The Phoenix One Journals Stories from the dawn of RoadTrip America
Notes from the End of the Rainbow
Yes, RoadTrip America has been hovering around Los Angeles for a surprisingly long time. It doesn't mean we've lost our 'drive,' but it does mean we've been working on projects that are keeping us on a tether for a while.
First and most exciting for us is our book, which will be published by Trilogy Books in spring, 1999. A year seems like a long time until you cram a project the size of a book into it. We're working steadily to make sure our deadlines don't get the better of us.
As if that weren't enough, we're also working on another project that will launch at the beginning of 1999. This one is still in the 'can't say much about it' phase, but this much we are able to divulge: It's a MAJOR ROADTRIP! Big surprise, eh? Anyway, it's much more complex than anything we've tried before, and when it's ready to be unveiled, you'll be the first to know about it.
In the meantime, we haven't stopped rolling, even if we're keeping within a certain radius of the Big Orange. We've come to the conclusion that RoadTrip America is more state of mind than a number of miles, anyway. Whenever we've spent too many hours bent over our computers, one of us will shout, "RoadTrip!" That means it's time to talk to somebody new, eat someplace we've never tried before, or take a look at something we've heard about but never seen. That's how we ended up at Prototype Source in Santa Barbara, a den of creativity that has produced such wonders as the Hershey Kissmobile and the first of Volkswagen's "New Beetles."
Another RoadTrip adventure took us to television land where we watched the filming of "Dharma and Greg," the new hit sitcom. If you chance to see the episode where Dharma and Greg enter a dance contest, listen extremely carefully to the laughter. It's our Hollywood debut.
This week, we've headed out to the Anza Borrego Desert, where El Nino can at last take credit for doing something wonderful. The wildflower display is a once-in-a-century marvel.