Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


20 Project
“Negativity is the enemy of creativity.”
— David Lynch

So I'm not going to lie to you. I did not get a picture for every 30 days of my 30 Project; therefore, I decided to call this my 20 project because I have 20 decent shots to show for it.

Let me tell you about my last 30 days. There have been a lot of ups and downs for me, with the pictures essentially representing the ups, and the things not seen the downs. Highlights: My friends got engaged, I got to spend time with my cousin (who I haven't seen in a long time,) I finally bought a new camera, I finally (after years) took a picture of the cool old church off Scholls Ferry Road, I finally went climbing at Lost Lake, and lastly, my photos are now on Amazon! You can view them at NW Premium Products website here, or on Amazon here. As far as the downs go, my life is still in the hands of a woman named Martha who, after a small bumper tap to her Cadillac Escalade, is refusing to work with me and won't drop these court cases until she sees me severely punished. Also, when I say severely in Italics, I don't write that lightly. She would rather see me sit in jail over her (fixed!) taillight than be a human being and let me just pay a fine. I'm struggling to forgive this woman, but I know it's what I need to do.

In other news I'm lonely. Not so badly, just a little bit. With most of my friends at school or busy with the rush of life, I find I spend most of my days outside work alone (mostly because I'm living on my own). Also this month I've had a few sparing days that were particularly not fun, because I've been feeling especially burdened by the fact that I was supposed to be off probation on August 19th, and I'm still not. I haven't had freedom in over three years, and this month it's been taking it's toll on me.

To battle the lows, I've been going out all the time. Even if I don't take any pictures, I get out of the house almost every other night, or I'll just take off right after work. With that though, I've been buying gas almost every three days, hahaha. Also, my coworker and I decided we'd work out and swim once a week after work. We did that this weekend and it was freaking awesome. Mostly though, I've been trying my absolute hardest to do things that keep me in a positive attitude, because my positive attitude is a weapon against discouragement. I don't like feeling discouraged; therefore, I take the necessary steps to ensure that every day is filled with something enjoyable, funny, awesome, or memorable. This keeps me in excellent spirits, despite how easy it would be to think negatively. And seriously don't get me wrong, I am really happy and loving life, but there are always moments where I wish my situation would just change already.

And with that update on the month's going ons, I present my 20 project.

Enjoy

Space Queso

Space Queso

Ironically, Lost at Lost Lake

Ironically, Lost at Lost Lake