DJ Mario Bee
Today, I was in completely chill mode regardless of the lack of sleep that a combination of my body and my damn dogs did not allow. I was reflecting on my wintery hibernation as I was enjoying our full first spring-like day today with two of the most dope artists I’ve come across in my life this far in my journey.
I am smiling. One of my best friend’s texted me well wishes before last night’s event at a local culinary spot.
I just figured, “Yay! This will be an opportunity to work my photo magic and continue to build my portfolio,” but little did I know getting out of the house, especially to the poetry, food, & wine event, would I get a boost of inspiration.
My best friend couldn’t be more right. I was inspired. Inspired to leave my winter hibernation. Inspired to return to “Open Mic” at a local coffee joint. Inspired to situate some administration tasks for my favorite non-profit organization and my schooling situation for the videography trade. Is that inspired enough? Nah…
A multiple of reasons plays their parts on a successful Sunday & Monday. It was a completely relaxing environment, overall at the Poetry, Food, & Wine night. Oddly, I was also ready to work the moment I got there.
I didn’t hesitate to let Chef Shawn know of graduating honors in the culinary field. He didn’t hesitate to put me on the spot with the opening question, “You got an open hand?!” I raised both hands and assisted with the food before the event.
I clicked with all the artists associated with last night spot on from the introduction. Quick smiles, laughs, stories, photos, and plenty of sarcasm to go around all night, as I met new friends in the local area.
A fan of mine came out for the showing, asked for my autograph. Let’s just say, Deuce was impressed. I joked with him about being a bigger deal than he was in these neck of the woods.
I sold a couple copies of each book, as well as raffled a copy of each to the crowd, as well as a free photo shoot. A long night well worth what money can’t ever buy. That right there inspired me to keep working on my third book.
Today continued the good vibes and memories after my morning class, as I showed the New Yorkers, Deuce Ellis & DJ Mario Bee around this small town, as well as, got some dope photographs of the two at a couple various locations.
The two wanted good food and good beer, so I led them to Dublin’s Irish Pub and had them eat some of the best cheese curds La Crosse has to offer. I also got to witness Deuce & Mario trying our famous/infamous beer cheese soup.
I promised next time they are in town, I would show them a low key dive called River Rat’s, one of my favorites, with some of the best chicken wings in town, and one of the best scenes in town, on the river. I always keep my promises when food is involved.
I have a lot of editing to do between the event photos and the photo shoot from today, but this is the stuff I live for. The artistry of life. The challenge of what we can create with what we have. That’s what I love living for.