It’s been over a year since my last newsletter but it’s also been almost a year since I’ve been home. Back in March 2020, I booked what was intended to be a short trip back to Australia. My wife needed to go back for a bit and I decided at the last minute to go with her in case the travel situation due to COVID made it difficult for her to return. As it turns out we were on one of the last flights Qantas flew from the US to Australia. And for almost a year, we’ve been living in Esperance, Western Australia—a lovely part of the world but I left the US in a hurry and a year is a long time to live out of a suitcase away from from all my stuff (books, especially, but also my wine collection, music and audio equipment, etc.)
It’s certainly been difficult and most of my goals for 2020 went out the window although I was able to achieve some things a pick up a few new projects I had not planned on starting.
I had to quit my second certificate at Berklee (in Film Composition). And without my recording gear, I gave up any hopes of doing any kind of instructional videos.
I decided to get back to my wine studies. Even though I was working towards my WSET Level 3 a number of years ago (before my mother got ill), I decided to go back and sit the Level 1 and then Level 2 which I passed with distinction.