Lost in memories with each mug of espresso.

I watch as the steam slowly builds up in my espresso maker, and the first cup slowly comes steaming out, through the finely ground coffee beans… The smell fills the air and I close my eyes, remembering of a time just a few weeks of my life, where each small cup was filled or brought in a pair of double espressos, often with a piece of chocolate on the plate beside it and a small spoon and a couple small containers of sugar…

Such a simple thing, a small cup of espresso, yet each mug I have often several a day, I close my eyes and for a few moments I relive such a simple time of happiness and care that so deeply I miss…

Carefully as we spoke softly, of history, music, people, places, art and life, the sugar was poured by soft hands, and carefully stirred for me, which I had never before had someone do for me with such care within their eyes, often rarely even loosing contact with my eyes, as she stirred first one then the other… And we often would laugh or talk, as the world around us seemed to fade into a blur- timeless, stopping around us…

Often my mind goes also to the one hotel or the little café shop in the fruit market in Rome, Campo dei Fiori, where we would stop and share an espresso and a glass of the blood red orange juice together. The smell of so many fresh fruits and bread filled the air, and still a breath away the sweet smell of vanilla perfume would fill my senses with such a desirer and care, as I watched her stir slowly each mug of espresso…

It’s been Ten years now since those few weeks in Rome, sharing such simple things together, walking, whispering and talking softly, eyes held together and hands that seemed to make love with just a touch… Coble stone roads winding left then right, beautiful artworks shared together, and laughter with the sun shining down through her dark hair, she in a jacket and I getting a sunburn, not use to such warmth during Easter time, carelessly walking the ancient streets of Roma, sharing espressos though out the city…

So many years ago now, it seems sometimes, like a life time of sadness since and missing of such deep happiness, and yet, each morning, I will make yet another mug, then a second, then third, sometimes a fourth mug, and the memories for an instant will fill my heart with joy of such care and lovely memories that seem to be only lived now within nightly dreams… And still I can seem to find another to fill my heart so full of care, like each mug of espresso once upon a time shared…

So now, I go off, to steam another mug of the roasted finely ground bean, then close my eyes, and experience for a moment a memory of when once upon a time of happiness… (_)>

Age of Job Creation- Technology Killing Jobs

Where the printing press had a lot to do with the beginning of the “Age of Reason”, Ford’s car had such an influence on the “Industrial Age”, and the computer helped to begin the “Age of Technology”… But where does that bring us?

Spoke to a programmer who gave an estimate to a Doc office, would save the office $250,000 a year with his billing program that automates so much- but the board would need to fire a bunch of people to get that savings, so they chose to continue with keeping the staff the way it is… So in the big picture, it would end up adding to major job loss through out the two businesses if they streamlined the billing and filing systems…

Guess it’s ok to cut jobs in major corporate areas, but not our health system… Tech is having a major influence in this time of loss of jobs… There are many jobs that are being cut and business to that are disappearing… Like Printers and Newspapers are now taking a huge hit, with the Internet and personal computer printers taking those jobs away… So many others are and will soon be being lost to this new tech and the productivity it allows us to do and accomplish…

One local printer I know said, “20 years ago there was a bunch of local printers with a staff of 15-50 printers in the shops, now there are only like 5 printers in the area left, and they have a skeleton crews- he use to employ 15 printers, now he has problems keeping just himself busy… This is one thing that the news is not really covering with the job loss of the US, and how it is effecting so many… We’re at a major pivot time period, the end of the Industrial age, and the beginning of such productivity increases with the Tech age…

Technology helped to create so much productivity but at the cost of decreased employment in so many fields and an increased corporate consolidation… Where or what will these job losses bring us, what jobs will replace those that we are loosing now?

We face more then just jobs lost to over sea’s and the loss from the last 8 years, which so many blindly blame wars, economic problems and some just blindly blame the current or past government/s, but it is really our own human nature to try to make things easier to do and do more in less time or less money paid to labor… We do face the need of change that never before in history have we as a people ever faced, millions count on this time period and we as a people need to work together and not spend time blaming others, but go forward…

Need new innovators and those new ideas, the support of small business to help to create jobs… It has been our country’s history to have those innovators, now is the time to support them and current small business and help start up business start to create future jobs…

Age of Job Creation- Killing Factory Jobs

Driving through towns and cities, we see now so many empty factories, thousands of lost jobs that once was the foundation of our US work force, now being built over seas, to factory workers we just have no ability to compete with the wage they pay there… Along with the closed doors of these factories are the local business that helped feed those workers, put gas in their cars they once drove to work… The builders and maintenance of these factories and suppliers of materials to keep them running- gone… Creating snowball of lost jobs and business in areas that once had good paying jobs…

As this snowball of workers loose jobs, they also loose spending power… Where are the jobs to replace these lost factory jobs to foreign factory labor competition? We need to retrain our huge work forces of factor workers now to do other jobs, or think to ways to create business to create a new kind of work force? I’m not sure we can train a work force of factory workers into innovators or creative types, but what of custom local made, grown goods could be an idea… We can help them start their own local service businesses, or how to create their own online shop to sell their own custom made goods…

The same time of loosing millions of factory jobs, we also are compiling the problem with tech jobs of productivity killing job types- printers, newspapers no longer needed do to every office now having an inkjet printer in them and electric data, so no longer do we need file cabinets to hold the paper orders, that where once a major part of our work force too, adding more to this snowball of our work force…

We still have jobs and businesses here for building & maintaining houses and landscapes that foreign business cannot offer from over seas… And we still have “Custom Craftsmen” that can custom make you what you might want for your kitchen, house, and office or even for your car…

Will we need to turn these empty factories into retirement homes for the baby boomers, and those who once worked in these factories to be retrained into elderly-care givers so they can somewhat keep a good wage of living?

Age of Job Creation- Custom Made Niche Markets and Creative Jobs

I believe many people can find new jobs with Custom Made Products, to fill those special “Niche Markets”… Those little niche markets that offer a “Personal touch” you can’t find in so many of the factory made objects one buys at huge retail stores… Then sell them online…

A friend of mine who has been retired for 3 years, his wife is about to loose her job in a local factory… He is now thinking he needs to go back to work, but what will he do? I told him- “Hell your good with wood working, we have all these hard woods around us & you have most of the needed tools do this, just needing a few more tools and a large enough shop to do it in and you’ve got the property to add a small woodshop… Think of something you can make and be able to put “Your Name” on it… I suggested since he likes Hunting turkeys, start making “Custom wood box calls”, out of the different kinds of hard woods he can find locally… Then I also suggested to him to look into “Adirondack style Furniture”… Or Oak shelving, since when you go to a furniture store, all one can find is plastic coated or veneer pulp wood shelves that bend with the weight of books in a year… and since it is a niche market, he can put a higher price on it with it being built of stronger material, as there is no other piece like it… He likes the Turkey Call idea, but is still giving it thought…

But I do wonder, how will we be able to truly retrain so many lost factory workers, or people of the different trades that do to Technology’s productivity has ended their jobs… Not everyone is good with Wood Working, or Creative…

So many people are creative, can think to something they enjoy doing, or can build, that no one else can, at a factory level… It is these small creative niche markets, that could grow to have a couple people working to help with mailing or creating the products…

The need for support with small business start-ups money will also be needed… Support frame works to help these factory workers or printers that no longer have jobs to be able to understand business or how to do business in this time period… So many of these same people, have to ask their kids how to set the answering machine, or set their VCR’s, or turn on the computer, How to use the internet, how to package goods so it doesn’t end up all knocked up and bumped around in a box while shipping…

This is where I feel that Micro Business Incubator in an Internet Café style area will help… Places where those local carpenters, painters, landscape service business, the niche business, local custom service people can go to learn, use tech and not have the learning curve of how it works and how to keep updated can truly help…

I am in a town with no stoplight… The number of local carpenters, painters, heavy equipment or plumbing service people who still use a pad of paper or napkin to do a contract, receipt or estimate at the local coffee shop, just amaze me… Many now don’t have much work, but they have no online advertising… One friend, great carpenter, but no one in the town near by knows of his skill… Word of mouth advertising is good, but it only can be heard from so far… He could advertise in the local news papers & yellow pages, but at a huge price, compared to what he could advertise online for far cheaper…

I believe now is the time to start your Niche Business, be creative, be innovative, Be Creative… There is no one else quit like you, or your views… There is a world market out there, you never know, you might have a skill or idea that others really are looking for, a “style”, a look”, Or have an idea or ability that is truly Yours…

Lessons learned this past decade…

Been sitting for a bit of time, watching the snow fall, thinking to its silence, thinking to these last ten years… So many things have happened, the Good, the Bad, Beginnings and Ends, new and Old, Friends gained and Friends lost, and the things I have learned of life, people, tech, nature, politics, and of trust…

I remember once, back I College, I had written a poem, “My Castle of Silence” where “Brick by Brick, Side by Side”, I created walls of silence around me- the “Bricks” being my experiences of life… This was mostly to think to my applying myself to learning in college, instead of goofing off and just partying and chasing women, so I would be able to take more then just blurred memories with me from those years spent at college…

I sit here thinking more deeply into this concept, and comparing it to the things I have learned this past decade… So many lessons, so many things attempted, learned from, things that worked and didn’t work, but the deepest lesson was more to do with people and trust…

During this last ten years, I lost those whom where my Hero’s, those that I looked up to with the utmost respect and wished I could be somewhat like them in some way, those I respected in life the deepest and most for their achievements, abilities, knowledge… Ever will they be within my heart and mind, and the examples and stories I will use with them in them as guides for myself and others- some examples that make me laugh, and some that bring me to the edge of tears in their being gone… So I want to remember them somewhat of telling some of their stories, some as I sip my morning mug of espresso to post within my Blog, as it is through them those lessons learned or influenced me to whom I am wanting or becoming as a person… Now it seems so few of them are left, my list of hero’s gone to rest…

I have learned not to always give complete blind trust to all, there are more then two kind of friends, Good friends and Best friends, but depths or degree’s of friendship and trust one gives and receives… Trust is something people need to earn, not something you are born with, and when given too freely, some will take advantage of it…

So many people are not what they portray themselves to be anymore, it seems so many are sheep with canine teeth that portray themselves to be friends or honest business people waiting to use you, or hide behind masks with painted smiles upon their faces… So with that, I have learned in Business, to always use contracts, no more trust of a shake of hands, and not to give to others the “Full recipe” of an idea or within an estimate or bid of the work needing to be done… There are just too many people out there that are truly out for themselves, and not really wiling to help others, which I find to be so sad…

Also learned that you can’t just have blind faith that people will do as they say, and you sometimes have to think to yourself and not just to others… To take your own destiny into your own hands and make things happen… A drawing won’t happen unless you get the pencil and paper out and start drawing to make that picture, nor does it happen if you only pray…

So I trust in myself, and start to lay the bricks again, to a path or road for my own future, of dreams and goals I have, to leave behind some of the sheep with canine teeth, and stray away from this local flock, to find my own patch of green grass in southern pastures, where one might be able to hear the Ocean off in the distance…

Enduring the Pain with a Smile

I recently was corresponding with a friend who might have MS and some other complications, and how we both seemed to be having problems finding doctors that truly listen… I had known only one person with MS, ad she was ever one of my heroes, and wrote her this:

As a child, in my Gram’s church, there was a friend of her’s- Louise, whom had MS, and other illnesses, she needed special crutches & leg braces to get around, but she would still want to race to the church any child with crutches with a huge smile, as she loved so much the laughter of children, I learned later while I stayed with my Grandparents while going to Syracuse University…

I remember her once telling me, when I had crunches from a bad fall; “It isn’t the physical pain that hurts, I have grown to endure that, as she reached down and picked a yellow tulip, it is the beauty that surrounds me that helps me want to see more beauty, the simple things, a child’s laughter, the music at Church, or to go and spend a day at the museum full of such artworks, reading good books and your Grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies after church, with a wink”, and then she challenged me another race from the church to the parish after, where they had refreshments…

She is one of my heroes…

Seeking my own Technological Utopianism

While I was attending Syracuse University, I had Illustration professors who where starting to use Fax machines to get work from across the country or even from the other side of the world, while being able to live out in the country, some having studios in old converted barns, where they could store a plethora of research materials- photos, old magazines, newspapers with both illustrations, they could look to for reference for their artwork… I knew then, I really didn’t want to move to the “Big City’s”, living side by side, on top and below others, in what I called then “A Forest of Stone”…

It was in this time period I got to start to learn more about networking computers for Graphic Design and Communications, TCP/IP networking concepts, Hyper-card Protocol and some of what would become the foundations of what would then after be called the “World Wide Web”- WWW.

But again, even though many of the higher paying jobs where still within the large cities, there was that cost of living in those Forest’s of Stone… My desire to be able to walk out of my house to be able to see a sky full of more stars then one could count, wanting fresh air, and the smell of soil after it rained, to be able to have a large garden called me louder… So I chose that I might be able to find this desired life style and Technology would start to catch up so I could make a living in the country, pursue my love of art, nature and my interests in tech…

Within the town of Candor, I was able to find somewhat my desirer of a Technological Utopianism, allowing me to do as a business high tech work and art in a chicken shack I had renovated into a small studio, in a town without stoplights in 1993…

I was able to offer both art, illustration, photography, graphic design and later putting all of these facet’s together into Website Design, and hosting Websites in the county’s only secure Website & E-Mail Server… Was able to sit there watching my server click page counts as the beginning of the new millennium turned it’s year over and no Y2K problems happened in my little Art/Tech Studio…

As I worked in Tech in the country, I was able to enjoy fresh air, gardening, hunting and fishing, often able to take a month off or some time to get away from all and into the forests or stream side. Making enough of a living with Tech & Art, so I could spend more time in the fresh air of my hometown… Something so many Tech people then and now where/are trying to achieve, or had as a goal in their lives… During that first ten years it started to work… I also wanted to help my community, and I did for a while, till I threw my hat into politics, and found people don’t just vote for who they feel is correct for the job, but more often are blind to how our governments truly work, and will vote via political party’s instead… I was able to say, I won my town, but lost the other towns I would have represented- I might as well have ran against the cartoon character “Snoopy”, so strong was the opposing political machine in this area is and how they keep their sheep so clueless…

Now it is ten years later, and I look back at these past ten years, and the lessons I have learned… It is the lack of understanding of how our governments truly works, both small and large… I hear now so many complain and blame the current Federal Government administration for their high property taxes, when it is the smaller local government they should truly be upset with… So blind the flock, and such “Masters” are those sheep herdsmen truly are in this area, those “Sheep with Canine Teeth”, as I often refer to them as… But I also learned human nature tends to have those who would rather steal ideas, and twist them for their own, instead of allowing the creator of those idea follow through with them… So after 17 years since college of attempting to get these ideas to go through, I needed to find another area, to begin growing these seeds and ideas…

Suddenly the desire to find a better area, a more controlled idea of how to achieve this desired life style- the steps I needed to take to learn and what I want within my own version of Technological Utopianism…

I have come to the understanding that those work 99% of their lives in something they enjoy, live longer and enjoy life better… To help others in business using Tech, but also living in an area of nature they understand needs to work together to maintain a balance of both nature and fiscal wealth, you need to find people who truly understand this and support these ideas… You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force him to drink from it… So ironically, I looked to where wild ponies run free to find my Technological Utopianism vision…

During this time period I also had enough time to refine my goals and dreams, the desire of what and how to achieve this, what style and ways to achieve it and now it is just the matter of time to fix this old farm up to sell, and invest in my own future Technological Utopianism… What I call an Internet Café with a Micro Business incubator, “Café Style”, and a small farm, where I will be able to also enjoy both tech and nature together in a cost effective way…

I want to be able to have a coffee house with a computer cluster, where not only does it offer good coffee, tech, but provide a micro computer learning and incubator idea for local business, but on weekend, maybe a NYC style café that offers blues band, or solo piano entertainment also on weekends during the summers and long winters and within it also a venue to sell my artworks and local products…

Follow your Dreams and Goals!!!

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