Finally, got a copy of the article of the Austrian H.O.M.E. magazine. The writer Silke Bender was quite pleasant and casual and little did I know that my picture would appear in the article. Awesome!!!! It was a good hair day. Does anyone know german? Axel where are youuuuuu? I would love to understand the content. Unfortunately I can only recognize mentioning of Albert Frey along a lots of "dietze" "mies" and stuff out of Anne Frank's Diary. I will figure it out when I come up for air.
This time, "The Towers" a condominium complex in Palm Springs will be published in an article by Stephanie Lewis for the BUILT-News journal. The project was completed a year ago and it is only complex that is completely full... an argument about the fact that "good design" is recession proof.
Thanks to all my team-mates who worked in the project, specially Martin Brunner whom I saw bearing the weight of the seeminly unsurmountable problems the project presented. He deserves all the credit. Great job!!!
New clients are coming on board and some from the past are finally pulling the trigger in some big projects. The weather has been unbeareably hot and dry, which tempers my running and energy. It takes 12 days to adjust. In the meantime, we are planning to do our long runs at 3:30 am with headlamps and frozen camell backs in order to adjust and not becomes carcasses in the process. Last week I was so sick, I did not run at all. However today a good hike in the mountains with my children did the trick. I was gasping for air and totally burned out. But, as we say in our running group, there are those days in which you feel you are made out clay and others, few and far between... we soar!!!!! Isn't that a perfect metaphor for life. Keep you posted as we organize our summer workload and forays into the unknown.
To all fathers, whether with us or gone, and even those moms who perform double duty because the dads are not around or can't step up to the plate... Congratulations and Blessings on this special day.
From the EscArc crew, we believe that our lives would not be what they are without being blessed with great dads in our lives.
I miss you dad as always, the difference is that I have learned to live with your absence, but your imprint in this architect will continue to blossom as you taught me to be earnest, honest and decent by example. That is what immortality is all about.
Started the day with a 17 mile trail run with Alex, a dear friend. The good news is that I did not fall, and the weather although hot and the topography quite steep, we were able to accomplish our goal. We met at 5:00 am before sunrise and along the way enjoyed the solitude of Dry Wells, Chino Canyon and the Likken Trail. At times it got creepy because you never know if we may encounter some problems but thanks to multiple packets of gu, a lot of water and some faint clouds we made it back in one piece. I am trying to coax Alex into joining our running group and to train for a marathon in the Fall. I think he is athletic enough he will smoke me in no time.
At the end of the run, I just got in my car, tanned as a cinammon and did not even say good bye. So, here we go, Bye Alex, I hope you are surviving the aches and pains of our adventure. The most important part of it all, is that trail running forces you to stay in the present and those endorphins become very chivalrous and make you feel very much alive.
Hasta la proxima.
"The less we have, the more we give, that is the absurdity of love"
Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
As food shortages begin to ravage East Africa, we are asking from all of you who read the blog, to please donate for Aim for the Restoration of Hope in Uganda, an NGO (Non-Government Organization) caring for orphans and widows victims of the AIDS epidemic in that part of the African Continent.
Your donations provide food, shelter, training, education and most importantly hope to 225 children and over 100 widows.
If you are interested no matter how small your donation may be, please contact Ana Escalante at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the following donors:
1. Lourdes Urrutia-Stiegelman $100.00
2. Escalante ARchitects $1000.00
3. Sofia and Lourdes Lentz $50.00
Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment has arrived we have to srint in the last 800 yards of the race. So, grab your guns, ammunition and crush the competition. Take no prisoners and go for the gold. Your tools of the trade are Welding, drilling, cutting, assembling and debuging whatever problem you encounter in order to achieve a lyrical expression of your project. Tomorrow night I will be there with you in the trenches, eating your stale crackers, consuming lethal amounts of caffeine and other carcinogens throughout the night, until this puppie is completed and perfectly executed like a musical instrument. Thanks to Linc, our model shop head-honcho, Zach and Matias for being a nuasance, but most importantly thanks to Judith who keeps us all safe and out jail for getting too carried away. So, when I show up tomorrow at dusk, I expect you to say, "Captain, my captain, we have not let ourselves down" and the rest of the night and wee hours will be fulled of pizzas, Starbucks and catnaps so when the sun comes up, I want to see lifeless bodies all over the IDC as momentos of living it all on the battlefield.
Rediscover the God within you and kick some serious butt.
Ana, your teacher.