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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Happy Easter! I hope your holiday was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine. Brea and I went to Long Island on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Easter with my Aunt Debbie and Uncle John. It was nice to out of the big city for a few days. I only get to do that about once or twice a month now. Work has been good and steady for me. I just got a new promotion for my job at Milk Studios as a day manager. It will be a nice change for me since I have been there for 10 months now working as the Night Manager.

Last month I donated my photo to a charity called Sunflower, created by Supermodel Helena Houdova, that supports disadvantged children. Milk Studios hosted the photo exhibit and silent auction. A collector bought my photo for $1,100.00! I took the photo of French Riot Police in Paris during the student protests of 2005. The funny thing is, riots broke out in Paris the same week of the auction...exactly one year after the phot was taken. I am also working on a new photo exhibit for my "CONTACTS" series at a major Gallery in NYC. I have a few interviews lined up for next week.

My friends Vatsal, Drew and Melissa came down last month to visit us. We went to Central Park, Times Square and the usual tourist activies one must do on their journey to the Big Apple. Drew Nix, my friend from Austin who is a singer/songwriter, played his first NYC gig at the Rockwood Music Hall. We also saw a stand-up comedy show at the Improv and met up with actor/comedian Jimmy Martinez after the show. We walked down to a bar, Snitch, by my apartment, to hear some music and get drinks. Jimmy has a new TV show on the FUSE channel called Konduct and it's hilarious. The producer of Konduct, Miles Maker, is directing a couple of movies that I am doing photography for.

I am also doing a photo story and website for the Federation of Black Cowboys. They are Black Cowboys that have a huge ranch in the city with over 30 members and 40 horses. I have been going out there to document the ranch, the kids they mentor and I even get to ride a few horses when I get a chance. These guys are really amazing and have such a rich history. Their website will be up and running in a couple of months. I can't wait for it to be finished so everyone can see how awesome these guys are.

Brea and I will be in Austin from May 12-16 for, my sister-in-law, Brandi's wedding.
We are looking forward to being back for a few days to see family and friends. Brea's new movie Ball and Chain is now out on DVD. It's about an arranged marraige and she plays the best friend of the lead actress. She also has a starring role in a play that opens next month in NYC.

I am looking forward to the summer...I can't wait to go to the beach again. We are planning a trip to Puerto Rico sometime in August. Until then, best wishes!
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