A Town Named Kalamazoo

"We have a building!"

“We have a building!” – Source

Kalamazoo, Michigan had the unoriginal name of Bronson (Not to be confused with another Bronson, Michigan 50 miles away), the area settled by Titus Bronson in 1829 and officially founded 2 years later.

As it turns out, Titus Bronson was an “eccentric” to the “dismay” of “an influential group of men in town.” A whole five years after he founded it he was convicted of stealing a cherry tree and kicked out, and the town was promptly renamed “Kalamazoo”. – Source

Why Kalamazoo though? Named after La rivière Kikanamaso as the French-Canadians called it, where it was derived from an Potawatomi word (probably?) meaning “boiling water” (maybe?) or “the mirage or reflecting river” (maybe). So the American settlers decided, “Sure whatever, that is a fine name, Kalamazoo it is.”

A footnote in the inspiring tale of Titus Bronson, Wikipedia says:

After leaving Kalamazoo, Bronson found his way to Davenport, Iowa, where, in 1842, he lost most of his money in a land swindle. His wife also died in that same year. Bronson lived in Illinois for a short while, and then returned to Connecticut where he died a broken man.

Other Sources: Stuff I found on wikipedia.



You are the hero.

You are wanted. Needed.

You are the center of adoration, ridicule, passion.

You provoke thought, jealousy, change.

Most importantly:

You are in control.

You can see the awe in their eyes and their hearts.

It must be true.



The world falls away

The director has called, “Cut!”

The side characters take a break.

Blinkered confusion sets in

But only a moment before

The dreadful clarity.

You get off the train.



The director has just received a new script.



My resolutions for the year:

  • Say “no” when it makes sense.
  • Don’t apologize unless at fault.
  • Don’t feel guilt/shame for things beyond your control.
  • Create.
  • Be more decisive.
  • Unless you are creating, get off the computer.
  • Less introspection, more doing.
  • Waste more paper.
  • Make mistakes.
  • Consume less.

I wont finish all of these by the end of the year, but if I work on most of them and maintain, I will be a better person than I am now.


Yeah, at least set up to do better things.

Pentax 35mm


I borrowed my dad’s old camera to take pictures since I don’t take pictures. I literally destroyed the first roll, but the second one came out. Most were pretty bad. Here are the less bad ones:










I didn’t edit this in any way since when I tried, they seemed to come out worse. I’m not good at photoshopping photos.