My Column by James Brown

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Is it Wednesday already? Boy, how time flies. With my busy schedule, I can hardly keep track any more.

To start off, I would like to send my prayers out to my brother-in-law, friends and the rest of our armed forces currently making their way through Iraq. With that said, I will not go any further into the war subject. (Even though I'm having a really hard time thinking about anything else right now)

It has been one busy week, it's already starting to smell like summer to me. I can't wait, oh how I've missed all of the motor homes clogging up our streets and parking lots (sarcasm). Well aside from the motor homes, it actually is nice in the summer when the town is bustling with all sorts of visitors from all walks of life. It is a nice complement to the boring winter here on the peninsula. Especially this winter. (It won't be boring when the Arctic Winter Games are here though!)

Hopefully, I'll actually get to go out on a real camping trip this summer. Last year, the closest I got to camping was sleeping in the back of my Jeep after a party at my friend's house. not ant all what I would even like to consider camping. A good two or three days in the middle of nowhere sounds more like it to me.

Of course, I'll have to make room for camping after my other plans, though. I have to go to Arizona in June to drive my car up. I've missed it for the past year. Another trip to Arizona in October for a friend's wedding, and so on... With trips like that, I don't think that I'll be able to afford to take the necessary time off of work to enjoy a real camping trip.

I don't mind work at all though. In fact, I have never been happier with a job. I'll admit that I was starting to get nervous about the career I chose when I first graduated from college. I definitely did not want to become a starving artist, and the job market in Phoenix at the time did not help to make me feel any more secure. Well, what can you expect when there's a dozen schools pumping out an obscene amount of art grads on what seems to be a monthly basis?

Life after college has definitely been great. I'm not looking forward to going back for my Master's. I'll have to put that off for another few years, or all together, whichever comes first. I have enjoyed the freedom of no school for too long. Besides, I'm still not absolutely certain that a Master's in Art is is worth going to school for another couple of years. Maybe if I happen to become rich over night and I have nothing better to spend my money on.

Wow! I was worried that I wouldn't be able to write about anything, and look how far I've come now. Just as I promised, I haven't mentioned anything else about the war, or my own thoughts on the whole thing. Well, see you next week. Hopefully I won't procrastinate as I did this week, so you will have a more structured column to read.

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