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Mike Rusczyk makes a small visit to Santa Rosa. Checking in with friends, family, and changes. This is a looking back that looks forward or {a visit with}

Mike Rusczyk makes a small visit to Santa Rosa. Checking in with friends, family, and changes. This is a looking back that looks forward or {a visit with}

Visit with Rosa Bro

I have been thinking alot about changes lately and how they creep into our lives whether we know it or not. This recent trip back to my former hometown of 12 years was just another routine visit. Nothing out of the ordinary - saw some friends did some checking up and ate and drank alot.

The strange part came more as an overview with no real point of reference except a looking back on the past and looking at the present. Everyone is still doing what everyone does and, of course, there are tons of changes in every individual's life. But something else was nagging at me as I thought about where I am at. It was as if clarity had reached me and I was stepping into an understanding of how my time here works.

I know all that shit about hindsight and the other clichés but I swear this came on more as a perspective shift in my understanding.

I now realize that all the shit that happened to my parents has happened to me. It's as if I always thought that on down the road this and that will happen and I'll be in this place or there. The reality of the - I'm here never dawned on me until recently. I don't believe or mean to say that this is it, this is all it will be, now buy your houses have your families and do all the things that make up the remainder of your life. I just got this sort of kick in the way things come into focus.

A realization that there are opportunities here and that it's time to start thinking of them as windows that do disappear. This was an awaking to the here and now with its actual concrete importance being shown to me. Seeing my friends and family get on with their respective paths in life has only proved a reminder that this is happening, it's all happening right now. Not a conceptual now but for now as everything is changing and always has, so putting off the in inevitable for me is showing itself to be a bit old and outdated.

Sorry if this comes across as a micro midlife crisis or something we all know but don’t talk about, but this is where I am. Contained are some recent photos of Rosa as seen through a three-day trip, one block party, one visit to the Wagon Wheel and a hand full of conversations about all starting with the words how are things in LA.

- Mike

Visit with Rosa Bro
Visit with Rosa Bro
Visit with Rosa Bro
Wagon Wheel Matt
Wagon Wheel girls
Wagon Wheel Michelle
Wagon Wheel Michelle and Malissa
Wagon Wheel Matt
Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
Portrait Isaac Chalker
SR Block Party
Portrait Nick The Knife
Portrait Nick The Knife
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
Familia Matt's family.
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
Portrait of man collecting cans
Portrait of Kevin McGowan
Portrait of Nick Kanipe
Portrait of Kevin McGowan
Santa Rosa
Portrait of Josh South
Portrait of Josh South
Portrait of Josh South and Colleen Ham
Portrait of Josh South
Portrait of Jay Masonic
Portrait of Jay Masonic
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
9th Street Liquor store
Back to the 9th Street Liquor Store
9th Street Liquor Store
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
SR Block Party
Portrait of Ryan Zepaltas
Portrait of Ryan Zepaltas
Portrait of Ryan Zepaltas
Portrait of Michelle Maher

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Kevin looks hella hekka burnt

Kevin looks hella hekka burnt

Nice words and good pics,

Nice words and good pics, Mike! I've been thinking about coming down to visit you in LA sometime .... when I get some time. talk soon!

find a better picture of me

find a better picture of me

Hey Mike, nice photos! I

Hey Mike, nice photos! I can really feel the mood.

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