Why am I (and Mari) in Sarasota Florida? There is a long story and a short one. I will give the short one here. It is all about money. Both Mari and I are deep in debt and can no longer afford to live in our studio in Waltham. The crashing economy has drastically affected my SmilePix business. It is also time for a change. I have lived in my studio for over 30 years and have stagnated the last five years or so. Nothing creative going on for me except playing my Xaphoon (a bamboo saxophone).
The next day we proceeded to Maryland to visit with Mari’s brother Phil (and his wife, Cathy) and then traveled to Virginia to stay with Mari’s cousin Ellen. With no more relatives to stay with, we pushed to make it to Sarasota in two days from Virginia and arrived in the early evening of April 13th, Monday. Tuesday, I scrambled to get my office set up so I could get backlogged work done the next day. Over the next few days I received a number of positive messages that we had made the right choice in making this move to Sarasota. I signed up two old SmilePix clients to new contracts worth $1,600. The following Monday I was checking my online bank account and saw that I had more in the account than expected. The US government had made a direct deposit of my first Social Security check! This was a total surprise because I was having trouble getting through to the local Social Security office to finish up on the last piece of information they needed and thought I would have to continue the process down here.
As a result of the Social Security check I was able to buy a camera I have wanted for sometime and begin photographing again after a long hiatus. My friend Bob Ballou, after hearing of my purchase, said that I was “back in the game again”. I feel like I am starting from the beginning again with my photography, but that could be a good thing. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Shunryo Suzuki-Roshi