Preparing to shoot a few segments of Big Jon in 5 for BEER2WHISKEY in our upstairs studio at Barley's Taproom in downtown Greenville. That's owner Josh Beebe preparing for his closeup.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Mazda CX-9: I'll Get Around to It, Eventually

Despite shooting video, I did manage to snap a photo or two on the Mazda CX-9 media launch.

I'm not the kind of guy to put off things indefinitely, but I am a slacker of the first order. There, I've said it. I have a stack of assorted stuff on the corner of my desk from the Mazda CX-9 media launch from which I returned on May 20, screaming at me to write up the event for Clanging Bell. Not to mention, the editor of, that carries my auto-related Clanging Bell posts, has been hounding me as well. But I am totally unmotivated to set to work on it.

One issue is that I covered the event for Autotrader and wrote a “First Drive Review” on the CX-9 for it that posted a couple of weeks ago. This is going to feel a little like covering the same ground twice. I've also been fortunate the past 60 days to have had a ton of paying assignments. Unlike my personal-writing demands, I actually have set deadlines for most of my paying assignments, eliminating the luxury of procrastination. Simply put: They come first.

Add to the mix my weekly car review for my Website that also posts to, as well as some other places, and you have a perfect storm of writing demands that are swamping my meager creative vessel.

Then, of course, there is the video project I'm in the process of launching, to keep the boating/sea metaphor going. I am as excited about this project as anything I've undertaken in the past 15 or 20 years. I believe it has real legs.Consuming me in ways I didn't think were still possible, it is also making demands on my limited resources of time and money.

To date, I've probably shelled out around $1,500 for it, and have probably another $2,000 in expenses ahead of me. I am surprising myself with my degree of restraint in spending money on this project, but it won't take flight until I pony up at least another $1,500. In the meantime, I'm shooting and editing video. I've shot ten videos specifically for it and have edited half of those. I want 25 videos finished and in the can before going public. This will probably take me until summer's end.

My home renovation is at a standstill. A standstill!

I've always thought of myself as someone capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time, but I may well have overrated myself. Here's why I think that. I suddenly realized that since I began shooting video, my photography has seriouslyt lapsed. This was driven home to me after returning from the Topless in Miami event last month. It's an annual convertible competition hosted by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) in Key Biscayne, Florida. 

Some of the FCA crew at Topless in Miami: This is representative of the photos I took at the event. Where are the cars?
Lucky enough to attend, I spent most of a day driving convertibles, as well as vehicles with panoramic sunroofs – some quite expensive. I managed to shoot three videos during this event. It wasn't until I returned home and downloaded my photos that I realized the only photo documentation I had was of the evening social activities. I had not snapped one photo of the cars nor the event itself. What! I then went back to the past three carmaker events I attended during which I also shot video and discovered I had damn few photos of those, as well.

See what I mean by “consumed?”

I intend to get a blog post out on the CX-9 later this week, but I'm sure you've heard about that road to Hell.....

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