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[Sep. 30th, 2009|08:35 pm]
John Taylor
[music |The Lonely Island - I'm On A Boat]

Time to launch back into my writing with reckless abandon. The last few months have seen some very rapid development and change in my life and in my perception of the world, so I'll start with the basic framework of the last six months.

I'm working in Longmont at my job as an IT administrator in the long hours of the night, a job which has impacted my life profoundly in a number of ways; chief among them being my social life and also my understanding of large-scale business and has proven a font of new ideas. I don't believe I'll be able to bring many of them to fruition while working here, but it's been a great way to learn some of the things I needed to know and to rebuild my finances.

I worked again at my summer camp in Denver teaching Robotics, Programming, 3D Animation and Modeling, and Video Game Creation. I had a wonderful time, albeit one absolutely packed in virtually every single minute of the summer. I ended up losing twelve pounds and revitalizing my entrepreneurial spirit by being around so much productivity and out of the sedentary tendencies of my regular job. It was intense six-week dash to the first week of August though.

I'm making plans to visit a close friend of mine in Niger at the start of 2010 and looking to stay overseas for anywhere from 30-60 days, depending on finances. I'll be traveling all over the western part of the continent, hopefully getting to see the full spectrum of barren Saharan desert to dense rainforest. Should these plans fall through though, then I'm setting my sights for Argentina instead; Niger's something of a chore to get into and there's a good chance I'll be denied entry.

I took a nine day trip to Cozumel and spent the better part of a week building a killer tan, scuba-diving daily, and making out with dolphins (see Facebook for details). I did 15 dives in several different categories, qualifying me for certifications in advanced open water diving and cave diving. I am currently figuring out ways to convince friends to go with me on a diving trip next year, with the logistics nightmare of convincing sluggish unself-motivating people to get certified and book travel arrangements. But if you wish to be a part of the action, let me know! Scuba diving has rapidly become a very fun hobby for me and I'm going to make a concerted effort to keep up with it.

Colorado saw a number of visits from illustrious personages in the last few months, foremost among them my friends Phil and Damian. Phil has lived for the last year in Japan teaching English and has found a new home for himself there, and Damian is making waves as a biochemist in Davis, CA. It was great to see both of them, although too short. Visitations to their abodes are in order next time.

My readings and studies lately have sent my thinking in new directions recently, directions which will be addressed in the posts to follow this one. I haven't been as diligent in my reading as I would have liked, but I did put a few new titles under my belt, and was recommended a number of other good books to follow up with.

I'm currently getting back into project-mode and endeavoring to tackle a few new subjects that I've always wanted to. Tomorrow I'm taking a welding class, I'm doing some preliminary work with programming for cellphones, developing skills in a machine shop, increasing Spanish fluency, song-writing and improving on my guitar skills, and plotting a few business ventures for the next year.

And tomorrow marks the start of Haunted House season! Woo =)!