Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 269: Connecting the dots to the Viper Room

It started with a book signing where I met Marni. Through her I met Laura and Paul. Through them I met Carl, who led me to Grant, who led me to Austin, Ed and Josh, which led me to the Viper Room to watch The Stuns, who are made up of Austin, Ed and Josh.

The process of meeting all these people took nine years.

Funny how all these random meetings, these dots, connect to get us to one place in time. And those were just my dots. I wonder about all the dots that got all the other people to the Viper Room last night.

There is nothing quite like telling someone you're on the way to the Viper Room to see a band play. It just sounds so cool.

Isn't that where River Phoenix...

Yes. Yes it is.

If you've followed along, you know how LA and I don't always get along. We act like honeymooners about the ocean and the climate but then we fight over traffic and expenses. But one thing we always agree on is that Walt Disney nailed it. This is where dreams come true.

Dreams happen here because someone always knows someone who can get them into somewhere.

They happen here because it takes more than talent, it takes the bravery to move here.

They happen here because those that live here believe in it. Everyone knows someone—or is someone—who has made it here.

They happen here because being here makes connecting dots a lot easier. 
"You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever—because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference." -- Steve Jobs in his Stanford commencement speech
So I was at the Viper Room last night watching The Stuns play. They had flown from London to get here. They were psyched and they had a great show. I stood there watching them play and was aware that this was one of the dots on their journey. I couldn't help but wonder where those dots will lead.

A few photos I took at the show... 

My wish for you, dear reader, is that your dots lead you to a place where your dreams come true.

As cheesy as that sounds.


  1. Cheesy Dots are one of my favorite snacks.

  2. Mine too!

  3. So very true Janice. I can't begin to tell you the very unexpected, tumultuous and amazing set of dots that led us to be playing at the Viper Room with all those amazing people in the crowd on Sunday. I've learnt to be at peace with my dots. I know I'm standing on one now, and another is soon to come. I don't actually think the dots lead somewhere specific though. They just lead to the next dot, and all the great experiences you have at each dot. Thanks so much for your hand in making Sunday the great night it was. And for your inspiration to do my blog. :D

  4. I believe there's an Italian dot with your name on it just waiting for a connection. ;)


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