May 28, 2008

7:55 AM
Good morning!! I'm drinking Guayaki Yerba Mate. Do you know what that is? They were the only company to sponsor us on our 2005 bike ride. Remember that event? The sponsorship was basically giving us a bunch of free tea. Better than nothing, but since that point I've been a huge supporter and now I'm hooked. It's a bit on the expensive side for tea, but it's really good and good for you.

I drove to Santa Barbara yesterday morning. Leaving at 10 AM, I realized this is the first time I've driven more than 2 hours in the last 4 years. Total miles:300
Since it's a business trip, I get reimbursed for the miles I drive. The current 2008 mileage reimbursement is $.505/mile. So round trip, I got paid $303. Yeah, I realize it's my own company paying me back, but still a good deal don't you think? It's tough driving for 4.5 hrs by yourself. I forgot to bring music to listen to and shuffling between bad talk radio and static on the dial made for an even longer drive. So 9 hrs total round trip. But that's life eh?

I was doing a lecture at UC SANTA BARBARA. Here's the advertisement.
MIKE PARK: Punk, Activism, and Asian Man Records
Co-Sponsored by EOP Asian Resource Center & A.S. Finance Board
Tuesday, May 27, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
SRB Multipurpose Room

At 4 PM, I sat alone in that room with one staff member and then at around 4:10 PM one student came hurrying in wearing a Bruce Lee Band shirt. I had wondered and at that point kind of hoped that I would be completely shut out. What would it be like to have nobody show up for this empowering engagement? Ahhhh, but now there was one person, so I saddled up on a chair and started talking to him. Two more staff members arrived and then three more students. A grand total of 7 people. Two of the students left half way through and now there were 5. It was really more of a Q & A amongst one staff member who had readied himself for dead air, which would have been all there was if he hadn't researched my storied career and therefore asking questions to keep the flow going.

To be honest, it was fun. But embarrassing at the same time. Whenever you have a low turnout for anything whether it be music, lecture, or even a party you are throwing. You want a good turnout. The the gentleman who invited me(JOSEPH)seemed satisfied enough to say "Let's bring you back in the fall". Really? Ok.. Sounds good to me. I would think that a disinterested turnout would equate to never bringing me back, but HOORAY if I get to go back. I like playing colleges, so hopefully I can double my draw next time. WOOP WOOP!!
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