A Moveable Feast

Kinetic Sculpture

Howdy Friend,

I have always enjoyed building things, working with my hands.

I am working on a project that is on Kickstarter.com

I like tasks that are born from problems that push me to the edge.  Complex, with many variables, high stakes, and requiring thought from diverse fields.  I feel like I grow as I solve these.

I like mundane tasks that are repetitive and often monotonous, too.  These make my brain quiet and allow me to rest.  They also present an opportunity to practice patience and commitment, as the fun stuff isn’t allowed to be appreciated without the drudgery and I know it.

A Moveable Feast is both and is going to kick ass!

Ernest Hemingway wrote A Moveable Feast about his experience in Paris in the 1920’s.  “This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”  In it, he recalls how every cafe were a buffet of most interesting tales from even more fascinating people.  “If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction”, yet the stories are a memoir of his time there.  Paris in the 1920’s!!

We hope to recreate the essence of those glory days aboard a most interesting and unique machine.

My friend Dan Busby, Head Chef for Dinner, certainly belongs in the fascinating people department and I was stoked when he invited me to help build this carnival of metal.  A handful of other really cool cats are lending a hand, too, so it’s a lot of fun to get together to figure it all out.  Head scratching and laughs abound.

Our concept is simple: Create an art bike that we can pedal around while enjoying a feast.  The seats must be comfortable and the table wide enough that our legs and drivetrain can fit underneath.  We’ve got a lot of details to hammer out, but we’re making some great progress.  We’ll decorate the table with the finest china, ornate chafing dishes, and goblets of wine, and we’ll dine in style.  A meal upon the Moveable Feast will never be mundane.

The wheels are completely done.  The steering and transmission have been acquired.  The final design is making it was to paper.

Building an art bike is expensive.  It will probably cost in excess of $4,000 by the time its done and Dan is putting up half out of his own pocket.

Would you be willing to make a small donation toward our project?

Our goal is $2,000.  We’ve already raised $1,800 as of this writing and we have over 6 weeks left on our drive.  We don’t have to stop at $2K though.  What’s cool is that for every bit of cash we raise over our goal means that we get to add extra cool stuff.  Think tall candle sticks, doilies, top hats all around, and sound…of course, sound.  Massive, beautiful sound!

You get cool stuff when you make a donation, too.  A couple of my favorites are $10+ a copy of the recipe book we are writing of meals that will be feasted upon, $40+ a signed copy of Hemingway’s book signed by the builders of the contraption, or $400+ a ride anywhere in Los Angeles with 6 of your friends with dinner served..Hollywood? Downtown? A sunset ride along the boardwalk in Venice?

Here’s a link to our Kickstarter page

Thanks for giving my project a look.  I hope you’re smiling.

Talk soon,

Aaron

ps – Real big thanks goes to Syyn Labs for offering space to build, Aaron Industrial Recycling and Aaron Blatt for donating the aluminum rims and various metal, a cool old salt in North Ridge for a good deal on a golf cart and some spare parts, and everyone who has lent a hand or thrown a few bucks toward our cause!  Thank you so much!

pps – If you want to help, you can make a small donation.  Even $1 helps out

pps – Did you notice that we’re going to get doilies if we exceed our goal? That makes me so happy.

Aaron Loring Davis
310-663-2865
www.aaronloringdavis.com

2011 Year In Review

Howdy Friend,

I hope you’ve had a peaceful and productive 2011 and are looking forward to new opportunities in the new year.

The last year of my life has been simply amazing.  I just feel so full of life and am looking forward to amplifying these effects as the new year emerges.

The super duper short version of my going’s on:

  • Fell in love with sailing
  • Joined the citizenship of Burning Man
  • Traveled to the magical lands of New Zealand and Australia for the Rugby World Cup
  • Left Sotheby’s to join Coldwell Banker
  • Started development on 3 pieces of software
  • Directed InternetCE.com in getting approved in California
  • Increased the search ranking position of several companies
  • Agressively pursued happiness

Now for the expanded expanded made for TV version:

  • Sailing – I wrote a lengthy passage here about my latest passion, however this quote from E.B White sums it up:
    “If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble. If it happens to be an auxiliary cruising boat, it is without question the most compact and ingenious arrangement for living ever devised by the restless mind of man–a home that is stable without being stationary, shaped less like a box than like a fish or a girl, and in which the homeowner can remove his daily affairs as far from shore as he has the nerve to take them, close hauled or running free–parlor, bedroom, and bath, suspended and alive.”
  • Burning Man – I shared my thoughts on the event here.  Wiith out hesitation, I feel this event is the most creative, bizarre, welcoming, nonjudgemental, and industrious I have ever known.  I’ll go back.
  • Rugby World Cup – I organized a tour for 9 friends I have played rugby with over the years to visit the footy motherland, New Zealand.  I share all the details fit for print here.  We also spend a bit of time in Australia, which was cool.
  • Real Estate – I left Sotheby’s International Realty, after nearly 5 years, to join Coldwell Banker.  It is safe to say that the company I joined in late 2005 is a very diferrent one that Ieft earlier this year.  I still apreciate the competence and friendship of many co-workers that remain with Sotheby’s and have much gratitude for the opportunity to have worked with them.  With all of in mind, I am also thankful to have been invited to join Coldwell Banker and to continue to be called on to advise on the transfer of properties in Los Angeles.
  • Software – With 6 years behind me in the real estate game (lease, residential, land, and commercial), I have realized several opportunities that can be achieved through software.  Although the programs are still in private beta, I am happy to share them with anyone that might be interested.  I sincerely believe that they, independently and collectively, will change the way real estate is traded.  To say that I am excited about these developments is an understatement.
  • InternetCE – Over the past 5 years, I have helped bring my family’s company online.  A major milestone reached this past year was getting approved to sell our courses in the state of California.
  • SEO – Search engine optimization became an interest with the development of InternetCE.  Understanding how to get the most out of Google is important for every business and I find the process very interesting and challenging.   I’ve enjoyed having been able to help several companies achieve more from search and I’m happy to do a free audit for you, if you’d like to learn more.
  • Happiness – Pursuit of happiness has come to the forefront of my focus.  Not to say I haven’t enjoyed my life thus far, but I am putting much more intention into making sure that my actions are aligned with what I know makes me happy. In an effort to plan and record these actions, I created a Life List, which was public when I first wrote it.  I have since redacted it.  Got keep em guessing a little, right?

I am amazed at the surprises life brings.  I am fascinated by the world around me.  I am in love with learning.

“Stay hungry.  Stay Foolish.” ~ Steve Jobs

Here’s to 2012!  Let’s make a good one, shall we?

Talk soon,

Aaron

Aaron Loring Davis
310-663-2865
www.aaronloringdavis.com

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