December 31, 2011

Somewhere beneath it all.....................The last of Two Thousand Eleven

This year in my life is coming to an end, as with everyone else, I wanted to say a few very quick words in ending.
It is not the life of luxury to drive a truck and then when time is available, take as many photographs as possible when walking.
It is by the process of elimination that I chose to stay active and attempt to stay healthy.
It has been a busy year, I have traveled somewhat.
I do think of the year ahead, I have nothing to compare it to.

I don't necessarily want a smooth ride into the future.
I want some assurance that there are results that can and will be achieved; obviously, this cannot be.
So, I will continue to stay in motion, snap photographs and spend time displaying them all.

I truly wish all of you a happy and prosperous new years.
Somewhere beneath it all.....................

December 22, 2011

Holiday Stress

Greetings Everyone!!
  This has been a high stress season for me as I have been working long weeks up untill about one week ago.
Fifty hour weeks are not my idea of a smooth week, it is frustrating to lay in bed after four hours of sleep and not be able to get up to go outside and walk as I take photographs. Many days passed by in which I had to sleep as compared to being outside moving about.
As the new year approaches, I look forward to general time outside walking over a considerable distance weekly; I do hope this will be a reality.

  I continue to maintain several MySpace pages, recently I have noticed that all links that involve the display of a photograph posted on MySpace have been modified to not display a thumbnail image at all.
I can take a hint; the problem is that at one time I thought that MySpace was a better location compared to Facebook to upload and display photographs, I have over 50,000 photographs on MySpace.
I am thinking that I will upload a set of photographs now and then to my Facebook Photograph Page.
I don't see that MySpace is going to survive too many more transistions that affect the display of content.
The question in my mind is how much time do I have to build comparable content data bases elsewhere?
I am looking forward to deleting all of the MySpace pages that I have worked with but, I want to verify all of the content (50,000+ Photographs) has been posted elsewhere

Christmas can be lonely in spite of the fact that family members are nearby, there will be family dinners, gifts and, hours content spent discussing events of the year that we in some way had observed.
My mind is focused elsewhere, I am glad to be in good health and I do believe that there is always something to be achieved by the way of persistence and planning; not that I have a superb plan for the new year, I only am aware that I wish I did.
I wish I had reasonable plans for the future, 
the walking is very good overall.

I wish all of you a very pleasant Christmas, 
I shall do my best to uphold the Christmas cheer.

December 5, 2011

Unforeseen Variables

Somethings in life remain about the same regardless of the unforeseen variables.
This photograph is of a creek that I often photograph because it is at the half way point of where I often walk.
Over the summer and into September, we had two significant rain storms, each of which made significant changes to the creek bed. Although the terrain has been modified, the waterfall remains exactly as it was before due to it's greater density than that of the clay and gravel that has accumulated along sides of the gorge walls.

 When you look at my photographs year after year, you will notice that it is mostly the same material over and over again but, I just don't want to live on the computer and go to work.
I have noticed that on Facebook that I tend to loose friends after several months, I am assuming that my photographs annoy some people over time.
The reality is that I have a job as a local truck driver, last week, I worked and drove a truck over 50 hours, the Thanksgiving / Christmas season is a very demanding time for time sensitive publications such as a newspaper.

Today, I forced myself out of bed made a double shot of espresso and sat down as I drank the whole thing; twenty minutes later, I was up and had my sweat clothes on and was out of the door with a camera in my hand as well as a bottle of ice tea that I perpared myself by placing tea bags in a bottle and letting it set for at least eight hours.

If you look at the flat rock in the photograph, you will see the face that I have drawn, the rock is about three feet tall and, I wanted to display it.

July 5, 2011

I Was Going To Arrive And Everyone Would Run To Me As I Was Getting Out Of My Car

  Truck driving has been most of my career as I love to drive and observe the world in front of me. Unfortunately, with my current employer of one year, I have no seniority. I agreed upon employment to fill in when needed.
I planned on being at my High School 25th Reunion as I had I ordered a ticket through Pay-Pal.
I certainly wanted to consume hot dogs; of course, I would take them off of the bun as I have been on a low-carbohydrate diet for several years.
I wouldn't flinch as I kept eating hotdogs and throwing the buns away; in fact, I thought I would have a rather nice night of diet coke and ten or more hot dogs off of the bun.
I knew several days in advance that I couldn't make it, but I thought that I should procrastinate in this mater until absolutely certain. As Friday evening reached the hour of 9:00PM, I was quite certain, as I was on my way to get in the shower and be at work in 1 hour.

I went to work feeling bad, as if I had let everyone down.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I was going to arrive and everyone would run to me as I was getting out of my car, there would have been cheers and expectations of a impromptu statement regarding my appreciation for everyone's presence at this occasion.
I envisioned my entrance into the pavilion as one of a heartfelt warmth and then, I would look toward the end of the room and, I would see a woman that I never knew and her eyes would meet mine as I walked toward her. She would have landed in my arms as the alumni moved tables away in a symmetrical manor so as to present us to everyone as we danced slowly into the night.
Instead, I drove a truck through the night well into the early morning.

It came and went; As I am at home tonight, I sit back in my chair at my desk and, I acknowledge that the only reason that I have a office at home is because I live alone with a second room. I don't think I am rich, I don't think I am poor, I do believe that I will survive many more years.

I look forward to some point in time, seeing all of you.

Matthew P. Klimek


April 11, 2011

The Long Awaited Arrival of Spring

The season of Spring is near as ice melts into flowing water.
I have been working as a truck driver.
I attempt to walk whenever possible as I take photographs along the way.
The above photograph is of the Teeter Creek waterfall.