The photo on the left is from a family trip to Tossa De Mar, Spain. And the one on the right is from when we visited the crematorium on the Ganges river in Varanasi, India. Travels with my family have been the sweetest times of my life.
But don’t let anything on this site give the wrong impression of a life of non-stop leisure, travel, and creativity. Before and in-between the projects and writing on this website, there have been long stretches of working odd and poorly paid jobs:
- Photo technician in a black-and-white darkroom mostly printing photos of ladies modeling underwear
- Marketing and customer triage for a spice company that later closed after failing sanitation inspections
- Elementary-school art teacher
- Clerical work for a publisher of miniature books of poetry and beatnik stories (operating in New York’s Chelsea Hotel in the 1980s)
- Organizing traveling exhibitions for a small Jewish museum in Berkeley, Calif. – that led to two trips to Siberia
- Managing a team of web producers for a company selling enterprise software in the dot-com era
- Coordinating the schedule of television programs for a community college and for a government-access cable station (like local C-Span)
- Trying and failing to launch an industry conference about advanced automotive technology in Vancouver
- Writing for an Israeli company making a cryptocurrency for autonomous vehicles
I ain’t complaining. I’m not digging ditches. And what did I expect with two art degrees but no other idea for the future except the pretentious notion of liking visual storytelling? Yet each gig led to the next including but not limited to 15 years writing about high-tech, low-emission vehicles for The New York Times and others; starting and selling car-shopping websites; and making a feature documentary about oil, race, and local politics that played at film festivals.
What’s next? Dunno. But I’m always juggling a half-dozen ideas. Or if you have an idea and a little budget, I’m all ears.