I was going through some old files the other day and I came across a bunch from Project Hollywood. Ahh, the nostalgia. Here they are:
Me and some girl at the Standard. We switched jackets.
Mystery's winnings in a game of quarters. We put a glass ice bucket on one side of the room and took turns throwing our own quarters at it. The first person to get a quarter in got to keep all of the quarters that had missed. Some pots were $40+. Then Style's girlfriends would come, get cajoled into playing, and beat us every time.
The LA PUA summit in 2004. I initially organized it so that I'd get to meet all of the PUAs. Little did I know that I'd be living with them by then.
Me and a couple more girls at the standard. Check out my majestic boa that I used to wear all the time.
Jay (Formhandle from Fastseduction) sleeping with Katya's dog on top of him.
My room before I got furniture.
Mystery at our eating contest in Taco Bell. I won!
Playboy LA (Stephen Nash) and Mystery at Home Depot. We found a hilarious little pine tree/branch and labeled it as Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree.
Mystery and I in set at Chateau Marmont.
Mystery playing the Didgeridoo. Style later gave this away in some promotion.
Tyler and his girlfriend from Seattle.
Twentysix's suite that we made him as a joke.
Style unpacking his stuff. I think this was the first night I got there.
Mystery's bed. You can see a Justin Timberlake poster that we put on his ceiling while he was out on a date, hoping to cause some awkwardness when they got back.
Tyler and that dude from Black Eyed Peas. He somehow knew who EVERY celebrity was. "Oh, that's the bassist for X band. Let's get pictures."
TheOne making out with a girl at The Standard.
Papa in his hot tub in his bathroom. We went to IKEA and got a billion candles and spa pillows and stuff for it.
Papa and his parents, setting up his bedroom.
Mystery eating a napkin.
Dreamweaver eating a pickle at The Standard.
Twentysix romancing his hand.
Twentysix making his crazy hair spikes.
This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.
Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.
In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.
Leaving places where everything is right "just because."
I just arrived in Beijing. The air is cold and crisp, the pace is fast, people are wearing suits and carrying briefcases and the general vibe here is I'm on a mission.
I hate cold weather except in small doses, and I haven't spent more than two weeks in a cold-weather place during a cold time of the year since... I don't know when, it's been a long time. A few years.
I forgot how the cold makes people move fast, crisp, not dally, not lounge about... it's refreshing. I feel like I'm in New York a little before Christmastime, which (shitty cold weather aside) is one of my favorite times in one of my favorite places in the world.
But let's about traveling (and life) mistakes. The biggest mistake I've made, by far, is leaving a place where I'm very happy or productive or I've got a good workflow. Occasionally, everything is just right somewhere... and when everything is just right, I'd recommend you milk it for all it's worth.