Today is my birthday; I am forty-eight years old.
This is as good a time as any to reflect and assess, and make plans for the future. When I started this blog nearly four years ago, it was an attempt to record my passing thoughts and chisel them into Google's servers. I expect these words and images will hang here in the ether for the medium term, at least until new technologies and fancies throw them on the pile with floppy disks and IBM punch cards.
In the beginning, Leap Into the Void served as my written thesis for my time in CalArts' MFA program. Later LITV became a place for me to articulate my thoughts and experiences in the visual arts and our culture at large. I never expected to have a few thousand page views a week, or a couple hundred subscribers, and as of today, to have made 370 posts.
Last month, with my COBRA benefits winding down, my HELOC nearly used up, and no teaching or writing jobs in sight, I've returned to research; this time as a quasi statistician slash database manager on a neuropsychiatric study of HIV and cognitive decline. From California Institute of the Arts to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center I've been able to call myself a colleague of some very talented and remarkable people. Strangely though, there seems to be no overlap whatsoever of these two worlds or in the parts of my brain I call into service.
These are though economic times, and I count myself as fortunate to have a steady income again. Unfortunately, door-to-desk is a two hour commute each way, and is exhausting, even with Metro doing the driving. I haven't posted here in about three weeks, and I don't expect to return to regular posting anytime soon. I'm saving up for a netbook, so that some of that time my be put to productive use. In the meantime, I'll be assessing my priorities and deciding if I will continue here, move on to another forum, or devote my remaining minutes to the production of art.
Thank you all for reading; your site visits, comments, and email messages have kept me posting here for as long as I have. I have been looking at art, and I hope to make a few more posts to close things out. Until then, a fond adieu.