The one thing I love most about my job — even more than freelancing in my pajamas and deducting macchiatos from my taxes — is the diversity of my clients. Case in point: Those of you faithful readers (Yes, all 5 of you!) may have noticed that my previous blog post was about lactation cookies. This one is about helicopters. Isn’t the world a wonderful place?
As if that weren’t wonderful enough, here’s the story of how I got this client…
Once upon a time I worked for a big, scary corporation in south Seattle which rhymes with Star-bucks. After a year in the cube farm, I burnt out, bought an RV, and spent 90 days driving 9000 miles around the Western United States. Virtually penniless and literally homeless (unless you count the motorhome) I returned to the big, scary corporation which rhymes with Star-bucks, lasted another 3 months, then got burnt out again. At a loss as to how to salvage my design career without losing my marbles or my savings, I did the only sensible thing I could think of: I accepted a summer job living on a glacier in Alaska working with sled dogs.
Enter: Ryan Corey. A pilot with TEMSCO Helicopters, Ryan and I met at the very end of our 4-month tenure in the Far North. In lieu of signing each other’s yearbooks, we asked simply, “So, where you headed next?” My answer: “Ashland, Oregon.” His answer: “Ashland, Oregon.” Now I’m no statistician, but I’d say the chances of two people from Skagway ending up in the same Southern Oregon town of 20,000 are about the same as a finding a dung beetle on the surface of Jupiter.
Fast-forward to Fall 2014, and who do I get a call from but Mr. Ryan Corey now of Timberland Helicopters. “Hey, wanna do our website?” The answer: Yes, but with only one caveat — a portion of my remuneration must be redeemed in the form of a helicopter ride. Now, those of you with a degree in Geology or at least 20/40 vision will readily identify that this video was indeed NOT made in South Oregon. But since I didn’t get a good video of our flight in Ashland, this one will have to do.
Now do you see why I left the cube-farm?