GAS-15 Gary Stading (CA, KIA 25 April 68) on the beach at Chu Lai… Note the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), as well as the ‘California’ and single stripe on the cap.
Note from Doc Norman: I was present when this photo was shot. It was taken by the Battalion mail clerk. Can’t remember his name, but he was an oriental guy, heavy into photography… It was colorized by somebody cause the clerk only shot B & W. He [the mail clerk] wanted to be a news photographer when he got back to the world and all they do is B & W. … Doc
Stading was in Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade.
I missed truthful Tuesday so today is truthful Thursday….
Last night I had dinner with my co-workers it was bitter sweet.
I am leaving. My job in about 2 weeks. Everyday I walk past the new job on my way home from current job and I wonder if I am making the right choice.
There will be no physical seperation from work and home. No hour long train rides or bus rides to decompress. The neighborhood will be my client base. The grocery store clerk may be my patient, I may be counseling the homeless guy sleeping in the playground, dealing with a child welfare case in kiddos school.
But I also have to see it as I am adding to the neighborhood, I am invested in it, I live and breath it, I will do what I can to improve it.
Truth is : I am scared, it don’t do change well, and even though it will be the same work it will be a different and larger system. I was not looking for a new job, I did not need one which made the decision even harder, like why leave a place where I am comfortable at, a place where I am respected, a place that people are like family. But there is no room for growth at my current job.
To have turned down new job would have ment turning down experience and other opportunities afforded in a larger system, hell I might even be in step closer to workng in the field I really really want to be in.
I just need to breath..that’s all..breath and roll with what I need to roll with. Do the work that is in front of my face and stop speculating on the future.
*vague, angry muttering about how I am NOT actually an official librarian (read: I don’t have a MLS degree and therefore don’t get paid nearly as much) so I REALLY shouldn’t have to manage the entire branch for the first five hours that we’re open just because our manager is on vacation, the clerical specialist is on vacation, and the other full-time librarian is at outreach and/or running programs until 3.*
It struck me today (or perhaps yesterday) that people write as a full-time gig. As in, that’s their job. They make notes on their writing, plot their writing, detail their writing, and also simply write narrative. That’s what they do.
So when I work my 8-hour shift of exhausting customer service/retail/managing/administrative-everything job (since I have no assistant and while my “can work in the stead of management” clerks are all pretty darn good and autonomous in their jobs, I still am the head honcho with no “official” classified support and everything comes and goes through me), and then come home and sit down and try to work on original fiction that people do solely for a living I’m legit working a second job. Except without the pay that a second job usually brings.
It… this realization makes me feel a little better about why I feel so completely drained after only a sentence because I’m trying to work more on already depleted emotional batteries. (because working retail and dealing with people does not a happy introvert make)
It also explains why, when I was taking my staycation last year for ten days where we did nothing but sit at home and fall in love with the Witcher III, I wrote 10k+ words in six days.
This doesn’t really have anything to do with anything else, other than it struck me and made perfect sense as to my penchant this whole year for basically being unable to do much more than sit down and stare at the word document and add a word here, fix a word there, maybe tack on a sentence at the end to shuffle things along an inch or so.
That is all. Back to your regularly scheduled dashes.
#1: The first digital camera was created in December 1975, by Steve Sasson, who was an Engineer at Eastman Kodak. The camera weighed 8 pound and recorded 0.01 megapixel black and white photos. It took 23 seconds to create the first photograph.
#2: In 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura. Prior to that, people used camera obscura for viewing or drawing purposes only.
#3: The known aerial photograph was taken by French photographer Gaspar Felix Tournachon in 1858. He was also a balloonist and took the photograph from hot air balloon.
#4: The most expensive camera on the planet was a 1923 Leica O-Series camera after it was sold for approximately $2.79 million at a WestLicht auction.
#5: The Lumière Brothers introduce the first viable color process in photography. They developed the Autochrome plate in 1907.
#6: In 1861, a Scottish physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, created the first color photograph. He photographed a tartan ribbon three times: using a red, blue and yellow filter, and later on combined the three images into the final composite.
#7: On Sept. 4 1888, George Eastman brought photography to the masses when he received patent for his roll film. He committed suicide in 1932 (at the age of 77). His suicide letter read “My work is done. Why wait?”
#8: The most famous use of the Hasselblad camera perhaps was during the Apollo program missions when man first landed on the Moon. Almost all of the still photographs taken during these missions used modified Hasselblad cameras. The team had to leave around 12 cameras on the moon so that they could carry back the extra weight of lunar rock samples.
#9: The chemicals which used to be used for developing photographs are called photographic fixatives. These used to be very dangerous and poisonous chemicals which, if consumed, could also lead to death.
#10: The Legacy Project photograph of the control tower and runways at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Orange County, California is the largest photograph made as a single exposure on a seamless piece of sensitized fabric using a building as a huge camera.
#11: As on August 2013, Facebook users on an average upload 350 million photos daily and there are total 240 billion photos uploaded on Facebook.
#12: A photo of a Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture is one of the saddest pictures in the world. This picture was taken by Photographer Kevin Carter who won a Pulitzer Prize for it. But three months after taking this shot, he committed suicide.
#13: The Gunnies World Record for the largest photography competition entrant is achieved by Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland from Netherlands. He submitted 168,208 entries at the Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 competition, from 1 July 2011 to 31 September 2011.
#14: Manhattanhenge also referred as the Manhattan Solstice, is treated as a photographer’s delight. Occurring twice a year, during this circumstance, the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. An amazing photographic opportunity is created during this when the tall buildings create a vertical channel to frame the setting Sun.
#15: The largest collection of cameras in the world is held by Dilish Parekh of #Mumbai. He has a collection of 4,425 antique cameras.