Palm Springs | Back to my groove.

Strangely, I haven't flown since early April. So this trip to Palm Springs was both a little foreign and a little familiar. Like normal, I chose to sleep instead of packing, so the morning of my flight I packed like a mad woman, filling my suitcase with random outfits and doodads.  I'd be shooting in Palm Springs as well as shooting two weddings in Napa when I returned, so I had to remember all that stuff as well. When I arrived at the airport I felt like I had returned home.  I love airports.  I checked in like normal and fell into my muscle-memory of traveling.  I arrived just in time to cut ahead of everyone in line at the gate to board the plane.  (I got caught up instagramming and forgot to board during my seating group. whoops.)  The flight was very short and pleasant.  With the merger of United and Continental, the plane I was on was brand new with outlets, so I got to work on my editing.  YAY.  In between edits I listened to my seatmates' stories of deep sea fishing and harpooning and life in hawaii.  Very exciting stuff, you know.

I should mention, though, when we taxi'd for our take off, we stopped short of the landing runway.  So we saw several planes on their paths of descent which appeared, from my perspective, to be headed right towards us.  Scary barry, I know!

Anyway, I love flying during sunrise and sunset. You get the most spectacular views.  And for some reason, I'm always sitting on the side (always the right side of the plane) with the good view. woot.

Airplanes and Iceland

As I sit here in an airplane, I experience a profound irony. I am watching  Inside Job on my portable media player.  This documentary explores the causes for the most recent recession/depression.  "Ferguson has described the film as being about "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption."[4] In five parts the film explores how changes in the policy environment and banking practices helped create the 2008 financial crisis. Inside Job was well received by film critics who praised its pacing, research and explanation of complex material." (Wikipedia) As someone who was laid off in 2008 and is part of an industry with an estimated 70% unemployment rate, with many of those who are employed significantly underpaid, this documentary piques my interests very personally.  My architecture firm in 2008 has two offices and nearly 220 employees.  In its life as a company it had never laid off a single employee, and as the recession began to approach, the company did everything it could to keep the employees.  Unfortunately, mirroring the economy, each of our groups lost their clients, first our development group, then our housing group, then our restaurant group, and finally our retail and big box groups.  Within a short amount of time, my company had to laid off most of their employees and close one of their offices.

Along with most of my colleagues from college, we faced an undetermined length of unemployment.  Most of us have sought out other professions, still holding on to the hope of one day returning to architecture.  So that brings me to Iceland and airplane.  Inside Job suggests that the economic collapse in Iceland was the "straw that broke the camel's back" that began the recession in 2008.  I'm here today, sitting in business class because of that lay off in 2008.  It's deeply ironic that I'm enjoying a luxury of sorts, while I watch a documentary about the reason as to why I'm (f)unemployed.

Either way.... everything ends up as it should.  And I'm grateful for the "closed doors" that opened new opportunities.

(I'm flying somewhere over Michigan on my way to New York)

(I also watched 127 hours. Great movie. Creatively portrayed.)