Characters & Locations
California Argentina(The First Time Though The Simulation)
1991 - 1995
Just turning 21 years old Lloyd fell in love with a guy from Argentina who was visiting the United States for the first time. He was a friend of Lloyd's classmate in a college film production class in Los Angeles.
Lloyd and his classmate, a girl who was studying abroad from Argentina, had just finished filming a pretentious black and white avant-garde student film called "Josef K". It was a silent film in which the titular protagonist wanders around a surreal landscape where he is haunted by visions that follow him and direct him on his journey. This leads him eventually to his grave where he looks up startled to see his name being inscribed letter by letter onto the tombstone above him.
Around that time an actor friend of Lloyd's classmate came to visit her and to see the United States for the first time. After being introduced, Lloyd and the actor from Argentina spent three months together in Los Angeles during the winter of 1993. Lloyd became his tour guide and showed him all the sights including spending two weeks driving the California coast between Los Angeles and San Fransisco.
When the actor from Argentina departed, Lloyd began to listen to Spanish language audio cassette courses everyday for hours to learn basic communication skills. He would walk 40 minutes back and forth to work and around Pasadena, California always with his Walkman on him as he tried to teach himself the Spanish language of his first boyfriend. Within 6 months he saved up enough money for a plane ticket.
Without fear or any concrete plan for what would happen next, Lloyd was on a plane flying from Los Angeles to Argentina in South America. It was his first time outside the USA and only his second time on an airplane. The 17 hour flight that transported him to the other side of the globe wasn't only far away in space but also somehow that Argentina of 1994 was existing in a different time.
Those first few months were an extreme culture shock that nothing else in Lloyd's life had prepared him for. He realized something quickly that was true in every country he would visit in the future. Everyone he met would made him feel so special and privileged to be from the United States. Everyone wanted to meet and talk with him about what life is like for someone in the USA. Everyone wanted to be his friend. The United States is like a myth to the people on the rest of the planet. Lloyd also realized, almost immediate, how he could use the language barrier between him and everyone else as a kind of disguise to hide his introverted, paranoid awkwardness.
"Let Your Mind Go and Your Body Will Follow."- L.A. Story
The boyfriend from Argentina
was an actor and teacher of high school drama with a million friends and everyone loved him. He also acted in small theatrical productions and was always surrounded by crazy actors and artists. He hated being on stage but somehow he was always the center of attention. With him every weekend in Argentina there was something to do. Always some party... or dinner... or rehearsal... or event... or something... always something as Lloyd followed his boyfriend and tried to figure out how to understand everyone and be understood. The beginning was difficult because of the language and culture differences. His boyfriend's crazy Argentine friends became Lloyd's friends and that made Lloyd feel less crazy.
Upon arriving in Argentina one thing became immediately clear... no one... absolutely NO ONE could pronounce, read or write the name "LLOYD". In Argentina Spanish two L's sound like JA and a Y sounds like JA. JAOJAD looked and sounded like complete nonsense to everyone. So in an effort to be better understood "Lloyd" became the phonetic and easy to read/write/pronounce version "Loid". And that version stayed with him the rest of his life.
The South American experience ended after almost 3 years because of his boyfriend's dramatic deportation at the Los Angeles International airport.
Loid in Front of Graffiti on a WallSan Francisco, CA
Leandro & Loid on the Left with Loid's oldest Friend and other College FriendsPasadena
Aerolineas Argentinas. Loid's First International Flight.Ezeiza International Airport, Buenos Aires
Old car on a streetBuenos Aires 1994
Colectivo (Bus in Argentina)Buenos Aire 1994
First Night in Buenos Aires
Carlos Gardel Impersonator Singing Tango on the StreetBuenos Aires
Random Characters on a StreetBuenos Aires 1994
Child Hanging out of a WindowBuenos Aires1994
Tango Dancers at a Street MarketBuenos Aires
A Cat Among the Tombs in La Recoleta CemeteryBuenos Aires 1994
A Tomb in La Recoleta CemeteryBuenos Aires1994
Path of Tombs in La Recoleta CemeteryBuenos Aires
Child on a Colorful BalconyLa Boca, Buenos Aires 1993
Woman on a BenchLa Boca, Buenos Aires 1994
Child on a Colorful BalconyLa Boca, Buenos Aires1994
Loid on "Caminito" in La BocaBuenos Aires
Tango on the StreetsBuenos Aires 1994
To the Center of the CityBuenos Aires 1994
Loid's Reflection on a Street CornerBuenos Aires
Rosario, Argentina. Loid's boyfriend's city(4 hour drive west of Buenos Aires) 1994
Sinking ShipRosario 1994
The Spanish StepsRosario
Abandoned Train StationRosario
A Black Cat on an abandoned Train TrackRosario 1994
Loid's boyfriend on an abandoned TrainRosario 1994
Abandoned Train StationRosario
Friends posing near another abandoned Train StationRosario, Argentina
Friend posing in an Abandoned Train StationRosario, Argentina
The final scene in Loid's boyfriend's play "El Gato Negro" (The Black Cat)Rosario, Argentina
Cast and Crew of Loid's boyfriend's play "El Gato Negro" (The Black Cat)Rosario, Argentina
A Cobblestone Street at nightRosario 1994
Mis Amigos Son Unos Atorrantes (My Friends Are Whores)Rosario1994
Loid's Boyfriend's Friend Saying GoodbyeRosario 1994
Loid's Boyfriend's Friends Saying GoodbyeRosario 1994
Loid in an Abandoned and Decaying Structure with Graffiti.
Mi Amor Te Amare Por Siempre (My Love I will Love You Forever)