Hello again! This blog has been on hiatus for nearly two years, as working, teaching, and authoring have kept me happily busy. I'm considering restarting it, but am still deciding what would be best to write about. There are so many options: Things To Do In Orlando and/or Central Florida, My Favorite Things, Project Prosperity, life coaching and advice, clutter clearing and organization, sustainable living, industry insight, innovative products and practices...
Idea overload. It's better to have too many than not enough, I suppose, but deciding could take a while. I'll look for guidance this week: what I'm most drawn to reading about, what people ask me about, what I can't find enough info on, etc. Wish me luck!
04 May 2010
27 April 2010
On my way home from the interviews (see post below), I swung by Myrtle Beach, SC for a couple of days to see how much it had changed in the twenty years since I’d been there. One of the bigger additions I discovered was Broadway at the Beach, which I suspect is modeled more after Disney than Broadway. My photos are here.
20 April 2010
For the past two weeks, I’ve been on an interviewing tour, first to Raleigh, NC and then to Alexandria, VA. A California phone interview was in the mix as well. Busy busy.
It’s funny how differently you see a place when visiting as a prospective resident versus a vacationer. I thought I would like Raleigh and dislike the DC area, but the opposite was true. I adore Alexandria and never-ever want to go anywhere near Raleigh ever again. Ever.
Of course I didn’t take photos in Raleigh, but I wish I’d taken a few in Alexandria. At night, Alexandria’s King Street glows with string-lit trees and with people having fun amid meticulously restored shops, bars, and restaurants. The entire city is beautiful, and the people are endearingly nice. Also, just across the Potomac River, National Harbor could be a vacation destination in itself. In fact, that’s not a bad idea...
06 April 2010
Before Friday, I had never gone to the Artistic Perceptions gallery in Augusta. The gallery itself seemed fine, but the nudie bar, gun shop, pawn shop, and tattoo parlor nearby gave me the jeebs.
But my mom and I were out for First Friday, and the band wasn’t yet playing on the Commons, and Pyroteque wasn’t yet spinning fire in the street, and there we were, coughing pollen and ready to head home. “Hey,” I said, “There's this one other thing I was kinda interested in, but it’s kinda in the bad part of town.” “Pfft,” she said. “Whatever. Let’s check it out.”
So we ventured to the east end of Broad Street, parked in the Augusta Museum of History parking lot (which is so not scary), and saw the Kenya exhibit at Artistic Perceptions. Everyone was friendly. All was well. Nobody came out of the nudie bar and grabbed us like that time in New Orleans. We even got to meet the gallery owner, which is always a treat for me because, I mean, here’s a person who gets to be surrounded by art and artists for a living.
Speaking of travels, I suppose I should update you on my whereabouts, since I publicly announced I was moving on 31 March (to find work), and here I still am. But my delay is for good reason: I keep getting contacted by recruiters from California to Florida to Maryland, and several places in between. There’s no job yet, but I’m thinking I should wait and let the job decide where I’m moving to. Or maybe I should go on a traveling spree and spend a week or two in cities I think I would like, and then pick a favorite. Maybe. I’ll see how things go.
30 March 2010
Despite spending a year in Augusta, there are still places around here I haven’t seen and/or photographed. This week I finally made it out to the Savannah Rapids Park, and I wish I’d visited sooner. There are nice walking trails alongside the Augusta Canal, and there’s a fantastic view of where the Fall Line crosses the Savannah River. Click here (and scroll to the bottom) to see more of my photos.