After two years of working at the local cannabis clinic, my interests have lead me elsewhere. I will miss meeting all the people who came in: the miracle stories, the walking wounded, and the chronic pain sufferers and even the slackers. They all had their stories; some of them were horrific, some amusing, some were inspiring, but all very human. When I first started here, I was dubious about the efficacy of marijuana, but after seeing real results, I have now changed my mind; I even got up and made a speech at a city hall meeting to defend our need for a local dispensary. Anybody who knows me understands I HATE speeches and how much this experience has changed my attitude toward the much maligned cannabis plant. So it is with mixed emotions that I bid farewell to a controversial field and start some trouble of my own!
I know I mentioned several years earlier that I was having trouble putting aside my camera for good. I gave away so much because I was “done”. Since writing that blog, I have had several gigs for friends, mostly as a favor or a trade and I have stumbled upon a cool sideline, doing social media, to include my photography, for local businesses. These are not what I would consider paying gigs, as so far, I have been doing it for trade. I get food credits for Cafe Luna, and cheese credit for Wheyward Girl, (no, Wheyward Girl does not reflect my images or my handiwork – yet!) and honestly, I think I’m getting the better end of the deal on these! I’m now focusing my attention on other local businesses that are running on a shoestring budget but need the help. What better way than to offer a trade if cash money is tight? Let’s keep it local, right? And you are buying local, correct?! I won’t get on that soapbox today, because I am guilty of making weekly trips to the closest Wally World for those super economical deals – damnit!
As for my other loves, knitting and crocheting, that goes without saying that they’ll be in my life. I will continue to make designs, review patterns or tools of the trade and bitch about my latest disaster, be it knitting or crocheting – never fear. I am currently ignoring a pair of socks, using the basic Vanilla Latte Socks pattern, my fave. The pattern is free, so snatch it up!
See you in the funny pages!
Post Script: I just published it and noticed all the links I have in this article – oops! They’re good references, but you’re off the hook if you don’t want to follow them.