The Big Think

May 30, 2005


Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 4:03 pm

Big news this past week. Erin and I have been looking for an excuse to go back up to Colorado this summer to do some hiking and hang in the mountains, but didn’t know if we could take another vacation so soon after going to Cincinnati over Spring break. We also went to Winfield for a memorable backpacking trip about 10 months ago, so we’ve vacationed for 22 days in the last 10 months. Not too bad by non-European standards (the average European travels something like two months every year). But after looking at time and budgets, we were probably going to stay home this summer.


Last week I got a call from a friend of mine who is a filmmaker. He had to turn down a job because of family commitments and recommended me for the gig. What a guy!
After interviewing with the people involved, I got the job! It’s through the Dallas Young Life office (national HQ, I think). They have a family camp in Colorado called Trail West. Y.L. has raised some money to send soldiers just back from Iraq on vacation with their families. In some cases, both mom and dad have been gone and it’s the first time in a year that they’ve spent with their families. In a few instances, it’s the very first vacation that the family has ever taken. Y.L is sending 30 families to Trail West to hang out for a week and reconnect with each other. There will be horseback riding, hiking, rafting (at Noah’s where we worked a decade ago), family time, etc.

My job will be to follow four or five of the families around for the week, filming them as they have fun during the day and interviewing them in the off-time. Then edit together a 5-7 minute short to use as a sort of “thank-you” to the people who donated money to make it possible. Young Life also may use it as a tool to do some fundraising for the future. Here’s another huge thing: the folks involved have encouraged Erin to go along. They want to make it a good time for the filmmaker as well. 🙂 She has rescheduled her classes and shuffled some things around and she’s really looking forward to the trip.

I have tremendous respect for the military and am really excited about this project. It’s the kind of thing that I’d love to do because it’s for a good cause among good people, but the fact that they are willing to pay me to do it is icing on the cake. A big fat, thick, tasty and much appreciated hunk of icing. 🙂

Oh, and the blessing of having an out-of-the-blue trip to Colorado fall into my lap, in the exact area that we had wanted to go, at the exact time of year, hasn’t gone unrecognized. Funny how God works, no?

1 Comment »

  1. Wow, what a great time! Congratulations on getting this; it really sounds a godsend. I’ll look forward to seeing what comes of this — I hope you’ll be able to post your work when it’s done.


    Comment by Sean — May 31, 2005 @ 2:51 pm

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