This whole Covid-19 thing has obviously sent us all into a tailspin. Trying times these have been, and there's no way to know when, once and for all, we'll be free from the restrictions we face because of it. All we can do is what we can do and try to move on.
Thanks to the pandemic, I shot my last paying photo gig on March 13. I didn't have another one until September 13; a full six months later. I went and got myself a "regular" job, but I haven't had one of those in seven years and, truth be told, I can't say I like it very much. Hopefully, as my shooting schedule starts to repopulate, I can go back to doing solely photography.
I've always found, though, that there's never a wrong time to look ahead. So, I've decided to do that.
With the holidays looming in the shadows, the new year is going to be here before we know it. For me, a photographer who loves photographing (among many other things) automobiles, the Mecum Collector Car Auction is going to be held down in Kissimmee, Florida January 7-17. Of course I won't be there for the whole thing, but I'll get my media pass secured and make plans to go down there for a few days. It's always a lot of fun, and you're sure to see cars you've never seen before and will never see again.
At last January's Mecum auction, the main attraction was the Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the movie "Bullitt". It sold for the princely sum of $3.74 million. This year's main attraction? Carroll Shelby's personal 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster:
After that, I'm hoping my collegiate calendar fills up. As big a pain in the ass as it can be sometimes, the money doesn't suck and it certainly keeps me busy.
At some point, it'll be time to look at travel. This year I was going to take my daughter to Belgium for her birthday. Well, of course, that fell through. So, we're looking at that again for this year and, because we didn't go last year, I'm entertaining the idea of flying first class this time around. Yeah, it'll be a lot, but it's a long flight and, while a first class fare wouldn't be worth it from Jacksonville to Houston, it certainly could be for a flight from Jacksonville to Brussels.
I'm also hoping to see Spartan Race ramping back up their operations. Those are long, hot, dirty days, but they're also a lot of fun and the money's pretty good.
So, we'll have to see what happens in the upcoming months. Everything's up in the air, but that's part of what makes it so much fun!