With the beginning of 2013, it seems like a good time to get back into blogging. While it is a somewhat artificial demarcation point, it always seems like with the passing of the calendar from December, back into January, it is a good place to be “starting over“. Naturally, this leads me to today’s earworm from John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
In thinking back on 2012, there were a number of very significant events which occurred for me. Most of my close friends know that my father passed away. But also, I finally got my health moving in the correct direction and I feel healthy and ready to be around for quite a few years. For a person with a significant disability, this is important!
Finally, in September, I was invited to a group on Facebook for people with neuromuscular conditions called “Living with M.D.” Being connected to such a group of people who have largely had similar experiences has been incredible. To be around smart, like-minded, successful and funny people is always good for one’s well-being. In looking ahead for 2013, I am excited to be tackling new projects, politically, legally and from a disability rights standpoint.
Once again, the Internets have come through big time! For some reason, recently I was thinking about how my father would scribble his version of the “Kilroy was here” image in various places, and his explanation for the drawing. This image and story has always struck me as funny and I had to confirm this information. As it turns out, there is a dedicated website for everything you could possibly want to know about “Kilroy was here“. Practically everyone associated with the World War II generation is familiar with this story, and it was definitely part of my father’s consciousness. He even had a cat named “Kilroy”.
Later that same afternoon, I was delivering some homemade kimchi to my friends Alejandra Ospina and Nick Dupree, who live in lower Manhattan. Alejandra and Nick are a more than interesting couple and both are very computer savvy! By way of explanation, Alejandra seems to be everywhere all over the Internet and is an administrator/liaison for an online community called GimpGirl; Nick is a cartoonist, writer and student, who creates his art using a trackball mouse and Photoshop software to publish his work online at superdude.org.
T.K. was here
This visit started me to think about how I used to draw quite often and it sparked a creative urge related to the aforementioned Kilroy. Apart from the artistic component, I am compulsive and I wanted to see whether I could dip my toe into visually creative waters once again. So as to not to bite off more than one can chew, all I wanted to produce with my first computer drawing effort was to change “Kilroy” to “T.K.”. In a way, I had a head start with this effort because I had already “borrowed” the “Kilroy was here” image and then converted the image to a bitmap file. From there, I inserted the graphics file into a Microsoft FrontPage document and inserted the “T.K.” by figuring out how to draw lines and move them around. Next, I took a screenshot of my progress and then opened it up in the primitive “Paint” program to save it in a JPEG format. Finally I went back to my photo editing software to crop the image. Talk about an absolutely crazy computer work around effort…!
In the end, this whimsical project was a lot of fun. If you are wondering, being self aggrandizing is far underrated and figuring out the different steps in this process was an interesting exercise. Everyone should do something creative every day creative…!