October Starts The Right Way – Shit Tons of Pictures of Demi Lovato and Look! COLOR!

October started the right way. I got published three times already and it’s only the 5th. I am also writing this on early afternoon on a Monday instead of my drunken ramble at midnight of how things are going. Also, instead of keeping it simple and choosing a celebrity that I only saw once or twice, I chose Demi Lovato, who I saw a lot.

The week went by fast. Not only did I get published three times, I also worked on my longest article yet. I just sent it in. It’s going to take a couple of days (maybe even weeks) to hear back and know if it got accepted or if I failed. But either or, I am inspired to keep on writing throughout the next couple of weeks to get to that luscious $$$$$.

Speaking of which, I am still pseudo-broke. I will be paying rent a couple days late this month. A last minute tour I organized through Tijuana Adventure rescued my weekend from not having any spending cash. I made $100 and got to hang out with three young Canadians in vacation who had a strong desire to party. In the process of partying I manage to spend half of what I have earned… I took Friday off to just recover from the previous wild night (more about it in my other blog).


^Drinking with the Canadians at Cervecería Fauna! (Which I also reviewed and one of my favorite spots).

If you want to visit Tijuana and drink beer with me, book a tour through Tijuana Adventure.

Here are links to my articles on the San Diego Reader:



Fun fact: both food reviews mention gnomes.

Demi Lovato.

Apparently she is in the news because she got naked. And not because her pictures got leaked, but because she posed for Vanity Fair. Demi Lovato nude, click here. She looks real, she was always real, never really heard any of her music. That’s what she does, right? Music?

I saw her a lot and she was always a sweetheart. I only have pictures of her at LAX, but I am sure I saw her in the street as well.

The first time I saw her, I had no idea who she was. She was 17 years-old, I was a 23 year-old paparazzo sent on a job at LAX. Demi was wearing AC/DC shirt and flashed me a smile. She was one of my favorite celebrities to take pictures of since that day.
 March 6, 2009.

This picture is of Dallas Lovato….
I was supposed to be training a new paparazzo, who was a guy that was weird as fuck. We followed the Lovato family believing that Demi was in the car. I remember pulling next to them on a red light and realizing Demi wasn’t in the car. Nutjob noob wanted to follow anyway just to make sure. Dallas Lovato came out on her way to an audition, we took pictures though she is not famous. I told the noob that the job was over that we should go find a better story, but he insisted on following them. That’s why I have a folder of pictures of Dallas Lovato.
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Don’t remember this set at all, so… uhh… no comment. Here is Demi Lovato departing LAX on December 18, 2009:
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Pictures of her arriving at LAX on January 3rd, 2010. Again, barely have memory of this set, but I know she was nice to me, you can clearly see her smiling at waving at the camera.
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Then some pictures of her departing on January 23, 2010.
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jan 23 100

On her arrival flight the next week, January 29, there were many paparazzi there as well as autographers.
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jan 29 100
Some pictures of her looking cute on March 6, 2010.
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So, I never posted pictures in color because I’d figured if I post them on B&W and over-edited, then people can’t use them (without ruining them with a watermark). But fuck it. These pictures look better in color and it’s not like I care if people replicate the pictures I took without my permission (if you do, credit at least please). These pictures are from May 30, 2010.
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may 30
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 This picture was the one that made me decide to post color. Demi is just entering her car, but it looks like she is posing with a mirror on a photoshoot. I loved taking the reflection picture, even if they never really sold.

On June 14, 2010, her whole family flew to Cabo. And there are pictures of both the departures and the arrivals. Again, all pleasant shoots.
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The pictures of her arrival the following week on, June 19. I decided to post them in color, because look, a pretty dress!
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june 19 2010 fam
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june 19 2010

I don’t remember this night, but the pictures show that there were a lot of paparazzi in the scene and that Demi wasn’t happy. She covered her face and didn’t allow pictures, also, apparently her foot was broken. March 3, 2011.
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mar 3 11 cover
And to end the Demi Lovato extravaganza with color, the final set. These were taken on March 10, 2011, a few months before I quit my job. I should have taken my picture with Demi, she was always so nice that I know she would have said yes.
mar 10 11 glow – Overexposed, but I like the glow of the sun.
mar 10 11 tsa – I have no idea who her hot friend is.

Here are all the screencaps I have of my pictures being used in magazines/blogs.
Demi Lovato People 2 Demi Lovato People Demi Lovato Peopla LAX Demi Lovato JJr 3-7-09 Demi Lovato JJr 2 Demi Lovato JJr

Until next week.

A pile of work, a pile of laundry – There is no justice like Victoria Justice

Though I work all of last week, it made no difference in my $$$$ situation.

Of course I could have worked way more, but I can’t stop playing Diablo 3.

I did work a lot, though cleaning your apartment doesn’t pay. And if it did pay, I am not that good of a cleaner. I didn’t even clean it all, I usually clean by sections every week. I vacuum the living room, next week I re-organize my bedroom, then clean the kitchen and eventually do the bathroom. I cleaned the bathroom this week, the tile looks extra clean and the toilet extra white. All this work however is pointless to my finances. Sure my living space looks better and this is good for a general attitude, hooray! I don’t live in a shithole, but it sure could be better. A pile of dirty laundry sits nearby me, sigh, it seems like life is about constant cleaning. Change or repetition, they are the same, they are completely different.

I also have a lot of work piled up. An article that should have been an easy news story turned out to be a much larger idea. I spent all last week doing field research, for something that at the end might get rejected. Maybe the investment will pay larger in the long run, but then I’ll get stuck in that loop again of feeling poor and not eating well, to feeling rich and wasting all my money so I end up poor again. No matter how much I decide to “work” it still not be just.

Maybe it is time for a new job. It is the season to be another retail slave and get my minimum wage salary going. After all, I do have a SENTRI card and I could cross the border to work for what Mexican workers only dream of. Border life surely is strange, but I am never going back to LA.

It is late, I am tired and there is much to do, this post didn’t make much sense…. and some Diablo 3 to be played. Again I post after midnight of a Monday, so might as well say I’ll post every Tuesday before dawn instead of the weekly Monday. Or maybe I should start writing on Sunday night, editing Monday morning and posting at an appropriate time. Expect a post next week, recommend a celebrity, I took pictures of a lot.

Here are some Victoria Justice pictures.

I chose her, because I only saw her once so I don’t have to edit that many pictures. I had no idea who she was, but I ended up getting a great set. I actually had to zoom in one of the pictures to read her ID and find out who she was. I just thought “beautiful girl, she must be a celebrity.” I was right.

These pictures of Victoria Justice were taken on September 20th, 2010 at LAX. I also saw Jennifer Connelly that day and posted about it. Tori Spelling and Miranda Cosgrove were the other celebrities I spotted, only four that day, the average was around seven.

One of the first pictures of the set, didn’t even know who she was. Zoomed into her college ID and saw her name, also a picture of her roaring at the camera (zoom in, it’s very cute).
Uh oh! She realizes there is someone taking pictures and she is wearing no make-up.
It is all good, she is being flirtatious with me and she goes through TSA.
They are just like Us! Shitty Us magazine loved the pictures of celebrities taking their shoes off.
And then, she does this. I was the only one there taking pictures. I had no idea who she was, kind of don’t still. Sure some Nickelodeon celebrity/now singer, I know how to google, I just never really seen her in anything. But anyway, Victoria Justice, you were awesome and it was a really fun shoot.

A long week of work and figuring out more work is ahead of me. Then a couple of weeks of being broke. After that, hopefully I’ll have some money or a new job. In the meantime I’ll posting about those times I took pictures of celebrities for money.

Mehh Tolerance Break Sort of Fail – I am taller than Batman! Christian Bale

My tolerance break wasn’t much of a break. I didn’t really stop smoking, I did however slowed it down a lot and did go a couple of days without smoking at all.  I noticed a few differences, both positive and negative, but more than anything, negative.

Positive things: I was a tad more productive. I didn’t spend much money, but that was mainly influenced because I am also broke.

Negative things: If I am normally a dick, I was more of an irritable dick than ever. Things pissed me the fuck off. Seriously. I fucking hated everyone and everything. Boredom was more prevalent and I wasn’t inspired to do anything. Also, food sucks when not high. Nothing is as delicious as it usually is, my appetite is for the most part is completely gone. I also drank more than usual with less of the effect. I actually was getting angry drunk, which I am usually not, I am usually a horny drunk.

So in general, tolerance break was a failure. Like I said, I was a tad more productive and I got published 3 times with one article pending. Here, read some of the things I actually get paid to write.

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I realized I only linked you to two articles instead of three. That’s because sometimes I don’t like my name on my articles so they remain hidden to protect my identity. I actually don’t care, but my roommate gets concerned about me getting kidnapped/murdered. And Tijuana is getting a bit crazy (making me think I should move back to the USA).

Speaking of Tijuana, I need to start pushing my tours way more. That I designed a simple poster. It needs improvement and I will be printing out flyers/posters to make my tours grow. I have a tour planned for September 26th as a test drive and I invited redditors. Here is the idea of the poster, but it still needs to get better, with a QR code and more information.

Beer tour

If you want to beer hop with me and party in Tijuana, check out my tours at TijuanaAdventure.com or send me an email through here.

I still need more work and more money. I even applied for a different job as a tour guide, but got completely ignored :(

I didn’t get paid last week like I was hoping, so I remain broke. I sent an email to finances and to my editors to get a check before payday, so at least I’ll get paid a reasonable amount this Friday. I have from today until next Tuesday to get work done, get published and make enough money for rent.

I might have to look for a real job soon, since many times I have writer’s block and I run out of ideas. I actually wanted to work on a story this morning, but I woke up with horrible stomach pains. So I called a day off for myself. I didn’t start feeling better until around 8 p.m. I made coffee around 10 p.m. and now I am writing this. My work week official starts now.

Anyway, TO THE CELEBRITY! Here are pictures of Batman, just because my roommate told me he likes Christian Bale. I saw Mr. Bale a few times, but my hard drive only has two folders. What I vividly remember is one time I was taking pictures of Bale at LAX and an older woman came at me and asked me who I was taking pictures of. When I told her, and I said ITS MOTHER FUCKING BATMAN OVER THERE, she replied by saying “What?! That’s not Christian Bale! He is so tiny, Batman is supposed to be gigantic.” (Those weren’t direct quotes, but what my memory of what the chick said).

Yes you dumbfucks, celebrities look different in person (was my usual thought). Christian Bale is not tiny, he is actually 6’0, but I guess that’s not big enough for Batman (HAH! I am taller than Batman!) There is probably nothing more irritable to the paparazzi than civilians stopping you and asking who you are taking pictures off. LOOK AT WHERE MY FUCKING CAMERA IS POINTING AND FUCKING FIGURE IT OUT. IF YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE THEM IT MEANS YOU DONT KNOW WHO THEY ARE SO YOU DON’T REALLY CARE. And after you tell them who they are, they scoff and say “HA! That’s not even a celebrity you dumb paparazzi.” This happened way more often than you think.

At first, I could only find only one folder of Christian Bale, but then I searched for Batman and BAM! Pics of Bale with his wife and daughter, Aaron Ekchart and other cast from The Dark Knight arriving at LAX at Tom Brady International. As they were arriving, there was an earthquake in Los Angeles. Because of the paparazzi action, I did not feel shit. It was until after the shoot that I looked around and everyone was surprised that the whole airport shook for 10 seconds.

These pictures are from July 29, 2008:
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These other pictures are from May 24, 2009. Again, Christian Bale with his family. And check it out! My brother is on the background (one of my top 10 photographers of all time and the one that taught me most of my camera work). But of course he acts like an older brother so for the most he scoffed my way.

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There you have kids! Batman and his family! They were all pretty nice. I remember seeing him other times and still being super chill.

BAM! and I actually posted on a Monday. Fuck… 22 minutes late. It is now Tuesday. I was late on my blog, but it is not like I pull that much traffic on my weekly blargle for anyone to notice or care. But I have an excuse, the chick I have been seeing called me on the phone. If she only knew how much I hate the phone she would appreciate that I talked to her for like 2 hours, making me late on my blog. I hate liking her. Especially because I see drama unfolding in front of my eyes and there is nothing I can do to stop it. Romance is fucking silly.

Tolerance Break Cuz I am Broke – James Franco Thinks I am Awesome – Chapter 19 and non-sense

Summer is over, though the weather doesn’t show it. It’s been hot as fuck. And it is time to slow down my vices.

There is nothing that I enjoy more than great food, coffee, beer (whisky) and marihuana. But all those things besides being awesome, are expensive and make me lazy. At least I got work done last week. I sent in a total of three stories, two food reviews and a newsy one about Taxi vs Uber. On the newsy article, I worked for a couple of days and took my sweet little time, which was overkill, I could have just worked on it one day and kept it simple. But no, I am obsessed with Tijuana and with my ideas, that I wrote 1,600 words. I wish I could get my own column somewhere.

Saturday was the San Diego Reader’s Feast and since I work for them, I got a couple of VIP tickets. I went on a mandate with writer, Justin, who just started sending stuff to the Reader but writes in many other sites. The food was outstanding for the most part, but the people in SD and the music were so horribly bland and white (not racially, just in the way they act).

11849148_1055949937757220_1729462368_n – Assortment of free crap I got at the party.

The VIP ticket included two free drinks, a small cup, two paper votes for the best food and basically everything inside was for free. I ate and drank so much to the point that I almost puked. I gave my vote to Sushi Freak and to a tostada place that was the side business for City Tacos in North Park. The sushi was very well served, with a side of cucumber and a small shot of sake. The tostada had a floor of watermelon (that deceiving acted like fish), then fish, peanuts and other goodies. My vote was mostly influenced by the weather, it was so damn hot. Everything else I ate was also great, but especially an Italian place that I don’t even know the name off (I was already drunk, but it was so good that it deserved my vote).

^I am somewhere in this picture, find Waldo.

After overindulging and having a king’s worth of a feast, I went back home to Tijuana, where I had my date with my ex-girlfriend. She ditched me. My Saturday turned to crap and I did nothing but play video games.

The end of 2015 is ahead and though I accomplished some of the things I wanted this year, I haven’t really made much money and other things have been completely forgotten. All the updates I wanted to do to my tours, TijuanaAdventure, haven’t happened and I don’t see them happening soon. Some people have emailed me, but I haven’t done a tour since that lovely couple from North County (and Australia). It might be time to get another part-time job (already send an email to apply for one).

It is also time to slow down everything, especially marihuana, and have a tolerance break for a week or more. This is not because I want to quit, it is because I am broke and I have been overdoing it. It is time to save money and start working hard towards my goals, except when it is party time with my band, Donkichow! So I am not smoking until next rehearsal (which is rare) or next show.

^Donkichow. Yes, I always wear that hat by Alpaca India.

Speaking of which, the next show we have booked is on September 25th at Mous Tache Bar in Tijuana with Stoneworm, Sun of These Days and maybe more.

For those who know me, they know I constantly smoke. When I haven’t smoked, people think I am high and when I am done smoking (which is every other minute) no one says a thing. So I think I have that kinda stoner face. A lot of people say I look like Shaggy (from Scooby Doo, and the actor Matthew Lillard, not the cartoon). But I do have pictures of someone that always looks stoned, even though he might not be (possibly he is though). I admire him as an actor since Freaks and Geeks, but in person he was a bit weird and not cool with the paps. Only one time he was really cool with me and my friend that worked for TMZ. Here are my stories and pictures of James Franco.

These first couple of pictures are from September 27, 2008, which means, I was barely starting as a paparazzo. I remember being by myself, taking a couple of pictures with my flash camera and him not having any. You can see how angry he was, but after that, I only used my long lens and he was more chill.

The second time I saw him was on April 4, 2010, I also did not have luck (again, completely by myself). I took a few pictures without him noticing me, but they were no good. Then the flash came out and he was not having any and just walked with his head down. Pictures were not that good, I was disappointed he was not a cool stoner like I expected.
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And finally, the last time I saw him was almost when I was about to quit my job. It was on March 13, 2011 when Franco arrived at Terminal 5, my TMZ friend was there. We did not bother him and only took pictures/video from far away and we told him we were big fans and just chill. I did not use my flash camera (though I should have… ). Franco is such a normal dude he just took the LAX shuttle instead like most celebrities that have limousines. He took a video of us while he was on the shuttle and then tweeted about us… A bit after that, he deleted his Twitter account.

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This is the tweet mentioning us, we were the awesome paparazzi dudes.
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When I quit my job back in 2011, I had the idea of writing a book about my paparazzi days. Not much ever got done, but I did write a few chapters while my memories were still fresh. This is one of the first things I ever wrote 4 years ago, unrevised, unedited, never published just true form of what I wrote back in the day. Is most likely embarrassing. I’ll read it after posting it.

I have a lot of work this week and hopefully I’ll make enough money to survive until my next paycheck or new job, let’s see what comes first. Until next Monday when I will be talking about my success or my failures like always. In the mean time, here is more of my words.


Chapter 19

I don’t even if this is going to be chapter 19, I just felt like calling it chapter 19. To start, I’ll try to summarize my week quickly so we can move on to this strange but great day of March.

The week started super slow, for which I was thankful for, since I started feeling sick on Saturday. We basically took Monday off.

The list in LAX was really nothing, the e-mail I wrote to my co-worker, Hudson, in the a.m. was the following (not edited):


180 cicely tyson dep 4:30 pm

21 tyra banks, blair underwood arr 10:42 pm

185 sam jackson past midnite

James Franco- UA 857 dep 9:15 m

Brett Ratner- AF 65  dep 3:45 pm

Lisa Ling UA 84 dep 8:30  am

Tom Selleck UA 84

Brian Austin Green UA 82 dep 10:42 pm (or arrives at 9)

Chris Matthews UA 57 dep 9 am

so basically.. NO LIST. hahah

i couldnt sleep last nite and I feel like i have a fever again. so i need rest anyway. let me know when you wanna roll in.. if even.

also. you have my D3 charger and my check :P

On Tuesday I adopted a puppy. Well, not quite, my brother who was going with his girlfriend to New York City had a puppy, and I volunteer to baby sit him for the week. This adorable puppy of three months named Cornelio went from living in a house in Tijuana to an apartment in Los Angeles. The puppy is not trained in anyway, so he pissed and pooped wherever he felt like, poop which I picked up for the whole week (I also tried to train him). The list was similar to Monday’s so I didn’t go to work until night time that I went to LAX for Russell Brand and Jake Gyllenhaal on the same flight. I worked it with my brother, Brand was nice, Gyllenhaal after great effort, he succeeded in escaping.

Wednesday I took off, basically the list was empty and I wanted to take care of the puppy. I also started to feel a little better, I even played tennis with my brother, I won, and I was still sick.

Thursday had a pretty good list, and me and Hudson worked it nicely. We got Minnie Driver, Joe Jonas, Hillary Duff, Natasha Bedingfield and Demi Lovato. Everyone was surprisingly nice that day, smiled for every picture and talked to us when we greeted them.

I was off on Friday/Saturday so Hudson covered LAX by himself. Friday I got a tattoo and took Cornelio to the Beach. Saturday I spent it playing with Cornelio and taking him places. At night time some random girl started texting me, and she ended up coming over to my place, and finally Sunday which is usually really busy day for LAX.

I woke up next to someone that wasn’t Cornelio (he slept with me since the first night). It was daylight savings time, so the day I started it earlier than it was supposed too. I got rid of the girl early morning since I had to go to work. I went back to my room and figured out LAX for today. This was the e-mail:

RN HOWARD UA 25 arr 9:30 am

RACHELLE LEFEVRE- AA 3156 dep 10 am


ANGELA BASSETT- AC 798 dep noon

RYAN SEACREST- UA 890 dep 1:50 pm

SELINA GOMES UA28 dep 4:27 pm

KATE BECKINSALE- AC 796 dep 3:15 pm

JOHN LITHGOW- AA 19  arr 1:37 pm

EWAN MCGREGOR- BA 282 dep 6:50 pm

CATHERINE HARDWICKE- AA 427  arr 8:05 pm

BLAKE LIVELY- UA 27 arr 7 pm


117 james franco arr 5 pm

2 debra messing dep 9:30 am

133 sarah silverman arr 7 pm

32 ashley green, vanessa minillo dep 1:45 pm

see you at around noon at AA?

So I went back to sleep and just my luck, my boss woke me up with a call around 10:42 a.m. I’m sure he could tell I was still sleeping on a work day. He called me to tell me Ashley Greene changed her flight to 9:30 p.m. I took a shower, fed Cornelio and cleaned up all his mess. Had some yoghurt and drove to Starbucks to meet Hudson at noon. We carpooled to LAX. Competition (Bauer-Griffin) was at LAX already along with Goth. Two photographers that I used to work with were there, so we chatted while we waited for Vanessa Minnillo to show up. Just like usual, she checked herself in without any airport assistance and went to the checkpoint. We took pictures on the way and she was nice about it, though we heard that she was complaining about us to TSA.

One set done, next up is Kate Beckinsale at a different terminal. Before walking over to try to get Beckinsale, I told Hudson I heard Lindsay Lohan was flying out on the same flight that she was booking for days now. I said it was probably a bad tip and that we shouldn’t worry about it, but he insisted in staying back to wait if it happens. I went to Terminal 2 with Goth and on the way Marcelo texted me that he was at Terminal 1 waiting for Snooki and JWoWW to arrive. I went for them first, since it was most likely going to happen quickly. It never happened. Walked to terminal 2 and Goth told me he hasn’t seen anything, so I knew that wasn’t going to happen either.

To my surprise, Lindsay Lohan did go to LAX, and Hudson got decent pictures, though competition was around, he easily outshot them. Lindsay wasn’t supposed to leave the state because she was on probation and going to court. We had to go send the frames as fast as possible, so we went back to Starbucks to edit and send. We rushed back to LAX for Selena Gomez, and her car was already there. Justin dropped me off and he went to park the car.  My boss and Goth were there for graphs already, I went to talk to them, they weren’t sure if she was in the car, but I knew she was. My boss confused her stepdad with her bodyguard, who was checking in for them while she waited inside the car. Hudson made it from the parking lot while she still waited (its a good 200 yards away). Allan Zassy, competition showed up out of nowhere. I tried distracting him, but it wasn’t working, Selena was about to get out of the car. Her stepdad walked by the graphers and said she wasn’t going to sign today. She came out of the car and I started taking pictures with my flash camera while Zassy used his long lens (its usually the other way around). She made a noise like she was scared, I said “sorry, Selena” and she responded “don’t worry, I just wasn’t expecting you guys” which was really weird, since we were outside her car with our cameras out and I’m sure she saw us. The pictures weren’t that great, but at least she was a bit nicer than the last time I shot her.

By the end of the shoot, my boss told me and Hudson about Drew Barrymore flying in with her boyfriend to Long Beach airport tonight. He told us to skip the night jobs and not to worry about Ashley Greene. We had a little break but Justin and I were devastated that we were going to have to work late at night and all the way in Long Beach. Not only it was far, we don’t really know that airport as well as LAX.

We went home to check on Cornelio, walk him a little bit and edit the Selena Gomez and Vanessa Minnillo sets, the only thing so far. Next thing on the list was Ewan McGregor, who is not very nice to the paparazzi, though one time he was really nice to me (I was nicer to him). On my way back to LAX, I went to grab lunch at Quiznos and Hudson got there for McGregor earlier than I thought he would show up. He showed up early. Justin called me right after I was done with Quiznos to tell me that he was there and that he wasn’t very nice that he almost attacked him, he needed back-up, quick. I went as fast as I could, but when I got there, it was all over. He didn’t do anything to Justin, except rudely insult him and said the usual stuff like “you are garbage” and “get a real job already!”

Since he came early, we had another small break because James Franco’s flight was delayed. On our way back for Franco, I spotted JC (Kate Beckinsale’s airport rep) at Terminal 2. I knew Kate had to rebook since she didn’t show up earlier. The rep took the bags out of the car, ran inside, and then put them back inside her car, got inside the car and drove off. It was really odd, so we thought the car was going to just go around and get back to Terminal 2. After a while we didn’t see the car again, so I turned around and took a really far away picture of terminal 3, zoomed in and saw two specs, one black and the other one white, that looked like JC and Kate Beckinsale walking into the terminal. I was right, but we didn’t get their in time and she was already going through security and the pictures were lame.

We walked to Terminal 4 for James Franco, and Big Shane was there waiting with Goth and the plane had arrived. We had the wrong flight number he wasn’t on it. I called Jesse because he told me he was going to cover it, and he told me he had him on a Delta flight in twenty mins. So I walked to Terminal 5 while Hudson went back to his car for a little break. Jesse had the right info on his flight and we got him. It was quite odd, James Franco is usually not nice, though I’m a huge fan of his. There was a car waiting for him curbside. I shot him coming down the escalator, and he went the opposite of the car, which was a huge surprise because he usually walks straight to his limo, doesn’t say a word, looks down and gets in. We looked at the car, there was someone already in it. We followed Franco downstairs, we thought he would go to baggage claim so we gave him space. He walked outside and did not grab any of the drivers. He suddenly cross the street and I had no idea what he was doing and he signal a Rental Car Shuttle Bus towards him. I ran in front of him and got pictures of him getting on the bus. He sat next to the door and grabbed his cellphone and started filming us, shooting him. Out of fear, I kept my camera on my face, though I really wanted to smile and wave at him. He later posted that video he took on his twitter account and wrote:

After Franco, Jesse told me he had Melissa Joan Hart on a flight in which I had Blake Lively. I’ve never shot Melissa, but I have experience with Lively, and she does not like it one bit. Though I don’t understand why, she dresses up really cute and looks amazing overtime she goes to LAX, and she’s really not that famous. We never saw Blake, but we got Melissa and she was nice, I told her I grew up watching all her shows, she laughed about that.

Finally, it was time for me and Hudson to head down to Long Beach airport to a job I did not want to do out of fear and because I didn’t think it was worth it. We needed one to follow her vehicle and the other one to take pictures and to spot the vehicle. I ended up being the one that was going to take the pictures and he was going to follow. LGB is really small, and I’ve been there once before, so I felt like I knew the drill. The lighting was better so I didn’t have to flash and I could remain hidden the whole time. There were a lot of people in there, and four drivers waiting for the flight, only one did not carry a sign. Before the board information changed from “landed” to “arrived” Drew Barrymore and her new boyfriend came out of nowhere to practically right in front of me, since I was waiting near the driver with no sign by the baggage claim area. She hugged the driver and introduced the new boyfriend, I grabbed my phone and called Justin to let him know what was going on. She sent the driver to get the car and she went to baggage claim with her boyfriend.

Drew is one of those that doesn’t like to get her picture taken unless she feels right about it or she’s happy or something, but you could never tell, so I played it safe. I hid and stalked her, which I hate to do, but I had to do it, to wait for the right moment to risk everything and take a picture.

Before I even had time to hide she was already making out with the new boyfriend and the light was decent enough, but the angle and the crowd did not make it easy. I switched angles, hid some more, worked as hard as I could to get pictures of her and the new boyfriend without being seen, not only by her, but by the people around me. If I get seen by civilian I risk they will tell Drew about me taking pictures and it will all crumble. The tension is on, I also have to keep an eye on the driver who went to go get the car, and be on the phone with Hudson to tell him everything that is happening. They move to the beginning of the claim, there’s not that many people there, but its darker, I have the right angle but I’m in an obvious spot, its an “all or nothing” moment so I stay put and start taking pictures. I don’t think they saw me, but I hid my camera and they walked right next to me. They were standing curbside waiting for the driver, traffic at LGB was terrible. I went far and around to the parking lot where I could hide and take pictures without bothering them, but also with terrible light and from far away.

She was still hugging him and kissing him and being a really cute couple, and I was taking pictures from the parking lot on a real low shutter speed and real high ISO. A cop saw me taking pictures and flash his flashlight my way. I ignored it because I thought he knew what I was doing, and I kept taking pictures and telling Hudson what was going on. The car was finally there it parked 20 feet from Drew, but she didn’t even noticed it because she was being busy fondling her boyfriend (there were people all around them). The driver had to get out, and run towards them to grab their attention and helped them with the bags. I switched my angle and moved with them towards the car but from the parking lot and kept taking pictures. The cop yelled at me “Hey! You stop”. Which I understood as, you better leave or we’re going to come bug you. I got scared, and went to my car since I did not want to deal with cops, there was nothing illegal to what I was doing, I just don’t like dealing with cops. I got to my car, sat down and I saw a cop coming towards me, I did not move and opened my door slowly and grabbed my wallet.

He ordered me to get out of my car, to leave my wallet on top of the trunk of my car and go against the wall and spread my legs. He told me to put my hands behind my back and then reached to grab him like he was going to arrest me. I was scared shitless. He asked me if I’ve ever been arrested, I never have. He searched me and couldn’t find anything. He asked for my ID and did the whole cop drill. The megaman 2 Flashman theme played over and over on my cellphone, it was Hudson trying to get at me to find out what was going on.Then the cop finally started asking me what I was doing and he ordered me to show him the video I was taking. I told him I was taking pictures and not a video, and he asked for the video again. I showed him the pictures and told him there was no video and explained to him the whole situation. I thought I was in trouble for sure, but he ended up being a really nice guy and I explained who I was and how I dislike my job and everything that happened that day. He was curious into how we get the information that she was going to be here, and I told him I don’t know, which is the truth, I have no idea how my boss knew she was on the flight. Two other cops came in, but didn’t really talk to me, just to the first cop. He asked me a couple more of the usual questions and let me answer my phone, I told Justin to hold on for a little bit, that the cops were with me, the cop corrected me and said that I was with them, all the cops laughed. Then he told me to be more careful next time I’m at LGB, that they were ready to draw guns at me and tell me to freeze because they thought I could have been a terrorist. I told him he will most likely never see me again, but that if I went to LGB I’ll let an officer know that I’m there taking pictures of a celebrity and hiding from them, and not from the law. He seemed satisfy and let me go.

Hudson was still worried about the follow, but I told him there was nothing we could do, that I almost got arrested and the traffic was terrible. There was also no point on the follow, they were probably just going home, but our boss had the suspicion they might go somewhere weird and random. We will never find out.

sidenote: I completely fell in love with this puppy, he is actually right next to me right now, still playful though its late at night. We will be sleeping in the same bed in a while.

The Procrastination Station – Tommy Chong & Cheech Marin

It was going to happen eventually. Last blog post I was late a couple of days. Then I skipped posting for one week and I am finally posting now. I wasn’t that busy or anything, I haven’t been doing much but smoking, playing video games and watching Getting Doug With High.

I actually started writing the blog post last Monday, but it was all about how I had writer’s block and that I couldn’t find the pictures of Doug Benson that I took. I saw Doug Benson once at LAX coming from a flight in Air Canada, he was with Brian Posehn. They both looked at me weird for taking their pictures as if they were real celebrities (I was most likely waiting for someone better).

I haven’t been working, my profile on the magazine shows that my last article was on August 7th, a month ago. All I’ve done is watch Getting Doug With High and play video games. At least Donkichow (my mathrock band) played another show in San Diego (at The Hideout) and another video was uploaded thanks to our one fan, Kevin.

I wrote this song eight years ago for my college senior recital and now I am playing it with my band:

The band seems to be growing, we plan to do some recordings soon and hopefully by next year will do a West Coast tour.

The story that I got paid for two weeks ago (and the most I’ve gotten paid for one article) hasn’t been published yet. But I have spent most of the money, so it is time to start working again. Though no much action has happened, this week and the next will be all work. Few articles are in my mind and I will write them without fear of rejection (and if they do, fuck it, learning process).

It seems like my life is like it was eight years ago when I was a senior in college. I procrastinate a lot, party often, work on my essays whenever I feel like it and still get A on my classes. Except I don’t go to class, instead I write for a magazine and write on my blog/journal every Monday.

I haven’t been doing much tours with TijuanaAdventure, I’ve actually been ignoring emails. Like I said before, I never really wanted to be a tour guide, it just kinda happened. I thoroughly enjoy giving tours and I have met a lot of wonderful people, but I am so awkward at charging money for just being me that I don’t accept just anyone on my tours. With that in mind, I am aware that it is where the money is, so I will start setting more tours so I can buy new guitars (and a car).

Anyway, in honor for me being a grand stoner procrastinator and because I’ve been watching a lot of Getting Doug With High and couldn’t find my Doug Benson pictures, here is something way better. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin. I never saw them together, but did see them with their wives. Tommy’s wife is insanely hot and they are both the nicest people ever. Cheech is also cool as hell, but you can tell he doesn’t enjoy the spotlight as much.

Cheech and Chong are hilarious on their episode, except that Chong didn’t even smoke :(

I think I saw them more times than my hard drive tells me. According to my pictures, the first time I saw Cheech was on August 8th 2009, which according to wikipedia is their wedding date. I believe they were on their way to their honeymoon and a TMZ cameraman asked Cheech if Chong gave him anything for the wedding. Cheech replied that one huge blunt.

Anyway, pictures of Cheech with his wife Natasha Rubin:

Here are some pictures of Tommy Chong and his wife, Shelby. First picture is them departing on American Airlines on November 4, 2009. The second is them departing United Airlines November 22, 2009 (Shelby not pictured). And the third is them departing on March 3rd, 2010 from Delta terminal 5.

Lastly, I have a picture of one lonely Cheech Marin. I have no recollection of this event and I am sure I was waiting on something more important, since I only took 10 pictures and left him alone.

Until next week, when hopefully my article will finally be published for me to show it off. Also, all the other articles I am working on STARTING NOW, should be published.

Something Like Purgatory – Antonio Banderas and Julia Roberts

Too much happens in one week.

Sometimes I think about posting in the middle of the week because so much happened in two days that I know I am going to forget about it. But then I remember I have to hook-up the hard drive and edit pics, and I get lazy. So lazy that I am posting three days late.

I was in San Diego most of the weekend until Monday afternoon. My band, Donkichow, played the first show outside Tijuana at the Kensington Club. Here’s some videos:

Peppa Pig Teaches Us About Knife Safety:

French Maid Cleaning My House on Meth (Bonaficio Yaris Soncuatro):

Donkichow will be playing again Friday, August 28th in Tijuana and possible on September 3rd in San Diego.

The band stayed in a tiny studio apartment in gay San Diego, Hillcrest, with two dogs that we nicknamed Julia Roberts and Antonio Banderas (real names Zeta and Zorro).

I stayed an extra night on Sunday (it was horrible) because I needed to pick up my check from the Reader’s offices on Monday morning. They paid me for a story that hasn’t been publish, but will be a feature.

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I sent the story in two weeks ago and never heard back. I assumed it got rejected and that was the end of it. Suddenly on Thursday morning, as I was working, I got an email telling me about my payment.

I jumped up like crazy and started running around like I just won the lottery. I made a fatty paycheck with what I thought was lost. It was like finding a $20 on your pocket, except times thirty. And since then, I’ve been in purgatory. Waiting for the story to get published, not working on anything else, not even wanting to work on my blog.

Sorry this entry is a bit uninspired, that’s how I feel. Neither down on the dumps, nor up high. Just purgatory. Summer intense heat purgatory.


I never saw Julia Roberts. Everyone always says she’s a major bitch and I believe them. Unlike Antonio Banderas… WHO IS FUCKING AWESOME and a really nice guy. Spoke to him several times, mostly in Spanish. He was a really likable guy, down to earth and didn’t seem to mind the attention. Unlike some other Spaniard asshole (Javier Bardem).

The first time I saw Antonio was on May 22nd, 2009. I actually have little memory of this day and just remember that I had no idea who Melanie Griffith was, or that Banderas was married. Anyway, they arrived together from who knows where, but they were cool.

Then I saw him again on November 29th, 2009. Again, not many memories of this day. It seemed to be late and he was arriving with his whole family. All I remember from this picture is that it sold to Hola! the magazine, the Spanish and Mexican version (I remember reading it on my sales report, more about that someday).
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The next few times I saw him were solo. This one time on January 14th, 2010, he arrived sporting a beard. I remember he was super cool with everyone, there were a lot of graphers waiting for him and he signed a lot of posters.
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I guess I saw him a couple months later on March 2nd, 2010. Again sporting a beard and late at night. Do not remember this shoot.
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And finally, on May 13th, 2010. Beard gone, sporting a hat and judging from the pictures, he did not want to be seen. Still, the frames reveal that he stopped and gave a cigarette to a woman that asked as he was leaving the elevator.
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Speaking of beards. I shaved.
Until next time. Which should be in a few days, because I am posting way too late and I still want to post every Monday. Maybe I’ll start posting more often. I seriously have a hard drive filled with celebrities I saw in LAX and other places. There is easily over 500 different celebrities… maybe even a 1,000. It used to shoot 7-10 celebrities a day on average, more than 200 pictures per day… Sometimes I miss work.

I suck at the waiting game – Haylie Duff – Scarlett Johansson – Jennifer Connelly

I suck at the waiting game and that is where I am right now with several things in my life.

This last week was busy but not productive. I did not do much on the only thing that pays me, writing news stories. Instead I made an event on Tuesday for a band in Chicago at Mamut Brewery. Since it was a Tuesday, I didn’t go all out in the effort to do the show, but I did book several bands and played guitar myself. It turned out very awesome for a Tuesday night.

I started with classical guitar, my roommate and his ether-folk project “GravyyRiver” followed, then the 1MFS (one-man-freak-show), the guest band from Chicago, Zigtebra, brought down the house and  it ended with Sake Padrino, local jazz rockers. I have had Zigtebra’s single in my head since then and I am not the type that listens to a lot of pop. The pair of half-brother and sister remind me of She&Him, except fresher. They are on tour right now, check them out, here’s their single:

The show was followed by a party that didn’t really end until Wednesday. I did nothing that day but tried to sleep.

Thursday and Friday I actually did work on writing… work that might turn out to be a waste. I also went to the dentist on Friday, where I was a very impatient patient, I fucking hate waiting and the dentist (though she is a fucking babe). I sent in the article on Saturday and since then every email I get fakes me out thinking it might be the email of acceptance or rejection, but nah, mostly spam. Actually, almost every time I hear an email ring on my iPad, I think its work related, it almost never is.

On Saturday I also played a show, not solo, but with my mathrock band Donkichow. The show was at a venue called 1250, we opened for bands Heroin,  The Soaks and Sociedad Secreta del Vació. We received a bunch of positive feedback, so we are sounding better. Donkichow has a show in San Diego at the Kensington Club on August 22nd, with Pruitt Igoe, Fistfights With Wolves and Badabing.

Donkichow midshow - Picture by Karenyna

Donkichow midshow – Picture by Karenyna

Sunday was family time.

Monday, I did not post on my blog again, missing my own deadline. Monday disappeared. Monday was just waiting and nothing. It wasn’t until this Tuesday morning that I receive a work email and it like reactivated me. The article is probably going to get rejected. I don’t have anything to send, but much work to do. I have no TJ adventures set up and I am broke as fuck. It seems bad, but now I am forced to work, save money, not drink and be productive.

I suck at waiting.
I think that is why I decided to work at LAX instead of stalking celebrities from their home. I did that a lot as well, but it got me impatient that I would move from house to house. Sitting in your car waiting for someone to come out and then follow is annoying as fuck.

I have many memories of following celebrities down the streets of Los Angeles. I chased Jennifer Aniston from her Hollywood home all the way to Malibu with around 15 cars following as well, just for no one to get pictures. I didn’t do many chases with a lot of paps on my tail, but it did happen. That was probably the shittiest job ever and it fucking sucks to wait and at the end getting nothing. LAX tended to be a safer bet, and I should start working on safe bets instead of trying to go big.

Instead of waiting in just one person’s house, I would drive from celeb house to celeb house. Especially in the Burbank area, where many of the Disney celebrities lived almost next to each other. So I present to you, the shitty celebrity of the week: Haylie Duff.
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This picture was taken on January 14, 2009 and it surprisingly sold to US Magazine, you know… “they are just like us!” Haylie used to live almost next to Ashley Tisdale, who in turn lived closed to Hilary Duff and around the corner Jennifer Love Hewitt (and so on and on). So I was simply driving around the block when I spotted her bringing her garbage cans in, just parked in the middle of the street and took pictures. Apparently some other Brazilian was nearby and got mad that I blocked him.

I am open for recommendations of posting celebrities that I have on my hard drive, this week’s recommendation comes from The Lesbian Vegan (I am just going to call her that, it would make an awesome blog). She suggested Scarlett Johansson, and many others have asked me about her before. Scarlett is not a fan of the paps, so she is very difficult to take pictures off. I only saw her one time and was as sneaky as I could until she saw me. These pictures are from March 22nd, 2009.

I also asked my roommate who would be good to post and he said Jennifer Connelly. Another celebrity that is not a fan of the paps… So in this occasion, I hid in the parking lot with my long lens to avoid any confrontation. Jennifer and her husband, Paul Bettany, arrived together on September 20, 2010 and I believe they spotted me right away….
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If you have any celebrity requests, just let me know and I’ll dig up my hard drive, edit pictures and tell stories of my experiences with them.

Until next week and I am positive that I will be talking about getting published because I HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO NOW! Oh yeah.. and about Donkichow’s first show in San Diego.