant nonesense 10 times a day. I can’t claim this will be interesting, but at least it’s not 10 times a day.
Saturday I went out for a day on the town with my new Htown friend, K. Yay K! I may not go around broadcasting my friendlessness, but if the truth be told, I haven’t had the easiest time meeting people since I’ve been here. The people in my building are mostly self obsesssed 30-somethings who enjoy things like the Saturday poolside meat market, parking their SUVs in the middle of the street to make out with thier boyfriends and driving through our complex like they own the place. Not exactly my kind of people.

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The Name Game

Jun 12

It should come as no surprise that I am constantly being asked about my name. Dusty is my “real” name, my given name, my Christened name, the name that appears on all my ID. It’s not short for anything, especially not Dustina. If I ever catch you spelling it with an I or IE instead of a Y, I will spurn you like you’ve never been spurned!
Like many of you, I too have wondered why my parents chose to name me Dusty. The number one question about the origin of my name has to be, “Were you named after Dusty Springfield” with “Were your parents cowboys or hippies” coming in a close second.
I was not named after Ms. Springfield.

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Highspeed Internot

Jun 11

One of the lessons I have learned about blogging over the past 2 years is that it’s never a good idea to write about your job. Granted, there are exceptions to this rule, but I know at least 2 people who were fired specifically because of their web journals. This may or may not explain why I have so little to blog about when I’m busy at work. Today, there was another reason…
The past few days I have been losing the battle against the unorganization monster that likes to follow me where ever I go. As a result, things have been a little rocky – even if it’s all in my head. I can deal with this.
What I can’t deal with is spending 5+ hours on the phone with various tech support types because our office internet connection is down. This makes a Dusty very tired and low on patience. Especially when the ISP finally admits that there has been a network outage in our area.
Thanks for wasting my entire day.

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When Monday Lasts a Week

Jun 11

This week has been the worst and each passing day shows no sign of improvement. When I am once again able to say something that isn’t a bitch or a whine, you’ll be the first to hear it.

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Exactitudes

Jun 06

I think the Exactitudes photo project is an incredible idea. Members of the same subculture sporting the same pose demonstrate just how similar we can be in our attempts to be different.
I thought that Andrea would be interested in this – she always has links to interesting projects.
(this link comes courtesy of boing boing)

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Night Rider

Jun 06

Here for your viewing pleasure, some night time photos I took while driving along 59 with John a few weeks ago. Click the images for a larger view.
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