An unusual career path
What newspapers and magazines have said about me
Being a janitor didn't mean that I couldn't be "the director of a think tank." My correspondence with people evolved into, sort of, a think tank that was featured, many years back, in the business section of the TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE.
Continued correspondence got me in touch with a bazaar network of artists called the MAIL ART NETWORK. Mail artists send things like doodles, manifestoes and old shoes to one another, all over the world.
This interactive network of common folk is sort of a "pre Internet" exchange of creativity. Mail Art shows would take place (and are still taking place) all over the world where people would collect the mail they got, put it on display and call it a show. In 1983-84, I did a show. See this article in the BELLINGHAM HERALD.
In 1989, my letter to the editor of a local paper inspired one woman to throw out her car keys. They did a feature on her.
In 1991 and again in 1993, I bicycled all the way across the US. See this 1993 article on my cross country tours in KLIPSUN MAGAZINE as published by the journalism department of Western Washington University.
Also see a 1997 article in the BELLINGHAM HERALD How to prepare for a long distance tour,
In 1995, I started this web page. It got its own domain name in 1999, theslowlane.com
2001, I was second most prolific writer of letters to the editor published in Bellingham Herald.
2002, My site and Bellingham Bicycle Map featured in Herald Article. 128kb jpg included.
Check out this odd story.
Bellingham Herald featured me and another person in story about Gay Pride Weekend in Bellingham, July 15 2012.
Still paying the bills by working as a custodian, but there are not too many bills to pay. Living my kind of "alternative lifestyle" has not been too expensive. One can do a lot on the web for very little money. It's the mundane stuff, like housing and dental care, that gets expensive. So far, I have managed to squeak by those monsters.
I never figured out how to make big money with my "dot.com," but that is common. So many dot.coms have become "dot.gones." Mine is still going. It should say "this site powered by custodial work."
As of May, 2004, my site has some advertising in it. Ads are provided by a service of the Google search engine. They are automatically picked for relevance to the topics on the pages. It is an interesting concept and a suppliment to my income.
See my history section in my blog.