Peluquero Redux

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Peluquero Redux

Postby Moderator » Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:10 pm

Yea Olde Moderator here. My turn, I guess.

I've been a frequenter of HEdotcom for roughly 2 and some odd years, and an infrequent poster/visitor prior.

The stats. Married, no kids, two dogs and two cats.

Income earned by working for a very large telecom company as the liaison to a very large urban entity (city) and accompanying school district. Had the distinction of having worked for WorldCom as a Sr. Manager, including several group lunches with Bernie and at least one group dinner with Scott Sullivan (those who do not follow corporate scandals may not realize these guys cooked the books to the tune of $11B, costing all of us our life savings). I gave up all forms of Kool-aid as a result.

Part-time semiprofessional photographer (website link available below). My shots have been used in a few magazines, local papers and numerous music cds. I've won an Aperture "Honorable Mention" for my work, and been the featured photographer for several local art shows. Officially, I endorse Nikon products. (Which does nothing for me except make me sound very important and influential.)

Married to the same wonderful woman for 21 years, who is an amazingly talented singer. I am her roadie and she sees fit to let me carry her speakers. The good news is that her career is taking off and I am looking forward to future springtimes in St Barth.

I usually hang with an artistic crowd made up of visual artists, musicians and writers/poets -- some of whom are actual for-real successes. (Really a very scary thing for semi-corporate types.)

I've done some writing in the past, but am more or less devoted to the photography. I've recently completed assembling my first book, if I can ever get anyone interested in publishing it.

Lessee. Literary street cred. None of my own, other than a handful of articles, but I am the son of the man who published Tom Clancy's first novel (as well as writing four very dry books of his own. God, I hope Dad never sees this). Spent my youth as a Navy Brat.

Loved Star Trek as a kid, and read a lot of SF -- which led me to Harlan's work once I got to High School. Met Harlan three times prior to coming to Webderland, and a few more since then.

Oh. And one other thing. As Mod, I have to read every one of the messages made on the Forums. Please be gentle with me, I have delicate sensibilities after reading numerous posts from Eric Martin and Frank Church.
- I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby David Loftus » Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:51 am

Barber wrote:I am her roadie and she sees fit to let me carry her speakers.



Yeah, but how do they feel about it?
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Postby remarck » Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:32 am

Steve,

You're doing a great job as moderator. I rarely come over to "this side" of the HEboard, but with you as moderator, the BB seems to be doing well, and the truely vitriolic posts dsappear shortly after they arrive like a burning stinking bag of poo on the stoop.

I have visited your photo website several times, and I think you wouldn't be doing poorly in a few years if you focused on that full-time.

Sorry to hear you were at WorldCom. Retirement wipe-out must suck. I remember when WorldCom bought local telecom start-up MCI, and the first thing I thought when I read the article in the Washington Post business section was, "this guy (Ebbers) has got to be a joke! He's got no cred. Why is he able to do this?" He outbid one of the European telecoms, like BT or somesuch. Ebbers was a slick bidness man, not a telecom guy or anything else but a weasel. And the other slick bidness men of wallstreet were fooled, because they saw dollars and not competence. And then, 10 years later, all the incompetence came out. Oops. That was a rant. Sorry. But I wish I had called it back then...

Anyhoo, I'm upset I missed you at Worldcon 64. Would have been nice to put a face to the name and hang out with someone with a shared interest.

-Keith

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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Moderator » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:46 am

David Loftus wrote:
Barber wrote:I am her roadie and she sees fit to let me carry her speakers.



Yeah, but how do they feel about it?


Well, they made a little noise at first, but after a while...
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Postby Moderator » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:56 am

Keith -
Thanks for the note and nice comments. Much appreciated.

I'd love to devote 100% of my time to the photography, but our creditors would be quite upset. I'll happily settle for a decent second income out of it, since I do it for the love of the art form itself.

As far as WorldCom is concerned, it's a very harsh lesson learned. We were lucky in that we had additional investments elsewhere -- but several of my employees had everything in WCOM stock. The other side of the coin is that my department was the one tasked with giving the financial presentations to our clients, In other words, we were the ones set up to convincingly deliver the actual pack of lies being created by senior management. Again, Kool-aid can be powerful stuff if you're the ones filling the cup.

I alluded, previously, to a few of my memos even making it onto "fuckedcompany.com" -- so, having skin in the game can be a bitch to your personal rep, which is really all we have in life. That's pretty much the backstory behind the Bohemian Hedonist page on my site (which I thank you for visiting).

Anyway, I appreciate the note, and am as sorry we missed each other at LACon, would've been fun. Next time.
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Postby FrankChurch » Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:29 pm

Jeez, there must be a million photographers who want one Life Magazine gig. This is what you call a limited potential career.

Can we see some hot pics of your better half. Wink.

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Postby A Wasted Mind » Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:32 pm

Barber, either my eyesight is worse than I thought, or you didn't post the link to your photography site. I'd love to see it. My partner is a very talented nature photographer, and so I've become quite interested myself. We're a Canon family, by the way.

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Postby Moderator » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:15 pm

AWM -
There's a little button below marked "www" that's take you there. Elsewise, please follow the white rabbit to http://www.barbergallery.net/

I'd love to see your partner's work, if a website exists...

SB
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Postby Jan » Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:25 pm

Barber visits trekweb.com

hee hee

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Postby remarck » Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:36 pm

Steve,

I don't know why I'm writing so much tonight, but I guess when the mood strikes, I should heed it.

I have not posted very much on "this side" of Harlan's site, but I just want to take a few paragraphs to tell you how much fun I had in California for the DWST event, and that I very much appreciate the time you took out of your schedule to schlep us around the LA area, even though you were sapped by a cold. And to take such marvelous pictures and then to, in fact, send them to those of us who took part...well, you had me at schlep, to paraphrase Renee Zelweger. Everything else is much appreciated, but you have made a friend for life in me.

The car trip with you, Doug, David, Rick, is one of the most memorable "road trips" I've ever been on. Topped by Loftus reading Bradbury's "The Utterly Perfect Murder," which ended as we ended our day with you. (And David, if you're reading this: I know I told you this before, but it bears repeating: Damn! - In fact, I'm going to pop over to your corner next after hitting Mark and Steve to comment about your reading...at more length, but with less gusto than a good Damn!)

I had a blast that extended weekend, even though I was starting to come down with what turned into a v-e-r-y bad cold, and wasn't fully up to snuff. Not to mention the time change, and the fact that I didn't get to sleep that Thursday night until at least 2a.m.

If you and Cris come back here, and you don't have enough friends to hang out with (which I doubt), give me a call and we'll do something. Even if I make you guys burgers on the grill...call me.

-Keith

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Postby Moderator » Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:29 pm

Keith -
I have to agree that the day was one of the most fun "escorting" days I've spent around LA. And the weather certainly cooperated on our visit to Malibu (sucked otherwise, but at least the Blue Pacific was blue...). Any time you're in town, pal, any time.

BTW- We're gonna be in Annapolis for a whirlwind visit in late October - my sister's 50th Bday -- so we'll see if Cris and I can break off a bit of time for some coffee. Then again, after the last runaround in DC I'm not sure you'll appreciate yet another dash around town!

Anyway, thank you for the above note. Glad you remember it as fondly as I do.

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Postby markabaddon » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:23 pm

God, I am so jealous that I was not able to make that trip out to LA for the screening. Hearing Cramer describe it turned me so green that I resembled a Jewish Hulk (minus much of the muscles, but you get the idea)

Barber, you are a good man, a good friend, and do one hell of a job as Mod of these boards.

Cramer, I have to say, this is the most I have ever seen you post on the boards. You are positively ubiquitous lately. Are you turning into a sane version of Frank?

All the best to you and Cris,

Mark
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Postby David Loftus » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:24 am

remarck wrote:(And David, if you're reading this: I know I told you this before, but it bears repeating: Damn! - In fact, I'm going to pop over to your corner next after hitting Mark and Steve to comment about your reading...at more length, but with less gusto than a good Damn!)



Thankee, son.

I'm doing a LOT of reading these days. Thursday night I was part of a staged reading of a new work by a local playwright about a man on Death Row. I was only doing the stage directions, but it was my first time doing ANYTHING in the biggest, most professional theater in Portland -- in their brand-new, year-old digs), and I was sitting alongside some of the finest actors in town -- people vastly more experienced and also more talented than I -- so it was a great privilege.

Today I spent most of the day in sessions to record "Romeo & Juliet" for the Speak-the-Speech.com Web site (where I can already be found in three other Shakespeare plays).

This coming Wednesday I'll be reading excerpts from Catch-22 -- in a BANK, no less.

And of course I'll be recording more Sherlock Holmes, Jack London, and O. Henry for another Web site in the coming weeks.

Man, I love to do this stuff.
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Postby Moderator » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:56 pm

You know how some days you just want to crawl back into bed and sleep until tomorrow?

My year has been like that.

So now, to add to the fun, I have decided (as have some of the rest a ya) to pack up my toys and move on. I'm leaving Verizon Gov/Ed to take a position with a company called XO. The position is entirely different from what I've been doing the last few years, so ought to be interesting if nothing else.

Once I'm actually gone from VZ I may share my rationale...
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Postby markabaddon » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:23 pm

Yes, my friend, I know exactly how you feel when you say you want to just crawl back into bed and hide from the day.

I hope the change is a positive one for you, as I know you have not been all that happy at Verizon recently

All the best,

Mark
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