The Ides of March
I won't get into the historical significance of my title, I just like the way it sounds. Although I could probably somehow weave Caesar's assassination into the narrative.
It's been a rough month, mentally, physically, emotionally etc. etc.
Not as bad as Caesar's. I told you I could weave it in...
I did make it to the coast for a camping trip on Cumberland Island which would have been lovely if I had only known then that I was allergic to picaridin the "less" toxic alternative to DEET; unless, of course, you happen to be allergic to picaridin; then not such a good alternative.
I also realized how out of shape I've become.
It probably didn't help matters that a few days before the trip, I decided to make a new concrete base for a sculpture we own and then move the 300 pound base and couple hundred pound sculpture. I sort of figured that because I am supposed to be doing "strongman" training that it was sort of like a work-out; talk about putting the cart before the horse....
I bought some (too many) bikes I can't ride because of their inherent technical difficulty.
I had "projects" that I at least temporarily put on the back burner.
I bought an aquarium, or two or three. None which are easy to set up or maintain which I discovered after the fact.
I got some new tattoos.
I actually did some paying union film/TV work.
Then I decided to fly down to New Orleans to escape
The Carny Lifestyle
I've always thought of myself as having a kinship to "carnies", those folk who travel and work at carnivals and festivals. It's got similarities to working in the film business and it's got plenty of differences.
I got to experience both when a good friend of mine, Charlie Smith invited me,(helped rescue me from the emotional quagmire I was in) to go down and help him and his crew out at the Okeechobee Music Festival.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.