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I've just dropped Mr. Crane off for his second official day at preschool (the first was a week and a half ago, right before spring break happened). As I left, he was helping one of his teachers put caterpillars in new chrysalis into the butterfly station. He was so stoked!!! I am so relieved to have him there. Trips to Little Farm, the Children's Museum, the Farmers Market, and parks I do. Lots of bike trips I do. Planting stuff in the garden I do. Caterpillars? Turtles? Kids yoga? Music class? I don't do that! He is going to have so much fun!

And now I'm sitting here, sipping tea and gearing up for a few hours of work on 750words.com. I am so stoked to have time to work on the site without having it dig into my time with Buster in the evenings. We have been working too much on week nights and some weeks barely know each other, adult conversation wise. I need this preschool time for my day job.

I also need to:
Make this week's meal plan
Go grocery shopping
Supervise a furniture delivery and Craigslist pickup
Clean the kitchen
Make dinner (for the most part)
Do an hour of yoga (that can wait until nap time, which happens after I pick the guy up)

In the space of 4 hours. Which means that I shouldn't be tic tapping away personal matters, but my head feels a little cloudy. I feel as if I never get much of anything personal down.

So where to start? Work is going well. The site is having pretty good times, and I think it can continue to grow slowly and that I can keep up. Plus I've opened my kitchen salon, which is fun and awesome. People come over, I cut their hair and get adult time, and then I make money. Best job, ever! The house is really well situated for it - super big kitchen with a door, so Buster and Niko can be in the living room and no one feels intruded upon. Plus having people over all the time means that I make an extra effort to make everything clean and pleasant, which pays off well during family times.

I have lately been feeling a lot of feels for Seattle. Missing it pretty hardcore, even while still missing NYC and the east coast in general. I am stoked to be flying east for Alice and Harry's wedding in a few weeks! Seeing my family will be a wonderful thing, too.

But Seattle!! Can we talk about Seattle? I miss hipsters, you guys. I miss being surrounded by poorish, mostly white people who have ridiculous style, wear your granddad's clothes, and look incredible. They have style that always inspired me, professionally and otherwise. And the bay area has maybe 4 hipsters that actually look fantastic. Seriously. And don't tell me to go to the mission. I've been there. Those kids are... not very hip. I HAVE seen a few kids with incredible hair in Oakland at Art Murmer, all black kids who have more hip hop in their little finger than I have in my whole body. Love them. But where are the tattooed bartenders with the big glasses? Where are the girls who are rocking ridiculous vintage that is a way early prediction of what the biggest fashions will be, 2 years down the line?

At first I thought it was the money. The bay area is expensive, right? But NYC is hella expensive, too, and that place has ridiculous kids everywhere you turn. Then, I met a woman who works in the restaurant industry and hails from Portland and Seattle. She asked me how I was digging things as we sat in an idyllic park while our kiddos displayed perfect behavior and had a ball. I said, "Man, this weather is incredible. I don't think I'll ever be able to leave the birds, bikes and breeze. And everyone is so flipping nice!! BUT! My PNW sister!? WHERE ARE THE HIPSTERS?" She was cracking up, "I know, right?! I miss it! They don't work in kitchens here. It's all Mexicans who work work for less, or rich kids who will work for FREE for a year (!!!!) at places like Chez Panisse just to have alumni status on their resume." Then, Buster brought up that NYC has a pretty wide breadth of employment while the bay mostly attracts folks in tech, who are a completely different kid of hip. Anyhow, I find it very fun to think about how a work culture, money, and market creates or suppresses a sub-culture.

Now I'm thinking of slipping out to art murmer more, and maybe hitting a car show? Because I have seen a few Mexican kids around (dudes, mostly) who have KILLER barbered haircuts. And that might be where I will be needing to pull inspiration when I'm not traveling to visit NYC and Seattle. I need my inspiration!

I am feeling self conscious writing all of this down, I realize these are all disjointed thoughts and I have so many friends in social sciences who could talk about this with eloquence (please comment!) but it's my job to look at the kids and be inspired!! Love the kids. Forever and always. Especially Millennials, it seems. Though I'm sure that whatever generation is behind them will also be awesome because kids are always awesome.

That is all. I really need to get plugging!

Good Morning!

Date: 2013-04-09 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-4pril.livejournal.com
I will be about due for some hairs when I'm there next month (I'm getting my hair done tomorrow). Please book an appointment for me in your kitchen salon!

Date: 2013-04-09 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
It's on! I don't officially do color here yet, but if you don't mind buying your color at Vain I will be more than happy to mix and apply it for you. (I'll tell dylan what to package up for you). This, of course, is only an option if you don't mind washing it out yourself in my bathroom. I am thinking about getting a portable seat and bowl, but am not sure how deep I'm going to go into this kitchen business. We'll see!

Date: 2013-04-09 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-4pril.livejournal.com
I will bring color! How exciting.

Date: 2013-04-10 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] errantly.livejournal.com
This makes me want to buy a plane ticket, seriously. I am playing with the idea of a Christmas red to strawberry blond ombre...

Date: 2013-04-10 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
OOO that sounds so awesome! I would totally love to do that! I have been VERY IMPRESSED with your long hair, lady! You've done gone and grown it out!

Date: 2013-04-09 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bing-crosby.livejournal.com
that is super interesting, your take on hipsters. I totally agree, even if coming from a different spot (more NYC/Phila than PNW, where I have not really been). I always feel like the bay area is this weirdly suburban/midwestern feeling despite being NY level expensive and more international. But I also have to remember, SF proper, anyway, is so small compared to those other places. And then Berkeley has more of a retro comfortable feeling because it's more spread out, or something? There is some hardcore dorkiness there, with the University - I always loved seeing REAL nerds (high waist pants, sweatshirts, no fashion desire/sense), kind of refreshing vs. the posturing. But yes, I did think Oakland had some more real hipsterness. And SOME parts of the Mission/Bernal Heights had the andro hot gay/trans hipsterness. All this after just spending a little bit of time there, though, so I am just babbling...

Date: 2013-04-10 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
SF is so tiny, and they refuse to beef up their urban density - which for sure contributes to the watering down of fashion.

Berkeley is just straight cozy. Berkeley don't care. But I like the posturing! It's at least fun to observe.

Date: 2013-04-10 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bing-crosby.livejournal.com
ugh, you should see Chicago.. snoozeville. At least working in an art school I see a bit more posturing. But I know what you mean. NY has the STYLE from all people, all different ages/classes/cultures etc.

Date: 2013-04-10 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bing-crosby.livejournal.com
I also just remembered, aren't you from Delaware (I remember Alice & Jenene saying they had been to your wedding in the DE when I was liivng there - I got my PhD at UDel). I feel like Philly and to some extent Baltimore have this longtime underground/subculturness - more goth than hipster but maybe some aspects of goth were the hipsters of the 90s or something? Anyway, I really noticed it more when I first moved down from NY - so many more tattoos, dyed hairs, piercings.. not necessarily in a good way, but at least it was dramatic. I was thinking the slower economy makes for a richer subculture, because people don't have to rush themselves to change all the time to fit the latest marketing look or just, like, fit in enough to make the $ it requires to live there.

Date: 2013-04-09 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olamina.livejournal.com
Bay Area style is abysmal, part of the reason why I am sometimes embarrassed to say I'm from there. Ugh and double ugh.

Hey I know I'm kinda a stranger but I'd you have a moment while you're here and will at any point just be in a place where I could pass by and meet you in the flesh, I would love it.

Date: 2013-04-10 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
Hey now wait! I think that hailing from the bay area is totally cool. It's a fantastic place to live. The east bay in particular is a terrific place to raise a family. There are crazy amazing foods to eat, people who are very patient with little ones, and every day is bling bling BEAUTIFUL.

But hip young people? Meh.

Date: 2013-04-09 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arielmeadow.livejournal.com
OOH, you know this is my favorite shit to ramble about. Why am I not stoned right now? A few disjointed (too sober!!) thoughts:

While I've never shared your love of hipsters for inspiration, I do enjoy them as wallpaper. They're not specifically inspiring to me, but I like having them around as a social backdrop.

We're also moving into a sort of awesome era of hipster, actually... all the artisanal pickling, taxidermy, waxed mustaches and librarian shoes... it's all much more earnest and less ironic than the hipsters of 10 years ago. I always felt bad for those hipsters, because so much of their culture was based on irony. It just felt like all the cultivated detachment would start to get alienating and exhausting. Today's hipsters have an earnest enthusiasm to them that I appreciate. Aside: Personally, my favorite youth subculture right now is the cosplay kids. HOLY FUCK they have more fun and more sex than anyone else. I love them. SO not my scene, but I love them.

Anyway, thinking back on my own brief flirtation with SF hipsterism in the late '90s, I think what I liked the most about SF's scene was how international it felt. I lived with a frenchman and was always running into people from Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Barcelona, Prague, Johannesburg, Prague, Mexico City, Toronto, etc etc etc every time I went out. San Francisco has an international reputation, and I loved how many young cosmopolitan types I encountered there. I felt like a place where the young, artistic, urban, and educated came to mingle. Maybe 15+ years later it's not as much, or maybe they're just all in-city (and NOT in the Mission?). Dunno.

That said, I think the black kids at Art Murmer and the Mexican boys at car shows may be your most interesting culture spelunking. I'm jealous! I want to go with you and be an energy cougar sucking off the style of the young peoples. Come closer child. Let me touch your soft, supple skin. I like your hair. Can I suck off your essenccccccceeee...... *insert skeksis face*

Ah, here we go. This is me:

Date: 2013-04-09 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arielmeadow.livejournal.com
my embed didn't work, so here: http://gph.is/XHovD4

Date: 2013-04-10 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
Awesome hipsters? That's what I'm talking about! MILLENNIALS ARE GREAT! You can't even tell if they are gay or straight!

You totally would have been a costly kid back in the day, it is too your scene!

I too had some experience with SF in the very early '00s. I also found it to be international. I also thought that there electronic music scene was the bomb (it really was). But even then I noticed that kids here couldn't dance very well. Too chill to feel self conscious about becoming bomb ass dancers? I don't know. In any case, I enjoyed it because while I was considered a totally not great dancer back east, I could tear the rug with a circle around me in SF. But! None of that is hipster culture. There are definitely young, artistic, urbanites out there. They are monied and often fashionable, but hipster they ain't.

I miss being lecheous with you.

Date: 2013-04-13 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarvie.livejournal.com
One of my best friends from high school went to Berkeley in the 90s, got into the dance scene, and people were so impressed with her uninhibited San Diegan dance moves that she got a job with a go go dancer agency, and she would dance in cages and on stages at a couple of raves/clubs/parties every weekend night!

Date: 2013-04-10 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capricornia.livejournal.com
i took this photo set in oakland a few years ago... they do exist! ha ;)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixietart/3429266246/in/set-72157616585593816/

Date: 2013-04-10 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
They exist, sure. But even your photos just go to further illustrate that they aren't very cutting edge. Seriously, kids in Seattle rule the roost.

Date: 2013-04-10 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] errantly.livejournal.com
I would miss the hipsters too! Your sense of style and funky glasses must confuse the hell out of people down there.

In general news, I think you're really great, and wish we'd had time for happy hours and kid-puppy-play-dates while you were here.

Date: 2013-04-10 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
Very few people wear big glasses here. Could be because it's hella sunny. Even I am wearing contacts much of the time so that I can reach for my sunglasses!

I think you're really great too!! We will remain in touch, lady!

Date: 2013-04-10 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alicetiara.livejournal.com
The Bay Area is just too damn Burning Man still. The style of that community is not aesthetically pleasing to me.

I agree wholeheartedly that the PacNW hipster fashion is some of the best in the country. It's based on really being broke and creative, in a way that SF hipsterdom isn't because they aren't broke. I will say that SF has a lot of hot lesbians which Seattle has less of. The tech kids are not hip. They might have money and cool sneakers but not hipster in the super cutting edge way.

Grace & I both vehemently believe that the hipster look of the early-mid 00s originated in Seattle. Since I was very much a part of that scene I can testify that visiting NYC in 2002 etc everyone seemed a little behind the times. The trucker hat, Pabst Blue Ribbon stuff was all Seattle punk filtered through a few years later. I have thoughts and feelings on this but i am hella tired (just got home from a 12 hour day) and need to watch V Mars and go to bed.

Can't wait to see you!!!!!!

Date: 2013-04-10 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
I also am not into the whole burner aesthetic, so I feel you there. But that culture is relevant in Seattle, too. Just hit up Cal Anderson Park on any old sunny weekend afternoon and witness the furry pants and fire dancing. Ugh.

I was hoping you would comment on all of this because I specifically remember you saying that you felt that the early hipsters of the 00's originated in the PNW. And while I was there to see the overtake of the trucker hat in WB in 2003, I feel that the kids of the ny region for a few years during that time were much more into electroclash.

I was explaining to Rick Webb when he visited us in SF that I was going to miss the hipsters of Seattle and he told me I lived in a bubble if I thought they were the coolest kids around. Which made me feel silly because I HAVE been tucked away in the PNW for a long time without visiting many cities. I thought? What If I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to how awesome Seattle kids are? But now this conversation just proves me right. HI RICK, I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS IN A MONTH'S TIME AND IT'S NICE TO SEE THAT I AM RIGHT, HUH?

Another thought: you told me before I moved to the PNW that Seattle hipsters were WAY cleaner than NYC hipsters and you were so right. I never smelled scalp in the bars of Cap Hill. I am supposing that this is because kids in Seattle can afford nice places to live, rather than living in dumps with 10 people sharing a bathroom.

Date: 2013-04-10 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingopixel.livejournal.com
Like alice says, it was always a little weird to me to see NYC hipsters who were supposedly so cutting edge wearing the same stuff we wore three years before. I've never spent real time in the Bay Area but it seems to me like being in the world's largest amazon/Microsoft campus. Khakis and cell phone holsters and meticulously oils he'd brown shoes.

Date: 2013-04-10 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellianne.livejournal.com
Honestly I think that seattle is more holster and Bluetooth headset oriented. I haven't seen a whole lot of that in the East Bay. Mostly it's filled with burners, bike nerds, and Buddhists. Is SF proper, I see a lot of near dusty rockers, and a lot of cool corporate types in fashionable clothing, but no proper hipsterdom... Unless you count the kids who do their own hair. Apparently there is no VAIN in SF!

Date: 2013-04-10 07:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingopixel.livejournal.com
Despite my amazing experience at Burning Man and my undying love of the playa, I could never really get into the aesthetic or the lifestyle. Within a year after our burn we were out of the scene. I'm all for creativity and sex positive culture and all that but it was maybe a bit too much for me. No more whippet orgies in a papasan chair for me thanks!

Also, as Alice and Grace and others can attest, we were "scenesters" in Seattle in the early aughts. I had never ears of "hipsters" until the Brooklyn kids started copping our style. Then "scene" became some sort of emo kid candy race hot topic flavor. Weird.

Date: 2013-04-10 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boobirdsfly.livejournal.com
Thanks for adding me! Look forward to reading your posts.

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