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N&P: Sweet Bird of Youth, The Blog Novel
Written by Andrew Scott   
Thursday, 19 June 2008 04:01
Andrew blogs up the beginnings of Needles & Pens and 5 years later...
Last week N&P celebrated it's 5 year anniversary, so I thought I'd commemorate the occasion with a little flash back to six years ago, to when it all began, the year 2002.

It was a great year, quite possibly one of the best years on record for your's truly. All was free and easy, I had no responsibilities besides living life to the fullest, and it was amazing. The spark that started it all off happened one night while laying intoxicated on the roof of some random party in the Western Addition, Breezy and I decided that we were going to drop out for awhile, quit our jobs and roam nomadically about the Earth (we had lofty intentions). A couple months later we 'd saved up a little money and embarked on a colossal six month journey, couch surfing our way through 15 countries from Morocco to Russia.

The reason I bring this up at all, is that without this trip there would be no Needles & Pens. It was this trip that filled my pea-brain full of the notion that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and pumped me up full of nieve self-assurance (it happens). But, I guess that's what it takes to start any kind of large project. If a person's head isn't' firmly lodged in the clouds, nothing would ever get started.

With that said,two months after we returned to San Francisco we moved into a little store front on 14th Street with the idea of opening a store (little did we know how much work would work would be involved in the pipe-dream).

...Anyway, here's a few photos from that trip:

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Morocco

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Essaouira, Morocco

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Morocco

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Morocco

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Jeanne's Apartment, Paris

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Masolit Books, Krakow, Poland (we worked here for awhile)

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Ramp in Krakow

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Polish kids showing off their friends Wu-Tang tattoo

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(left) Catholic lady and (right) rain in Kazimierz

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Polish Guitar and buildings in Moscow

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Red Square, Moscow

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Moscow subway

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Riga, Latvia

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Rollings Stones, Warsaw

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October 2002 - Check it out we got a store-front!
We built a sleeping loft and put in a shower in the back ...radical urban living.

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Six months or so later it looked like this...

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Three years later it looked like this (we moved the whole operation to 16th Street ....but you already knew that).
Five years later we had this anniversary art show (<--- click there to see photos of the art) It was a jubliant affair, everyone seemed to be in great spirits. Here's some random people shots from that night.

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Sadie and Nicola

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Vic Blue, Maggie, Chris Duncan, Jen Smith

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Breezy and Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch

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The Good-Time Gang

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Toad, Head of Bear, and Anna Brown

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(no comment)

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I understand, ...seriously, I do.

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Griffin, Gum Eater.

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Have you seen Griffin's blog? It pretty much rules. He's a garbage man in the city and he blogs his findings. great.

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Maggie and Chris

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Jen Smith, Becker, and Professor Griff

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Brew Dog and the trippy tracers

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See what I'm saying about the "jubilance?"

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pals

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The piggy back rider said "I never take good pictures." I find her statement to be inaccurate.

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more pals

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After art shows, one often finds themself at the Uptown calming the nerves with frothy oat beverages.

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It works like a charm. The excitement is palpable.

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Mira the Berliner
Okay, let's stop talking about art and pictures of socialites and go for a long bike ride. I went to Larkspur (never heard of it) the other day.

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Presidio Trust

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Why do suns have "rays" and moons "beams?"

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It's Cush-man

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"Bay area photographer shits out another bridge photo."

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Hippy house-boats, the bane of Marin County (that I think are fucking awesome).

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I guess Schwartzeneger wasn't kidding when he said that "Cauliflower-nia is in a state of drought."

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"Me and Mike Watt, we played for years. Punk Rock changed our lives." ...Okay, wrong band, I know. Mike Watt knows too.

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This is what Corte Madera looks like. It looks like the middle of "dude-feeding-his-horse" no where.

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"Ramblin Gamblin Man" by Bob Seger is a power-house. ...Bob Seger played drums in the MC5, so stick it.

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Old Glory

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Go home on the Larkspur ferry and get a nice view of San Quentin. Did you know John, the bartender at the Uptown, is in an amateur baseball team that goes to San Quentin and plays against a team comprised of inmates. It's true. ...Guess who wins?

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A cold beer and boat ride back to SF (with my bike in tow).
Yes.
Thank you.
See you next time. {moscomment}

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