The illustrious non-career in Film

As I try to convince every person I know… I HATE BEING IN FRONT OF CAMERAS, I hate pictures, I have a deep distrust of mirrors, and quite frankly I have issues jumping from rocks into water. Needless to say I’m essentially the reverse egotist.

But this hasn’t stopped me from appear in random newspaper clippings, new broadcasts, and films. As much as I hate seeing myself, I will always help a friend in need.

So let us begin this adventure together…

I was born in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. According to my family I have always been quiet and funny. I would disagree with the funny portion because I was there while they were laughing but have no idea what I was doing. This isn’t to say they are wrong, it is just to say that I can’t prove it. My mom also says I used to sneeze and cough like a cartoon character, so there is that. None of this is actually important to the story, I just had to start somewhere.

I attended a pre-school program at Hyde Creek Leisure Center, while my mom worked for a library. This might be why I like to repair books and why I studied Recreation Management, it also might not be a reason at all just an incredible coincidence. At this program I ran away from a girl who wanted to sit next to me, I played a lot, ate a lot of cheese sandwiches (with mayo), and participated in art programs.

The thing about Rec Programs in cities is that they are always inviting the local newspapers, film crews, EVERYONE to their programs and events. I don’t blame them, and if you haven’t gone to see Provo Rec’s offers go, you won’t be disappointed. Now on this particular day we were working with clay, we got free range to make anything we wanted and then we painted it with a glaze and they fired it and gave it to us the next week. I had my heart set on a cave due to an earlier incident with a bear (it’s my excuse right now, honestly I don’t remember so let’s go with it). While I was working on my cave (caves are hard, I was 4-ish) a photographer for the local paper came into OUR class. Naturally we had a guest so everyone got super annoying and wanted their picture taken. I… I really did not, and really just wanted him to go away so I did what I do best. I focused. I worked diligently on my cave making sure it was just the right earthy brown (lots of green, some black, and a healthy amount of brown) the photographer came over and took a picture of ME! OF ME! I really and truly just wanted him to go away, but nooooooooo… It had to be me. I think people were jealous but I didn’t care. I had a cave.

This was incident 1.

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I really need to do some work preserving this newspaper clipping…

Incident 2.

I used to volunteer a ton with Provo City Parks Department, and then some stuff happened and I stopped. It is a personal choice, I highly recommend volunteering with them and seeing all the joy people have. I also played the Easter Bunny one year and was in like a million photos… I smiled for every, single, one. Just because I hate photos doesn’t mean that each and every kid doesn’t deserve to have an Easter bunny photo where the body language is happy. I’m not THAT mean.

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(fun fact about this picture. A friend shared a picture of their friend’s kids on the Easter bunny… Turns out I was the bunny!)

Anyways, I used to be the sheriff for the Provo Pioneer day festivals, usually because I would go borrow clothes from my amazing friend Becky and I would look so much like a sheriff it was crazy! One year the news came around and interviewed me while doing coverage of that event. I don’t remember the year, I don’t have a clip… I’m not the one who wants to see me! But it was the local news and it would have been shown on Channel 7 or 11 if someone wants to try and track it down..

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Incident 3.

I went up to watch the AVP Sand Volleyball tournament up in Salt Lake City with my friend Cody and Isa. Isa talked Cody and me into doing a halftime game in the middle of the Kerri Walsh set. So we naturally agreed, though it did take some convincing… But there we were, in the middle of this court, dressed up as giant feet. I resoundingly lost. I’m not bitter. Not at all. Anyways we got interviewed there.

Incident 4.

Tuesday. 23 October 2018.

I’m in school in Kalamata, in Greece. There is no way any of my film connections are here. If they are and didn’t contact me to just meet up or something I’d be a little sad, but not offended, because I like seeing my friends. Anyways. I was in my class it was our 4th class of Archaeometry 2 and we were going over samples and studies actually done using XRF technologies specifically looking at the use of P-XRF which is really cool! And our director, Dr. Zacharias comes in and steals our teacher to go interview with the national news. No biggie we just got to have an extended 20 minute break to try and process the physics.

Next our director comes back in and steals one of my classmates to talk about herself and the program, this is a logical choice because she just did a wonderful paper on drinking vessels and presented the paper at the 5th ARCH_RNT Archaeological Research & New Technologies conference that was held in Kalamata on the 4-5 of October.

He came back again… a third time. A third choice… And he asked me if I was willing to interview with the NATIONAL NEWS. I said I would. I can understand the reasoning behind the choice (it shows off a female and male student, a native and that the school has an appeal to non native students) so I did say yes. It’s just kind of a thing… If you ask me to do something I will usually say yes unless it will cause me harm or I need to recharge.

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If you want to know what I asked it was pretty simple:

  1. Why did you come here? It looked like the most encompassing program
  2. Do you like Greece? YES!
  3. What do you think of the program? Love it
  4. What do you think of the facilities? Love them
  5. Would you stay here if you could? Yes! Though there are less opportunities for Paper conservators here.

So there. I have been in the news a lot… Sometime I might try and remember all the times I’ve been an extra, but I just do the extra work because I will always help out a friend in need.

Anyways I hope you have a great day!
Patrick

What am I doing in Greece?

So everyone seems to know what I am doing in Greece, but you might be wondering why I am not taking pictures of fun adventures and things of that nature.

I’m not here for vacation, play, or anything like that. I am here for school.

I am attending the University of Peloponnese in Kalamata studying Cultural Heritage Materials and Technologies. In short I am furthering my education in Conservation though I am increasing the science/technical base instead of the physical aspect of doing the repair treatments.

This semester is quite difficult and right now I am learning about different techniques to determine the provenance of an object (basically where it comes from, and looking at how the materials are moving around the world before they become a finished object). So in the last few days I’ve learned a bit about XRD, LIBS, Raman and SEM. We use these tools (X-ray machines, Electron Scanning Microscopes, Lasers) to look at the chemical structures of the objects we are trying to conserve so we can better know what treatments will be most effective for the object, and to know the absolute age of the object and its history.

I absolutely love what we are learning even though a lot of it is going over my head. I am getting better at looking at graphs and being able to make conclusions from them. Not only that but also using the correct words to describe what I am seeing because they matter.

Soon I’ll get to go to some cool places, but for now I’m a homebody… Studying and truly exploring Kalamata, my home away from home.

If it helps I’m also trying to get good at conversational Greek so life gets hectic.

Best wishes for your day and your upcoming weekend.
Patrick

Two weeks

You give two weeks notice before you quit a job as a courtesy to your employer so that they can get you to hand off your projects and other tasks to someone else.

Well everyone I’ve been in Greece for two weeks and a few things have happened.
1. I moved into my apartment
2. I started school

So I guess it is real now. America had my two weeks, now I live in Greece.

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As I sit at this desk I wanted to show you around the new apartment. I needed two bedrooms to be able to have friends and family to come visit me. So if you needed an invitation here it is: Come visit!

From here we move into the entry way:

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From here we move into the living room

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Plenty of room to relax and talk while enjoying the breeze!
From here we’ll move onto the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

I absolutely love this kitchen and love that I still have the chance to cook and explore recipes. Hopefully soon I’ll start learning some Greek recipes so that when I come home people will get to taste Greek.

I have started to study and absolutely love learning about clay’s, metals, glass, paper, and history. I am still worried about using the instruments to get data that I then have to interrupt but they will teach me and I will succeed!

The most important thing I have learned so far is that Greek people are so friendly, nice, and loud. Everyone should become more Greek, I have met a lot of people around the world and out of all the European’s I have met I have found the Greek people to be the most open, friendly, caring, cool, beautiful, wonderful people. They readily switch to English for me and I just hope I’ll be able to hold conversations in Greek soon (maybe in 3-4 months)! If I could stay in Greece forever I would very much consider it, who knows what this year will bring but I know that I’ll have friends for life.

I’m not sure what my next adventure here will be, but if you’d like to be a part of it I will always have a room for you.

-Patrick

In which I explored a Castle

On Thursday 4 October 2018 I was invited to attend the 5th ARCH_RNT Archaeological Research and New Technologies but that didn’t start until 5 p.m.

I’m really not good at waiting I get too much nervous energy and it makes me need to move and do something. Anything. Literally why I don’t date much I just don’t like the buzz of energy I get hours before the date. This is neither here nor there, just a side note…

Anyways, I decided I’d walk up to the Castle of Kalmata because I could see it from my AirBnB and thought “Hey cool! Old. Castle. Walking!” So I went. Walking there got kind of crazy as I just picked roads at relative randomness until i could reach the Castle. One of the roads had some dogs guarding their home and well they were sitting at head level on the wall next to the road. I didn’t notice them, they noticed me, I admittedly jumped. Fun times were had.

After I explored the Castle I walked back down to the beach and just stared at the water for a good 30 minutes, hopefully this week I’ll actually get into it while the sun is still warm.

The conference was really good though way above my head because I’ve never dealt with ESM or Electronic Scanning Microscopy

I promise I’m having fun and that I am alive! If you want to come visit please do, I really like this place.
-Patrick

Back at the grindstone

Well earlier this year I had some unfortunate news that rocked my world, changed up my plans, made me re-evaluate life and to be perfectly honest made me really quite depressed.

I wouldn’t say I’m out of the woods yet, but I’ve taken some minor steps to being happy again. Namely, I MOVED TO GREECE.

Grad school starts on Monday and I am so excited to get my brain worked over by deep thought processes, new technologies, homework, and tests. So much better than sitting around and waiting for Grad school to start!

But before that happened I had to have an adventure. Life is like that, it gives you things to do… kinda like a video game, with side quests and main quests but in ultra HD graphics (although I’m starting to think I might need glasses so my resolution might be a little less than others).

Two weeks ago I went to San Francisco to apply for a Student Visa. I had to go and interview in person… I needed a stamp on my acceptance letter because “without a stamp you could have forged the letter, I don’t know who these people are” later he also told me “well even with a stamp I guess you could have forged this letter” but to make it official and for him to feel better a stamp I got him! I had to go back on Monday the 24 September 2018 to give him the stamp but that’s what I did. It involved two, 20 hour train rides. It has so far been totally worth it!

That week flew by, super stressed hardly ate or slept… sometimes i just don’t feel prepared, ya know?

Plane ride happened, took a nap in the Moscow airport and when i woke up the gate had changed, which was great because I WAS AT THE FURTHEST GATE AWAY FROM ANYTHING, I mean I’m not bitter for having walked nearly 1.5 miles to get there. No, that isn’t me.

The plane to Greece was also a fun time, turns out Greece had a cyclone/typhoon/Medicane hit and turbulence was pretty fun. Also i took a 20 minute nap and woke up to a random girl sitting in my same row and it freaked me out, didn’t say a word to her, though she was composing some song lyrics on the flight so she’s probably pretty cool.

Church was amazing and I already love the ward. Everyone is so nice and i have plenty of options to stay places when I go visit and people to go rock climbing with (I really need to get my shoes here!).

And then I got to Kalamata.

I walked from the bus station to the AirBnb at night, couldn’t see anything and was absolutely exhausted. The host wasn’t there but i called her and tried to find out where the key was (her kids went and grabbed them for me) and then her mother appeared and started speaking all sorts of Greek to me. For real didn’t understand a thing, but she was smiling and happy so it was a great experience!

The next couple of days involve sleeping and eating, food is fairly cheap here but my body is having some issues adjusting to everything. Hopefully I’ll be ready to go by Monday!

I’ll try to post once a week. We will see… I’ll figure out some adventures to write about in the meantime.

Best,

Patrick