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Becoming a hero in one's own life story

Mark Twain pointed out that the two most important days in our lives are the day we were born and the day we find out why. As insightful as that is, the "why" didn't happen for me on one day as much as over the many days on the road.

We can wax spiritual and introspective but for me it came down to what I do, what I'll leave behind, whether I will look back from my deathbed and smile.

Running toward me with the answer was a young girl barely out of diapers, with her mom in pursuit. Her little face spoke not only of the joy of escape, but of a declaration that she was the superhero in her yet short life story. My day job, where I spend so much of my day, lacked that hero potential.

Some of my shutterbug pals don't know that I'm on a rough schedule where I shoot after dawn and again before sunset, what we call the golden hour. In between, I'm often cranking on my laptop in the office in my RV. Bizware's clients don't know or care where I am as long as budgets and schedules are respected.

So it was that I reviewed all my projects from the perspective of that joyful little girl, looking for hero possibilities. The paths meandered and crossed, but they kept converging on Web4VI.

Web4VI is a project to use prison inmate labor to produce website versions suitable for the visually impaired. The US has far more prisoners than any other country, mostly repeat offenders, staring at their cell walls while their job skills atrophy. Upon release, Web4VI would give them a shot at jobs with a future and breaking the recidivism cycle endemic to our system. That their work product would also open the web to blind people would be better than a cape with colored panty hose.

As much as we geeks live to telework, launching Web4VI would require my intense on-site presence at a prison, dealing quickly with the surprises endemic to such innovations. The choice grew clear. My carefree life on the road would have to end, replaced by its opposite. I would have to go to prison.

My camera and I now wander with added zeal, knowing that my summer will end, and 2017 will put me among men who do not know waterfalls and chipmunks. But the legacy will be more worthwhile than my hedonistic pursuits.

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The daily grind underground

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Going up to the light

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Grand architecture everywhere

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Smithsonian Natural History Museum

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Nice touch above the walkway

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