Over the years, I’ve had a lot of different cameras. I’ve whittled my collection down to these three: the digital camera is for meaningless point-and-shoot stuff, the Leica is for things that I care about, and the Polaroid is the one I use the most. It has a really nice lens, and they (the pictures) make great postcards.
I used to drink a lot of herbal tea, but now I’m almost exclusively a black-tea drinker. Whenever anyone comes to my house, the first thing that I do is put on the kettle. Sometimes I’ll go to friends’ houses just to drink tea. One time, my good friends Alex and Satindra from Scotland shipped me some of their finest Scottish blend. I guess I’ve become a connoisseur of fine tea.
I guess you can’t have too many books. They’re mostly art and photography. It’s a nice way to kill a rainy afternoon.
These are my motorcycles. The one in the front is the first bike I ever owned--it’s a ’72 Norton Commando. The one in the back is my newest--it’s a ’78 Yamaha SR 500 single. It’s small and light, but it has a lot of power. I haven’t had a chance to ride it that much, but I will.
5. Music Room
I’ve slowly been collecting musical instruments and slowly trying to learn how to play them. I spend a lot of time in this room with friends or just alone. One of my favorites is a cigar-box guitar and amp that my friend Michelle gave me for Christmas. It was handmade by our friend’s father. He even cut off a wine-bottle neck for a slide.
6. The Mitsubishi Delica 4×4 diesel imported from Japan--it’s the best vehicle ever made. It’s roomy, a smooth ride, and by the time you read this it will hopefully be running on vegetable oil. When the diesel engine was first introduced, it ran on peanut oil. I haven’t converted the van yet, but I have been running it on biodiesel, which is a diesel and vegetable-oil mix. Check out how sick they are:
These are some of the photographs people have given to me.
A well-stocked fridge is a very good thing. Some of my favorite items in here include Naam miso gravy, imported green chili from New Mexico, camera film, and of course, homemade pie.
There are very few bad documentaries. Here’s a rough top five: War Photographer, Hearts And Minds, American Movie, Hands On A Hard Body, and The Road Racers.
Fixed-gear bikes may be super trendy and everyone has one these days, but there is never anything wrong with riding bikes.
To most people, this room is called a darkroom. To me, it is called a time trap. I can spend hours in here and leave with absolutely nothing but a chemical high.
Corresponding with people via the mail is one of my favorite things to do. Getting a handwritten letter in the mail makes my day. There are some people I correspond with regularly who I have never met or spoken to.