Business Maintenance

The lady is out of town this week at a conference, and while I expected to do a lot of cooking while she was gone I’ve found that without her around to share the food I haven’t felt much of a drive to cook. Instead I’ve been eating like a bachelor. Lots of sandwiches (with home made bread of course), fruit, simple salads and the inevitable Chinese food.

Side note about the Chinese food: I have a weakness for really terrible Chinese food. Don’t get me wrong, I really like good Chinese food, particularly noodles and got a couple of recommendations for St. Louis places that have them from my twitter friends. But sometimes I really want something terrible like sweet and sour chicken. When I want this food I either want it delivered or I want to walk to it, so I chose Hunan Manor downtown. This was hilarious for a couple of reasons. First, they’ve changed their location to be adjacent to a bar on 7th street which is not noted on their menu. Second, I called in my order and when I arrived at the location it was completely dark, no one around, chairs on tables. It looked entirely closed. So I called again from out front and the woman who answered said “No, we’re open, just come in”. So I walked into the completely dark restaurant. A light by the register came on and she came out of the kitchen, sold me my food, then shut off the lights again as I left. Interesting business model.

Anyways, since I haven’t been cooking much I’ve been using this week to get caught up on the very real and tedious chores involved in running a photography business. When you’re not shooting actual jobs, you still have a ton of work to do. This includes getting in touch with old clients, marketing to new clients, dealing with taxes, and all of that fun stuff. It is awesome to get paid to do what you love though, and it’s a fun and exciting business to be in, despite the administrative work that goes along with it. Maybe I need an intern.

In any case, more food and photography to come soon. In the mean time, here is a picture of an alpaca.

Alpaca by St. Louis Photographer Jonathan Gayman

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