Hi All...We're in the process of moving to New Zealand. We're packing now, which includes dealing with my stored art from the last 50 years (sort of complicated), and getting our house ready to put on the market. So things have ramped up pretty intensely here...all of it good and interesting IF my old body can weather more activity than its experienced in a long time. So far so good though. The move aside, I am going to do my best to keep Zen Dogs going, but my posts might be fewer and further between, at least until we're settled again.
Truth is, moving household goods and people is nothing new to me and not a bit intimidating since I was raised in a moving and storage company family—STINE TRANSFER AND STORAGE...see photo above...that's my grandfather at the wheel of his truck. He started the company in 1906. My dad worked there for his dad for many years as a mover/truck driver, then he took over with his brother in the 1940's and I worked there too in my youth in the late 1950's. I liked the work, even though it was pretty hard sometimes. I started driving big trucks the day I turned 18, actually within an hour of getting my chauffeur's license I was driving a big semi truck and trailer through Los Angeles in heavy work traffic, gnashing and crashing the gears the whole way, much to the hilarious delight of my two old guy helpers riding with me in the cab. I survived. The truck survived and what's more I went on to become famous in Stine Moving for a guy who back a biggest trucks and trailers into the trickiest places. Makes me smile to remember my claim to fame then.
This time though our move to NZ is a little unusual. Distance for one thing... like 7000 miles from one country to another with an ocean in between. Of course there won't be anything shocking waiting for us in NZ, since we've been commuting between the two countries almost yearly for nearly 40 years. So we have everything in place for our arrival there: a house, family, friends and the whole nine yards.
Anyway, I took the afternoon off today to freshen up Zen Dogs website and write this to give you a heads up. Right now we're focused on moving the ton of stuff clogging up the house to two storage units up the street to make the house look like normal people live here or could live here. We just heard the house up the street just sold after being on the market only a month or so. Good for them and good for us.
Anyway, even though we're moving I know I won't stop drawing since it helps keep my head on straight, brains in order and my feeler exercised, and it makes me feel good no matter how things might be going otherwise. So there won't be a problem connecting on the image level at least...
Anyway, that's it for now. Will keep you posted...All the best, Richard S.