Texas… damn its hot.

Well, there’s been a little bit of everything going on. After getting the job officially last week I’ve had a few days to sort of adjust and prepare and figure out what the basic plan is for the next few months. I think I already mentioned that I’d be coming back up in August but now I actually have vague dates. I start work tomorrow, work all week up until next Monday when Paul (the photographer) and I leave for the Miss Texas pageant. We’ll be shooting the pageant the 21st-29th and then returning. I work the rest of that week and the next weekend I’ll get my first opportunity (and commission) to shoot on my own. There’s a body building competition on Saturday that I’ll probably get to shoot. I wonder who will be more retarded, the texan pageant girls or the oily muscle guys? I have even money on both. The following weekend, the 7th through the 11th-ish I’m going to try and come home. At least, that’s the plan. Ladd Photo is giving me time to go get my things per our agreement and Lauren is going to ask for a few days off to come up with me. So… mark you calendars and clear some space. I’m going to want to see as many people as I can in that short time. I also possibly need someone to drive back with me (I’ll have both the car and a uhaul). If you’d like to volunteer let me know.

There’s also a long list of things that need to get done before then as well. I need to open a TX bank account, get a TX cell phone plan and number, find a temporary storage place for my stuff until we find an apartment, which is also on the list. Also, in terms of wedding planning, we have to pick out our invitations, Lauren has to pick the flowers and I have to pick a tux style and make sure you guys get measured. You’ll all be picking up your tuxes here so don’t worry about getting them where you are, you’ll just need to go to some place local and get measured, they do it for free and it should only take a minute or two. Write down the numbers they give you and send’em to me so I can put in a big order here. If we all get them at the same place it’s usually cheaper.

That’s about it in terms of plans, but you’re probably curious as to what I’ve been doing the past week or so. We’ll, I’ve been all over the place. I went to get some shorts the other day so that I’d have more than my one pair to wear to work (it’s very casual). We’ve been out to eat a few times, we’ve gone to visit Lauren’s grandparents, we went to a family-friend’s wedding and I met more of the family there and last night we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean. For a Disney flick, it wasn’t half bad. Perhaps it was because we got there late and had to sit in the front row and I couldn’t see things properly that I enjoyed it. I’d have to see it again from a normal seating arrangement to tell you if it was truly enjoyable but from what I could see it wasn’t half bad. There were pirates, and sword fights and all that good stuff. It certainly wasn’t Shakespeare but it was a “fun” movie. The kind of action movie that I wanted both T3 and Hulk to be. They were disappointing, this was not. Like I said, it could have just been because I practically couldn’t see the screen. I’ll let you know when the DVD comes out.

Speaking of movies, Lauren’s brother Chris works at the local multiplex and is able, at quite a frequent level, to get uncut 35mm trailer footage from whatever movie he feels like. Apparently they have to splice in the trailers at the beginning of each movies and then cut them out when the movie is done it’s run. And because you could see a trailer in front of more then one movie, they have a lot of copies of these sitting around. He already snagged me authentic 35mm trailers for both 28 Days Later and Kill Bill. He promises more. I assume that these are rare things for the public to have and that eventually they’re just destroyed by the theaters or movie companies. I plan on holding on to a few. Who knows, they could have eBay potential someday.

That’s pretty much it. I have a ton of stuff to do and plan over the next few weeks and a road trip in the middle. I’ll let everyone know about the tuxes when I pick one and I’ll probably need the permanent addresses of a few of you (since you’ve moved or changed rooms in O-House) to send invitations to in the coming months. I’ll let you know how the job goes once I get started. It should be interesting if nothing else. And a good opportunity.

And, sorry as always for the lack of daily updates, this will unfortunately continue until we have an apartment and I get my computer down here.

Matt out.

On the Road

And so, my journey begins…

“So, in America, when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long skies over New Hampshire and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the west coast, and all that road going, all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know how the children must be crying in the land where they let children cry, and tonight the sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what’s going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old…”

Jack Kerouac – “On the Road”

“I ain’t got time to take a fast train…”

Or so goes that song involving air travel. It’s official, I’m flying to TX Sunday morning. I’ll be there by noon. I only booked a one way ticket. I don’t know when I’ll be back. I’m a little excited, I’m a little scared. I may stay only a few days, I might stay a few weeks. Lauren’s family (both immediate and grand-parents) have offered me rooms to stay in and that’s very kind of them. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in that there’s a 50/50 chance I won’t be back to NH for quite some time. Of course, the other 50% of that chance is that I’ll be back on Thursday and be packing up my life. I’m usually spontaneous but not this spontaneous.

I’m really hoping that this is my big chance. If it isn’t it’ll be the near biggest let down for me in recent history. I’m probably setting myself up for disappointment by hoping for this so much but it really would solve so many problems.

My plan tomorrow is to get my hair cut and go get a new Red Sox hat (my old one is white and quite a bit dirty). You just have to represent the home town when abroad. After that it’s home to pack and try to relax while getting ready for my trip. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to get online once I’m in TX. I’ll try, but there’s no guaranties. These are the times I really wish I had a laptop.

Alright. Happy 4th everyone. It’s time for me to try and unwind a little. Later.

Turn of Events

I had a whole long and details post planned about what I’ve been doing for the past few days but something incredible has happened. I got an email yesterday from Ladd Photography in Houston and they want me to fly down for an interview as soon as possible. They have an eight day road trip planned for the end of July and they need to fill their full time position before then. They were very interested in talking to me and would like me to come down next week. So… I’m going to Texas.

What a mind job. I planned on going down the first week of August for a week or so to interview with various places but this is a bit short notice. The good kind of short notice. I’m going to assume that since they want to to come to Houston, and they know I’m in NH, that they’re not jerking my chain and that there’s a good possibility of them hiring me. If not, that’s a really mean thing to do.

So, I’m looking up plane tickets at the moment. Wow. Who knew. I don’t know if my plan will be to do a quick 2 day turn-around visit or if it makes more sense to get a one way ticket, stay for a little while and then come back when convenient to get my things (aka: my life in boxes).

Wow. I can’t really get over this, it’s a bit of a shock. I’ll try and keep everyone up to date when I can. Wish me luck.


Welcome to the new site. DocHoloday.com is up and running and if you’ve made it here you’ve probably already seen either my email or the redirect page. Liquidillusions.net is now 100% photography only. It’s what I’ll put on my business cards and bottom of my emails. This site will be the journal. It’s really sad that this had to happen. I’ve heard excellent arguments for the reasons that my journal and my portfolio should be separate and it’s for those reasons that this switch has been made, not for myself. I personally don’t see anything wrong with the two being together. If I give someone a link to my portfolio I expect them to view my portfolio and judge me based on my work. I don’t expect them to go all the way back to the main index, into my journal and then comment on it’s inappropriateness. I think that’s ridiculous. I have no problem separating professional and business from personal and private so I don’t see why other people do. Regardless, things have been moved on the off chance that something happens again and an employer somehow stumbles off the portfolio path as it were. I don’t like it but if it helps my job prospects it can’t be that bad.

So, here we are. Business as usual but in a new home. It took me a little while to get used to my first “dot com”. I was putting .net on everything out of habit. Now all we need to do is get Chip’s 2BitHacker up and running and figure out what on earth to do with Chris’ BlogProject.

In unrelated things, I’ve been trying to track down what exactly is happening with my damn mail. I haven’t gotten my subscriptions to either PDN or CommArts yet and I still haven’t gotten my diploma. I even had my mail forwarded at the Savannah post office so anything boarder line in terms of mail dates should have been forwarded here. But I’ve gotten nothing so far.

Also, in terms of job hunting, Lauren has gotten me some names and phone numbers in TX to start with and I’ve come up with my own list from AltPick.com and resources in PDN and BlackBook that I’ve found. I also had to tell Kim Case today that I was 50/50 on some dates later this summer to assist for her. I don’t know whether I’ll be in TX or not at that point, it all depends on jobs.

There are so many things going on and EVERYONE is trying to push me in different directions. I have too much on my plate and all I want to do is curl up and sleep. I don’t want to deal with any of it. I suppose that’s rather un-adult of me but it’s the truth. But I won’t stop, I’m working my way through it all, like I always do. Dealing with each problem as it arises. I just wish, for once, I had the peace of mind to sit somewhere and do absolutely nothing. I feel burnt out and I’m only 22. How sad is that. I really wish I was in TX, with Lauren, already married, living in our first apartment, going to work everyday and knowing that every night I was going to come home and be at peace. There would be nothing to plan, nothing to stress about, nothing. Yes, I’d have bills and yes I’d have responsibilities but they would all be on a schedule. My bills would be monthly annoyances instead of daily hassles. My life would be simpler and it’s that which I’m looking forward to. I have no rock in this storm, I have nothing to cling to. I’ve been swept into the sea and I’m waiting to land on my deserted desert isle.

Enough complaining for today. I think it’s time for a haircut, then perhaps the gym.

Matt out.