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Happy Friday!

I wanted to write a quick update post.  There are a lot of moving pieces at the moment.  I just hope they can click together to form a pretty picture someday.

On the invention front:  

I will be crashing a convention show this weekend to fish for a company that may benefit from my art related invention.  I had been trying to use a local manufacturer to make it but they have been dragging their feet for 2 months.  I have asked a Mexico/CA plant for a quote.  But….hopefully, I can find someone at the convention with more resources to take over the heavy lifting.

The medical invention should be patent pending next week. Fingers crossed.  Having learned from the other experience, I will likely start with larger durable medical equipment companies and work my way back to a local company.

On the art front:

NEW BLOG!!!  I wanted a one stop shop sort of thing.  One link that I can give people that has all the info.  If you have time or interest feel free to poke around and tell me if anything looks off.  Active Art 

I am still experimenting and practicing different techniques and having fun along the way.

Job:

I started applying to jobs and had some interviews this week.  Two were phone interviews that were promised to lead to a face to face.  One of those has (so far) and I will likely start up with them as a “prn/as needed” employee.

Hope everyone’s tomorrow is even better than today. 🙂

 

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Something Dry for a Hurricane Week

Did a little photo shoot during my getaway.  The place where I took the video and most of the pictures has likely been shut down for a couple of days until they are 100% about the hurricane and storm surge.  The beach was already much less busy than usual.  The only one I had seen driving on the beach was a lifeguard, so I about fell out when an ice cream truck drove past. (Daytona Beach has sections that allow people to drive and park on the beach.)

Blue Springs Florida Getaway

Blue Springs Florida Getaway

Blue Springs State Park in Florida is the “winter home to the manatee”.  During the summer months you can catch a manatee hanging out there, but during the winter, the spring run is filled up with manatees enjoying the consistent temperature of the spring water.

If you are thinking about visiting:

They have cabins and campgrounds available. There are 6 cabins surrounded by woods.  Each (as far as I know) has a front porch, 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, dining table, family room, air conditioning, and a gas fireplace that is shut off in summer months.  Outside each is a grill, table, and fire pit. There is a camp store on property that has small items you may have forgotten/need and a sandwich shop.  Right next to the camp store is a souvenir shop and a place to rent tubes for the spring. The Blue Spring Park has picnic tables scattered in several areas and a large covered pavilion.  There is a wood/sidewalk boardwalk along the length of the spring run with look out areas scattered throughout. There are hand rails on the hill portions at a height that appears designed to assist wheelchair users.  There are 2 main areas with access to the swim area and are spaced so that you can put in at one spot and relax to let the current take you to the second access point if you wish.  I did not notice a way for a wheelchair to access the swim out areas but I also did not ask the park staff about options, so please contact the park to inquire if you are planning a visit. (link to park website)  Everyone I spoke at Blue Springs was really nice and more than helpful.

Blue Springs empties into the St. John’s River and there are kayak, canoe and boat tours available from inside the park.  I have been on a couple of boat tours (from outside tour companies) over the years, and it really is a wonderful way to see the area.  The tours last around 2 hours and your are almost 100% sure to see birds, turtles, gators, and plenty of various foliage.

I posted a camera about 20 feet outside a cabin and caught some good images.

During my visit, the swim area was closed for all but the last morning due to a gator hanging out in the safety zone.  I saw the trappers looking for him the first night I was there but they did not catch up to him until the second night.  A local resident, that has been swimming there every day for years, told the story of how an old time gator had killed a friend a couple years ago.  The gator had been around back when it was common for people to feed gators.  The theory was that after the victim, and a couple of others, swam past him and did not feed him, that the gator got mad and went after them.

I heard this story right after I had just enjoyed a quick dip in the spring.  I was the only one around when the rangers had opened the swim area and could not resist.  The current is a little more noticeable in this spring compared to others that I have been to, so I am sure the tubing is popular.

The sunrise photos were taken from the east coast of Florida that looks to have escaped a direct hit by the hurricane.  Blue Springs State Park was closing early the day I left due to Hurricane Dorian.

(Warning Spiders 🙂

Campaign, Election, & Voting Songs – Crowd source

Campaign, Election, & Voting Songs – Crowd source

Back in 2014 I posted some retirement songs and then asked for suggestions.

Today I ask of the blog-o-sphere a crowd source list of songs for election,campaign, and voting events.  What would be a good song to listen to on the way to vote?  If you have any political song suggestions (serious, funny, or ironic) please add them in comments!

 

 

Vote – Blazer Fresh

Born to Run -Bruce Springsteen

Only In America – Brooks & Dunn

We Shall be Free – Garth Brooks

Hall of Fame – The Script ft. will.i.am

Roar – Katy Perry

The Voting song – Towler

American Idiot – Green Day

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

America – West side Story

An Officer and a Gentleman Ending

God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood

Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston

The Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing; Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston

We Are One – Runaground

From Suggestions in Comments (Update):

Shadow Government – They Might Be Giants

Democracy – Leonard Cohen

Turbulence – Warren Zevon

Fergus Laing – Richard Thompson

The Werewolf – Paul Simon

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker

Acrylic Pouring and Social Media

There is no update on all of the invention projects.  Everything seems to be in a holding pattern.  Apparently, the world doesn’t work on my timeline <sigh>.

I have been keeping myself busy with art, Instagram (@activeartpassions), and YouTube.

It is really amazing that people do these things so well while working full time.  The YouTube learning curve so far includes:

Taking video, audio mixing (voice on video, voice overs, music), video editing, adding in special shots to make it more interesting if possible, go to the website that makes special thumbnails so people will want to click on your video just by seeing the little picture, affiliate links for products in the video (currently using Michael’s, Zazzle, and Amazon).  I don’t expect people to be clicking all over these now, but I do not want to have to go back to videos later and add them if  one of the videos get popular.

The videos are of something I would be doing anyway….or, maybe, they push me to do what I want to be doing and not procrastinate myself out of it.

I shall continue my home study courses in art, video production, marketing, and product development.  My sabbatical leave focused on new areas of study.

Behind the scenes look:  I do NOT naturally talk as fast as I do in the videos.  I speed up most if not all of the videos.  I also slow/speed up the music sometimes.

New Project; Old Project

New Project:

Yesterday I posted a new YouTube video demonstrating a painting.

I shot the video outside and I am pretty sure everyone in the neighborhood mowed their yard that day.  Luckily, I was not planning on using much of the audio from the recording because I wear a mask for most spray painting.  This was a fun project to put together and I am hoping that I have the technical issues all worked out.  My plan is to post 1-2 videos a week.

 

Old Project:

I now have patent pending status on one of the products that I am developing.  I have started to approach companies and manufacturers.  I will fill in more when I can.

Do you have any projects in process?

 

Christmas In June

I spent most of last week working on a collection to enter a contest on Zazzle.

The idea is that the products could be ordered and kids can color them in to gift to someone else or as a part of their gift.  There are also sets of 25 tearaway paper place mats that could be used as a party activity.

If you have time, maybe give them a click.  They are still in the open submission time period, but maybe some traffic will up my chances. 
Thank you!!