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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I Met Gary Busey Today

I was walking around Point Dune Beach in Malibu today and taking pics, as usual, when someone sitting behind me told me the back of my legs were getting red and that I should put some sunscreen on them. I turned around and it was an elderly man in a t-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and a baseball cap. He was smoking a cigar. I told him he looked familiar and he smiled and said I might know who he was. Then I realized I was talking to Gary Busey and told him I love the Amazon Stick commercial he's in. It's a pretty funny commercial and they play it a lot on Hulu so I guess that's how I recognized him. We started chatting, I forget about what exactly, but ended up talking about Obama, the shooting in South Carolina, Racism in America, Some of the movies he's been in (Lethal Weapon, Under Siege, Black Sheep, etc.) and he told me he enjoyed working with Mel Gibson and Chris Farley. I told him I just got out of the Navy so we talked about that for a bit and he told me he plays a Marine in his new movie coming out soon "Candyland". I can't remember everything we talked about but we chatted for a good thirty minutes or longer which was really cool. Gary Busey is a cool dude.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

SWEET

Today I received an e-mail from my Chinese employer notifying me that I will be working in CHENGDU, SICHUAN which is exactly where I've been wanting to go!!!

I'm stoked to go to Chengdu because the food there is legendary.

It also borders Yunnan which is a province I really want to explore and photograph in addition to photographing Sichuan of course.

I'm really excited.

Friday, June 12, 2015

China Bound

I don't see the point in posting blogs on my "So I went and Joined the Navy" blog since I am no longer in the Navy (I transferred from Active Duty to Inactive Duty 7 days ago) so I guess I'll resume posting entries here.

Not much to write about really.

I've been back in California for a few weeks now and am staying with my parents for the summer and am getting along pretty well with them.

I've renewed my driver's license, registered with the local VA office, jammed with my friend Tommy, recorded some song ideas on my 8-track, applied for unemployment $ (still waiting for a reply), accepted a job in China (teaching English again) which will begin in September, did a ton of paperwork for the Visa I'll need to work there, turned in my military ID at the Point Mugu Base for a Veteran ID (awesome)  and a bunch of other stuff.

I've also visited Hollywood, Simi Valley (where I grew up) and Malibu and taken photos of the areas. I want to add pics of beaches, seagulls, palm trees, etc. to my portfolio.....actually, I already have but I want more. I really want to have "California" photos in my on-line portfolio while I'm here.

I will definitely be taking lots of pics in China and will include those in my dreamstime, fotolia, alamy and other stock photography profiles. I sold about 11 pictures of Guam on dreamstime the other day and I've been selling lots of Navy-related pics on fotolia lately so that's cool but the amount of money they pull in is ridiculously low.

What I need to do next is join a local gym and get back in shape because I am totally out of shape right now and since I'm not working this summer there's no reason for me not to.

I just hope my unemployment request will be approved because I need that cash flow.