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L.A. Story

*Disclaimer: The following, like all of the stories I write about, is true. The true story of a vagabond. That includes the grit, the dirt, the sex and the drugs. I have changed some of the details (ie. names, etc.) to protect the "guilty". Then again, who's really...

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A Road Traveled

PART ONE TJANDIKESUMA, BALI, INDONESIA - I am wakened by the sound of roosters just before six in the morning. They have been crowing intermittently for about an hour or so. My brain has lost the ability to ignore it. I am now awake. As whatever dream I may have had...

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Ogoh-Ogoh

BALI, INDONESIA - The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings (especially humans). The forms of Ogoh-ogoh represent the Bhuta-Kala (Bhuta: eternal...

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Intertwined

HOUSTON, TX - In the summer of 2014 I was involved with a major project with Houston Arts Alliance. Thanks in large part to Angel Quesada, I was hired to take photographs for the promotions and major exhibits for Stories of a Workforce (celebrating 100 years of the...

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Bali Randomness

BALI, INDONESIA -  5 a.m. I wake up abruptly. I'm not sure what woke me but the constant crowing of the roosters in the yard adjacent to the house where I slept is what kept me awake. Me and my buddy Roger, a mother black cat, both stretched simultaneously. Roger has...

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Enter Indo

BALI, INDONESIA - Here I go again. This is my 3rd trip to Bali in the past three years. I can't help it. This place is magical. It always cleanses my soul every time I return. The word Ubud actually means (medicine). Its a place of healing. This time around I have...

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World Music Show

HOUSTON, TX - A few months ago I had the pleasure of getting to hear the musical selections of Erika Payán Zanetti aka DJ EPZ at the Project Row Houses in 3rd Ward at the "Wards in Color Show" From that moment on we became friends via Facebook. I was fortunate enough...

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London Bridges (parts 3 & 4)

Part III: Journey LONDON, UK - Its morning. Before I can open my eyes I am awakened to the sounds of travelers. The distinct sound of grooved plastic wheels from luggage rolling across the marvel floor; the sounds of boisterous laughs as children burn up their...

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London Bridges (Parts 1 & 2)

Part I: Take Flight HOUSTON, TX - A few months ago I was invited out to attend a festival. Nothing out of the ordinary save for this time it was in the Netherlands. Solar is a four day festival out in the woods from my understanding. I have been wanting to come to...

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Rock Baby Rock It Car Show

HOUSTON, TX - Rarely do I get my haircut on a Saturday. The lines are long and who wants to spend 1-2 hours in a barbershop on a Saturday? I wasn't sure if I could make it on Tuesday before my next adventure so I found myself walking over to Big Kat's Barbershop &...

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Folklore Films Festival

HOUSTON, TX - This past Saturday evening I found myself a little restless and a bit hungry. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but I needed to leave my flat. I ordered some tacos from Tacos a Go-Go a few blocks away. One of the perks of living in the city is...

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MFAH Mixed Media Event (June 27th)

HOUSTON, TX - Way too often I get wrapped up inside of my little cocoon of projects and I don't get to participate in the happenings of fellow artisans. This was not one of those nights. I've missed the past I don't know how many MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts Houston)...

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3rd Annual Summer Street Arts Festival

2500 SUMMER ST - For the past two years it has been rumored that there is an awesome party over at 2500 Summer Street every summer. I missed them both due to traveling. This year I was able to catch the festivities in all of its summer glory. Not living far from the...

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Pitching In

CANAL ST. STUDIOS - If you read my previous post this week (Vietnam Vets) you'd know all about Stephanie Gonzalez & Julie Worsham project. These power girls are spending six weeks here in Houston completing artwork on wooden panels that will one day grace the many...

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Night Riders

2ND WARD, HOUSTON, TX - Every other Tuesday there is a night bicycle ride organized by Cutthroat that takes riders through parts of central Houston. Its fun, its exhilarating and it requires a bit of stamina. These treks are usually around 4 hours long. Starting at...

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Vietnam Vets

EADO - I get a text on Friday afternoon from one of my favorite people: "Want to come help on east side? Wear dirty clothes and catch a ride if so, lol...but sort of fun just need help. Jamming out" That's Jules in all of her texting charm. Weeks earlier she alerted...

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Sitting on the Iron Throne

Game of Thrones is the shit! One of my favorite shows of ALL-TIME is "Game of Thrones"! I always wondered what I'd do if I became king of Westeros and sat upon the Iron Throne. Wonder no more. If you like then click the LIKE button and share w/your #GoT...

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The League: Elite Training Facility

HOUSTON, TX - I recently got to visit and sit down with none other than the positive, enthusiastic and enigmatic Terry "the Trainer" Williams at his new training facility The League located on 2905 Rusk St. I've know Terry for a few years and was honored to have the...

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The Space Ball (Fresh Arts Gala)

Being an event photographer for Byejoe spirits definitely has it's perks. One of those perks lately was being able to attend the Space Ball Gala put on by Fresh Arts. People often say that there is nothing to do in Houston. These folks obviously must hang in the wrong...

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Nitecicles

Caught this freezing rain at 4:25 am that produced icicles on my patio. I figured there'd be a cool bokeh effect from the city in the...

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Project Row Houses: Wards in Color

Friday I was invited out by Lee Carrier to see Wards in Color (co-curated by Troy Gooden and Angel Quesada). It was the closing reception blowout with collaborative artists of the space: Wiley Robertson Lee Carrier Ignacio Sanchez Art by Angel Quesada Troy Julian...

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Couch Surfing: Day One

So far 2014 is poised to be an exciting year for me. I've locked down some steady work. There are some exciting projects I'm working on currently. Plus, I will be involved in a couple of film projects in front and behind the camera very soon. Not to mention there is a...

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NYC

"Start spreadin' the news..." I thought I'd share my 1st New York trip with the world... enjoy! Day 1: The Arrival August 13th, 2008. I haven't slept purposely so that I can sleep on the plane. It helps me reduce the anxiety of flying. Its about 9 a.m. and my plane...

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Bali Adventures 2: Day & Night

UBUD, BALI - There are many factors that characterize the places you've been. Like the distinctive smells that dwell in the New York City subways or the sight of 50's era cars riddling Cuba's streets. Just like I will always remember the sweet taste of orange squash...

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Bali Adventures 2: The Arrival

LOS ANGELES - Its morning. The sun's sublime light is peering through my window adorning my face with 50 million year old photons giving me the energy I would need for this long journey of mine. Called room service the night before so they would would wake me in fear...

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Bali Adventures 2: Tiger’s Eye

LOS ANGELES - It has been roughly 16 months since I was last in LA on my way back from Bali, Indonesia. The trip that has forever changed my life mentally, physically and for the most part spiritually. A lot has happened in the time since I left that wondrous island....

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NEIM’s Bali Adventure: The Heart of Bali

KUTA BEACH - Its 6:30am in the morning. I wake suddenly. I peer over at the adjacent bed to find Desirae sleeping soundly propped up on a mountain of pillows with a mouth open so wide you could fit an entire danish in it. Perhaps it is what she was dreaming about. I...

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NEIM’s Bali Adventure: Lost and Found

JAKARTA - This story physically starts off in Jakarta, Indonesia, but technically it really started June 24th 2011 in Warrenton, Virginia. I was attending the grand opening and Anti-Gravity master  training at the Vertical Girl Fitness Studio in Virginia. My good...

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One Man Without A Home, The Other Without A Heart.

On a warm summer night in downtown Chicago an encounter takes place between one man without a home, the other without a heart. The forecast a day before predicted thunderstorms the entire day, 90% chance of seeing rain in fact. To everyone's surprise the entire...

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Kick-A-Cue

I want to do something different for my birthday (May 3rd) so I decided to have a Kick-A-Cue (Kickball + Barbecue). I came up with the idea one night while Tweeting @KPisfabuleux when she was talking about Kickball. I remembered how fun it was to play kickball way...

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Laser Tag: Black Ops

Saturday night, as @JaDoreBrook would say, the "N Crowd" decided to change it up a little. Instead of the usual going out drinking (we still had a couple of drinks) we went out and played Laser Tag. We themed it ALL BLACK EVERYTHING. Since... it has been dubbed......

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Daisy May’s BBQ USA & the Itis

Daisy May's BBQ in New York was introduced to me by my homey Hasan. He told me the beef ribs were super big and super good... I had to go see what was up being from Texas and all. So... the here are the ribs... Before I could get into my Dino Rib I noticed a dude who...

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HoliDaZed House (MANSION) Party Pictures

[hidepost] WoW!! I must give props to my fellow hosts and hostesses: Brandye & Crystal, Brandon & Lorielle, Cedric, Jerrel, & Natashia. Great job everybody! We pulled off an incredible party and made it totally free for the masses! That's free good food,...

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Athletic Challenge (Game Tape)

Finally its here! The entire footage of the 1st game. You must be registered to view this content though. Its Free and fast so just do it real quick if you're not already logged in. [hidepost]This game was for all the marbles which include bragging rights. The other...

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New York, New York

"Start spreadin' the news..." I thought I'd share my 1st New York trip with the world... enjoy! Day 1: The Arrival August 13th, 2008. I haven't slept purposely so that I can sleep on the plane. It helps me reduce the anxiety of flying. Its about 9 a.m. and my plane...

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Protected: Crazy Week!

I haven't really had the time to unload on my blog lately, but I think I found a good reason to do so. I've had the most unusual week. Instead of the Alpha and the Omega it felt as though the Omega came first. (Pondering)... How can I really tell the story without...

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Porcelain Prince

Wow... its been a minute since I have written anything on my blog, but somehow my stats are up (go figure). Where should I start? Been busy this month. I've had project after project which is good. I have been goin out a little too much which is bad I guess. I've had...

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I’ve Been Published.

Albeit it is a small publication, I have been published nonetheless. I wrote an article in the Fort Bend Star for Bangkok Chef (restaurant). They published it in their paper. Its kinda neat. Those who know me and my future plans with writing know that this is a tiny...

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What happens in Texas…

(Some names and locations have been substituted to protect the guilty) This story proves that I fly through life by the seat of my pants. I just love it when things happen (good things) to me or I end up in a place that I could not have predicted 24 hours prior to....

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I’m a Delegate!

Who would have thought? NEIM a delegate? Not me. A year ago I was probably the main advocate for all things anti-government. I was so disenfranchised with the entire process it made me want to move to another country. Over the summer though, I caught wind of this guy...

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Good Friday, Good Weekend!

What up people?! I haven't blogged in over a month! Had one great weekend though, followed by a really good week so I am in a writing mood.Friday was [hidepost]the start. If I'm to be technical I should start around midnight Friday morning. I was up working on various...

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Phi Phi Island Video

Our video compliment to our Phi Phi Island adventure! [hidepost] [flv width="450" height="300"]http://muzzlewump.com/Thailand/phiphi.flv[/flv] [/hidepost]

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Vegetarian Festival Video

[hidepost] [flv width="450" height="300"]http://muzzlewump.com/Thailand/vegetarianfestival2007.flv[/flv] You might need a fast connection to view this one homey! Instructions: If you're having trouble viewing press play and then pause it immediately for about 30...

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On the Level

Since the title of my blog is "Life with NEIM" I guess I owe you this one. Tonight was ecstatic! It was [hidepost]my home-boy's birthday tonight, so that was reason enough to party! I called up my Yassmin, my connect at Level to see what was up. She told me that the...

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Touring Thailand: Day Nine

Day Nine: Damn, its been so long I had to read my last entry! Lets see, where did I leave off... Oh yeah... the Party in Patong. After a long[hidepost]eventful night it became morning very quickly. It was check out time at the Karon Princess Hotel. We were all very...

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Protected: Party in Patong! (Select Subscribers Only)

This post is about telling the candid story of what really goes down in the nightlife! You are being let into the wild stuff. If you're reading this than that means you are one of the chosen few. Not all subscribers get this, so please be discrete. Thank You. The...

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Touring Thailand: Day Eight

PLEASE REGISTER TO MY BLOG Day Eight:Finally we all get a well deserved good night of sleep. We slept so long we almost missed breakfast. Good thing KB is the responsible one. He got us up in time to chow down on those good omelets and rice. Kwan was all smiles as we...

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Touring Thailand: Day Seven

Day Seven: We wake up very early this morning. We are going on an expedition to Phi Phi Island. This Island has been used in a couple of movies and is considered to have one of the top 10 beaches in the entire world. We eat breakfast and wait on our driver to arrive...

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Touring Thailand: Day Six

Refreshed we go down and eat breakfast. Afterwards we decided to walk down the beach to shop, use the phone and visit the ATM. Nick stops off first to look at some stuff in this collection of tents that form this little shopping area. KB goes down further to find a...

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Touring Thailand: Day Five

Day Five: KB was feeling pretty frisky I guess because he woke us up at like 6:45am to go and eat breakfast. Good thing we went to sleep early. Surprisingly we were the first people down to eat breakfast. There was rice, pancakes, all kinds of fruit, cereal, some nice...

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Touring Thailand: Day Four

Day Four: I am rudely awakened by my comrades down the hall telling me that we are leaving for Kosami very soon by way of train. I’m workin on like 3-4 hours sleep from the previous 2 days combined. After about an hour of prep time we leave out and grab some Subway...

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Touring Thailand: Day Three

Day Three: What a night. The Thailand nightlife seen is crazy! I was told that this was the transvestite capital of the world. I would have to concur. Some of these shemales are painfully obvious, but quite a few are pretty good knock-offs of women. Lets see, this day...

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Touring Thailand: Day Two

Day Two: Now we boarded the Thai Plane around 4:30pm Japan time which is around 2:30am Houston. BTW, it was Tuesday afternoon! Our flight to Bangkok, Thailand was a 6 hour flight. Unlike the Continental, flying coach in Thai Airlines is like flying 1st class in the...

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