Clear copy. Less clear vision.

Some of you know we bought a house in May. It was a foreclosure and our particular loan process took two full months. We finally closed on July 6 and began a good bit of renovation. I took the first week and half off in order to tackle the bigger items, while friends have been in and out to help. For the past two weeks, I've sanded or cleaned or painted every night, often till midnight.

Sleeping is off. Eating is off. Blogging is way off. As tired as I am, however, I feel energized to push on toward our mid-August goal of moving in. We'll see if that can happen.

Being away from New Breed of Advertisers has had an interesting effect on me. I'm so connected to the house right now that I'm only doing what I have to at work. That isn't my normal operation. Typically, I do what I have to and also try to keep a number of items on the table that I want to do. It's the proactive, creative element of work that sustains me, but I don't have time for it in the present.

Normally, I dream of helping folks do their advertising work well. This summer you all (and other readers) are hardly on my mind. I can't help it. And even though I've watched some TV to help me unwind at night, I haven't seen much that catches my attention anyway. I'm bored by most of the ads, though I'm sure I'll mention a few sooner or later.

In the meantime, here are two bits of copy that I heard, I think, on the radio. They don't get much clearer (and cleverer) than these:

Redwing - "Find the boots that fit your feet, job and wallet." 

Trojan - "You can't wait to get it on."

If you care to, pray for me to finish this house project well, and to find clarity in my service to the advertising industry this year.

My thanks.


Karyn August 4, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

Will be praying for you Sam. Hope the house is meeting the vision you have for it!

Sam Van Eman August 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

So far, so good on the house, Karyn. Amazing what elbow grease can do.

David August 5, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

Miss your insight! But may you find wisdom in the reconstruction, depth in the building, and clarity in the labor.

Sam Van Eman August 5, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

Thanks on both accounts, David.

Marcus Goodyear August 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

Sam, I'm not far from where you are. So much of what I do is behind the scenes now, I don't have much public self left to blog.

There's something wonderful about work as tangible as renovating a house. Enjoy it!

We miss you, but we also want you to take care of yourself--and we get plenty of good Sam indirectly through your Culture posts at

Sam Van Eman August 6, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

I hear you about the tangible nature of house renovation, Marcus, especially when I can clearly say something like, "I'm done with this room."

Bradley J. Moore August 9, 2010 at 6:02 AM  

Sam - in some ways I think it is a good thing to have something large and looming to keep your mind and hands occupied other than this blogging thing, which can get so... ethereal, I guess. A house is real and tangible and you'll live in it when you're done. Good for you.

Sam Van Eman August 9, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Painting till 3am this morning reminded me this house is not ethereal. Lots of work to go, but I can see the end.

Thanks for the encouragement, Brad.

deb August 19, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

thanks for you kind comment Sam.
Last week felt overwhelming, moved another daughter to a new school as well.

and you have my very best wishes for all things house.

It's exciting and exhausting . Most of life's good stuff is I guess.

Sam Van Eman August 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

I imagine it's quite a transition, deb. Ours are nine and six, and already I'm not looking forward to passing them on.

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