An opportunity to write about working from out of the ordinary remote locations surfaced. Here is my response:
I am writing to you from my bed on a mountain in the Rockies. I have a trip planned to Arizona and can easily extend it over to Los Angeles to meet your request.
I have been successfully working from this remote area for four years now. My commute is from my bed to reach over and grab my notebook off my desk. My story is unique as I live on a mountainside that I climb when I take breaks. I have lost 60 pounds doing this and most likely added 10 years to my life versus a stressful corporate existence. There is no TV here however a major mountain bike trail is a football field from where I am writing this. All I have that enables my income is the internet, my computer, my paints, and my small workout machine of 5 foot by 2 feet.
From my bed I have:
- written and edited patents for clients;
- launched a kickstarter campaign; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/775656174/monster-truck-books-and-appearances-to-excite-chil
- filmed a commercial entry for the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKT9uNqqiD8 (also wrote, directed, edited, produced, and solicited actors actually for three commercials);
- won an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award for a client;
- written six books;
- a thriller novel;
- a weight loss book: https://weight-loss-over-50.com/;
- four children’s books on my son’s monster truck; l: https://www.minimonstertruck.com/childrens-books (author name is a pen name);
- scheduled appearances for my monster truck; https://www.minimonstertruck.com/
- written an electronics blog for a worldwide audience; https://www.google.com/search?q=planet+analog+scott+deuty&oq=planet+analog+scott+deuty&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60.6506j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
- appeared in a Memorial Day parade in Commerce City;
- performed business tasks such as scheduling, budgeting, payments, and taxes; and
- designed websites for my businesses https://www.effective-technical-writing.com/.
I have an artist’s studio that I can set up in my office or in remote places in the Rockies simply by dropping my tailgate. I have painted adjacent to babbling waterfalls and alpine mountain lakes. My paintings can be seen at: https://scott-deuty-fine-art.com/. Check back to this website as four more winter scenes will be coming back from the photographer this week where gilclees are being produced.
My lifestyle permits me to keep in shape through hiking and climbing the steps at Red Rocks amphitheater. When I do need to “go into town” or as we call it, “go down the hill” for the benefits of a city that Denver offers, I integrate a workout into my schedule swinging by Red Rocks for a grueling two and a half hours.
I also plow snow for therapy. Most of our storms occur in the night time so I am in a peaceful outdoor setting watching the snow fall. There are actually some appealing human interest stories involving my snow plowing escapades as well. My lifestyle enables me to adjust my sleep patterns and plow all night if needed. The great thing about my mountain town is we have live music all year round. In Evergreen where I live there is a venue known as the Little Bear. If you play there, you’ve made it in Colorado. Eleven miles down the canyon sits Red Rocks. If you play there, you’ve made it in the world!
Last year I didn’t want to experience winter so I packed up my possessions and spent the winter in Phoenix, Arizona adjacent to a mountain that I also climbed. This location was perfect for painting sunrises and sunsets. I would attend a weekly car show in Scottsdale where I painted. I also attended a large art show that ran for three months as well as bull riding every Friday night in Cave Creek. I spent six months modifying my son’s “Hell Camino” so that he can go hunting Mustangs with it. I gave out a few spankings myself. This year I hope to return in order to enter my monster truck in the Arizona Public Service (APS) electric light parade. My businesses and my possessions all fit into my trailer and classic International Scout that also is available as a topless parade vehicle. Note that a few boards across the ceiling serves as an art storage facility for wet or dry paintings.
Again, I have a trip planned to Arizona and can easily extend it over to Los Angeles to meet your request for a late February appearance. The nice thing about owning a business is you can schedule your own time and trips as well as be flexible and available. Shall I bring the monster truck? I look forward to hearing from you.