A whole month just disappeared.
The ‘Open’ sign has yellowed and the tumbleweeds are doing cartwheels in the wind.
[Enter iconic movie track – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly].
…Waa wa waaaa…
So much for “I’m back!”
You’d be forgiven for wondering when I’ll take the rusted shingle down. Board up all the windows. Exchange the dream for complimentary tickets to the show.
It does feel like, in the space of a few months, the whole landscape of my life has changed.
And I’m standing on my porch, wondering how to start explaining where I’ve been.
So I guess I’ll just go from the beginning. Where the first Domino fell…
You may remember me telling you, a couple of ‘New Year’s’ ago, about my need to get a job.
But then how I was saved from the horror of job interviews by a paid video gig that I agreed to do in honour of Pepi.
As happens in this kind of work, the project scope was extended and mysteriously delayed until I gave up all hope of any kind of outcome and decided to get a job selling tickets to the footy.
In its well-timed sense of irony, the universe conspired to deliver the long awaited (and hence now URGENT) green light for the video completion in the same week that I started my indentured labour!
So commenced a month of craziness, followed by another couple of months of tying up loose ends.
Until the time has come to say goodbye for good.
- To video as a source of income.
- To more than six years of self employment during which I managed to feed myself (but only just).
- To a creative occupation that, however meaningful, didn’t really leave room for the primary passion that is writing.
So what was all the fuss about?
Lort Smith Animal Hospital is the largest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia. It was originally established to assist people of modest means in providing vet care for their animals (which included none other than hers truly and her merry menagerie).
Given its unique history in veterinary care and female philanthropy, the hospital was keen to record the stories of key people who have supported the hospital since the 1940’s.
The first stage was recording seventeen interviews, which are now part of a digital archive for the hospital.
The second was creating a short memoir on the history of Lort Smith.
At 11 minutes, the video is far from epic! But, with any luck, is enough to inspire people to want to get involved.
Now that the credits have rolled on video, the question remains whether selling footy tickets will motivate me into writing a best seller…
Of all the jobs you’ve ever had, what was the one you were happiest to leave?