For the Love of Our Globe and Humanity

The most interesting aspect of travel: the people you meet who live at your destination and introduce you to their life on Mars or otherwise known as:

“Here is my home. Feel free to be a family with us.”

My trip to Europe contained bookends of brief solo time in Iceland where it’s less expensive to fly in and out from and I HIGHLY recommend it. A trip to Iceland should be on your bucket list if not on your “at least once every few years that I can travel” list. It is truly like nowhere else I have ever been in the industrialized world.  The word “calm” defined everything around me in a slow-motion dream that reached through each lightly populated city into the vast outlands surrounding and separating each. Erling drove the taxi that ushered me from Keflavík airport to the Blue Lagoon. We spoke of lost items (I had left my laptop on a plane at JFK hours earlier), his wife and children, education, the economy of Iceland, politics, and other worldly thoughts. He gave me his card and informed me that he would be happy to drive me into Reykjavik when I completed my time at Blue Lagoon.  When he picked me up hours later, he found a revitalized Dana with news of my laptop discovered in Shannon, Ireland and that all was not lost.  He took me on a  trip “off the taxi meter” to show me the home of the President of Iceland. He was happy to report that one could walk up, knock on the door, and ask for a cup of tea with him. There was no security of any kind.  “Shall we?” he asked.

Cut to my arrival in Brussels a couple of days later: the environment was the polar opposite to Iceland, all bustling, brusque, bold, and business. Caught up in the stream of fast movement from plane to the baggage area, I felt completely jolted from my Icelandic mist. After a very long walk following fleet-footed people who looked like they knew exactly where they were going, I heard something warm pull me toward voices, “YooHoo, Dana!  Over here!” In the bright white, modish baggage claim of Brussels-Zavantem airport stood my happy hosts in Belgium. “Teresa! Jaime!” I shouted back. My brain began to move more quickly through the dream state tunnel as I felt myself whisked out of the vacation daze into a more rapid pace. In a flurry of activity, my bags were picked up and tossed into a car. Away we drove to their home as the exciting conversation ensued about flights from the U.S. to Iceland, the experience of the Blue Lagoon, and some great sights to visit in Brussels all in English and Spanish.  Spanish is spoken in the Andreu-Perello home though people of Brussels speak French and everywhere else in Belgium, Dutch is the official language. Thus began the due diligence of my brain to acclimate to my new surroundings via Vulcan mind meld.

This was one year ago. Both Iceland and Brussels are a bit different today. As the U.S. celebrates her independence from Britain, the Brits awaken from a drunken stupor to their Brave New World without the EU while Brussels requests that they “Hurry up” already since the consequences of their Leave campaign negatively affect everyone. Iceland lost to France in the Euro Quarter-final 5-2, so travel there inexpensively on the aptly named WOW air to console the beautiful people who lose like champions!  My Reyka has arrived just in time and here’s a nectarous off-topic tip for you:  Earth Balance Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread. Most delicious food ever; you’ll want to eat it like a dessert.

Happy ItDepends Day!

For your listening pleasure:  Lighthouse  and Meeting in the Stars

Globe Cartographers Guild

About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I was a part-time faculty member until 2009 when I became full-time. My career as an audio engineer spans 27 years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassetter 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991. The club and its staff are like family. I have maintained a live sound production company since 1989 called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST145). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. A few CCSF Projects: - Produced a promotional video for the Math department Bridge Program titled "Quadratic Rap". - Produced a new employee orientation video for the Human Resources department at CCSF - Coordinated audio for camera - SF Mayoral Debate, Fall 2011 - Coordinator of Audio Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Fall 2011 - Co-Coordinator of Video Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Spring 2012 Outside Affiliations: - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - current member of Audio Engineering Society - current Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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4 Responses to For the Love of Our Globe and Humanity

  1. Evelyn T says:

    I can’t believe its been a year since your trip to Iceland & Belgium. Do you ever go back to read our emails to each other back then?


    Sent from my iPad


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