December 16, 2008

I just got back from Eco Gift Festival in Santa Monica. [Video]

I just spent my first week out in LA since my grandma Ann and Aunt Dorothy passed away back when I was eight. I got to hang (and get my ass kicked in yoga class) with officially-dear-friend Seane Corn, witness an amazing huge successful (yes, even in this down eco-nomy) Eco Gift thanks to hunky Tommy Rosen and his lovely wife Kia Miller, and their wonderful volunteer Krewe…I got to run on the beach by dolphins and surfers, I got to jaw drop at the most astounding flora and fauna this Buddhist cowpoke’s ever seen, I got to meet some of the most amazing ecopreneurs this side of sustainability, give an elephant to idol Arianna Huffington (again thanks to Seane who intro’d us) and tell her (before she was whisked away by her handlers) that original video content oughta be her next big traffic-garnering move, in my humble slash idiotic slash self-serving opinion…I got to give Pangea to Val Kilmer, give a talk and then interview Mallika Chopra, Seane, ol’buddy Max Simon and lifetime pal Rainbeau Mars…I saw the most unbelievable film in years and ask a pointed question with followup of the filmmaker afterward, I bought my first two pairs of TOMS and went to three fabulously fabulous LA parties (two of ’em thanks to hooked-up pal Jen Sall) with model/actor waiters and waitresses, talented guests and schmoozing galore, I got to go to Urth and RFD (both of ’em) and a half-dozen other eco restaurants, any one of which could give Boulder’s eco-est a run for their green money. Final highlight of the trip: going to TOMS pop up store then seeing Global Green & Stacy Peralta host a screening of Made in America, again courtesy Miss Sall.

Below’s a lovely little rough draft video via a new filmmaker friend, Whitney Lauritsen:

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