Scanning Stuff

I’m sorta always scanning stuff – pictures and whatnot. But I think I may have completed the majority of it just a few days ago. This project has been ongoing since 2006. I felt like I was one big push away from having the majority of it done, and so it was.

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Here (above) is my makeshift workstation – folding tables, scanner, laptop and pictures strewn about…

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And, just to maximize the confusion, I like to spread the joy into my usual writing desk.

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During an earlier scan marathon, back in 2008, I put some pics in a manilla envelope and labeled it thusly –>

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“Maybe scanned? Double check” OK, so my filing system isn’t the best, but I’m thoughtful, and I have a Sharpie. When I came across this envelope the other day I was thinking that these pics HAD been scanned all those years ago, and that I was just being paranoid. But I opened it up to double check, because I feel it’s good to heed notes to yourself from the past, and there was a big old wad of my history that nearly escaped digitization. One of my faves being this Polaroid —>

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This is taken with a Hipstamatic, so even though it’s old, it looks even older! Man, I know how to have a good time…

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Here’s the result of my years of scanning – all stacked in boxes, semi-organized. Well, at least organized under the category of “already scanned, no need to scan again.” Which is key. Next I need to put these pics in some nice protective, archival, acid-free sleeves and into albums. But that’s years away.

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Oh, and another good find from this scanning session – I still have my “Wacky Packages” stickers from the late 70s. This is one that I still remember well from that era, and it was nice to rediscover it. I just love the look on the dog’s face. Now you can love it, too. Go on, love it. Love it!

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Organize Photos – check

You know those items on your to do list? No, I mean the TO DO LIST, those things that are just so big that it’s hard to really get your head around them? Like “Write novel” or “get famous?”

Well, one such item on my list is “Organize photos.”

I have about 50,000 all in all. Most of them are in iPhoto, and the ones that aren’t are headed there. All scanned, compressed, cropped, labeled, and so on. I’ve been working on this for about 5 years now.

And the end is in sight…or at least some version of the end.

I need to have it all organized so I can start to work on my new show, workingly titled “Before and After.”

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When it’s all done I’ll be able to move on to the next seemingly impossible item on the list – “blog regularly.”

2010 in review

If you’re a wordpress blogger then you probably got one of these cheery little “hey, you did some great blogging in 2010 – check out the pie graph if you don’t believe me” e-mails.

Really? My 2010 blogging record is considered good? You do realize that my last entry was in May, right? OK, If that’s the case, then let’s just get 2011 off to a rousing start, by…(continued next year.)

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 161 posts. There were 37 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 17th with 90 views. The most popular post that day was Best Friend Application.

Oh, THAT’S How It Works

Hey, here’s what I’ve discovered – in order to write a show you have to write, and write some more, and rewrite, then keep writing. And maybe keeping a public journal of that process isn’t as interesting as I initially thought it would be.

So, I’ve been writing, and writing, and rewriting, and I plan to write some more. My “final script reading” is in 2 weeks. Then I’ll memorize the show.

Let me just tell you what memorizing the show will entail, as I don’t have to wait ’til it happens to know this.

Here’s how – brute repetition.

There. Mystery solved.

Thanks for coming behind the scenes with me. See you on the road. Soon.

Oh, and here’s a failed attempt at a publicity photo for my show.

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First Reading of “Every Job…”

The script reading was a success. What is “success” in this context? Well, there were lots of people, so that was cool. And since this was a first-time-out-loud performance, I got a good sense of what does and doesn’t, will and won’t work. Funny how some things seem pretty funny (or interesting) when you’re alone in your little world, but when you put them on the stage, well…standby crickets, and….GO crickets.

But that was the point. It was the one circumstance where the crickets were specifically asked to weigh in.

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I made a video with my back in 1986 called “Contemporary Rock Music.” It was a mock-u-mentary, and I thought that a little snippet of it would be perfect in the show about Every Job I’ve Ever Had, specifically pointing out why I was never actually paid to make mock-u-mentaries. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. But how else are you gonna find out, right?

I feel like I have a good solid framework for the tweaking that needs to happen next, and again, that was the point.

Then I hit the road – off to Yerington, NV to do “Baby Book” (aka “Me, My Stuff and I”)

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That’s me in front of the Shoe Tree on Hwy 50. It’s a tree in the middle of absolutely nowhere – with shoes in it.

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I stayed at the Copper Inn in Yerington. They have phones!

I think the person in charge of ordering their pens may not have taken quite enough time to proofread the final product before signing off on the job…

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Or maybe there actually is copper in the motel, and the pens are just a reminder of this.

After my show in Yerington I jumped in the van and drove through the night so I could get to Fresno in time to do a reprise of “Jesus in Montana” at the Rogue Festival. I’m staying right next to the cop shop, which is not an important detail, but a forced segue into this picture…

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24 Hours Away…

As of this moment, I’m right at 24 hours until my very first public outing of “Every Job I’ve Ever Had.” I’m feeling pretty good about it, but I’ll probably work on it for at least another 15 of those 24 hours. Gotta sleep a little bit, right? It’s just a script reading, but still – it’s definitely a landmark.

I’ve really been wanting to get to that place where I wake up at 5:30 a.m. ready to get to work writing, and I finally got there – today. I’ve put in some 14-hour stretches over the past few days, and it’s a good feeling. Whatever it takes to cut Facebook out of my life, really.

Here’s a screen shot…

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