as mentioned a couple of days ago, i have a second interview with compassion australia tomorrow {friday 18th} for the position of Event & Partner Artists Relationship Manager. the thing is, i really want the job. in the week since the first interview and actually thinking about it, praying about it and researching up on it, my heart has changed and i am totally all about this job…. Psalm 37:4 {in the king james english} Delight thyself also in the LORD: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. i’ve grown to understand the meaning of this promise not as Father being the genie or santa clause in the sky, but as the more amazing beauty that happens when one is in love with Father and is walking with Him, and His spirit changes their heart, moulds it like pottery… changes the very desires one has, changes the outlook and motivation of ones heart… in some way i feel like He has done that in my heart, and now my desire is for this job, where a week ago the desire wasn’t reallythere.
but the more i want it it, the greater the anxiety that i’m gonna muck it up somehow… in the style of Larry DavidCurb Your Enthusiasm and that i am setting myself up for disappointment. somehow i’m gonna do some i am not an anxious person, not a nervous person, i’m pretty unflappable really, and i’m sure come tomorrow 1:30pm sydney time, i’ll be fine. it’s just the now- this before time, the anticipation is like a bowling ball sitting in my stomach.
anyway, here’s the deal: tomorrow i get up {QLD time} at 3:30am, we bundle everyone up and pile in the car and drive the one hour and 15 minutes to brisbane airport for the 6am flight to newcastle. {after last weeks fiasco of missing the flight, i’m not taking any chances.} i hire a car from newcastle airport and cruise around till around lunch time, when i’ll have to find somewhere to get changed and then head over to the Compassion HQ. 1:30 interview and then more hanging around. i then cruise back to the airport, drop car, catch bus to the train station and then go the hour on the train to gosford – where i will be hanging, staying, speaking and photographing at the 3-5-1 camp, that part will be fine, fun and rewarding. it’s just tomorrow in newcastle….
hey, if you are the praying type then please talk to Father about me and this job. i’m all pregnant with expectation…

this time of year…

it’s the last week of september – first few days of october….
that time of year again.
this time of year always seem to fly by, stumble over, collapse like a row of dominoes. and it’s mostly due to the blackstump music festival.
here’s the festival’s website.
here’s the festival’s wikipedia entry.
i love this festival. it’s like a family reunion every year. and it’s become one of the most important dates on the “aussie christian hip-hoppers” calendar. we’ve had some fun times with them. and by fun times i mean, real fun times and real not fun times. but all in all, it’s a great weekend.
it just takes up so much of my late september, and early october.
so tomorrow i fly out in the morning – thursday 27th september- to Sydney and i get back on the Gold Coast late tuesday 2nd october. and here are some of the things on the agenda:
– catch up with Wizdm and talk about releasing his second solo album on mustard.
– catch up with the hoodsta kidd, see where his solo album is at.
– organize blackstump acts for friday night, sunday morning & sunday night.
– help out with all things from krosswerdz and the service in sydney on saturday night.
– meet with the NSW bible society about the australian hip-hop bible.
– try and meet with the team behind
– take some family pictures/ do some sittings.
– maybe do a story for a music magazine on the krosswerdz scene.
– plus oodles of catching up.

i’ll try and blog some pictures and stuff.

and it’s that weird djp condition of simultaneously looking forward to something and looking forward to it being finished.

it’s gonna be fun, i’ll just miss b & the boys too much.
{drummond told me today “when i’m a bigger boy i’ll come with you and help you daddy, i’ll come with you on the plane and go to blackstump.” he had such a perfect earnestness combined with a matter of factness that almost made me cry…}

the blog programme

Mondays are Family Foto Mondays.

Tuesdays are Self Portrait Tuesdays.

Wednesdays are Wifey Wednesdays.

Thursdays are Things I Love Thursdays
and The Art of the Drum Thursdays.

Fridays are Arty Farty Fridays.

and the weekends are whatever i want.

{note 2010 – i don’t think this lasted even a week}

another 26 hours left in victoria.

well, we are down to our last day or so left down here…

the schedule goes a little like this: soon: family dinner- try and teach my parents in law how to use the internet – drive to melbourne and take b to see the last show of “the lion king” in melbourne – come back to geelong – maybe catch up with kirby lancaster for a very late night cup of insomnia coffee – get a little sleep – wake up very early – finish doing a wedding proof album – finish packing – leave geelong at about 12:30pm and drive to melbourne airport – fly out at 2:45pm on jetstar and arrive home on the gold coast around 5pm….
it’s been an interesting time down here… and a long time down here… i don’t think we will ever do anything like this again, contracting work away from home for this long. way too hard. and also in so many ways i feel like i have “moved on” from being in geelong. {take that how you will all my beloved “geelongians” i don’t mean it to be a dis on your fair town} i know that geelong will always be like a sort of “home” for me… i mean you don’t spend over 10 years of your life somewhere without having some sort of love for the place, but you know, i have never considered myself a victorian/ geelong local/ part of the place- i have always been a queenslander sojourning in a foreign land… and i feel like a lot of the people and things and places and even friendships that were part of my life down here are already beginning to fade from my heart. i am someone that likes to stay in touch with people. i am the dude that usually calls first or visits first, the guy who makes it happen {and by “it” i mean in this case a friendships/relationships}. but you know out of all my myriad of friends and vast sea of people i know and really like, i can count on one hand how many of those stay in touch with me with the same level of “intensity” {for want of a better word}

props go to those who immediately spring to mind- mistery, wizdm, jolane, simon, mikey/jesta, aaron…

now i know some would say, “well doesn’t that tell you something? either about them or you – i mean if people don’t want to keep in contact with you, it’s either because of:

  1. they are too busy.
  2. they don’t care about ya.
  3. they are slack.
  4. you suck.
  5. all of the above “

and i think, depending on the person, that any/some/all of those points can be valid. but i am slowly learning to let go of those people and friendships that in your heart of hearts you feel are one sided. if someone doesn’t care enough to call, email or even text message once in a while then am i casting my pearls before swine?

still learning.

still letting go.

still saying goodbye to geelong….

we fly back home to the gold coast in thirteen days.can’t wait.not that i’m not having a good time down here. we are.but….can’t wait to get home.and home IS the south east coner of the state of Queensland, the city of the Gold Coast.the 6th biggest city in australia {we’ve overtaken newcastle- ner. take that […]

well, it’s offical, i am not going to the usa this year.i was planning on going over there solo at the end of march for 5 ½ weeks. but now i plan on going over same time in 2007 for longer with the whole family.more information about that soon.

2006 is going to be an interesting year.

ok, we are just into the second week of 2006 and i already know two things:
it’s going to be the best year of my life.
it’s going to be the hardest year of my life.

here’s the rough plan as it shaping up thus far:

13th – my mum flys down south to spend a few weeks with her mum- benita and i look after my dad.
from 13th to the 21st – photographing kids here on the Gold Coast
22nd – fly down to Melbourne and then to Geelong.
from 23rd to March 10th – doing contracted photography, photographing schools around victoria.
26th – Australia Day. Launch the new, listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100
from 10th to the 12th – fly back to Gold Coast for the weekend.
18th – wedding in Geelong Ben & Lisa
1st – Benita and Drum fly down to Geelong for two weeks.
5th – Benita turns 27- party in Geelong.
12th – wedding in Geelong Joanne & Allan
13th – the paines’ fly back to Gold Coast.
from 15th to 25th – photographing kids here on the Gold Coast.
18th – i turn 34 – b and i go away for the weekend.
26th- Fly out of Australia – into L.A. and then fly into Nashville – Stay with Adam & Brandy Lester
1st – GMA Music Week – Nashville TN – in the hotel with the illect crew.
6th – Drive to Rochester MN with Josh N.
16th- Fly out of Rochester MN into Atlanta GA – Stay with Ward & Andrea Jenkins
20th – Fly out of Atlanta GA into Seattle WA – Stay with Jon & Joy Madison
27th – Fly out of Seattle WA into L.A. CA – Stay with Kirby & Sonci Lancaster
4th – Fly out of L.A. CA back home to Australia.
? – wedding in Wollongong New South Wales- Diego’s
June & July
a few weddings in Melbourne.
a family trip to Sydney, catching up with all the Sydney crew
the two months will be spent mostly photographing kids here on the Gold Coast
4th – benita and i celebrate 5 years of wedded bliss
photographing & a few mustard releases.
3rd – Benita gives birth to our second child, hopefully a girl.
later in September, road manage a short tour with some hip-hop artists around Australia
28th – 2nd October – Blackstump Music Festival / Mustard Tent.
28th – 2nd October – Blackstump Music Festival / Mustard Tent.
heaps of website / hosting renewal due this month.
Weddings in Melbourne / Geelong
25th – i am organizing christmas for my side of the family up here on the Gold Coast.
29th – we fly down to Geelong – spend family time with benita’s side.
31st – drummond turns 3.