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COVID-19 Takes It's Toll... BUT...

Updated: May 7, 2020

I'm not down or out yet. COVID-19 has put the pressure on everyone, none more so than the men and women on the front lines. Health Care workers, Grocery Store Workers, Emergency Services, Utilities... the list goes on. From the bottom of my heart... THANK YOU! But, I digress...

Though the studio has been shut down for 2 months, I do manage to get out once in a while (safety gear and social distancing guidelines in place) to shoot some wildlife photos at Black Point Wildlife Refuge, just north of my home. I have to be extra careful when it comes to avoiding exposure to COVID-19 because my wife has Multiple Myeloma cancer, and has weekly chemo treatments.

Anyway... Alas, with the Space Center shut down to everyone but essential personnel for launches, I've been unable to secure access through my 45th USAF Space Wing (Space Force?) or United Launch Alliance (ULA) contacts. One is pregnant and due any day now, and the other is pulling double duty. He works, and then has to deal with, my pregnant connection, his wife.

'What's the plan?', you are probably asking. Or not. I'm gonna turn the lights back on in the studio by appointment only. And, strict COVID-19 precautions will be taken. Mask & Gloves for me. And, for those that don't know me well, I'm a germ-o-phobe. So, as usual, the studio will be cleaner than a doctor's office. The clients will be hosed down, scrubbed with hydrogen peroxide... JUST KIDDING! I'll encourage them to wear a mask when we're not shooting, and I'll require that they wash their hands thoroughly multiple times during the session.

IN OTHER NEWS - The Wall Art Store is OPEN!

The selection is limited right now, but I should have more of my work uploaded and ready for sale within a week or so. Setting the store up has been a bit of a challenge and, of course, EVERYBODY wants money for all the things I need to get it up and running! I applied for the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan)/Grant expecting to receive the congressionally mandated amount of $10K. But, due to circumstances beyond the control of anyone sane, I ended up with $1K. So, I stretched it as far as I could. We'll see if the Wall Art Store can survive. So buy something DAMNIT! :-D

Peace everybody! And Stay Safe!

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