JPS Visual Week In Review ~ 07.020.19



One of the best eight-letter words in the English language.

It’s also my verb right now.

About 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 15th anniversary of my starting date with my company, I closed out my work email, disconnected from my job’s network, sat back with a sigh and said “I’m on vacation.”

There’s something about just know you don’t have to check work email for a while that feels good. I don’t have an office to go in to anymore – I work remotely most days – so I’m not really turning out any lights. Maybe virtually I am.

Which is what I did yesterday around 4. Soon after, some friends, visiting from Missouri, pulled up, and the sound of laughter and squeals filled our back yard yard as their two kids and our three kids all jumped into the pool. I soon followed.

And vacation was underway.

Now I’ll try to disconnect from work for about 10 days. This vacation will NOT be one of sitting around a pool. We’re headed to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.

To say I can’t wait would be an understatement.

I haven’t been out to the American West for quite a few years. Well, 15 actually, since my wife and I drove cross-country from San Francisco to start our new life in New Jersey. After exiting Seattle it rained for much of the the drive across South Dakota and parts of Wyoming. The weather did break when we visited Mount Rushmore, though.

I was a bit shell-shocked at the time. I had just been through eight months of hell with my job in the Bay Area. A boss there left me questioning myself and my abilities in my chosen career. I wanted out of SF and sought refuge  in New Jersey. NJ felt like a lifeline to me, then.

If I can just get back to NJ, I’ll be OK…

So, a month after being married, we packed it all up, and came home.

The job seems to have worked out. Ups and downs, of course, but for the most part.

The marriage seems to have worked out. Ups and downs, of course, but for the most part.

As the kids played in the pool last evening, and I manned the grill and chatted with our friends, I did dawn on me:

This is my life. And it’s pretty good.


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: A Phillies game, in person, until it got rained out.

What I Watched This Week, Part 2: Open Water 2: Adrift

What I Read This Week: I finished a 1950s pulp called Thieves Like Us.

TIME: The Story Behind the Apollo 11 1969 Launch Party Photos

Soapbox: A Long Overdue Recognition of a Groundbreaking Photographer

Watch: Garry Winogrand: The First Digital Photographer Shooting Film

Buzzfeed News: 8 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of the World

Looking Back: See that young guy in the fifth box in the montage above? I photographed him 9 years ago.

“Despite the technical wonders of photography, I believe that a single camera, coupled to heart and mind, can still reveal the beauty of our fellow humans on their daily rounds.” ~ RIP Ida Wyman

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2019

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