Future Plans

Vacation vacation vacation…

To say my vacation to Virginia was relaxing would be a great understatement. After 3 months of solid training, giving log rolling lessons, and doing shows, a trip to Virginia was much needed. It was only my first trip to the area, but I believe I would really enjoy living there. Who knows, maybe at the 2004 ESPN Great Outdoor Games you’ll see me listed from somewhere in Virginia. Honestly, I’m sick and tired of the Midwest. I’m usually sick all winter because of the cold temperatures. There is no sunlight, and everything is brown and white 5 months out of the year. I’m going to the East Coast at the most feasible and commonsensical time available.

As you might have noticed, things have changed slightly web-wise. I closed down my personal website, and replaced it with this public one. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be opening a design website to show my design and programming skills (jrsalzman.com/design/). Keep an eye out for that (especially if you’re shopping for a web developer).

Since I’ve just told most of my friends, and (finally) my parents, I might as well make my future plans public. Within the next few weeks, I will begin talking seriously with a recruiter about joining the Wisconsin National Guard for the next 3 years. Before anyone jumps to their phone to ask me if I’ve thought it through (and believe me many have already) I just want to comfort you that I have. I actually made up my mind in March that I was going to join. Hopefully with the “1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a summer” of active duty, I will still be able to compete in log rolling competitions. It’s a big step, I know. A lot of people have been harping on me about not going back to school. Honestly, if the school I went to in the last year was as good as their ads and brochures made them out to be, I would be going back for a second year to get that little piece of paper. It upsets and perturbs me very much when I take classes in my first year with the second year graduating students and they don’t have a clue as to what I’m doing, and I can teach the class. If I’m going to spend the money on an education, I’m going to get a quality education. A major plus of the guard is that they will pay 100% of my education (yet another reason I plan on joining). The reasons are plentiful. I will be continuing my education as the opportunity becomes available. I’m young, and not in a rush to work 9-5 for the rest of my life.

While on my vacation with my awesome friend Corey, I realized how much of the world I have yet to see. I am young and don’t have a lot of commitments. I love traveling to new places. This is all very up in the air, but I think I’m going to try and catch a plane this spring to check things out down under. As you may or may not know, a lot of lumberjacks are from Australia and New Zealand. So I figure as long as I have friends there, and the desire to go check things out, why not go? Hopefully I can scrounge together enough money this spring to make it down there for a couple of weeks. I’m just going to wait and see on that though. After all, who knows what the world will bring in the next few months?

That’s about enough for now. As my plans become more definite, I will make them public. Oh, and don’t forget to join the mailing list!

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