Thanks For Riding L.A. Metro

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Over the last couple of months this Father has been doing the things Fathers and Mother's do for their children.  Making sure they provide their kids with all of the resources they can so that they become successful in life.  Most recently that has meant taking our oldest into Santa Monica twice a week to attend speech class.  Typically this is about a three hour event.  Takes about 35-45 minutes to get there.  It's an hour long class, and then takes about 90 minutes to get home.  

Because of the appointment's close proximity to the Metro station I decided one Spring break afternoon to give the train a try.  We love it.  First off, it's fast.  Fast as hell, and I don't have to worry about driving on highway 405.  Second, it's reasonably priced.  $3.50 roundtrip for the adult passenger.  Lastly, I find it super important for my boys to get exposed to public transportation.  As a child I rode Bart frequently with my parents and I strongly believe that much of my outlook on life has to do with experiencing all that comes with public transportation. 

The boys and I take the Metro into Santa Monica once a week.  While we haven't yet convinced Gaelyn of it's benefits.  We are working on her to step out of her comfort zone and take the train with the boys to class.  Let's give her some positive affirmation!  You can do it G!

(Scroll to the bottom for a little family video I did on the trip).


Missing The Beach

Missing The Beach

This has been the longest we've spent out of the tiny beach town just south of Santa Barbara. As the days grow longer and warmer, we usually start making trips up the coast once or twice a month.  However, due to an awfully long Winter coupled with the natural disasters that hit the area.  We've been sort of stuck in a holding pattern as Summer approaches.  

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

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Our culture today confuses great attention and great success, assuming them to be the same thing. But they are not
— The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

I've recently come to the determination that listening to the news Los Angeles traffic has done very little for my psychological well being.  Instead, I've once again turned to the world of the audiobook, and the first one on my list was one called "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck" by Mark Mason.  

It was a perfect personal compliment and affirmation about how I've started to perceive my life and the world around me.  I've had similar experiences and realizations to that of the author and will probably continue to quote the book for some time.

Don’t just sit there. Do something. The answers will follow.
— -The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

In the book there's a whole chapter dedicated to the "Do Something" principle.  It talks about when the author finally quit his day job and became a self-employed entrepreneur.  Without realizing it, this was something that I also stepped into in May of 2011.

On May 30th, 2011 my wife and I had moved out of our large two bedroom apartment on the West Side of San Francisco, packed up our lives into the back of a U-Haul and moved across the State to try a new start in Los Angeles.

We didn't have jobs, or many prospects at all.  We just needed to make a change and have a swing at it.  There were so many barriers to entry, so many obstacles to overcome.  Yet, I kept telling myself.  Just do something.  Just make something.  Little did I know at the time that this big change for my wife and I would be a pivotal moment in my life.  It would change our trajectory profoundly and led to us ending up where we are today.

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Life is about not knowing, and then doing something anyway.
— The Subtle art of Not Giving a Fuck

Four Barrel Coffee Roasters

I hadn't been to Four Barrel coffee roasters in a few years.  In fact, I hadn't been to the Bay Area in over a year and in February of 2018 I got two go twice.  Which meant a stop in at the old Four Barrel stoping grounds.  We popped in an hour before closing and BOY were they inhospitable.  That didn't bother me though.  I walked away with a cappuccino and two bags of beans to enjoy at home.  Plus they'd changed their packaging which is beautiful on the shelf and showcases different artists on different bags.

I didn't realize that their bags were biodegradable too.  You can pop them in your own personal compost pile.  (If you follow the instructions on the bottom of the bag).  Nice touch!

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Four Barrel Coffee
375 Valencia St,
San Francisco, CA 94103

Temple Coffee Roasters

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This was from our Parents Day Out trip in Sacramento.  We stopped into Temple Coffee Roasters to get a bag of their "Three Pillars" blend.  It's a great place to stop if you're in Sacramento.  Shout out to the TSA agent who had to pull me aside to check my bag and knew by the shape of this bag that it was Temple Coffee Beans.  Ha ha.  Epic!

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1010 9th St,
Sacramento, CA 95814

https://templecoffee.com/

Spearhead Coffee Roasters

I always try and stop in at the General Store when I'm rolling through Paso Robles.  They don't necessarily have a café in the spot.  However, they're always carrying some pretty interesting goods.  The most recent stop in yielded this epic bag of Spearhead Coffee.  Roasted specifically for the General Store in Paso Robles California. 

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841 12th Street
Paso Robles, CA · 93446
(805) 226 5757
http://www.generalstorepr.com/

Berthold City

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Photo: Dan Patrick

I'm not quite sure what possessed me to do such a thing.  But, I have joined a new hardcore punk outfit called Berthold City.  Honestly, it's quite a bit of fun.  My good friend Dennis reached out to me in the later half of last year and said that he was joining a band in Los Angeles and he wanted me to play too.  I said, "Sure, but I want to play bass." In an attempt to have this band be as low impact on my life as I could.  Fortunately, the group that we put together makes it quite fun.  Plus, Andrew the singer spends quite a deal of time writing, recording, and preparing for us to play.  Making this situation pretty much ideal for this time in my life.  Plus I get to get back on a stage, act a fool and release a type of creative energy that I haven't been able to tap into for a few years.

You may wonder, "What's with that name?"  Yah, I did the same thing.  It's the name of the font that was used by all of the 80's Youth Crew and Straight Edge bands.  Making it a pretty meta name, especially if you're into design as well as punk rock and hardcore.  Either way, we're having a good time playing.  We're releasing a new record at the end of this month and we'll be playing four shows on the East coast early in April.  Let me know if you want to come catch us play and say hello.

Buy Merch and Records at: War-Rec.com

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BUY THE RECORD

MOMENT OF TRUTH


The Mill

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Gaelyn and I decided to get wild and hopped a plane up to Davis to go to a friend's baby shower.  We stayed the night, and made a fun trip of it.  The next day we rode metro bikes around Sacramento and checked out a couple different fancy coffee spots.  This was the first, and where we ate breakfast.  A wonderful spot downtown, but a bit on the North Eastern side.  An easy bike ride and plenty of great options to eat.  Plus the art for the beans is wonderful.  

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The Mill

1827 I Street
Sacramento, CA, 95811
United States

https://www.themillsacramento.com/
 

This Is Not A Nice Sport

Wow.  Well, it's been about 2 years since we initially shot and edited this short documentary about an amateur boxer named Cesar Rocha.  Unfortunately I ran into a bit of a problem releasing this for public consumption over the last year or so.  It's too bad, because I thought this was a pretty nice story on a young man that I've grown to know so well over the past 3 or 4 years. 

When I look back on this piece now it feels dated and old.  Mostly because my abilities have progressed over the past few years.  I wish I would've been able to feel comfortable putting this out in the world earlier.  Yet, that's the way it goes sometimes. 

Either way, I hope you enjoy this piece I did just for the passion of story telling.  We didn't make any money on this, in fact, I submitted it to about 10 film festivals, and it only got into one.  Plus I had to pay for the usage of the gym.  So, this is all about the passion for story telling. 

Hope you enjoy.

Patches On Swiss Army Blankets

Here's a little fatherhood post for you that may have been missing that from me over the past, oh I dunno.  Year maybe?

A while back I picked up these replica Swiss Army Blankets from Amazon.  I liked the wool vibe and gave the room a bit of an outdoorsy feel.  The best part is these were not super expensive.  Which isn't always the case when talking about wool blankets.

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Over the past few years our family has been collecting these iron-on-patches from different trips, friends or occasions.  We hadn't really come up with a great idea for how to display them or in a way in which we'd have the opportunity to enjoy them for years and years.

I'd come up with the idea of putting them on the wool blankets.  Naturally my wife wasn't super sold on the idea, so I had to take matters into my own hands and iron them on myself.  
I liked the offset vibe of the patches giving it a bit of an off-center vibe and channeling a militaristic or Boy Scout style aesthetic.

Now here's to hoping they don't rip off during the night. 

2017: Year In Review

This year started and ended with a bang. Like any year previous, two thousand and seventeen wasn’t without it’s inevitable disappointments.  Personally and professionally I experienced incredible triumphs and dealt with catastrophes.  Yet, the year in a whole was nothing short of large strides forward.  We traveled more this year than in the previous two or three.  We  had the chance to completely remodel our entire backyard from scratch.  We spent a lot of time outside enjoying adventures in the world that surrounds us. Elliot started preschool and we have begun the exhaustive search for Kindergarten. We have let go of the weight that has been dragging us down and tried our best to attach ourselves to situations, places and people that  make us feel good.  There is much more to take care of in the coming years, and two thousand seventeen has set us on the correct path forward. I was able to accomplish many of the creative project’s I had wanted to do this year and I want to thank those of you who have been following along on my professional and personal journey.  Although I am still trying to figure out the best way for my “Jenkins Family Stories” series to exist in the world.  I appreciate those of you who have kept up with us throughout those changes and adjustments.  I look forward to many more mutually meaningful conversations with you in the new year. 

 

In another post I’ll write and two establish some goals for 2018, but for now let’s look back and laugh at the last three hundred and sixty five days. 

 

Thank you for another year

 

John Jenkins and The Jenkins Family

Babylon LA & Trash Talk

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A Letter To Old Friends,

I'm mind blown.  I'm beyond impressed.  I'm so unbelievably proud to have known you for many years, and watch what you've done creatively.  I know so much time has passed by since we were close.  You may not take much stock in what this old father of two children has to say.  My opinion may mean very little.  Yet, I've always watched the moves you guys have made and the directions you've taken all of your creative endeavors.  I'm proud.  And I will forever be impressed.  

Love,
John Jenkins (eightclip)

Cognoscenti Coffee

I've been to Cognoscenti Coffee probably a hundred times.  I had always thought of them as a coffee curation café.  They find some different, new, desirable bean.  Then they serve it to their customers as a taster of what that coffee roaster has to offer.  It's a fun way to enjoy different beans from around the world.  However, apparently over the past year or so, they've started to roast their own bean right here in Los Angeles.  

Typically, I bought a bag just to try it out.  It's a light roast, and it sits right on top of your tongue. It reminds me a lot of a Ritual Coffee roast, which isn't necessarily my favorite, but it'd do the trick.  I'm just glad to have another Los Angeles coffee roaster.  Take Flight, Cognoscenti Coffee, and a few others.  I'm going to do my best to seek out more Los Angeles local coffee roasters.

Cognoscenti Coffee
6114 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Santos Beans

Santos Beans

If you read this blog you're probably also aware that the family and I spent some time in Los Cabos Mexico this Summer.  While we were visiting we took a day drive up the coast to Todos Santos which was probably our best experience the whole trip.  We found a little 3rd-Wave spot in Todos Santos and had a cup of coffee and I couldn't pass up a bag of beans.