Over the past month, the rate with which I met up and reconnected some vital links, connected with new ones and generally just vibes with good heads was astounding! I've got a literally global crew that I am fortunate to be able to chop it up with on a rather normal basis. That got me to contemplating about the importance of authentic (but unforced) communication & politicking, because truly my peoples are really my folks. Sure collaboration happens and work gets done, but I rarely accept invitations to meet up for work. I'd much rather link and stay aware of what precipitates. It's a process that is crucial to developing culture, making moves and staying plugged into the constant ebb & flow of culture and subculture. Figured I'd shout a few of them out and say thanks for the springboard to some very interesting things in the RDQLUS sphere.
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(1) Shawn Rediger aka "Bad Mutha Flusha" is the homie. Eclectic, free-spirited, intelligent and always bringing it full-force, he's also the keeper of the neighborhood oasis. if you've been around our way and spent a few minutes at the "pirate cove" or "the peninsula" then you know what I speak of. (2) Luke Bolin is my fellow "excited about everything" dude. If I have an idea or something to chat about, a quick sip of early-morning coffee with Luke creates a storm of "Yes!" and "Oh, that reminds me… ," and "Did you ever think about… ?" Picking that brain definitely produces more than bargained for–not to mention he's an all around good cat. (3) Brad Douglas aka "B. Dougie" is the owner and craftsman behind "Reify Design"—a custom industrial design & furniture outfit. but Brad and I get together to do a brain dump about once a week, usually spurred by an assumptive text message from B. saying, "So… 8:30am or you need until 9?" C'mon, B.—you know I need 'til 9:30 to be functionally coherent, dawg. But I'm always down! (4) Brent Crampton always hits me on Facebook to touch base and recruit my support for things he's doing at his constant social cauldron, "House of Loom." But he knows I'm all in, because Crampton & I go back to the days before electronic music was popularized as "EDM," and we DJ'ed in dark, dank, lost and hidden dance floors, just trying to experience the energy of life through beats & sounds. The fact that he established a spot that supports the vibe, and the culture of sharing cultures is a source of pride for me, as a former counterpart on the 1s & 2s. Plus that, his "heyyyy girrrrrl" face is pure hilarity!
Who are some of your favorite peeps to politick with? Who's in your crew? How often do you meet with the purpose of meeting and not so much to trade anything other than dialog?