I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out,
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race
“That’s Life“, track #32 on the album Sinatra: New York. Written by Dean Kay and Kelly L. Gordon
Dated circa 2016
For most of the last 25 years I have been a graphic designer and design monkey. For the last 15 years or so, I have (most importantly) been a husband and then father of two; by far my most significant accomplishments. I have also been a home owner in NYC and a DIYer forced to creatively repair and remodel small but relatively expensive (to the rest of the country) spaces usually on a budget that required ingenuity and perseverance.
I awoke politically about 15 years ago. I owe my civic-mindedness to George W. Bush, and the Supreme Court and the news media that played a role in the selection of 2000. Every two years at the minimum, I proudly volunteer and do some footwork and advocacy for someone or some cause.
I moved to New York City in 1988 to make a pile of money. But that has remained illusive.
Before New York, among other things, I was a small town boy who spent summers swimming. I spent the last of my teenage years hitch-hiking and living in no place in particular. I was a perpetual college student most interested in ideology. I ultimately landed on an Anthropology degree and a minor in Religious Studies. During parts of my extended undergrad, I ran a part-time art gallery and event venue, I bought high and sold low during the 70’s housing debacle. (Anyone remember that?) I played in an alternative rock band, tried a stint as a visual artist and published an underground zine called â€œNowhere. And yes, as a teenager and young adult, I often tried my hand at being a poet.
I was never quite a pauper and I have failed more than once at being a king. Even though my Anthropology degree perfectly paved way to join the Navy, when it came time to seek more I returned to my underground publishing roots and took work as a typesetter and I have since worn many hats in the field of graphic design. I have been a pawn and a soldier for corporate America and for the last decade or so I was focused on branding and corporate identity. Recently, I was suddenly downsized and forced to start all over again with my own design firm.
So, again I am back in the race, but this time hopefully more on my own terms. So, this is my blog. So, something of everything I have ever been, done, thought or believed is sure to unfold here. So, now it’s time to start writing.