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Let’s Talk About YOU! (Because obviously talking about me isn’t working….)


With the weather turning to gray overcast skies, even the die hard optimist can get a bit depressed with the rainy weather. Everything around you can be depressing; the wet roads, the bad traffic, the gray skies, the rain, the gray skies, the rain, the cold 40-50 degree weather. Did I mention the gray skies and rain?

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It isn’t always bad here in the Pacific Northwest but you would think it is because of all the lousy weather we are currently having. We had great weather up until the middle of October. Now, it is the normal Seattle weather. I tend to be very busy at work (since I am a school photographer) during this time of year. I don’t notice how bad it is until I have a little breathing room. And with Daylight Savings Time ending, you really notice that it isn’t nice here anymore. It isn’t as bad as Alaska but you do notice that it gets really dark around 4 pm everyday. We haven’t even seen the worst of it yet. The shortest day of the year: December 21 Winter Solstice.

That means from now until December 21, the days will get shorter and the people of Seattle will die a little more each day.

I don’t really care. To me, it is just another day in a series of depressing days where I live my life. Oh, before you get all concerned about my well being, just know that this blog post is about you, not me. I can weather any storm my way. I just jump on YouTube and get all pumped up by listening to some Tony Robbins or Les Brown. I like the crappy weather because it forces me to look at what I’m doing in my business and life.

Now, some people can’t handle all the rain and gray skies around Seattle. They complain, they mope around, yet here they still are…wet and whining in the Emerald City called Seattle.

For me, the rain and gray skies bring my busy work season. I know during this time of the year, I’ll be making the bulk of my income as a school photographer. I know that I’ll be busy working 60-80 hours a week. I know I’ll be getting up at 5 am, putting in a 12-15 hour day. On top of my work day I will also need to be a dad, a Scoutmaster, an aikido student and teacher, and a blogger. I will be attempting to balance my work life with my personal life during the months of the fall school photography season.

My darling wife is also more than willing to point out that I pretty much have summers off (work free) as a trade off for my busy, crazy fall. However, during this hectic fall season, I also think I should be creating an online business of some sort to balance out my income. I imagine it would be extremely nice to have a summer schedule during the rest of the eight months of the year. Don’t you think it would be nice to have a few extra thousand or tens of thousands of dollars to live on and invest in my retirement? People who say money isn’t important must not be too concerned about the future (or even the present). Money can’t buy happiness? But it sure makes life a lot more enjoyable!

What makes you survive the fall season? Do you feel you live in a better area and therefore can make fun of schmucks like me?

As always your sarcastic and non-sarcastic comments are welcome! At least hit that like button!

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4 responses to “Let’s Talk About YOU! (Because obviously talking about me isn’t working….)

  1. Eric Tonningsen November 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I have probably mentioned this previously but I, in one of my lucid moments, took myself by the bullhorns (or whatever metaphor works for you) and moved to the polar opposite of Seattle. I got tired of powerwashing my eaves, gutters, and sidewalks every year or two. Now I live in the high desert where we went seven months without any precipitation this year. Everything died or turned permanently brown. The earth actually cracks when it’s that parched. But I complain not because I’ll take blue skies, “dry” heat and perpetually blowing the sand and dust out of my nose over Seattle’s nine out of 12 months of depression-inducing weather. Oh, and they have school photographers here, too!

  2. Reinventing Lucky November 5, 2014 at 8:45 am

    It is funny how people view the weather here. Having grown up between Seattle and Bellingham and lived my adult life here I never considered this the dreary season.

    Recently over the last four months I have spent an inordinate amount of time in Atlanta for training and the biggest thing I missed was the grey skies, rain and 40-55 degree weather.

    Sadly I was done with our sunny weather here by July :).

  3. Bruce Goodman November 12, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Good post but it needs to be simpler and easier for me to read.😄. I don’t want to be inconvenienced with a bunch of letters and words.

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