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There Will be Change

I took a vacation in July of 2012.  It wasn’t a very good one.  I had gone into northern Wisconsin seeking elk photos and ended up with only one good set.  I returned home, mosquito bitten, sunburned, tired, and crabby.  While I was on vacation my coworkers were informed by corporate headquarters we would be closing April, 2014.  When my coworkers informed me that I would be losing my job, my mood instantly improved.

Allow me to explain.  I work as a lab technician in a microbiology facility.  We make medical diagnostic devices for microbiological testing.  Stuff that’s used to determine what is making someone sick.  Microbiology is basically trying to see little tiny stuff.  For those few here who know me, you know I have a degree in History.  I graduated from North Carolina State University, Magna Cum Laude, in 1998.  To say the last thirteen years spent working as a microbiology lab technician have been fulfilling would be an outrageous misrepresentation of reality and a statement so devoid of truth—it would make Herr Adolf Putin envious. 

In the United States in order to get a high school diploma students have to pass a set of science classes, which usually includes Biology.  During my high school years I found a way to get my diploma without taking Biology.  I managed to graduate from high school without ever having to peer through a goddamn microscope.  I took an outdoor earth science class, and since this blog features mostly outdoor photography you can get a sense of how that class actually contributed to my fulfillment as a free empowered citizen of God”s green earth.

During my time at the various universities I’ve attended, I also managed to get my degree in History without setting foot in a Biology class.  I actually got my degree without ever taking a class that involved a science lab.  The course I took to fulfill that science credit involved, again, outdoor activities.  I ended up with this lab rat position because I needed a night job so that I could pursue my daytime activities—such as photography, which, of course, many of you who have taken photos know you can get better photos during daylight hours as opposed to taking photos in the dark.

What does this all mean for my future?  And the future of this blog?  My future is, obviously, a bit uncertain now.  Eventually, I will have to find another job.  I have absolutely no intention of accepting a position anywhere in the microbiology field ever again. 

The future of this blog will be determined by my ability to post.  Last summer, I bought a new truck and a new camper.  When this job ends on April 4th, I will be moving out of my apartment, and on May 1st, the countdown date, I will be leaving.  Where?  Hopefully the where will make you glad you’ve stayed.  One of the things all people are recommended to have on their to do list; whether they be American, European, Australian or elsewhere, is to see the western part of the United States, which is where we are going.  For anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months—maybe six—I will be traveling to places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone and, hopefully, I will be able to share this adventure with you on this blog.

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2 Responses to “There Will be Change”


  1. March 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Great news, I guess?…,so now we’ll be looking forward to reading more of your adventures and of course seeing your wonderful photos!

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    March 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    It is! Freedom is a wonderful thing, in whatever form, whether from government oppression or being trapped in a dead-end job. I’m not making any promises, but I hope to track down your Nokota’s and get some video or pictures of them running free!


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