Friday, June 15, 2018

The future is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives. Dear self: don’t forget about the future. Imagine turning your body a hundred and eighty degrees toward the next model boat voyage, and the one after that, etc.

On the other hand, it’s fun to remember stuff that already happened, like one of the first times you carried your 17 pound, four foot long model boat, plus tall mast and sails, on the MBTA bus from Boston to Redds Pond in Marblehead Ma. Do you remember what happened when you were waiting to get on the bus to go home? The clouds looked rather dark and hairy, like they were about to burst. Right at the exact, and I do mean exact, moment you got on the bus, and the door shut behind you, it started raining like cats and dogs.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dear self-
You know what your tedious day job is. A whole other book three inches thick could be written about your tedious day job. Okay, let’s just say it consists of endless hours of waking and walking through the galleries in a world class Art museum. Needless to say, dear self, you started your tedious day job six U.S. presidents ago. Yeah, hard to believe isn’t it? On the other side of the coin, you did a hell of a lot of

Model boat sailing

In those thirty odd years. To figure out how many miles of scale model sized ocean that is, would require a certain amount of math. On average, one trip to the model boat pond per week, about 24 voyages per season, 2 hours each voyage, times 28 seasons. That’s 672 voyages, which comes out to 1,344 hours of

Model boat sailing

Distance depends on speed so the number of miles will never be known.
Look,
(Dear me)
You’re going to write a book
To inspire people to make model boats.
It’s going to be all about how most people think model boats
Tip over and sink, and therefore should not be taken seriously. Same reason
Kids toys aren’t taken seriously, only guess what! Model boats don’t tip over and sink
Unless you leave a hole in the bottom, and/or cut off the keel, which makes them pretty magical in my opinion.

It’s also going to describe in exact detail, the many ways model boats can be made. How
Servos are installed, what kind of batteries to use, how to make the keel, all the necessary details.

But why would anybody want a book like that? I guess it doesn’t matter, somebody might like it, certainly not everyone. Does every book need to appeal to everyone? Nope.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dear Me:
Here is a possible artists statement--

I once told a shrink I was seeing that I could understand a sailboat keel far better than I could understand a person. At the time, I remember feeling like if there was ever a sentence that I could say and feel right about, that would be it. After all these years, mere words have still not come close to accurately describing what my obsession with boats is really about. Merely saying "I like sailboats because they are beautiful" has always felt like only part of the story, and I'm still trying to describe the other part. At the same time, the boats are central to who I am, that much I do know.

Its not just the way boats move through water, not just the beautiful shapes of boats that inspires me, not just the way they move gracefully, or even the endlessly fascinating engineering challenges that sailboats present. Perhaps its the fact that the basic concept of a sailboat has barely changed in many centuries or that sailboats represent, to me, a constant reliable world that I can inhabit and understand with ease both in my imagination through art, and in reality. This feels much more empowering than the fluid tumultuous constantly changing interactive world of real life stuff like paying my electric bill.






Tuesday, November 17, 2015



Dear Self:
 I am the secretary of the Union for the Guards at the Museum of Fine arts in Boston. We are currently in contract talks, to make a very long story way too short, despite a degree of collaboration of sorts between labor and management, I believe the Museum is thumbing its nose at a diverse veteran work force of guards. Many of us are Artists and  have families with young kids, and we are being asked to work schedules that we can't work because we can't get home late at night due to limitations of the MBTA, or we can't come in early because we have to put our kids on the school-bus.

There are other changes to our job description that management is imposing, using its contractual management rights, despite referring to the changes as only up-grades to the work-force. These changes are meeting fierce vocal resistance from a certain number of members, and grudging acceptance from the rest, but the main problem as I see it is the schedule changes that are being implemented. not that we like the other stuff much either.

Essentially we are having our lives get screwed up by Management and we get nothing in return, and then we get accused of not collaborating in the process, despite months of trying to do exactly that.

I have been in many meetings with Management in which we were told about what the future would bring, that there would be much more of a department wide team spirit, a sense of ownership in our jobs. Nobody disagrees with the need for that, but There has been very little direct communication between Management and the work force apart from a few quick meetings called "Forums" I mean communication specifically about the departmental changes. These forums have only taken place this week after months of rumors and speculation and miss understanding about weather the Union Leadership or Management is supposed to communicate directly with the work force. This atmosphere has created a degree of angst among the membership of the union toward the whole process.

The upshot is that the only way we can come to an agreement and get a contract ratified is through compromise. Management can utilize its contractual "Management rights" but does that mean only certain terms and conditions of employment are negotiable, and others are not negotiable? Lemme ask our Lawer about that..

when we went to those first meetings in which the "New security model" was first described months ago, we were not collaborating, we were merely being informed, and we were un-wittingly taking on part of the role of management. Labor unions are for advocating for fair terms and conditions of employment, nothing more. Management should do ALL the managing which means communicating.

I wish it could have been otherwise, I need to go to sleep now,
thanks for reading
Me




Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dear self:

does it matter that the boat in the picture is one that was actually built by the same person that made the picture? does it matter that that very boat is also sailed often by the same person that made the picture of the boat? Does the meaning and significance of the picture change in the viewers mind when the viewer learns the story of the history that gave rise to the picture? or does a picture have to stand on purely visual non verbal terms? or why not both at once? does it even matter what the viewer thinks?

don't over think it man, but maybe you can actually say things with pictures instead of just making pictures for the sake of making pictures, things you couldn't find the words to say for a long time until the picture was staring at you in the face. The picture was always there for a long time, it just needed to be painted.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

R/C Concordia Yawl, Just launched, built by me John Storrow