Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Molasky Family Park

 While Molasky Family Park is small (about the size of a square city block) it has great potential, but it is probably the dirtiest park I have photographed since I have been in Las Vegas. It is located not far off of Flamingo Avenue, 2.4 miles from The Strip. It is home base to many of the homeless people that populate the area. Out of respect for the privacy of these people I did not photograph their camping spots which has become a community.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Taking Back My Life


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OK, I want to get a little realistic here. I am taking a hard close look at what I am doing with my life. I do not like it. I do not like where I am. I do not like what I am doing. I do not like what is holding me back from being where I want to be or doing what I want to do. And, I am pondering how to change things.

First, I am glad that I came back because of why I came back. I am here because I knew my sister's health was failing and she was going to need help. But, I have done just about all I can do for her, and it has cost me dearly in time. I had lived in the Las Vegas Valley for 2.5 years before I came back to Oklahoma. I spent 2+ years doing my photography and .5 year catching up on my computer work. I did not, evidently, realize that I still had more than year of computer work to do when I left there. And, what time I have been able to concentrate on my own life has been spent editing, organizing, and posting photos that I have taken. And, I still have a few months of work to do to be completely caught up. Also, I still have several months of work to do to actually complete what I have started there. And, there is still the updating work.

My plan was to return to Oklahoma to do what needed to be done and hit the road as a full-time van-lifer. But, now, I am thinking I was just lying to myself. I do not want to be a full-time van-lifer. I do, however, want to do it part-time while pursuing my bucket list. Otherwise, I want to be able to come home to do my computer work in a creature-comfortable setting and watch some tv from my recliner. Also, Las Vegas is a city with a ton of places to eat. And, frankly, I miss my Vegas friends.

So, I am sitting here contemplating how I am going to re-take control of my life. And, everything is telling me to go back to Nevada, complete the work I have started, and move forward from there. No more moving backward. So, how do I do this? Well, I am legally stuck here until my apartment lease has expired. That will be January 15, 2020. And, that should give me time to save up the money to move me and my belongings back to where we should be if nothing gets in my way. But, that bit about stuff getting in my way is entirely possible. There is, of course, plenty of the same kind of work for me to do right here in Oklahoma. And, I will keep shooting if and when I can afford to do it. But, there are also projects I need to work on that includes what I have done with my Vegas work.

When I get to Vegas I am not yet sure whether I will have a place to live. But, that is why I will also be preparing for a short term, semi-permanent van-life, because I do not know how long it will take to find a place where I will want to live until my permanent home becomes available in Boulder City, a beautiful small town just over the hill and out of sight of the Las Vegas Valley. I am on a waiting list which may take up to 1.5 years from now. It is also the place where I would already be living if I had not come back to Oklahoma to live.

Yep. My mind is 99.8% sure at this point that if I live long enough I will return to Nevada. And, there is one more positive benefit of being there. I have always been able to get better medical treatment through the Las Vegas VA than through the Oklahoma VA system.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020


Scissortail Park, OKC, OK.
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Things are still hectic in my neck of the woods. I do not expect things to be anywhere near normal for a couple of more months. It's all medical issues and family matters for members of my family. I am just trying to help them out.

I made another trip to Oklahoma City today on some of the aforementioned problems. When that was taken care of I googled Scissortail Park and went to take a look. It is not what I expected, but I will try to get back there soon and spend a few hours there. I did not stay long. It was mid-day, hot, and my camera was not working properly. So, I snapped a few shots and headed home. Like I said, my camera was not working properly. It appears that my house guest may have played with my camera while I was not looking, and if I don't constantly work with the controls I have to learn them all again. I have not done my normal amount of camera work for the past four months. I hope that changes soon.
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Restart Time


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Finally, I am back, partially, maybe, hopefully. Well, I have a computer that works, but a slow internet speed. And, I have completed, or at least caught up with family matters. So, all that is left to do is computer catch-up work. And, I have started that.

I am currently in the process of editing 100+ photos that I clicked off at the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians on a couple of recent trips to Anadarko, Oklahoma. Anadarko is a largely American Indian community, and these photos are from a memorial to famous American Indians. Once edited these photos will be posted on Better World Media. Hopefully, some will go on my stock agency sites.


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I am also working to get my Adobe  and Alamy stock agency sites up to date and running, However, it appears that this COVID 19 mess remains a factor in this project. Evidently there is a personnel shortage of some kind at the headquarters of both agencies. They are being very slow to approve/disapprove my submissions.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Update, Working Toward the Future


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Leaving Vegas was easy. I packed. I left. I drove. I arrived in Oklahoma. And then, well, it took me a month-and-a-half to get an apartment and move in. After that, there were a dozen things to get done, and then another dozen, and another dozen, and I am still not through. But, I am getting there.

Very little has been done with my photography except I am studying the periodicals to try to better learn the business end of the business. I have shot locally, but I am not doing much traveling, yet. And, it will be another month before I can get a decent internet connection. So, I am mostly getting things better organized, working with my music, and taking care of family matters.

Until I get my financial situation squared away I will now concentrate on the following task on a schedule that will not get me strung out with too much going on to accomplish my goals, like I did in Las Vegas. Two computer projects have been added to my agenda. I am now rebuilding an old MySpace website that I deleted several months ago. This time, the site will only be used for my work with music. Also, I am now I am working to rebuild my old Flickr site. However, this time it will be for family and personal friend use only. My work with Better World Media on my SmugMug site will continue, as will my work with Adobe Stock. Plus, I am now posting, for now, my nature catalog on an Alamy Stock web site. I may add other components of my full catalog at a later time.

And, of course, I do plan to get more serious about working with this blog. But, another project I am working on is my family's ancestry blog, The Birmingham Shield. My Senior Van Man blog, and my Better World Trucking blog is awaiting their turn for me to start working on them again. And, I am working to bring my Pinterest and Instagram sites up-to-date.

All in all, I am too busy catching up with what should have been done long ago to do much new work. So, I will take it one step at a time, one day at a time.