Sunday 3/24/19

Sunday 3/24/19

March 24, 2019

On Sundays I reflect.

I did not drink alcohol this week, but I thought about it.

This weekend was the first Powabunga Festival in Vail. Over the last six months I've been helping to cultivate an arts community in the vail valley, and some of the artists I'm working with decided to produce a music festival in town. I saw how hard my colleagues worked over the last few months, and the tremendous results over this entire weekend. Of course there were hiccups, and learning opportunities but the show was a huge success and next year will be even bigger and better.

It's hard for me to dance without alcohol. It was also hard for me to dance when I was drinking. Despite having received an A+ in Ballroom and Social Dance class in college, I feel like a pretty awkward dancer. I'm pretty uncoordinated and terrible at multi-tasking.

Last night I danced from 7pm to 1:30am with some of my best friends. What a therapeutic experience. During the last set, Bob Moses dropped "Inspector Norse" by Todd Terje. If you haven't listened to the BBC Essential mix with Todd Terje, do yourself a favor. It's my favorite two hours of music.


I would estimate that I listen to music for 12-16 hours a day.

This week I got to snowboard, blow glass, go snowmobiling, and attend a top notch dance party. I'm still grateful for the privilege to be able to just "do me". I feel beyond blessed.

My buddy Rob (@logglass) is starting to help me with production. I'm showing him some things on the lathe, and he's already making cups. We're working on some new designs together that will be available soon. Reda (@rruokyte.photo) got pics of the latest work which will be available as soon as she gets around to editing. I'm super appreciative to the people on my team who help me to make Drinking Vessels what it is.

A few years ago, I thought my life was inhibited by my lack of routine as a vagabond. Now I think routine is driving me insane. I'm really focused on just taking it day by day recently. Sometimes I feel selfish about taking a day off to snowboard or just lay in bed. After a decade of neglecting my body and mental well being, I accept that I'm doing as much as I can and need to take care of myself much more than I ever have.

My annual visit to NYC usually takes place on my birthday. This year, I postponed so that I can attend the opening of 1000 Glass Cranes an installation my friend Jeremy Grant-Levine (@germlion) has created over the last two years. I hope to be able to afford to buy a crane and support my friend on what I know has been one of the most challenging endeavors anyone I know has undertaken.

I'll spend the rest of my time in the city being in the presence of some of the most important people in my life. Living in solitude has its challenges, especially for a social creature such as myself. I cherish every single moment I'm able to spend with my friends and family around the world, even if it's a only a high five outside a subway station once a year. Those moments mean more to me than anyone would ever know.

The morning is getting away from me, and I'm feeling the pressure to seize the day. Thanks for tuning in, I truly appreciate you.

Enjoy your Sunday,
Ben



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