Saturday, May 27, 2006
The drama is all outside your door today, and it's banging to get in. Luckily, you realized long ago that you don't have to answer the door if you don't want to. If this stuff is beginning to become a pattern, consider making yourself less available for such scenes. Remember, you are mobile and you can move (or just walk away). Don't let the conflicts of others paralyze you or limit where you can go. Give yourself the freedom to explore new areas -- with or without them.
Road trip!! :)
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
JPennant: Ok. Im done slumming.
MisterB: bout time ;-)
MisterB: one more thing to slum around for... www.starbucks.com/retail/icecreamsocial.asp?cookie_test=1
JPennant: Hahaha, Im hitting every starbux in Frisco :-)
JPennant: Got a quit date in mind.
JPennant: a "quit my job" date
JPennant: even tho i have dont have crap saved up to cover the rent :-)
JPennant: Whoo. feels good. :-)
JPennant: Naturally, I'll put myself through many "what are you thinking" sessions later.. but for now, i have a grin o' joy on my face. :-)
JPennant: Im thinking of packing a backpack and buying a mexican blanket for a Road Trip on Greyhound!to:
JPennant: Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Diego
JPennant: and RANCHO CUCAMONGA!
JPennant: I just like saying that. :-)
MisterB: how old are you? kekeke
JPennant: Old enough to know time's a' wasting :-)
Nancy was my boss when I worked at the global headquarters of Deloitte in NYC. Great person, salt of the earth, loyal to the end. Great lady. Love her.
JPennant: *wave* :-)
Nancy: hi Joe! How are you????
JPennant: Im good Nance, how is one of my favorite people :-)
Nancy: aw - you're sweet... I'm ok. Same old same old
JPennant: <- Still in Frisco, shooting pictures, about to quit my job with no money in the bank and looking forward to it :-)
Nancy: sounds like you have'nt changed much ;-)
JPennant: So, same old, Im assuming is...
Nancy: still at Deloitte
JPennant: Still at DTT, still shacked up and your office is still romper room central? :-)
Nancy: no - no romper room anymore... The group I work with now is based in Chicago so I'm pretty much solo here
Nancy: dtt is so big now its scary
Nancy: too many new people
Nancy: its crazy - the global office is over 500 people now
Nancy: too big if you ask me
JPennant: The partners are finally throwing around money?
Nancy: lol - be real!
JPennant: And the next time I do New York, I'll drop in on you
Nancy: please do!
JPennant: I swear, I'll dress up this time :-)
Nancy: not necessary
Nancy: it would be great to see a friendly face :-)
JPennant: I'll bring a few pix for ya
Nancy: cool! You can help decorate my cell err office
JPennant: true dat. I would be honored.
JPennant: and finally sign the ones you have :-)
JPennant: so, anyway, now that Ive decided on the quit date - I feel free.
JPennant: Im gonna go look for a mexican blanket, get my backpack and go on a short road trip on the bus :-)
Nancy: anywhere in particular or just where the wind (and bus) takes you?
JPennant: Santa Cruz to go see an online buddy
JPennant: Monterey to see the aquarium
Nancy: great places for picture taking too
JPennant: San Diego, to go to the zoo (if I can swing the 50 bux entrance fee)
JPennant: yes indeedy
Nancy: geez that's expensive
JPennant: yes indeedy
JPennant: i got my first dSLR last month
JPennant: Digital SLR
JPennant: pro level quality on my pix
Nancy: like it?
JPennant: ooh yes
JPennant: planning to get another at the end of the year
Nancy: good for you!!!!
JPennant: It is time
Nancy: glad to see things are coming together for you
JPennant: Oh! Did I mention I got to Hawaii?
Nancy: i saw that on your website... i was soooo jealous. its one of my fav places
JPennant: gotta go back :-)
Nancy: i hear ya... i'd go tomorrow if i could
JPennant: I got what I needed, but I dont want to live there year round
JPennant: dont want to get stranded there.
Nancy: island fever
Nancy: 10 days was enough for me to decompress from NY
JPennant: man, you are so right
JPennant: I totally shed my skins there
JPennant: i got there, went to goodwill, bought warm weather clothes and slippers :-)
JPennant: even got a skirt
Nancy: did ya learn the hula?
JPennant: People were looking at me funny, I didnt car
JPennant: Samoans were telling me I looked like a chief
Nancy: so you fit right in ;-)
JPennant: people were telling me I probably lived in the islands in a previous life.
Nancy: possibly... i could see you as a chief
JPennant: that kinda makes sense to me too
Nancy: fire dancing
JPennant: hahaha.. naah
JPennant: aright hon, leme let you go
JPennant: SO good catching up :-)
Nancy: ok - great chatting with you!!!! Be well and safe travels :-)
JPennant: (((hug)) :-)
Im sappy with people I know. :)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
On an impulse today, I jumped on BART and crossed the pond to Berkeley to go see a friend.
Today, I ran across folk I havent seen since I left Berkeley nearly 2 years ago. And to a man (and women), they all asked me the same thing...
"Are you still taking pictures?"
I didnt even realise the significance of that until I was riding BART back to The City, and that was because the last person I saw asked me a further question:
"When are you having your next exhibition?"
For what was slightly odd about the "Are you still taking pictures" questions, was that most of these folk never even saw me with a camera, as it had died from abuse in the summer of 2003, and I didnt get another camera until the end of 2004, well after I'd left Berkeley.
But they did ALL see my pictures when I printed and exhibited them. Which is why they kept asking if i was still taking pictures, for they knew my work well.
Sorry, for those unclear on what it was that struck me, it is this:
They know me as someone who takes pictures. A photographer. It is what I do.
Apparently the only person who doesnt appreciate this.. is me.
Today's horrorscope, naturally, addresses this:
Lately it feels like you're going nowhere -- fast. Retire for a while and do some deep thinking about what you want and how to get there. It might be time to reposition yourself and emerge as a player.
Guess I hadda get away from San Francisco for a minute.
While in Berkeley, I was quite focused about what I wanted. And I thought that hadnt changed in San Francisco, but ...
As I was having a decaf mocha at Berkeley Espresso, a man came over admiring the New Camera sitting in front of me.
He picked it up (instant death normally, but eh - I let it slide), admiring it, comparing it to his Canon 20D. Heh, he kept saying "Oh man, Im regretting this..".
Anyway, as he flipped through the pictures on the camera, he said "You do really good work. Are you doing professional work? Working up to it?"
Naturally, I demurred - but he asked the right question.
There's a lot of hubbub going on right now, but you're not too attracted to any of it today. The energy going on all around you is nowhere near as interesting to you as your own thoughts and ideas.
Stepping out of the action may seem out of character for you, but this is a wise move -- it will give you perspective.
You're close to coming to a major conclusion and you just need a little more time by yourself to solidify your plans -- take your time and don't succumb to the expectations of others.
(Photography Monthly magazine)
After nearly 2 months and 5000 images, this camera has far exceeded my expectations, surprising me with its handling, build, speed, performance and image quality. It puts far more expensive cameras to shame.
NO regrets, save one: I shouldve bought it sooner.