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Redemptive Cycles video

Well the first version of the video is posted on Vimeo and ready for viewing. A longer more in depth version will be coming later after we get a chance to shoot some more footage and do another ride or two.

If you are in the Birmingham, AL area come by and say hi on Saturdays and feel free to support the cause any way that you can. You can them on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Redemptive Cycles Version 1

 

Thanks for checking it out and feel free to leave any comments, thoughts and Ill even take snyde remarks.

 

Redemptive Cycles

So lately I have been helping out with a local non-profit group called Redemptive Cycles here in Birmingham and its been a blast. They are a group of locals who promote bike riding and bike education by helping anyone get a bicycle. Through three different programs anyone can earn or purchase a bike to use for transportation and recreation.

You can come by and buy a bike at a reasonable used price, build one from donated parts or volunteer your time and earn a bicycle thats been rebuilt by the non profit crew.

I am in the process of making them a short video that sums up what they do, who they are and what their goals are but for now you can check out their website http://www.redemptivecycles.com/  and check out their program and how you can get involved. Also take a look at this video from our last group ride that we did back on Saturday Jan. 26th, 2013.

 

Community Ride – Redemptive Cycles

do you love your job?

Jobs not the man but the thing that all of us have to have, unless you are a trust fund baby and even then you have a job in some form or another. We all have to work and find a way to support ourselves and to some extent justify our existence in this world. 

 

What is it that you do for a job? Is it something that you enjoy or just do to pay the bills? Are you pulling “The Yuppie Nuremberg defense” as Nick Naylor said in ‘Thank you for Smoking’ when asked about your job? 

 

Why is it that we can’t all find jobs/careers that we truly enjoy going to day in and day out? I remember back in middle school and high school taking tests that would tell you what you ideal career would be and mine gave me a range from Forest Park Ranger to Art Teacher and a lot of other low paying gigs. Sure being a Park Ranger would be fun at times but I don’t think I want to do that till Im 70 years old specially with the way the US government manages the Parks department. 

No ultimately I settled on something that was not about the money or security and went after something I love doing, photography and filmmaking. Along the way its been rough and I have struggled plenty to continue pushing forward with it and even now I barely have a few hundred bucks to my name with lots of student loan debt but I truly love what I do. That love is the only thing that gets me through the weeks and sometimes months of unemployment only to land a quick one or two day gig before another few weeks. When Im constantly on the road working and trying to find some way to pay for the next hotel or next leg of a drive to make it to a possible job interview or meeting knowing that Im doing it for me and not to pay a car note or mortgage makes it worth it. 

Yes Im young and not married nor do I have kids or own a house or loft, but even if I did I would still find a way to do this job. It would mean I would have to be more selective on jobs and fight even harder to stay in one place but it would be a sacrifice worth making because I would now be sharing my love with more than just my job/career. 

 

So what is it that you love and why are you not doing it full time? Its not a crime if you are not, I walked away from doing photography full time years ago because it started to become more of work than the art for me. Just because its a job/career doesn’t mean that it has to be a drain on you. Image

recent collection of photos

a quick collection at 2012 from my cameras both digital and analogue.

 

I would like _____________________

What would you like to see or hear about? What would you like to see created or posted?

vices and stress relief

So lately the current show I am on has put a nice level of stress and tension on my otherwise calm psyche and I have had to find new ways of decompressing and venting. This past weekend I got to finally play some golf again, first time in probably a year or so and it felt good. I also spent a fair amount of time with some friends and colleagues just being crazy and goofing off which is always a great way to blow off steam.

But it seems that these few times are not enough as I come back to the office on Monday (even though I worked over the weekend) and the stress level had only marginally gone down from Friday. So I think its time for me to start trying some new ways of relaxing and possibly looking into a few things that I either laughed off earlier in my career or just dismissed because they did not seem like a viable option for me.

Two of those things are Yoga and Pilates and I have attempted both in the past two weeks and come to realize that they can help. No I am not going full blown yoga studio/namaste’ and hippie granola but I think I will start trying to do a session a week, at home first and then maybe actually go to a class sometime after I get a little more control, flexibility and balance first.

My current vices are photography, dancing, bicycling and being around friends and yes sometimes having some good whiskey. Ok the whiskey more than just sometimes but its a great release.

Anyways vices are in everyone’s lives either with running or movies or reading a book. We all have them and most are not a negative influence on us. Its when they stop being a calming effect and instead start causing more problems that we need to step back from them and try something else.

Waiting to ride