Old Jules told me that some folks have been asking about who I am and wonder how I came to be “behind the scenes” on this blog. He asked me to explain a bit about how we met and got to this point.
We actually met in a y2k chat room. When my ex and I were researching y2k in ’98, I was new to the internet and immediately became addicted to chat, where this guy who could really turn a phrase caught my attention with his sharp, although often warped, sense of humor. He obviously was an expert about emergency preparedness and soon he and his y2k website became my number one resource.
When he got his property at a land auction in the summer of ’99, we also bought a piece of land and I went from Kansas to New Mexico for the first time to sign the closing papers. My family put up our own getaway cabin about a mile and a half down the road from his place. After three more trips to put supplies in place, I had a suspicion that y2k was going to be less of an event than had been predicted. I decided to take advantage of the chance to give my kids a taste of a life not only in a different culture, but without telephone, electricity, or indoor plumbing. By New Year’s I was there with all five of my kids, and I lived there for 4 more months with the three of them that were homeschooling. Jules and my family became good neighbors. He again became a valuable resource for us when we were studying New Mexico culture, history, and geography.
After my family reunited back in Kansas, we stayed in close contact. When I quit homeschooling and began working outside the home, he again became a mentor for me, since his career in management positions gave him perspectives that would have taken me years to learn. After my divorce a few years later we shared a house in Placitas, N.M. for a couple of years before I again moved back to Kansas. I’ve visited Old Jules in New Mexico many times, and in Texas a few times. We’ve taken a lot of day trips, hit the thrift stores, and shared our cats, music, and books. We’ve also collaborated on various projects. He’s been great about encouraging me in my art work, too.
I work two library jobs, and I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing. I’ve had blogs myself, but I decided a while ago that my own expression should focus more on my art than writing. I have other friends who are writers and I enjoy following their progress. Living on the edge as Old Jules does, with a slow dial-up connection on a phone line that I happen to know has a tree branch lying across it right now, makes it difficult for him to maintain a blog site. Since I’ve always enjoyed reading what Old Jules writes, I’m happy to help by using my fast internet connection to set up and maintain the blog. So this blog is truly a joint project. When we can, we use photos that we’ve taken ourselves, and discussing which music fits each post is one of the parts about it that I enjoy most.
Because we live 800 miles apart, we don’t actually see each other very often, so we’re grateful to live in a time when y2k didn’t bring down the grid, destroying communications and becoming the end of the world as we know it.
We hope you’re grateful, too.
Addendum: Here’s a link to my Deviant Art page for those who’d like to see more of my drawings. I don’t update the page very often, but it’s a handy place to have a gallery!
Townes Van Zandt– To Live is to Fly