Monday, December 6, 1999


During my parents' and my second stint living in Duanesburg, NY (after Valparaiso, IN), I was living alone for a few months, in nearby Amsterdam, NY, doing graphic design for Amsterdam Printing & Litho, a company that prints business info on the sides of pens, logos on mugs, etc. I was part of the graphic clean-up crew. Because of certain limitations in the printing technology, I had to tweak even the good images, so that they would end up looking good on the final printed products. Anyway, to make a short story long (something at which I excel), I showed my personal portfolio to Heather, my boss, and "INVASION" ( was one of her favourites. She also liked my graphic version of the name "EMILY" (, inspired by Emily (Cronin) Barajas, one of my best friends while studying at Valparaiso University (

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