Monday, November 26, 2007

june 27 2006

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Country Boy, Tillamook OR

The beautiful beach at Oceanside. We stayed in a house up on the hill... My grandaunt Rose was married to "uncle" Rodney right at the head of that overlook. This was a family summer place for the young Penny family--my grandfather David, Beth and the kids, all six! Elizabeth and Rose grew up near here and the Penny clan as raised not far away--Klamoth Falls, where a number of family still live, looking out toward Mt. Shasta in the distance. Drew had heard many stories of my family in the northwest, yet in New York, so hard to visit. I am so glad they all got to come together last year. It was a pleasure on both sides.

Drew's favorite neice, Lily!

This was after an amazing stay at Jake's family home in Nasell, WA. Home brewed blackberry wine by the gallons sitting on the stairs. Home made beer and apple cider from the cider shed. Fresh veggies from the garden his dad tends. Nina canned beans. Jake slept under the stars and we were upstairs in the warm cabin. It was an amazing welcome into his home. Drew told his dad he wanted to come back to do an apprentice ship with him next year!
The rope swing was a childhood playground of Jakes!

Friday, November 16, 2007

May 2003

Monday, November 12, 2007

I spent alot of time with DREW

There were a couple or maybe a few years where Drew and i were inseperable. I would even go deliver pizzas with him when he worked at Marcellos pizza. A pizza parlor in the castro neighborhood of San Francisco. We had alot of fun driving around messing with peoples pizzas or atleast i would and drew would yell at me, and say grow up wassen, as i would be trying to eat a slice and then somehow arrange the pizza to look as if no pieces were missing...i even remember the day he met Julia and how crushed out he was. I hadn't seen him this way for quiet some time as him and lazia were on again off again...i miss drew dearly. We weren't so close in his later days, but i always thought of him as a brother...we played music, talked about our sex lives, always tried to find new bands to like, etc. I don't even know what to say, drew was a really big part of my life for a few years. I hope he is happy wherever he is, and looking down on us with his grin that was so contagious..I'm hindu and believe in reincarnation, so maybe he is with us, just in a million different forms...peace and love drew, i hope you understand.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007


Driving with Sean of Longhorn Slim to do a photo shoot in atlantic city, they rented Stella. They had a great time together Sean has told me.
Drew tried his luck at the casino and WON. He bought Stella as a gift for Julia.
Drew loved Stella



Dear Hanna,
I wanted to send you some of the pictures I have of Drew. I am unable to post on the blog for some reason. It eludes me, technically. I actually have tons of photos of Drew back in California and hope to pull them all out when I go home this December.Thank you for sharing the cake recipe, I think making it will somehow make me feel closer to Drew.I wanted to write you a note to tell you that I am thinking of Drew today, on his birthday. But the fact is I think about Drew every single day. If only for a brief moment. He is always there. Most of the time it's an easy memory that slips into my mind. Maybe the leaves changing color here in Berlin remind me of a crisp fall day in Brooklyn, laughing at a dumb joke, trying not to freeze on the way to the subway or a breakfast with hot sauce and I see Drew so clearly holding up a bottle of 'Kickin' Chicken' and extolling it's virtues to a table of hot sauce neophytes. Sometimes though, it's a sharp pain, the realization that he's gone, a sickness in my stomach, a lump in my throat that makes me want to rewind back to New York, find everyone who loves him and have one more day.Soon it will be a year since he's been gone and he is no less present in my heart. In fact as time goes on I realize that my friendship with Drew came at such an important and formative time for me, my mid 20's, that there are things I say, do and believe that are directly related to him. I tried to tell him this when he got sick. Tell him how important he is to me, how he helped me become who I am. He taught me to snowboard, (god bless him!), among other things. We became so close so quickly because we both loved doing the same things. Going to shows, making pictures and films, cooking food, eating food, meeting friends, this may not sound so unique but being around Drew was easy and inspiring. He had an energy and interest in life that was absolutely precious. Drew knew how to enjoy himself and how to make those around him feel at ease and welcome. He was an instant best friend.He also taught me to be calm in the face of chaos. I always think of his benevolent smile and it brings me peace.It's much harder to write this than I imagined. There's no way to capture a person and their essence in a letter. Or maybe that letter takes years to write.Basically Hanna, I wanted to tell you how important Drew is to me, how much I miss him and love him.It's that light in his eyes that shines like the beam from a star, he may be gone form this world but I can still feel his presence. I always will.So I am sending you all my love today. I'll be thinking of your whole family.And I will be in LA in December. Maybe we can see each other if you are in town too.Love,Megan

Friday, November 2, 2007


On november 4th drew would have been 34yrs old.. Ever since i started making this chocolate cake, it's became a family favorite, drew, jenn and nina (i haven't made 1 for julia yet, i keep missing her birthday, sorry julia) requested it as a birthday cake.
Last year nina helped me decorate drew's cake and later helped him make a wish and blow out the candles.
Happy Birthday Drew, we Love and Miss you.

For those of you who have been waiting, here is the recipe.
Drew's Chocolate Cake
pre heat oven 350 degrees
oil a cake pan and then lightly spread flour over it, shake off the excess.
2 cups of self raising flour
2 cups of sugar
4 heaping table spoons of hershey's coca
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 16oz sour cream
1 cup of oil 1/2 cup of milk
put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. till well blended, no need to use a mixer. pour into the pan and put into the oven for 35-45 minutes.
take 1 small whipping cream and pour into a sauce pan.
add 2 bars of bitter sweet chocolate to it and cook over a small/medium fire till it melts together. mix well so it doesn't stick.
before taking out the cake check with a tooth pick that it comes out clean.
when the cake is done. while it's warm, take a fork and pierce the cake and then
pour the chocolate sauce all over it while it is hot.
if you have a question, feel free to call me : 818.921.0550 or emal me at:
enjoy............... X