Time ⌚

Time is a continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession.

Time isan indefinite continued progress of existence.

My own relation to this fourth dimension is strange, because my life stages vary rhythmically and spatially so much, that I would rather deal with a single continuum. Parts of my life seem to me like eras or forgotten lifetimes, and the quiet now can feel longer than all the past combined, and the future feels like a just started painting.

As most people, most often I quantify the rates of change in my reality in years, months, and weeks, and then sequence my daily events - mostly routines - in hours, and only by necessity in minutes. I failed to keep any type of journal for more than a month or too, so I concentrate instead on categorized logs, checklists, and accomplishments by project.

On this site, it is useful to split time into decades and years of my life. And the updates will be ordered my month as well. The date will be visible under the articles where it is relevant (in blog, for example).

  • 1980-s & Earlier 🕰️

    The Nineteen-Eighties

    Most of my childhood happened in 1980s, and I have limited knowledge about earlier events.

  • 1990-s Decade 🕰️

    The Nineteen-Nineties

    My early youth happened in the nineties. The country was falling apart.

  • 2000-s Decade 🕰️

    The Two-Thousands

    My adulthood had started with this twenty-first century of the Anno Domini or Common Era by Gregorian calendar, and with the third millennium.

    My German became fluid; I've got my first computer and a digital camera; two of my first serious relationships with German guys crashed; I started biking and driving; I lost my paintings; I changed continents; I was investing into emerging markets (Brazil and India, with gains) and alternative energy (with losses); I found myself in impossible situations; I learnt programming and bootstrapped my first website from scratch; I lived on a boat for five months; I was hit by a mini-bus on a bicycle and thrown under the wheels of another car; I ran half-marathon through Redwoods; I lost a lot during the great recession, especially personally; three of important to me people died; I changed Coasts and founded an international network.

  • 2010-s Decade 🕰️

    The Twenty-Tens

    Most of the 2010s I spent in Southern California, primarily in San Diego and Orange counties.

    • 2012 ☀️

      I lived in La Jolla, California, swam in the Pacific Ocean and hiked with camera a lot, switched to acrylics, and discovered technical pens.

    • 2013 ☀️

      In the year 2013, I finally bought my professional mirrorless filmmaking camera.

    • 2014 ☀️

      In the year 2014:

      1. I moved to South Park, and then to North Park neighborhoods of San Diego;
      2. drove an electric bike everywhere (for five months, it was then stolen);
      3. spent lots of time in Balboa Park, filmed a lot, made good friends, fell in love;
      4. volunteered for humanist non-profits, ushered in theaters;
      5. studied two full-time semesters: Business Law, English Composition and Critical Thinking, Field Media Production, and Documentary Film;
      6. started working in customer service part time, and for that switched to evening classes;
      7. and bought an old hybrid car.

      I could not paint. Most of my artworks are pen and ink or graphite miniatures.

    • 2015 ☀️

      In 2015, I started a full-time Spring semester: Film Lighting, Small Business Accounting, Payroll, and Taxation. I was still working part time in La Jolla.

      In January, I got 97%+ on IRS advanced tax preparer exam. Till April, I volunteered to file taxes for low-income people every Saturday, driving far inland to small towns of San Diego county.

      In May, I finished a film lighting college course in downtown campus with an awesome professor of art directing who worked in the industry his whole life. One guy from our group became a rock-star in LA, another transferred to Berkley, one Girl went to a film school in New York, another moved to Arizona, and one became homeless, as I learned later.

      Then, I quit the exhausting international customer service job.

      By the end of May, I moved from the North Park in San Diego to Huntington Beach, Orange county, California, Adams street area. The beaches were gigantic, and the traffic was awful. People warned me about conservative Orange County, but at first, it seemed cool and promising.

      In nearby Costa Mesa, I studied history of cinema for Summer semester in the well equipped local college. The professor was a cinematographer who worked with big action movie makers.

      I started making art on the floor of my living room, with teens skating right in front of my open door. I made a couple illustrations, and had long-term corporate German students, and a few travelers and college kids.

      During that Summer, I produced and finished editing tree short documentary films, two of which got minor prizes on film festivals. I was also gathering footage for a feature film.

      In September, I started more filmmaking and studio-drawing courses, but I was not getting what I wanted, it did not justify my time investment. Life started to feel shorter.

    • 2016 ☀️

      In 2016, I continued working on water-media paintings during my free time in a tiny quarter-studio in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California. I taught business and beginner German, took some translation work, had a small business, redesigned my investment portfolio, and got married!

    • 2017 ☀️

      In 2017, my last year in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California I went to Europe in Spring, to Brussels for a friend's wedding, and then to Dusseldorf and a few other towns.

      I made great friends in Santa Ana and the city of Orange, California, where a fellow artist (in paper collage) organized downtown meetings, but also in other neighboring towns. I participated in many discussions on humanism and linguistics, went to fun parties and outdoor gatherings.

      By the end of the year though, I might have came close to a nervous breakdown. I could not relax, I cried at strange times and places. Even running along the Santa Ana River, 10K every morning, stopped giving me the same happiness. I still wonder how I came back to my usual self.

    • 2018 ☀️

      In 2018, I moved from Huntington Beach, Orange County, to Oceanside, San Diego County, California. I planted an orchard and set up a new art studio.

    • 2019 ☀️

      In 2019, I lived in Oceanside, California, and concentrated on life figure and portrait drawing and painting.

  • 2020-s Decade 🕰️

    Twenty-Twenties

    This started with promising trips, relationships and game nights, just to be shut down by pandemic in early March.

    • 2020 🌤️

      This year of pandemic and especially consequential US elections I spent in Oceanside, in isolation since March.

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