Next week I’ll be heading back to my hometown Ellensburg, WA. They have a yearly rodeo – the largest in the Pacific Northwest – which I haven’t been to for a decade. I’ve declared Ellensburg my domiciliary/hometown my whole life despite the fact I haven’t actually resided there since I was nine.
My grandfather taught at the university there – Central Washington University – which my parents met, got married, & graduated at that school, various relatives from multiple generations works there and/or graduated from Ellensburg’s University, including (most recently) my mom getting a MA in Educational Psychology and my sister Maren getting her BA.
When I go back to visit, the sense of belonging still echoes through my wanderer soul. Once I went back and this random old lady saw me at a grocery store. She didn’t talk to me, but I later heard back from my mother that she had recognized me as an Acosta/Goodey because I looked just like my mom (a Goodey) but dark-skinned (like my dad). When I went back home this past Christmas I took my GRE and the test-lady explained to me how she knew my family and how the people she knew were proud of me for what I’ve done as an Ellensburgian.
So! I decided to enter some stuff in the Ellensburg fair. I entered Copyright: The Legal Matrix in the computer art category, and also entered these photos:
A flower and church I found while travelling through Taiwan:
The Church St. church and graveyard in Cambridge, MA:
My sister’s farm in Ellensburg, WA:
Some islands I photographed while in Thailand:
A punk Chihuahua from Seattle:
My nephew Isaac skipping rocks on a river in Salem, OR:
A film noir shoot I photographed in Taiwan: