How are you spending your time on your Friday afternoon!? I recorded my short story this week on my time as I worked on the railroad into a podcast. I also scheduled to speak with fellow journeyman electrician, union brother and pal Brian Reyes about his career path out in California. I have him saved in my cell phone as, “Spanish Rice”. This was because we were working on a casino project and there was another Brian. Of course I called the other Brian, “white rice”. 😛 Brian was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Brian is keeping busy these days by signing the traveler book and working out of different union halls out in California for the past few years. Brian and I went to apprentice school around the same time so we would see each other in passing at school. Additionally, we have some similar friends that we have made in this business of construction. I really want to get a few of our mutual union brothers on the podcast to discuss some job stories. Some guys are rather shy which is an absolute surprise since they are not shy on the jobsite. It’s no surprise that I adore the hell out of Brian both personally and professionally on the job!! We have had many laughs over the years and are totally not afraid to break each other’s balls relentlessly! When I worked with the tools, we would go super savage on each other. I didn’t believe in treating me different since I considered myself as, “one of the guys”. If it was funny, even at the expense of myself, by all means say it. Brian was in my crew for a period of time during my last project where I worked with the tools. It’s memories like that where I reflect and miss working with the tools. Oftentimes, it is the co-workers on the job can make going to work a little more rewarding and fun. You mean to tell me that I get to break balls, have many laughs with our back and forth banter, pull some silly pranks on each other, and get paid to come in!? Sign me up buddy!! Yes, we were quite effective at getting work done since the morale was absolutely high and we enjoyed coming in to, “bang things out”. This is why we got away with many of our antics and pranks. I recently found out that during his free time, Brian is into working on his photography skills. Brian has even developed a website to showcase his photography. He told me that he welcomes suggestions to evolve his web presence. He was sharing that he absolutely loves the stunning California coastline as his muse. I’m genuinely happy for him that he is even entering competitions to showcase his photography. We are on the sidelines rooting for him! He’s even working on creating other projects, such as refrigerator magnets of photos that are laden with poetry. I’m looking forward to seeing his end results and even purchasing his work as gifts for friends and family. Therefore, hurry up and crank ’em out buddy since Christmas is coming! Here is Brian’s collection of scenic photos that he shares online on his website:
The Photacular Imagery website:
Here is Brian’s summary that I pulled from his About tab on the Photacular Imagery website:
“Welcome to my website. My name is Brian Reyes. I was raised in New York and I’m currently residing in California. Photography has been a great, creative outlet for me. Photography opens my eyes to my surroundings and the beautiful world around me. The scenery that we have around us, if we just take a moment to look, can be an inspiration. I take that inspiration and create a photo. I like to take photos within many different environments. The beauty in these various environments is what makes this style of art so appealing to me. Both traveling and my work has taken me to big cities, deserts, a rain forest, mountain tops, etc. These locations have been the driving force to capture and share with you, via my photos. My goal with this display of art is to both inspire and learn. I hope you enjoy and benefit from my lens on life.
Sincerely, Brian Reyes, Artist”Artist, Brian Reyes
Here are some of my favorites of his photography. If he can capture a black and white story lighthouse photo like the one below, I will purchase it from him and hang it up on the wall. Lighthouses and ocean scenes are my most favorite images. Check out some samples of his photography below:
Brian shared with me that he submitted his photography for the very first time. I’m happy for him that he is working on his creative project. He called me to ask about some aspects of marketing my creative projects. For some reason, he thinks that I’m the guru of pimping out my work. In reality, I’ve been learning to keep my pimp hand strong since 2013. I’m quite certain that other people who promote their creative projects are way better than I am. I’m a work in progress so I appreciate any and all support for my audience. Since Brian said that he lives near Yosemite National Park, it makes sense that he would submit his work to this organization. According to the website, the Yosemite Renaissance has been around since 1983. It appears that a Prospectus exhibition entry can only happen if you are invited. That makes the exhibition even more honorable that the committee saw value in his work and extended the invitation. The deadline for submissions is up until December 31, 2021. I will have to follow up and see how he made out with the competition. The competition samples on the website look amazing. There are $4,000 in cash prizes that will be awarded when the winner is announced by March of 2022. I see that the work submitted must be available for sale as a condition of submission. I couldn’t help but chuckle when I saw that the exhibition shakes down the artist by taking a 40% commission on the sale! Well, at least the entry fee for one submission is $25. Applicants are allowed to submit up to (8) pieces of art with an entry fee of $15/a piece. There will be a jury of panel judges that will be announced by January of 2022. The cool thing is that art submissions can possibly be showcased in a traveling art exhibit that would run through January of 2023. I just noticed that they have been accepting submissions ever since July 1, 2021. The most amusing part of reading the submission guidelines is that the artist must provide insurance for their own artwork. Despite the fact that the art exhibit, who typically have deep pockets and private donors, is making money off of showcasing the artist’s work, the individual artist is responsible for the exhibit handler’s care of the work during the traveling exhibit. No wonder artists are considered to be “starving”…LOL! 😛 If you want to take a look further into the submission guidelines, I’m providing the link below so you can check it out.
YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE 37- 2022 EXHIBITION Website:
What do you think about Brian’s photography? I actually think he has a great eye for photography! It was a nice surprise to discover it. Some people are just gifted and have a great eye for photography. I have always said to my son that he has a great eye for taking photos as well. I’m happy that Brian has shared his creative work with me and with you all as well. I’m giving fair warning that I need time to edit the podcast discussion. The raw footage is over 110 minutes long. Therefore, I have split up the discussion into (3) parts: Part A, Part B, and Part C. Leave a comment on your thoughts on his work in the comment section below. I thank you for stopping by to read about my update on my podcast discussion with Brian and checking out his work. You are highly appreciated for making a pit stop at my blog post. By all means, share his work and find him on social media. Let him know that I sent you his way. I am sharing my (6) latest podcast episodes that have been released for The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. Short story #8 is entitled, “Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker”. I am releasing short story #9 very shortly over the next few days. If anyone has read any of my other short stories, by all means let me know what you think? I have some irons in the fire as far as some more upcoming podcast guests. I have recorded a few podcast episodes this week that I still need to edit and release. I even have an acquaintance who is a practicing Satanist. I figure that this subject is rather mysterious and worth exploring. I have to send him/her my questions that I intend on asking him/her during the podcast episode. I’m curious as to his/her path from transitioning from being a Catholic to a Satanist. I am quite sure we will go down the rabbit hole with his/her path as to becoming a trans woman as well as the religious aspect. My goal is to be as respectful as possible. Melissa and I need to discuss our impending topic on our most embarrassing moments. It’s now time for me to work on some other tasks that need my attention. Now go ahead and try to enjoy your Friday afternoon while on your grind during the end of the work week and upcoming weekend. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!
Here is the link to The Verbally Disastrous Store on Tee-Spring. I had a friend ask me about opening up a store to pick up some merchandise. We have a wide variety of custom Verbally Disastrous logo items available. I am open to product suggestions as well.
The Verbally Disastrous Store On Tee-Spring:
Here is the link to the Verbally Disastrous Podcast on Spotify:
Here is Verbally Disastrous Presents- Season #1, Episode #35: Donny’s High Voltage Career Stories-Part A on YouTube:
Here is Verbally Disastrous Presents- Season #1, Episode #36: Donny’s High Voltage Career Stories-Part B on YouTube:
Season #1, Episode #37: Part A- Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker on YouTube:
Season #1, Episode #38: Part B- Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker on YouTube:
Verbally Disastrous Presents- Season #1, Episode #39: Part A-Most Random Encounters!! on YouTube:
Verbally Disastrous Presents- Season #1, Episode #40: Part B-Most Random Encounters!! on YouTube:
I shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon recently. The latest short story is entitled: #8 Surviving The 2008 Recession As A Construction Worker. I decided to write about the impact of the 2008 Recession on myself and my family. I managed to get caught up in this vicious cycle of unemployment that happened as a result of the economic recession. Boy, was that an emotionally draining part of my life! I wanted to share the story in an effort to make the reader aware of how deeply the construction industry was impacted by the actions on Wall Street. This short story is now also available as two Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.
Construction Tales- Told By A Woman: (8) Kindle Vella Short Stories On Amazon!!
Leslie M. Jasper
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