Anyone in Idaho...  

rm_sakrilej 42M
200 posts
10/3/2005 7:55 am

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6/11/2006 4:43 am

Anyone in Idaho...

Pocatello, to be specific, I'm wondering what's happening with a friend of mine, buddhakana. I haven't heard from this lad for a while now, when we were emailing quite regularly, talking music, philosophy, general 'what's happening' sort of stuff.

I'm just hoping all is well with the kind-hearted lad and I'm anxious to hear his flute recordings he was embarking on when we last contacted. Who else knows this fella and how's he doin'?

Totally unrelated, besides my mate liking natural surroundings, this is another of the photos from my phone that came out looking not too bad of our mountain, Taranaki.

PrincessKarma 45F
6188 posts
10/18/2005 3:32 am

Hey, mate, where are you and how are things going for you?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

buddhakana 63M
18 posts
10/25/2005 5:15 pm

Hello again my friend. Had to take a bit of time off and get focused on my future. Mine was a life in decline but not now.

A couple weeks ago I accepted a new teaching position in a small private fine arts college in Portland, OR. Technically an "arts and design" school, it is very difficult for prospective students to get accepted into the curriculum and is quite expensive to attend. As a teaching position, it pays quite well and is considered a "dream" job.

I am currently getting my home ready for the market and lining up financing/realty prospects in the Portland area, things that are a bit stressful for me, in truth. If it were just myself moving it would be fine, but I have 10 animals to move as well, so timing is important here.

This change in lifestyle is going to open up a lot of opportunity. The institute that I will be teaching at is located in the center of the Pearl district which is the artisans quarter and also the center of the music scene. I'll be back on stage kickin' out flute leads by spring!!

I've had this business concept for a while, for a hybrid brewpub/live music venue. My idea is to make some really good beer, serve quality (even healthy food) and have an acoustically-"perfect" live music theater with the sound system (amps, monitors, speaker towers) and a digital audio recording station integrated right into the architecture. I see microphones (or more descriptively, digital audio sensors) built right into the acoustically sound framework of the room. I imagine the PERFECT live gig venue with ultra high quality real-time recording possibilities. I now have a financial planner and I'm beginning to think it might become reality.

In short, I am breaking free of this bottleneck that I have found myself in and am getting on with my life.

For the past couple of months I've been focused on getting interviews and evaluating potential teaching prospects. For the most part I was using a national search engine dedicated to higher education teaching jobs, but one day I got a wild hair and happened to look at The Oregonian (state newspaper of Oregon) help wanted ads online and spotted a tiny add tucked away at the bottom of the column. The deadline for application materials was only a couple days away, so I got a package together and sent it off. A few weeks passed and I got a call for a phone interview. After a bit of negotiation, I managed to work my way into an on-campus interview instead of the phone. I drove to Portland, had a 1-hour interview and walked out knowing I had the position. Two days later they offered me the job.

Despite the excitement and the stress, I have indeed laid a few flute tracks down. One that moved through production really smoothly is a cover of Neil Young's A Man Needs a Maid. Just one of those that seemed to come together all by itself. I'll send it to you by the "other" path ...

I am looking at small cabins around 30 miles outside of Portland in a patch of (relatively) secluded forested area. Lots of trees, a bit more privacy, healthy air and a humble home full of happy animals. I hope to have a target to bid on in the next couple of weeks.

The teaching gig itself is an extraordinary opportunity, and not just because of the pay. The college offers a fully accredited four-year baccalareate degree (B.S. or B.A.) and certainly emphasizes creativity, thinking outside of the box, innovation, design, etc. Students take a full suite of fine arts, humanities and natural sciences. I teach natural sciences. I designed a new course for winter quarter entitled "Molecules and Motives, An Introduction to Molecular Biology." In the spring, however, I am really excited about a new course I'm putting together: Biomechanics for Graphic animators.

Well, I must apologize for the lapse in communication. I isolated myself and stayed completely focused on making this good thing happen. It pretty much was an effort of will.

I hope your CD is DONE ... you were working on it faithfully and industriously when last we spoke. If it is, perhaps you could send a copy via snail mail. How is your own personal head? Let me tell you something I know for sure. The courage of compassion works. It makes things work.

More later. Look for an audio file via the other path. It's pretty good, I think. Let me know how you are doing!! I hope you are well.

Best regards

Live life like you mean it!!


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