“Before you walk off into a river, check your pockets. You may need to remove your iPhone!” ~ Me

As always when its been more than 2 weeks since I make a post, there seem to be lots going on. My friend Unbearable Lightness has certainly been getting some attention in her world and that’s putting it mildly. She’s fed up with dA and yesterday she “came out”. Not about being gay, but rather came out from behind  her alias and has revealed her true identity as Dr. Carla Johnson. You can read more about it HERE.

Recently, I’ve had my hands full in photo projects, but its slowed down a little now. For the first time, I think that’s a good thing. I need the time to prepare for some other endeavors and shooting and editing will have to wait for a spell. I’ve taken up helping teach a photo works to a few people, one of which is an aspiring young woman whom I recently met through her dad. He and I had been in conversations recently and we both have daughters who are starting out in photo. Its a good thing to teach every now and again. Its always the right thing to give back, but it also helps you stay sharp as well. For me, it brings to my attention the unconscious things I do naturally and makes me think about ways to improve the way I see things. Its also sort of refreshing since I am no longer running my art nude workshops. This is another way to help aspiring photogs. Someone once argued that I am potentially creating my own competition. Well, that may be, but I know I feel better giving back and its part of my good nature to teach. I don’t see how I can go wrong with that. Granted, there are some that abuse my hospitable nature. They look at what I do and use it to their own design and interests. This has happened to me a few times and at times from people I thought were my friends. I try not to worry about that. All I can concern myself with is getting better, developing healthy relationships and partnerships, and letting the rest of the cut-throat riff-raff do their thing. I’ll control whats in my power to influence and with the help of God, I’ll be content with that.

I lost my phone on a recent hike. The scenery was so beautiful that I walked off into a river with it in my pocket and was none the wiser til I was chest deep. I tried not to let it spoil my day and it eventually worked out. My initial concern was that I may have had to wait a month for my phone upgrade, since the iPhone is not insurable. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do without my phone. It took me about 2 days before I got a new one. I wanted to let my iPhone 3G dry out as best I could. I kept it in a bag of rice for those few days before I took it in to an AT&T store. I can’t say AT&T have been my favorite carrier. Verizon was much better in my opinion and I had been with them for 8-10 years. I only switched 18 months ago because their phone selection sucked. I only see one Service Rep at AT&T and he’s always left me satisfied. The 3G worked momentarily, but it wouldn’t hold a charge. So I upgraded and got the iPhone 4G. I didn’t even know I was already eligible for the upgrade, so that was good. All is well now.