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Where do I stand is an important analytical question for self evaluation. Somedays I think my answer is that I am not well defined or I’ve stuff doesn’t end up going my way yet I come out smelling like rose because i know how to handle situations. Society is a mess & the Unites States in general is a more paranoid place than I used to be but that’s all because terrorists made this nations fearful of every devil behind every bush. This isn’t a political rant, it’s a life rant on people & interactions. “The greatest tragedy is people don’t think.” Ryan Miller
I study interaction because so many people get it wrong, don’t express them well, or choose to put to much ill conceived thinking into something that should remain simple. I’ve been a victim of many of those circumstances where just because I know how to do something regardless of my title I’m treated differently. I’m a doer & want to do because I can benefit my family, my friends, & people I love. I getting to that point where if someone decides to cross my path trying to prevent what I love doing they’re going to be a stain on my road to what I want to accomplish. I love being a nice guy but I have a very close friend that’s taught me a little about being on the edge & how actions speak louder than words too. That’s why at the moment I feel like the odd man out of place in the overall picture, yet give me a day because those feeling pass. What’s important are the people who I know who support me without question. If I didn’t have those kind of people around me then everything I do would really feel quite meaningless, pointless, & everything I’ve done is waist of time. This year has been full of ups & downs. My 2013 hasn’t been all that easy but if it were not for God above, my own nature, & the company I find myself around I couldn’t do what I do. I made reference to the word title in the second sentence of this paragraph. That’s a reference to my real life job as custodian or service staff for a school system & it’s a title I cannot stand. I’m just going to blatantly & bluntly come out and compare ti to slut shaming, yeah you read that right, which has been around for quite a long time. I know the you all reading this out there are like, “hold the phone.” How can you compare your title of custodian to slut shaming where a woman makes herself available to men and gets criticized for the action. Simple, I ended up getting criticism for what I’m good & enjoy doing because someone else thought it was wrong of me to be doing photography, videography, digital media, & social media for a girls basketball team I spent four years around & put countless hours into making memories for them to enjoy after they move of from high school days of being a student athlete. I was shamed by one person, the community showed there endless support, & I ended up with very close friend in the process.
What I’ve learned in year timeframe with my close friend is a lot about life & sometimes following your desires. Individually I’m pretty strong person but my resolve wains at times because it sometimes I go out of my way to help all of my friends even if it means sharing a lot loads. Sometimes those burdens come in all different packages but that’s most of life is tackling all of those with a good support group of people who can really tell you that tomorrow the sun will rise & you have a fresh start to really keep proving to everyone what you’re made of even it you only have a good day. Who knows what might change overnight? Just always be ready for because its sometimes it can be a true test of what kind of person you really are. Always rise up to challenges & defeat them so that you can become better at what life throws at you my friends. Yet sometimes its all about consistency & nothing changes.
I’m hoping that things don’t get more dramatic than me posting this & sending out to everyone I know in the local media whether it’s WSAZ, WCHS, or WOWK. Though, its reaching a literal breaking point because my family is hoping that a fix in the works when federal funding comes down.
This may be the worst section of primary road in Putnam County.
This section of road is located right above the unincorporated Rock Branch on route 62 ( Cross Lanes Drive ) in Putnam County, WV. The hill itself started slipping roughly ten years ago when a housing development when in on top of adjacent to where I used to live. Five years ago I moved away but things didn’t start getting worse until about two years ago where string of things made the hill slipping even worse. A combination of water runoff coupled with aging water lines that busted in several location along this short area undermined the road. Instead of fixing it over the course of 18 months they’ve added layer & layer black top to where is become a major issue. According to my family’s own research it’s now on the high priority repair list. Federal funds do not allocate until July 1. We’re hoping they’re able to make repairs to the road or at least they say they’re going to. If not we plan on engaging local media outlets to push this issue out so more of the Putnam community knows or at least public officials because it become a hazard to everyone that travels the road.
This past Sunday exactly 15 years ago the graduating class of Poca High School was waiting in a parking lot wondering if were were going to graduate on time. In fact many of us just said mail us the diplomas because we were frustrated that the building we were supposed to use had been hit with a power outage by a severe storm that rolled through the Kanawha Valley earlier in the afternoon. It was a very rare & strange occurrence.
Maybe it should have been a sign that sometimes life just isn’t under our control but we’re subject to other forces in this world. Whether it be people or even the planet we call home. So where are we 15 years later. Many graduates have families, good jobs, & are making the world a better place. I guess if anything most of the Poca High School Class of 1998 has found their happiness & success.
My first post stepping out from my brand is something I do as my brand & as the person I’ve been working towards. I really enjoy talking about other people. People who are fascinating to me and over night success in my favorite part about the way media is changing. Kayla Slone is a simple Wal-Mart cashier from the coal mining town of Logan, WV & with the use of an iPhone she’s been an instant hit with her singing. A local reporter brought, Nicky Walters, this story to TV. Then it went national. This is almost as amazing as when Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. won America Got Talent just a couple summers ago. I know there are doctors, psychologists & just plain detractors that say the internet & social media is bad or even a downfall. No, it’s not. It is changing the world, & it is inner connecting the world in a way that society doesn’t quite fully understand yet. It’s called growing pains, it’s called change, & it’s called Shift Happens.
Technology is shaping this world, I’m not stating anything new. Social media has taken an a deeper root than when it started with chat rooms, messages boards, & eventually Myspace way back in 2004. It’s now 2013… I’ve been working since 2006 to slowly claim little piece of this digital space. I’ve had the right tools for this all along but it’s the platforms I need to survive but I where I live in West Virginia I still have to get out and be a part of the community. The old grassroots method of carve out a niche that people remember you for & not because I want to do it, because I can do it. Even if there are few odd stumbling blocks along the way but that’s just life. I’ve been steadfast in realizing that there are time we all have to step back to figure out exactly what path we’re on. Mine, at least on the tail end of 2012 & beginning of 2013, has been to remember that where I currently work & where my passions are mix like oil & water. With success comes challenges from every direction. And over night success is even more of a different and scary animal. I hope Kayla is ready for it because I know the tastes I get at times can tend to be overwhelming. I guess the best way to sum it up would be with song by Toby Mac called Lose My Soul.