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All good things must end

All of us with our K Diamond K friends!

Well, last week we packed up and moved out of the K Diamond K bunkhouse, where we had been living for nearly seven weeks. 

Now we're back in Syracuse, working in a windowless, fluorescent-lit room in Newhouse. Don't get me wrong, the computer labs at the university are fantastic, but nothing compares to working in a window-filled room surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes.

Different Vets in the woods

Ed Bush and Bob Davis talk as the sun sets. Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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Ed and Linda Bush took another several hours of their time Saturday to escort Juliette and I around to veterans in the woods of Ferry and Okanogan counties. We met two: Mike Rounds and Bob Davis.

Mike, who spent four years in the Army during the Vietnam War, has steely eyes, a cool, steady voice, and 20 gorgeous acres far above a wooded valley. For 25 years, he designed traffic patterns for major events in Seattle, a job that gave him a thorough distaste for city life. “I see living out here as definitely an escape,” he said.

A fork in the woods

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There is a fork in a dirt road near Lost Lake on the way to Chesaw. Both paths lead to secluded Vietnam vets with decided opinions about their service and the current state of the nation.

How we got here

Photo by: David Miller
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Long before our News21 team met our friendly neighborhood herd of goats, won the Curlew Barrel Derby three-on-three championship or commenced our twice-weekly trips to the Walmart in Omak, our only connection to the veterans in eastern Washington was on the telephone with Rick Francis of the Blackdog Foundation. It’s through him and the outreach work he does that we came to this particular corner of the world.

All in the family

Justin tries to save the saintly cat. Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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It was, by all accounts, a fairly normal night for Joanna and her brood of brawling boys.

The other side of the woods

Ed Bush, a Vietnam vet, talks to Justin. Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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One of the big draws that brought the Syracuse News21 team to northeastern Washington was the promise of rugged mountain veterans living miles from the nearest patch of pavement, their hand-hewn property surrounded by forbidding signage. After three weeks in the area, though, we were hardly closer to verifying the existence of any quasi-mythological recluses, much less meeting them.

Now we know. They exist.

Making it Move

Screenshot of Flash CS4 on David's iMac

Right now I'm working on an interactive tour of Jerry Middleton's cabin in Flash CS4. It's a lot of coding, and figuring out where elements need to be in relation to the main "stage" (what you see in the physical frame of the finished project) so that they move into that viewing area with motion and from the right location.

Finding A Community

Hollenbeck passes a sign up sheet for NCW Blue Star Mothers. Photo by:Kelly West

I really try not to cry when I'm working. Party because I think its a little unprofessional, and partly because it makes it hard to focus my camera. During this project, though, people share such personal and emotional experiences with you that sometimes its hard not to. Last night was definitely one of those moments.

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