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  • The photo is of the Naked Lounge, a café in Chico, CA. Chico holds a very special place in my heart, for one, it is where my daughter was born. It is one of the places I will always consider home. And it is in Chico where I ran out of the Budget Press Review #5.

    Back in February, around the same time I joined Cowbird, I decided to resurrect my long dormant zine empire, Budget Press, by putting together the BSR #5. But there would be more to the project than just collecting, editing, and publishing. One, once finished, I would take a trip up the Pacific Coast and distribute the BSR #5 along the way. And second, I would write about the entire Budget Press process, from the beginning to the end of my distribution trip, and post what I wrote on Cowbird. I accomplished everything but, of course, the writing. I did write a few process stories, but not as much as I planned. And I stopped writing about the distribution trip after San Francisco, just a few days after leaving home. However, I did continue to take pictures of every place I left copies of the BSR#5, and you can see them here.

    Once I got above San Francisco, my vacation really began, and I lost interest in sitting on the computer more than I had to. But in San Francisco something different happened. I found myself, for the first time since I moved away from the City for good seventeen years ago, wandering around the city, visiting places I used to live and buy drugs. Of course, a normal thing to do, but what drove me was Cowbird. As I wandered around, I took pictures of places, and thought of the story to go with that place. (I even thought abut taking pictures of some murals, but Peter has that covered.) I did this also, to a lesser extent, in Chico. So maybe, when I get around to it, I’ll write those stories up, as well as some others that may come along the way.

    I want to thank all the Cowbirders who supported the project through their donations on Kickstarter or buying a copy once completed, as well as everybody who read any of my stories here on Cowbird. You all were such incredible encouragement. Special thanks go to my Cowbird contributor, Alina Fox. But my number one Cowbird thanks goes to Shannon, the first person I have personally met through Cowbird, who closed out my trip with not only with her incredible, insanely beautiful home on the Lost Coast of Mendocino and who fed me the best food of the entire trip, but for seeing the entirety of the project, and for saying it was kind of “performance art”. Maybe others saw that, but it meant the world for me to hear it. Your hospitality, warmth, and graciousness will be forever remembered.

    And with that, I declare the Budget Press Review #5 project done. The pub can be found in its entirety, now and forever, here.
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