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.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


A chaotic hodgepodge of too many ill proportioned mountains crowded too close together.  Sorry God, nice try, but, it looks like the storage room for movie sets.  I did get some nice photos and have many more to post.

Two small encounters; a twenty-something fellow offered me a seat on the park shuttle bus.  "You are being very nice, now I will have to kick your ass" is what I didn't say.  It was more like, "Thanks, I'm ok."

On the other hand, among the many, many French and Swiss tourists I overheard talking, several of whom I met, was Stephanie, a lovely recent journalism graduate from Switzerland, who said "Oh your the guy who's been traveling in a mini school bus for eight months!  Your the second famous person I've met!"  She wanted to see the bus and we exchanged e-mail and blog addresses.  :-)

Mystery solved: Odelia and Axel, from France, described me to Stephanie (see "comments")  I ran into Odelia and Axel at the Grand Canyon, at Bryce, and at Antelope Canyons, too!


  1. Oups I sent a email that I receive... So i don't know if you read it...
    I just wanted to say that it's cool that you met each other because we're the one who spoked to her about you!
    Nice pictures of bryce, we did not have the same sky, it was raining... But we shot a rainbow!
    Continue your tour in france, you will loveit !
    Hope everything is still doing great !

  2. Hi Odelia,

    Sorry I missed you and Axel at Walmart that night. I went into the store for a little while :-( You guys still owe me a beer! :-)

    I'll post a picture of the two of you in my truck in Page. There are pictures posted from GC, Antelope, Zion, and Bryce, too. I think we met at all but Bryce :-)

    Thanks for clearing up the mystery about how Stephanie knew me!