Sacked by the "downturn", an unemployed architect touring the country in a bus...

I used to live in New York City. I designed homes for the tycoons of Wall Street; Park Avenue, Scarsdale, Greenwich. It was great fun. And, after years of saving up for a down payment, I was just about to buy my own little place in Fleetwood, half an hour north of the city, when the economy fell apart. Architects are like canaries in a coal mine when the economy slows, and true to form, there were massive layoffs in firms all over the country. Devastation of the profession. So, I decided to try to find something else to do for a while. I bought a 23' school bus and I'm on the road to see if I can figure out what that might be.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

High road or low?

I spent the last two days in a nice woody RV park 10 miles north of Santa Fe.  With the electrical hook up that was available, I got a good, sustained charge on my battery, processed and posted some photos (still way behind), and ran a Windows service pack 3 update, and backed up 300 gig plus of data on my hard drive which I haven't done for a few months, took a good shower, did laundry, and generally regrouped.  I've also been making a barrage of phone calls on behalf of my sister and brother in law, regarding their development project in Durham, NC.

Today, I am in Santa Fe again (Walmart right now) and am trying to hook up with Marrie, a local I found on Couch Surfing, and follow up a job lead I received from my cousin Mark, get Blue Cross to show my bill on line so I can pay them electronically, and other odds and ends.

In a day or so, I hope to head north to Taos, Bohemian land of artists and loons like me (I hope :-)  I can take the low road along the Rio Grande and see spectacular country, or I can take the more twisted high road and see small villages noted for Mexican and Native American craftsmen, and their studios where pottery, rugs, and other crafts are made.

Let me know what you think!  (comment or e-mail ;-)


  1. Jeff & I loved both ways, sooo I guess I'm no help at all! No matter which way you go it's gonna be a great time :-) OK I gotta admit I liked the crafty stuff & got presents for all the kids & some friends!

  2. Hi Dawn,

    Thanks. I'm leaning that way.

    How are things back in NO? Thanks for followin' along :-)