I sit here nestled inside my Airstream, in a field and completely off the grid, a nomads at last.
Thanks for a thought provoking read Rednax!
As a full timer for the last 8 years, I've watched, experienced and taken advantage of the changes that mobile communications has afforded me, it has changed my lifestyle, and the way I do business.
Yes, even an artist
has to do business!
The advent of useable wireless internet access allows me to be a wandering nomad.
I no longer have to visit a clients home to see the wall or room for which I will paint a commissioned work of art. Over the wireless internet, foto's and ideas pass back and forth between me and my clients freely. Orders for my line of Airstream art and tee shirts
flit back and forth. Funds are electronically transferred from my wireless hand held Credit Card terminal, all my bills and statements are electronic and I'm notified when a charge or credit hits my bank or credit card.
I keep in touch with my clients, friends and family all wirelessly.
All my artist material, from large 7' x 9' canvases to eye hooks are ordered on-line, in fact all the items I need to keep my mobile life running are ordered on-line.
When I have Tow-vehicle problems, I stop, get on-line, call up exploded views of the part assemblies, shop for replacement parts and or a local Ford Truck repair center as well as local trailer parks. Then I hit my cell phone and make inquires, appointments, and reservations.
With computer based GPS in both the trailer and TV, I can pinpoint supermarkets, gas stations, restaurant, Bass Pro Shops, banks, strip clubs, the local post office or virtually any resource I might need.
Google Earth gives me a heads-up on what to expect when I get to where I'm actually going.
I'm amused by the contrasts of my lifestyle. On one hand, I'm sitting all alone in a field, solar panels generating electricity, catalytic heater keeping me toasty, on the stove the Pyrex percolator percolates fresh coffee while I create artwork using basic materials like canvas, charcoal, oil and ground minerals. All the while thru unseen forces, at my finger tip ( notice I said finger tip, I'm a hunt and pecker) lie the electronic equivalent to the resources of the ancient library of Alexendria
, the places, images, people, and the collective information of the world.
Oh, and the Air Forums of course!
The crux of technology is to use IT
and not be used by IT
, something I think the younger generation is unwittingly falling pray to.
My measure of success for any man or woman is measured by the ability to do whatever one wants to do, be it lying on the couch 24/7 eating TV dinners, sailing around the world, or becoming the riches person in the universe.
Me, I just want to earn my way in this world creating art, meeting good interesting people, experiencing the world around me and just doing whatever I choose to do.
The wireless world has assisted me in this, and for this I'm very thankful.
Communicating from a field in the great state of Texas.
Michael Joseph Depraida
an Artist at Large