out of nowhere


it feels quite right that we work in the middle of nowhere, as it has often been said that our work seems to come outta there… when your job is entirely changing the way people experience a brand it’s vital to be able to get some distance on the conversations of culture.

these beans made it into the oat risotto

dinner and music


neil gust came up for dinner last night. he had shared 3 new songs with us and we wanted time to listen to them together and talk.

the songs are from a new body of work where he is challenging his own sense of how to make music, and they mark a powerful turning point in his already audacious career.

the music is powerful, he spoke often of it having a thrasher quality that i understand, but there is also a steely restraint. and of course there’s a rocker mastery that’s kinda undeniable, and surprises in construction that jam up to hooks that make your ears tickle. one of the songs made me feel like a 15-year old girl hanging out with unbearably cool college boys with awesome stereo equipment.

we drank too much wine, toasting a summer of work and sharing a meal that was an ode to the boisterous collision that is indian summer.

this year there were grand fights on the beach to stake claim, the babies came, and then about 5 weeks in other lone adults started showing up, and then another young family. all in all an extra 5 adults and 4 goslings joined. and this summer we answered a nagging question without goggling it... how do the other baby geese travel to a different pond?

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we found out at dawn one morning as we headed into the city. as we left we saw the family that had homesteaded our pond -- the adults stand and flap as we pass -- and as we made it out to the road we saw another family walking toward our place. it was classic disney, a line of geese crossing the road, full baby waddle. that evening when we returned, the ponds were full of goose life.

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solitude and collaboration


we have geese on our ponds in the spring and summer, so we’ve learned a thing or two about them. of real fascination to me was discovering that geese fight like hell to have a pond to themselves to breed, but then they gather in community to raise the goslings. i’ve been pondering it as a way of thinking about developing ideas. i’ve noticed the cycle for years in myself, and in people i’ve worked with. a frustrated need to have some space, quiet focus, and then loud collaboration.