Trailer with lettering: BAH DAH

Tag: perseverance

09/05/09 IT’S ALMOST OVER / Roanoke, VA

08/25/09 SURE I CAN DO THAT / Roanoke, VA

06/29/09 CHOCOLATE CAKE IS DELICIOUS / Chicago, IL

06/25/09 STRONG WOMEN ROW TO WIN / Davidson College, NC

06/15/09 EVERY DAY IS A FISHING DAY / VCCA, Amherst, VA

09/16/08 I DON’T WANT TO DIE / Knox College, Galesburg IL

09/13/08 I JUST THANK GOD / Athens, GA

05/07/08 YOU HAVE TO DO IT EVERY TIME YOU CAN’T GET LAZY / Athens, GA

Trailer with lettering: YOU HAVE TO DO IT EVERY TIME YOU CAN’T GET LAZY

04/28/08 I CAN DO ANYTHING FOR 10 DAYS / Decatur, GA

04/22/08 PET THE WOLF RUN FROM THE RAT / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

03/25/08 TRY AGAIN FAIL AGAIN FAIL BETTER / Durham, NC

03/13/08 FINISH THE FOOD / Blue Mountain Center, NY

01/06/08 Melbourne Beach Municipal Parking / Melbourne Beach, FL

After all my bad luck in Florida I stopped in this public parking lot for two hours determined to record at least one mantra. I got three!

01/03/08 At The Top (and the bottom) / Gainesville, FL

It was hard to find foot traffic in Gainesville on public property. The Walmart parking lot was the busiest place in town but operating the trailer would have been soliciting. We recorded a couple of mantras in the parking lot of the 2nd Street Bakery, but the cold and lack of public spaces made Gainesville a bust.

Erika and I spent our last night in Gainesville having a hearty meal at The Top while summing up the trials, errors and triumphs of being on the road. We made plenty of lists, things for the trailer, rules for scheduling work and recovery days, what makes a good location, best weather conditions, requirements for a good hosting situation. I was reminded of a mantra recorded in Durham, TRY AGAIN, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER.

We ended our evening visiting our fascinating host, film maker, Roger Beebe, at his shop, Video Rodeo. Thanks Roger!

See if you can guess the emotional states of mind we reenacted from our Mantra Trailer experience.

photo strip

01/03/08 I CAN DO TODAY WHAT I CAN DO YESTERDAY / Gainesville, FL

explanation

01/01/08 Spaghetti Junction / Atlanta, GA

The Mantra Trailer visits Atlanta but not before getting lost on Spaghetti Junction. The I-85 & I-285 interchange must be an architectural wonder and it’s almost as fun as riding a roller coaster. The mantras used in the video were both recorded in Atlanta. Erika and I set the trailer up in front of the Java Monkey in Decatur on New Year’s Eve day and at a private party in Virginia Highlands on New Year’s Eve. Response to the Mantra Trailer was friendly, curious and diverse. This entry is dedicated to our most marvelous Atlanta host. Thanks Audrey!

12/21/07 Mantra Trailer Trailer – struggle

This is the first of a series of Mantra Trailer Trailers that explore transitional states of being. These spring from personal experience but I hope they will translate well enough in the world. This Trailer reflects the way I feel about undertaking such a huge creative project as the Mantra Trailer.

12/06/07 I CAN GET SICK LATER / Amherst, VA

11/28/07 LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT / VCCA, Amherst, VA

10/21/07 DELTA SPRINGING FROM A RIVERBED / Blue Mountain Center, NY

10/14/07 SOME THINGS TAKE 100 YEARS / United Church of Chapel Hill, NC

09/30/07 DONE IS BETTER THAN GOOD / Blue Mountain Center, NY

09/27/07 NINA NINA NINA / The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH