This may have been my first post ever on alt.architecture-- 7 years
ago to the month, (although it's uncertain, seeing as Google may have
affected the accuracy of the information, although again, that seems
I recalled a few names I'd forgotten and even a few conversations.
I wonder what will become of alt.architecture.
The posts are about the lowest since it began around 1992 or 1993.
I wonder where many of its users have gone. I wish them well.
Perhaps it is time for me too.
Yes, I caught some of Bob's old posts yesterday, and while new, years
ago. We shared the same west coast wind-storm as recently as about
~2006/7 just before he was diagnosed.
He was down in Washington State on the peninsula if I recall.
Sorry to read about your friend mentioned in your other post. Life
certainly isn't always easy. Myself, while still quite fit,
thankfully, I'm having to work ever harder to keep the bad habits in
check, and I'm also in the process of dramatically restructuring my
If all goes well, I may be on the west coast, possibly for the last
time, as soon as this May or June to August or later. If I can, and it
suits you and wife, I'll see if I can swing by.
After that, before the weather gets cooler, I might relocate semi-
permanently to Halifax. I suspect I've posted before to
alt.architecture from there. :)
As fate would have it I think of Bob all the time because the name of
the road I live on is Morrison.
Yesterday while shoveling snow off the north deck it occurred to me
that more of my life is behind me than in front of me.
I thought about all the stuff I have done and how none of it amounts
to much at all, unlike the dreams I held when I was quite young and
I have lived through the duration of 1/4 of the time span of this
country and it all went by so fast and the time that's left will go
I see the days getting longer, an indication that summer is
approaching, yet the days go by even faster, funny how that works.
Though there is lots of snow everywhere the temps are in the 40's
today, so I'm in a t-shirt and shorts putting more insulation up in
the workshop ceiling.
The architectural work has dropped off tremendously down to almost
nothing. My distant network is collapsing and everybody everywhere is
scrambling to hold what they thought they had. With a solid one two
punch the gov't has managed to knockout an entire industry,
construction, and broke it off at the roots, banking. There will never
be a recovery from this fatal attack.
I've spent the past 3 years trying to expand my design business here
in the great white north but the doors were closing all around me.
None of my old methods worked anymore and the new ones I tried failed
as well. So I've spent the past year examining my business model,
scoping the horizons and assimilating my skills and knowledge base to
determine what direction to go and quite frankly no direction seems
The old paradigm that worked well for me for almost 4 decades is now
dead with a stake driven all the way through its heart.
But you know what?
To be honest I have been burned out for more than a decade but just
too stubborn to recognize it.
Now I have, and I concede.
I want to do something else.
So I rediscover all the things I have told others over the years,
others that were wanting to strike out on their own and the one solid
thing that stands out is that I will do things that I enjoy no matter
what they are. If you don't love what you do you won't do it well. If
you don't do what you do for reasons other than money then you will
fail. Its the *fun factor* that will carry you through when all else
The trick is to separate the things you *think* are fun from the
things that really are fun, then find a way to make money doing them.
What do I mean by *think* are fun?
You like to eat chocolate ice cream right?
Now imagine eating it for 50 hours a week, 52 weeks a year for 20
It'd get old pretty quick wouldn't it?
Plus, its not really something that will hold your attention for very
long and don't forget about the creative factor.
I HAVE to create stuff, its in my genes.
That's just all there is too it.
Last week was my wife's birthday and because we were snowed in I
couldn't get out to get her a cake or even a cake mix.
So I found a recipe online and we had all the stuff so I made my first
home made cake from scratch and it turned out perfectly.
Blew away any other cake I had ever eaten anywhere.
Briefly I thought about starting a cake making business.
But then I thought it to death and I eventually came to the conclusion
it didn't have the long term fun factor I require.
All things wood.
As some of you know I have been delving into all things wood for the
past coupla years and specializing in the wood lathe process.
I am captivated by it.
In the past year I have spent hundreds of hours doing lathe stuff with
most of the results ending up spectacular, to my surprise.
There have been some tragic failures, some of which Kenniff knows
about, but each failure was a very valuable learning experience.
So I trudge on.
Don't know where I'm going except I'm aiming toward Funville, USA and
I keep the sun at my back.
I'll always design buildings for that too is in my genes and I cannot
In fact, right now I'm working on a 24' octagon log home that came to
me in a dream.
Its my hobby, that once was my fortune but no longer is.
Sadder still to watch it die than never to have known it, for you the
blind who want to see, the bell tolls for thee.
What did Mr Spock find in the toilet?
The captains log.
First Officer's Log
Leaving orbit of the planet Risa, after a much deserved shore leave,
Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott reported an unusual problem with the
solid waste disposal system after tracking it to the Captain's
quarters. Determining that it was not an equipment malfunction, I felt
compelled to further report this to the Chief Medical Officer."
"Can I help you, Doctor?", Kirk asked.
"The real question is: Can I help you?", Bones asked of the Captain.
"What the hell did you eat down there?"
You see... it was really Scotty that found the Captain's log... Spock
was just the one that "reported" it.
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