Beauty of a Beast

 

 

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2010 FX4 F150 Supercrew, Off Road edition

 

 

 

 

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Who needs a cd changer? This truck has  Recording capability… 188 hours of music stored in the Jukebox

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It’s been a long time coming!

So I finally splurged a little on myself,  It’s not new, but its new to me. I’ve wanted this truck since it came out in 2010. I just can’t see spending $50,000 on a vehicle. So I may never buy a brand new one. But so many areas of this vehicle is like new! It’s in outstanding condition and I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase.

I remember back to raising 4 kids and trying to give them the best of every opportunity. A vehicle in those days had two requirements. “Can I fit them all in it?” and “Is it mechanically sound?” Color, interior, options, were not really a priority. And most of the time not an option to even consider as the object was always to keep the outgo freed up.

Now that they are all grown and I still work my ass off like when they were young… I refused to settle this time for anything less than exactly what I wanted. An all black F150 , 4 full doors, 4 wheel drive, with leather interior and Bluetooth hands free syncing. Built in Navigation was a want but not a have to. A back up camera would be nice, but they sell those… As was premium sound to meet my music fix. This truck has all that and more. Actually, I’m still discovering the more 🙂

Finally, A truck to suit all my wants and needs A beast that’s as “Bad as Me”

 

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New year, Same me…a year in review

 

As I reflect back over 2016… I see that life is good. I’m Happy and I’m on track.

 

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I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.

 

 

This past year has held some Major life events…

To begin:

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Completing school in February with a one hundred percent score, and one of a couple, to receive the highest HVAC tech level, was something I never saw happening. My best friend and now working partner has been in this business, as a sideline, for about 7 years. And for about 7 years he has been twisting my arm to come work with him. “It’s not for me” I told him. “Honestly , I’m not a real mechanically minded guy, I’m an Artist” “I really don’t think I can wrap my brain around it… I mean laws of thermal transfer, refrigeration cycles and TXV metering ??? …that’s not a natural thought process for a guy who is captivated by the golden hour of sunset, or the way light seems to emit from a pretty smile.”  I observe things, I’m one who notices beauty in all its forms. An artist eye….  But it seems it was about the second class in the fall of 2015 that the light bulb just came on and it made sense.  So with a Universal EPA certification and an understanding and simplifying of the diagnostic process,  I have something to fall back on and continue building on. I’ve also been blessed with some invaluable field training from a great teacher with 37 years in the business.

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Crane setting a rooftop unit as Jim directs the driver.

 

 

To follow my completion was My twins, my BABIES 🙂 Graduated from High School in May 2016

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It’s kind of surreal that all 4 of them are grown and such beautiful people. It wasn’t always easy raising them and I did work a lot … but it was always fun. So many experiences and laughs when these four start drumming up memories. I love the bond they have as siblings. 🙂  It does my heart good to know they are close and can count on one another. Although I probably cant take credit for that.  Any problems I’ve had with their mother doesn’t change the fact that she’s tried hard to be good momma and taught them some valuable things to carry through life.

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My oldest son also got engaged last year to that pretty little thing on the right 🙂

 

June brought yet another major event. The Divorce

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It’s been a long time coming and we had been separated since about this time 3 years ago.  All the tragedy that was the end of that lifelong love affair had already been dealt with and long since healed from. The finalization just 3 days from what would have been our 25th anniversary, was viewed as a final and official freedom from a distant memory. A clean slate to officially start life anew and build it as I see fit. It’s funny though to consider, how someone who was once your closest ally and bedmate, can become such a stranger over time. It is as it should be though and was a blessing in disguise.

2016 also brought me closer to a lifelong love affair with ART

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As well as buying a camera and beginning to learn to use it manually. The old school me has been painting and mingling. Through association with and being a founding member of the Smyrna Artist Cooperative, I have come in contact with some pretty amazing people in our local art community. I’ve made new likeminded friends, strengthened bonds with old ones,

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and for the first time in my livelong life, I participated in showing work in two shows this past year. (as well as creating its logo and media)

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For the Love of Music. 2016 held a lot of live shows!!

 

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One of my faves… Lincoln Durham at Nashville’s Exit/In

 

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2016 saw my first CD cover design and band logo go to print

Through the friendship established with these guys, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of fine musicians this year. I’ve attended a lot of live performances , and it makes me happy. Music decorates the silence as visual art decorates a space. The two are and always will be close to my heart. So in true Dave fashion I wrapped up the year with a New Years Eve performance at the Revelry with Fargo Strut , Stack, Denman, and Nashville Independent Music Association Award winning Killing Grace .

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Killing Grace

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So no resolutions for me really, I made those 3 years ago. I’m well into my five year plan. I’m on track, making strides daily. This year is about MORE,MORE,MORE. More friends and family time , more art and music, More learning and earning…. New Year , Same Me 🙂

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

Day 2, Prodigal Son …

It’s been a leisure Saturday morning and the string of gorgeous days continue here in Middle Tennessee. Reflecting this morning while walking around the yard, I thought about life over the last few years and how things have changed for me. It wasn’t where I pictured myself 20 years ago as the kids would be grown and moving on. Living alone with very few possessions at this time was the furthest thing from what I thought I wanted…

Although I have spoken badly of her to very few. (For the sake of my four beautiful children) The first 6 months to a year after the separation had me as fucked up as I could possibly be. I doubted myself , I questioned my actions, I wondered where I went wrong. How could I have fallen so deeply in love, for most of my life, with such a back stabbing bitch?.

That’s the time when I really threw myself back into the painting and artwork.. I turned off the TV and for awhile I chose to sit in the dark and silence. I cried, I broke things in anger…my sketches and paintings were a little twisted and dark…

“One of my Turns” 8×10 acrylic on canvas

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Through it all  I started to turn my thoughts inward rather than blaming her and broke down every piece of it. In the silence I found myself.  What was my fault I began to own it. What was her fault I let go of it. I turned up the music and began to just BE, as I reclaimed who I was.  The 20 year old dreamer was still in there and over the last couple of years I have come to realize…

Completely happy IS where I thought I would be today!

So …MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

With that I give you day 2 of the music video challenge as tagged by Rhapsody Boheme …Lincoln Durham …I have returned like “The Prodigal Son”