I went to Taipei-Taiwan's capital and main city for the Double 10-National Holiday last weekend. One of the things i noticed was an inordinate amount of boys and guys wearing batman t-shirts (fortunately none of them in full batman costumes). I commented on this and my son responded with, "Batman is the only superhero with no super power just a rich man." That is true but I countered with the vigilante element that probably appeals to some men's darker macho side that they can take power into their own hands and stand out by doing so...
Since returning to my less crowded and somewhat sunnier Taichung in central Taiwan I further thought about my impressions from this Taipei trip. Since I'm from the actual model for Gotham City-New York City my mind was flooded with thoughts about it and other east coast cities like Boston or Philly. I realized all older east coast cities are 1) older, 2) receive much rain, 3) tend to be dark and grimy. Taipei kind of fits in with these cities and these attributes. Not saying good or bad just my observations and version of the facts. I do enjoy the dark grimy thing and even the crowding upon occasion. There are definitely different backgrounds and resulting photographic moods.
I've been on a long lifestyle change regime. It probably started about 15 years ago. At that time I was still smoking but also taking supplements like vitamins and anti-oxidants. It dawned on me one day that the cigarettes and anti-oxidants were in direct conflict with each other. They both need to be bought with money so I opted to quit smoking and keep taking the vitamins and anti-oxidants. Kudos to me, right?
Well of course it was a sensible health driven decision. However quitting smoking for many has one bad side effect-you eat more! That was true for me and I bulked up over an already bulky physique. So not long after I decided to go walking as often as possible in the early AM. Good idea-every little bit counts. I also was getting into photography around this time so I brought the camera with me. Kill 2 birds with one stone, right? Get some needed healthy exercise and use the time to take some photos as well.
This was my norm for a couple of years. I noticed some gradual slight weight loss but many friends didn't so much. I thought about this and realized that it was best to use the time for more brisk walking, uninterrupted by looking for and taking photos. While this decreased my photo taking it certainly enhanced the benefit of the walking to me and my enhanced focus on taking better care of my body.
So let's update to present times. I've lost a little over 100 lbs and around 9" off of my waistline. I was just at a wedding (wife's family) and many that hadn't seen me in a few years were all surprised and very encouraging about my obvious weight loss. So you might be asking yourself why am I writing this? Is this just another narcissistic, self congratulatory social media post? Maybe but I hope to encourage anyone reading this that has a challenge that you can make progress and probably be successful if you are patient and practical. Many will offer that the weight didn't go on over night so it won't come off over night either. Yes, everyone prefers speed loss over slow and steady but slow and steady is the healthier sustainable choice in terms of limiting stress to your body but still achieving good results.
The net result is I'll still continue to walk for an hour and 1/2, 4 or 5 times a week at 4 something o'clock each morning. I'll also continue to eat sensibly-which to me means less carbs but not no carbs. Definitely less processed sugar-and less food simply because my appetite has decreased. Let me know how your lifestyle goals are going and I'll send you some love and encouragement!
I just got watching probably the best Joe Rogan Podcast episode I ever watched with Henry Rollins. What makes things good or the best-just personally resonating/connecting with the person, their passion/vibe, outlook/flow... The cool thing about Rollins which I've seen and heard before is how driven he is almost to the point of distraction about being active and productive in his life which would include most waking moments. This is a good high for me on top of the nice caffeine buzz I already had going from the nice Oolong tea. I'm actually thinking about putting air in the tire of my bike which I got back from my son after graduating college. Just pedal around, think about stuff and take some photos. I can think of worse things. I realized during listening to him that I do much traveling through the lens of my camera meaning I don't feel the need to go great distances often. I enjoy trips when I do them just it's great for me to be able to have a trip during other people's totally mundane moments. For me that is winning.
Maybe this is inane in it's obviousness but I'm so spellbound by red in the world around me. I like other colors as well but red always grabs me. Got to be true to what you feel I guess. This shot was taken in a part of my city-Taichung, Taiwan that is going through some major changes. They are adding many new roads through this are a because the railroad line used to run on the ground-now it's been elevated so it allows the city to add many new roads. I guess I like the newness and the chaos. So we're working on a red chaos theme here at BBluesman today... 😀 There is also a big temple in this area on the other side of the main market in town which is in the process of moving to new area on this side of the old tracks as well. Lots of upheaval and changes in the name of progress.
Taichung like all of Taiwan's cities was designed by its former Japanese colonial master. Hence the core and original flavor of Taiwan's cities is very much like Japanese cities-government buildings all built in the colonial style of architecture which is very early 20th century European in flavor. The other key element of Japanese cities are the train station is the hub and the city flows out from it. That still exists here but it is being altered here in mealtime with elevated railway line and new MRT line being built and ready to start running by the end of the year. This is kind of exciting for me to witness. I didn't see nearly this much infrastructure development during my 60's/70s youth in Brooklyn.
Check out this classic jam from back in the day-I reconnected with it on Spotify last night. I've actually been listening to music with the earbuds in each night before I drift off into my own private David Lynch movie.
Been a while since I've posted here. Lately been very busy on new product development and product design. Check out some of my t-shirt designs here and new stretch leather belts/pack series to be launching soon on Indiegogo and on View From Brooklyn my brand home. Still enjoying and learning to get better more proficient with IPhone camera. I only shoot my street stuff with IPhone now. Call it convenience laziness or whatever-it is the new reality. IPhone always with me=has a workable camera with good built in processing software... so label this under #iliveinthefuture2 . It's exciting and daunting launching new products or should I say traditional products in a very un-traditional material-textured silicone foam. I participated in the Taipei International Bike Show last month and the responses and feedback were mostly favorable albeit not the perfect venue for my products. I previously launched a Kickstarter project which I pulled almost immediately because I saw some key errors I had made on the marketing side of the project. That being said I was besieged with marketer/social media advertising guru inquiries in excess of supporter inquiries. The zeitgeist of crowdfunding '16 I guess. Many of these agents ask for up to 35% of funding which I really don't want to do because I really want to bring a good product with value and reasonable pricing to everyone. Adding 35% to pay off agent doesn't fit that value and supplier user relationship I want to build for the long term. Hopefully I can get some of you to help soon when I launch.