Happy Holidays 2018

2018 Memories
2018 Memories

2018 Memories

Happy Holidays 2018

Family, Friends, and online strangers passing by,

Happy Holidays. I think I’ve said this before about previous years, but 2018 has been a hell of a year, both good and not so good. Hard to believe that it’s been 10-years since I first left Long Beach and now I’ve bought a place in Las Vegas. Also second year in a row my robotics team is going to compete in the championships. There’s been more music, more adventures, more conversations, more goodbyes and more time wondering what’s next. Thank you for being there. I am hopeful that this next year is going to give us more opportunities to enjoy each other’s company and journey. All my love, jbb

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Looking for Creagan McConnell: The Man and The Myths [1994 documentary]

Looking for Creagan McConnell: The Man and The Myths [1994 documentary]

1994 Looking For Creagan McConnell-VHS coverIn 1994 my best friend, Creagan McConnell, announced that he was going to move to Arizona to help his folks build their home. I produced the following video, with the help of many others, to share at his going away party. A second video (posted at the bottom of the page) was also created featuring comments from friends and family who attended the going away party. As should be evident from the content and spirit of the videos, over the years we had a lot of fun together. Rest-in-Peace, my friend, you will never be forgotten.

Filmed on location in Tustin, Mission Viejo, Fashion Island & Anaheim, California in 1994 Video cameras supplied by Tim Booth & Paul Quinby; Additional video equipment by Ben & Josie Bustillos background music: Andy Summers “The Golden Wire” Level 42 “Running in the Family” and James Taylor “Fire and Rain” from the “James Taylor (LIVE)” Theme music: “Island Party” courtesy Smartsound Music at http://smartsound.com

The Producer also wishes to thank: Jennifer Jackson, Don & Margie McConnell, Mich & Paul Quinby, Matt Bustillos, Ben & Josie Bustillos, The Eggers family, Merrilee Harper, Kathie Glassmeyer, Denise Valverde, Kay Streppone & Marie Jones for subjecting themselves to the camera’s gaze and the interviewer’s probing questions; and, of course, Creagan Edward Charles “Rufus” McConnell for leaving his doors unlocked and for living such an “interesting” life. Written, Produced and Edited by Joe Bustillos

Come Against The Rain

This video began as a 8mm film, originally consisting of mostly “dying” scenes Creagan and I filmed in 1971. Over the course of two years it became a Western about two reluctant pioneers, Chuck & Rufus, heading to San Francisco in the years after the Civil War.

Starring Creagan McConnell as Rufus Joe Bustillos as Chuck Matt Bustillos as Clarence Hush Dave Thompson as Street Fighter Pepuce as the killer dog Filmed on 8mm by Creagan McConnell, Joe Bustillos and Dave Thompson Written, Produced and Directed by Creagan McConnell and Joe Bustillos 1971/1972, 1994 & 2015 versions Edited by Joe Bustillos 1994 version Written by Joe Bustillos Filmed on Location in Mission Viejo, CA 1971/1972 Video soundtrack: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Woodstock,” “Country Girl,” & “Deja Vu” from “Deja Vu” Theme music: “Copelandesque” courtesy SmartSound Music at http://smartsound.com

The Producers wish to thank: Don McConnell & Ben Bustillos for letting us transform their backyards into the Post-Civil War American frontier, Don McConnell for original use of the camera and “building supplies,” Margie McConnell & Josie Bustillos for looking the other way while we jumped off their roofs and through their plants.

Looking for Creagan McConnell: The McConnell Send-Off Interviews, March 19, 1994

Back from CA

It’s more than a few days since my last real posts (beyond travel pix). Understandably, I had very mixed feelings about the trip. But as the Southern California sojourn progressed I gained more and more a sense of closure and purpose, such that I was ready to get back to Florida by trip’s end. A couple trip “highlights”:

  • Reconnecting with so many relatives & friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in decades,
  • In honor of my late sister, watching a movie with family followed by a couple pitchers of beer and conversation like we used to,
  • SoCal specific foods: Don Ruben’s breakfast burrito, Jamba Juice & many trips to In-n-Out Burger (yum),
  • Getting a chance to spend time with several very close friends who have stood by me through many a travail,
  • Spending several days with mum and getting a chance to record a video with her talking about family photos and stories.

Part of the “coming back” process has been working through prioritizing the things that are important to me. Writing, photography, music, teaching, work, getting healthy, oh yeah and the social life… Where does one begin? My previous MO was to try to do it all, all at once. Thinking about it now, I have to admit that going at things that way always led to me eventually doing the opposite of doing it all, all at once: doing only one or two things with no consistency and definitely no sense of satisfaction. So I guess I’m going to be more realistic pacing myself so that I can actually enjoy myself instead of running to exhaustion. I don’t know how this will directly effect my blog, but I do know that I want to write much more substantial articles instead of posting “something” because I haven’t posted over the past five-days. This is obviously a work in progress… Onward and upward.

Many Thanks Indeed 2011 – Reissued

Originally posted 11/25/2011

This time last year I was spending a conspiratorial week traveling from Orlando to Southern California and then up to Northern California and back with my brother and his bride-to-be to do their wedding. It was meant to be in secret for reasons that escape me at the moment but the plot had been uncovered by older sister Kathie earlier in November, resulting in a lot of hurt feelings and a lot of shrugged shoulders from moi and brother Matt. Family. I guess the secrecy was an ill-fated attempt to keep things simple, and given all of the little elements Marty planned for our few days in Northern California, it wouldn’t have been possible to pull it off given the huge entourage any family event tends to create for us Bustilloses. Ack. We say that we believe in Family but the belief is a lot more manageable in theory than the real thing when planning a four-day adventure/wedding get-a-way in Sonoma.

One full-day was spent slowly creeping through Southern California traffic resulting in a 10 P.M. arrival in Sonoma, with a 6 A.M. call to meet at the front-desk the next day, which happened to be Thanksgiving. Ugh turn oh-my-god when we were driven out to an open field where two giant hot-air balloons were being prepared to take us and those others gathered aloft over a cold but sun-drenched Napa Valley. Once we were back on earth we were treated to a hearty breakfast buffet, which required naps when we got back to the bed-and-breakfast. The day ended with a Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Napa Wine Train.

It had pretty much been a perfect day with a good measure of adventure, beautiful sights, family and wine-induced reflection. So, a number of co-workers had been sending Thanksgiving emails and there were still some family tension over the “secret wedding,” all of which led to the following email sent to co-workers, family and friends:

Subject: Many Thanks Indeed 

Date: November 25, 2010 10:48 PM 

T-Day On the wine train in Napa. OMG I ate way too much. I thought, before I drop into a over-eating induced coma, that I’d drop y’all a line. I just wanted to share how thankful I am that I get to work everyday with some of the most dedicated, brilliant, creative and funny people I’ve ever known. I know that there have been more than a few times over the past year when I’ve been a little too quick with the quip or verbal jab and with the double load I haven’t always entertained the most positive attitude or disposition. I apologize for not giving y’all the support or attention that y’all deserve. I’ll strive to do better, but more than that, I just want to say thanks for being there for me and for making me feel like an important part of a fascinating family. Happy Thanksgiving, xo, jbb 

You know what’s changed in the past year? Well, no secret wine-train wedding ceremonies for me this year. That was fun. Sadly I still haven’t been as connected with my work-team as I’ve been in the past and tend to spend too much time with my nose to the grindstone and not enough enjoying the journey. Ack. Well, one thing that’s changed: I’ve been fortunate enough to have spend the past ten-months trying to step away from the wall of computer monitors and enjoying the journey with a very classy and secretly-geeky lady. Damn. Happy Thanksgiving y’all. The next 365-days are going to be amazing.

Second Day of Spring Break

03-25 Before the Walk w/ Dad

Originally uploaded by boringcom

Spring break day 2 itinerary: walk w/ dad, set up family stickam room, dinner w/ fam/friends @ local Mexican restaurant. Out of control SringBreak! # 2008-03-25

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Muisc/Podcast: NPR News: 03-25-2008 7AM ET from the album “NPR: 7AM ET News Summary” by NPR

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With a Little Help from My Friends

How do I sum up the last two days with Holly and Greg and Full Sail? Kind’a stupid to try, so I’ll just refer to the smiles and crazy idea that I can find community, fun and my calling with these happy strangers. My friend, Mix, said it five years ago. I am an optimist. Now, I have a shit-load to do between now and June 15th. jbb


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How Did I Get Here?

“Hey Skitch, how did we get here?”
“I lead you here, sir, for I am Sparticus.”
Leo to Shades in “That Thing You Do”

I’m trying to wrap my head around my fortunate circumstances. Yesterday after uploading my lesson plans and agendas for the week I stepped out for brunch but ended up spending a mindless day at Taco Beach. A perfect opportunity to get paperwork done, grade student work or at least catch up on the blog was squandered because I couldn’t concentrate on anything. It would have been a perfect afternoon to “get distracted” with a special someone, but I had to make do with interesting conversations with acquaintances at Taco Beach. It always seems to come back to that.

central-floridaSo I’m heading off to Florida and a completely unknown life. I’ve been thinking about this for months and have talked with family and friends for several weeks. Those who’ve known my story most closely tend to follow their congratulations with questions about what this means to “the relationship.” I’m not so sure that they believe me when I quote Michael Scott saying, “It’s all goooooood.” Truth be told, very much like when I was done with my teacher training an opportunity opened up so that I could leave the phone company with six months pay, so both the job here and the relationship are either stalled out or not going where I want to go, so Florida seems like the right thing at the right time. Funny that at almost 50, I’m getting, yet again, another new start.

Where we’ve been can’t be separated from what we will become, but I find it amazing how everyone is set off in different directions by such small and big things that happen to us. I’m moving from all that I’ve known and loved to a place where I know only one person, who will become my boss, knowing full well that the thing that didn’t work out for me here was my inability to make my intimate connection with Juls workable for both of us in all the other parts of our lives. I’m not supposed to be alone, but I’m going to have to risk becoming more alone in order to take all I’ve learned to the next level. So it seemed a little odd that I’d meet someone on my last afternoon in Long Beach before heading out to Florida who completely seems to believe only in number one and the importance in having no attachments.

02-24 Sundays @ Taco BeachI met Matt, a commodities broker in his early 40s, who works out of his apartment, and went independent this past year after almost a decade with one of the big brokerage houses in LA. Relatively quiet chap, like a character in a Billy Joel song, he’s holding off on marriage until he makes his next fortune, even though he feels like it’s probably too late for kids. He did well and then lost it when the market changed. He’s been on his own since he was eighteen, went off to college and then the folks sold the family home. For him, he seems to want the same connection that I want, but he believes that not having any complicating connections is the best policy. It would seem that I have lived that lifestyle for a very very long time, such that I can consider moving across the continent with no one to tell me no. But deep inside I know that I have to have community as well as special intimacy. Maybe I’ll find that in Orlando. Hell, who knows. After being a fly on the wall at Taco Beach for years, I got them to turn up the volume on the TV and it really felt like TV-night with a bunch of friends. Chances are I’ll be able to do that again with my new friends in Florida. jbb

Twitters Leading To the Trip to Full Sail:

  • @girlgeek77 I’d have a big damn grin if I weren’t so yearbook/journalism/computer lab pressured… can hardly wait, but ton 2 do btwn n&t # 2008-02-19
  • twitbin is broke, won’t recognize my login. Damn. Not a good way to start the weekend. It’s currently 75 in Orlando. 2 days b4 fullsail trip # 2008-02-23
  • Agenda for the week uploaded, projects uploaded, sub lesson plans created. trying to upload sub plans but getting no love, ack. # 2008-02-24
  • all the school/work stuff uploaded, time 4 late omlette brunch @ LB Cafe, alas, place was packed 2 the streets, plan B: taco beach. Damn # 2008-02-24

Music/Video: That Thing You Do!: Tom Hank’s Extended Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)