Shh! don’t tell anyone, but the wankers have gone!

I stopped opening up my RSS reader a while ago.  I don't know how long ago, but I'm pretty sure it was last year sometime.  It was just too much on top of everything I saw in Twitter and Facebook.  Most blog posts I wanted to read were being lost in the noisy flood of people saying very little, badly.  I tried unsubscribing, cutting down my list but it was a bit like cutting down my twitter following – what if? what if? what if? What if, what? What if a miracle happened and one of these wankers actually said something interesting?  Well yes.  It could happen. Couldn't it?

I took the leap and just stopped opening it.  Removed it from the array of tabs that always greet me.  Focused on spotting the neat stuff in my streams, but really focused on just writing and making my own bits and pieces.

This morning over coffee I thought "I wonder what's in there…" and had a look.  I'm transported back 10 years.  The most recent twenty posts or so are from @charlesfrith, @russelldavies, @euan, @gapingvoid, @davewiner – Punk Planning, The Obvious, Gapingvoid, Scripting News, um… Russell's blog – real blogs written by real guys, each with something really interesting and different to say.

No "social media experts" in sight.  It's OK folks, perhaps they've gone…

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous

Storage

Some random notes on what to do with the stuff that I want to keep but don’t want to take with me.  The biggest single item is my bed frame (and mattress) and then I’ve kitchen stuff, some clothes, books, records and a computer or two.  I’ve slimmed down a lot.

I’d like to keep it all in one place I think – having stuff spread over several attics, box rooms and garages is probably more cost-effective and doubtless more interesting artistically, but a pain in the bum that I don’t really need.

So I think the questions are:

To store in Central London or not? and whereabouts anyway?

What “visiting rights” do I need?

How much does it cost roughly? 

Any recommendations for good service?

Those big storage places are weird aren’t they? The other day, talking to Nick, we came up with the idea of a documentary just asking people as they went in what they were storing and why, so many interesting stories, I’m sure.

btw that photo is from when I moved into Dolphin Square nearly 5 years ago…

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous

Clearing up. Let’s Fight!

I’ve moved out and moved on many times but some things seem to stick around in boxes no matter what.  One of those things is my notebook from Drama School.  Yes I had just one – I don’t seem to remember there being a lot to write down…

This though is the first page of several directions for the basic stage fighting exam that we did.  I think it was the only subject I did an external exam for while there (although I also did the advanced one).  It was great fun – if you want to try it out you’ll need to know that the V column is the Villain and H is for Hero.  Then T=Thrust, Py=Parry, S=Sword and D=Dagger and you’ll need to dig out a couple of rapiers and daggers.

Oh, and take extreme caution “I’ve seen an eyeball on the end of one of these” 

Here’s me practicing at home…

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous

Working while Wandering

People arguing with me over whether Hobo 2.0 was or wasn’t a good description for what I’m doing led me to the wikipedia page for Hobo which provides some useful distinctions in terminology.

So it turns out there’s a difference between a “bum”, a homeless person who doesn’t work and doesn’t go anywhere unless moved on by the police; a “tramp” who avoids work but keeps moving and a “hobo” who is simply an itinerant, nomadic or migratory worker.

That fits much better than I thought with what I want to do.  This trip is not about sponging and living on the minimum amount of money.  It’s not about using social capital as a replacement for money although as with the American trip, most of the time I won’t be paying for things that one might ordinarily expect to.  It’s not about doing the minimum possible to get by.

It is about seeing what the experience can be of being a migratory performer, artist, knowledge worker when enhanced by an online presence and access to more social capital than many.  If it works, I will get to do bolder, more exciting work than ever.   

Of course I’ve got a number of things that I want to do while I’m out and about: talks, tuttles, busking, house gigs, people I want to interview and make stuff with.

But the exciting thing it opens up for me is the possibility of working with lots of people that I know around the country whom I rarely get to see face to face.  If you’re in the middle of North Yorkshire and I’m in London we might know that there’s something really valuable we could do if only we could spend a few days at the kitchen table together, but it’s unlikely to happen ordinarily.  

So let’s do it – let me know if there’s a project you’ve been itching to do that you want some Lloyd-shaped help on – if you’ve got a comfy sofa or spare bed then all the better :)

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous

Preparing to Wander

So the plan as of today is to set off at the end of this month without any fixed abode for the following three months at least and to review what I do next after 2 months.  That means July, August and September definitely on the road and to make a decision at the beginning of September about what to do next.  

Immediately I’m reminded that that time of year is not a good one for finding rental property as you’re up against hordes of students starting college, so that’s something to bear in mind.

Thinking then about what I need to do this month:

  • Throw away a lot of stuff
  • Decide what to keep in storage and how to store
  • Work out what clothes I’m going to take with me
  • Find a good backpack/rucksack
  • Get a light but tough ukulele gig bag (preferably with built-in live-streaming!)
  • Sort out a mailing address
  • Close down all utility & household accounts
  • Work out some rules/guidelines for making choices
  • Set up some online system for people offering accommodation/work/things to do

What else?

Well some nice-to-have’s would be a new phone and lightweight laptop but I can manage for the time being.

There’s more, but this will do for now…

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous