Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 7:17 PM
Subject: It's Alive!!!
Looking back, it's been over two months since I
sent an update, which could explain the following excerpts from some emails I
have received lately.....
"Are you okay?
Write to us so we'll know you're still alive."
"hey man....where are
you these days???????????????"
"It's been a long time
since I heard from you and was wondering what's happening. "
found your wonderful weblog... Why the sudden stop? Are you ok
now? I have been planning a trip very similar to this, and was looking
up VW info... "
I can only lay part of the blame with my broken
computer, which has been giving me fits over the last three weeks, and
only today did I get it running again (after buying a new computer this
morning, which will be returned tomorrow). Ughhh.
So, what's been going on? After a profitable
US Income Tax filing, I decided to go to Photography School for the summer
(profitable due to a gross miscalculation on my part regarding estimated taxes
- seems I forgot to consider the cost basis of some stock I sold). At
the beginning of June I started the Summer Intensive program at the Rocky
Mountain School of Photography www.rmsp.com in
Missoula, Montana. It's an 11 week photography program designed to take
beginner photographers and train them to start a career in photography.
There's about 140 people in the program, and we are divided up into sub-groups
of 18 people. Of course I have the best classmates in my group (and we
would never mention that amongst ourselves at the expense of any of the other
groups....). We have adopted some other people that got our share of the
weirdos in their group. It's sort of like having all the great things
about being a freshman in college with none of the bullshit or angst. We
are all beginning to dread the end of the program. But we'll just put on
our denial hats until then and enjoy the rest of the summer in Montana taking
When I got here, I rented an apartment. What
a relief. After almost a full year living out of a van (and the
madness it was starting to bring me) it was a very welcome change. The
sum total of my furniture consists of: an inflatable mattress, 2 camping
chairs, a table/lamp/and TV (all purchased from goodwill for $47).
That's pretty much it, except for all the stuff in the van which is now in
here. I have a lovely 2 tone brown shag carpet dated from the Nixon
administration. Unfortunately my appliances are all new and white.
I set up a webpage with some of my new
pictures http://www.findtao.com/School%20Photos.htm (It
will take over 5 minutes to load at 28.8 so you may only want to check it out
if you have a high speed connection). If you like any of them and want a
print, I'm sure we could work something out.....and then I could actually call
myself a professional photographer....[hint hint]
I'm actually sick of sitting at the computer after
spending the last few days fixing it, so I'm just going to sign off before I
go mad (it was starting to feel like work, you know that feeling, it's 11pm,
you were supposed to fax the presentation to your boss 30 minutes ago, then
the network went down, now the printer won't work, sort of
like that, so I'm going to send this out and go take some pictures while
the sun is setting) . Thanks for all the inquiries
as to whether I had driven the van off a cliff (no, and it is running just
fine, thank you very much). I hope you enjoy the pictures, I had a great
time taking them (and I actually developed the Black and White ones myself).
When I recover from fixing my computer I'll send some more. Hope you are
having a great summer!