Good grief it's been slow the last couple weeks. Remember me talking about "multiple paid job offers come literally minutes to seconds apart"? Yea, it's been awhile since then. July is typically a bad month for work – but fantastic for heading out on vacation. That's probably why it's a terrible paid work month.

Speaking of vacation, Saint Anne the Wife and our two boys are still in Oklahoma after we all headed out to spend time with family earlier this month. I came back to NYC early for a job last week and to work on some personal projects.

Honestly, there's some wisdom in not being in the city right now – one being that it's crazy hot and muggy here at the moment. I had a shoot in Harlem this past Tuesday and during my trek back to Brooklyn afterwards felt like I was dealing with a mild bout of heat exhaustion.

It's not easy being okay with not having paid work. I'd connected with another guy about it recently and he'd mentioned one year only having a couple days of work between May and September. Woof... He dealt with it by heading out to the pool, golf course, and barbecuing – honestly much better than sitting in front of a spreadsheet and tripping out that your monthly averages are now taking a hit. You've got to put money aside when things are good for times when they're not. Luckily I've been tucking more away than usual so at least I've got that going for me. That and there's quite a few beaches not too far from here. Oh, and don't forget about me working my way through Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

"I hope you get where you're going, and be happy when you do."

"She was a nice little girl, simple and true, and tremendously frightened of sex. I told her it was beautiful. I wanted to prove this to her. She let me prove it, but I was too impatient and proved nothing. She sighed in the dark."

"They spent all week saving pennies and went out Saturdays to spend fifty bucks in three hours."

Am I freaking out because work is incredibly slow? Yes, yes I am. Based on my professional and financial history, should I? No. Spoiler: I'm still kinda freaking out that things are so slow.