Taking the fun out of it

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For several years I thought my cheap-o digital point and shoot did not offer any way to adjust the exposure. Then one day I stumbled across the option buried many menus deep.

And you know what? The camera instantly became less-fun. I kid you not. Now instead of just enjoying myself and snapping photos, the thought is constantly in the back of my mind, “should I add or take away some exposure here?”

I wish I’d never found it.

Recently I purchased my hunting and fishing license for the year and I was reminded of a similar experience.

Back when I picked up fishing again as an adult I spent a pretty decent sum on a fancy rod and reel from one of the big name outdoor stores.

And you know what? I spent more time untangling the fishing line than I did actually fishing. I am fully willing to admit the problem might have been more me than the rod, but it was a decidedly un-fun activity.

But one day, after about the bazillionth bird’s nest. I hopped in the car and went to Wal-Mart where I picked up a Zebco 202 spin casting rod and reel for about $10.

And I love it! I have not bought any other rod and reel since. I catch tons of fish. This photo was after fishing a little farm pond at a friend’s place.

If I wear it out, I buy a new one. But I don’t think I’ve worn one out yet. In fact, I tend to give them away. I like to share! And the price allows me to do that without a second thought.

Anyway, thinking about these memories has really re-enforced my idea that more complicated things make for less enjoyable times.

Not that there isn’t a time and place for complicated equipment, but when you’re just out trying to have some fun it really rather detracts from it.


Nick David Wright photographer

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I decided recently to devote a little more energy to my photography.

So I invested in my own URL and have committed to putting a little money into having a real web site. Here’s the link: http://www.nickdavidwright.net/

Of course I did the design work myself. I like simple sites.

If anyone is interested I use a program called Shutterbug for all my web design work. It’s a very unique program. I didn’t like it at first, it handles things differently than any other design program I’ve ever used. But once I got my head around how it does what it does I’ve come to really like it.

Circle Seven Gun Dogs

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We met Sam and Jill Wyrick while living in Independence, KS. Sam loves to hunt and work his dogs.

I put together a site for him a couple years back but I was itching to take another stab at it. He agreed and we got to work.

This is what we ended up with, check it out!


Business opportunities

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It’s been my dream to run my own business for a long time, since I was a teenager. I’ve played at it here and there, just never really got anything going.

But now I’m in a perfect position to devote some time and energy into a business, I just have to decide what it is I want to do.

The first thought is, of course, photography. And while I have regained a lot of my enjoyment of the craft, the idea of getting back into it as a business literally makes me feel sick inside. Sure I can see myself selling an image here and there or maybe even making greeting cards out my photos. But thinking about portrait sessions, weddings or — shudder — journalism … I just can’t do it.

One of my major goals in life has been to simply be able to stay at home, working as a photographer though would mean that I’d have to be constantly away. So photography is out.

I thought about web design. I picked up a lot of design and layout skills during my years as a journalist, and I’m fairly handy with the computer. I know a lot of coding etc, but the layout programs have gotten so good you really don’t need that knowledge anymore.

Recently I’ve been working at redesigning a friend’s web page for his business (I’ll post a link when we finish). The work isn’t bad, and I can do everything needs be done right from my couch. But I just don’t see myself truly enjoying it, and I’d really like to find something I really love.

I’ve heard a lot of folks say “if you do what you love, the money will come.” And — to be honest — I’ve considered the saying mostly baloney. But now I’m in the perfect position to test the theory. I make plenty of money at my “day jobs,” and I have plenty of free time to pursue my own endeavors as well.

So we’ll have to see how this goes.

Wheels on the bus

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School busses

Well the first full week of school is ended. I enjoyed this job last year, but I really love it this year. There are a number of differences.

First, I have my own route. I know what time I have to be at the bus barn every morning. I know where each of my stops are and what time I’m to be at them.

The biggest differences though are really related to the rest of my life. Last year was a rush, and I don’t mean that in a good way either. I was driving into town three or more times a day. I was trying to work at WalMart in the evenings. I was very stressed out and constantly exhausted. It was not a fun time.

This year is much more relaxed. My other job is only every other weekend, and every other Monday. I can’t believe I actually get a weekend to myself again! That every other Monday will be kinda rough, but not too bad.

When I get done with my route, I can take my time leisurely shutting the windows and checking the bus. No more zooming through the post-run because I have to be at my other job five minutes ago.

I … LOVE … it!!!

Now, if I can just figure out what I want to do for my own business so that I don’t even have to work that every other weekend job I’ll be golden!

First days of school

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Thursday and Friday were the first days of school here.

I was very nervous that first day. But as soon as I got back behind the wheel of the bus the jitters ceased and everything was good.

My route is pretty short, 8 or 9 stops. So far the kids are mostly good.

Driving around my route Thursday, I saw lots of moms out taking “first day of school” photos of their children. One in particular caught my eye, the mother had positioned the child in a beautiful beam of early morning sunlight. Should turn out to be a great photo.

My bus is one of the oldest in the fleet. Makes a lot of noise, and it smells like an old bus. One of the young kids asked me to turn on the A/C yesterday (HA! Our new busses don’t even have that!). But for the rest of the school year, it is my bus! ;D

I’m very excited. I love my job. I can’t wait to get to the point where I can quit working at the college and just drive the bus. But I’d really like to find some other little thing to do to make money in between bus routes before I quit the college, and I still haven’t come up with anything good.


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1st shift work Saturday MANDATORY!

He knocked lightly on the door of the manager’s office.

“Yes?” the manager said.

“I’m not going to be in on Saturday.”

“Why not?”

“I have plans.”

“Like what?”

“Like not being here.”

“It must be nice not having to worry about keeping a job.”

“It is, everyone should live this way.”

“So, what … are you ridiculously rich or something?”


“Then why work at all?”

“Because money is nice sometimes too.”

“But I thought you said you were rich?”

“I am. Not all riches are dollars.”

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