Michael Samadhi | Travel Portrait | Smutober

By | October 23, 2017

Michael Samadhi | Travel Portrait | Smutober

by | Oct 23, 2017 | Finding Michael's Way, Smutober | 2 comments

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Michael Samadhi | A Portrait of Travels & Travails | Smutober

Ramblin Man

I used to travel a lot for my work as a community organizer. When I worked in politics and government, I traveled almost as much. Always for those travels, I was forced to inhabit my vanilla shell.

For a while I, I was giving BDSM presentations. I have a lot of experience, a huge toybag, and more than a few skills that are outside the ordinary flogging, whipping, rope bondage kinda basics. It was lots of fun.

I still give presentations and do a little public speaking these days, but it’s rare. I’ve scaled back almost everything in my life the past few years.

It’s a survival mechanism, my health hasn’t been the best. I had back surgery in 2015. About the same time, it was discovered that I have Type II Diabetes. The numbness I was experiencing in my legs was not resolved by my back surgery. So, it was diagnosed as Diabetic Neuropathy.

In late 2016 I gave up my driver’s license, as I can no longer feel my right foot well enough to be confident driving. So, if I want to go anywhere, I need a driver. Dragging along a 35mm camera under those conditions is just work, and I’m never quite satisfied with cellphone pics.

While some of the pictures I post here are from the present, the majority actually date from 2011-2015. The demise of the older version of MichaelSamadhi.com was directly related to my health issues as well.

So, I’m not exactly a dynamo of action these days. I’m no longer known as “Action Man” as I was back when I was an activist. Yet, I still enjoy life, just in different ways. But I do remember my days of traveling every day.

I remember being a ramblin’ man…

Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

My father was a gambler down in Georgia
He wound up on the wrong end of a gun
And I was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus
Rollin’ down highway forty-one

I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’
I’m leavin’ out of Nashville, Tennessee
They’re always having a good time down on the bayou
Lord, them Delta women think the world of me

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

2 thoughts on “Michael Samadhi | Travel Portrait | Smutober

  1. Indigo Byrd

    A very nice portrait Michael – there is definitely a gleam in your eye though. It looks very painterly – is it a painting or one of your photos you’ve worked on. I’m sorry to read about how your health has been affected by the diabetes, I dread the time when I can no longer drive – may it be a long way off. The Oasis is an hour and a half’s drive away and I find that’s getting close to tolerance… I’ve not had the opportunity to travel overseas much, (South Korea for an exhibition and recently to New Zealand after mum’s death) and I’m not sure I will get to do too much more for a number of reasons including financial and physical issues. Indie

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    1. Michael Samadhi Post author

      Thanks for the nice comment! The image is one of my photo edits, run thru a filter to give it the look of a painting. I’ve never been painted, seems I missed that opportunity when I was too shy to model for life drawing classes. My very photogenic 2nd wife actually was a huge hit as a nude model locally, she was once modeling for a University, a 4 year College, a Community College (2 yr program), and for life drawing classes at a local museum – all at the same time. Used to have people walk up and say to her, “I almost didn’t recognize you with your clothes on!”

      As for getting old, along with the infirmities that go along with aging – it sucks! The only consolation – it beats pushing up daisies… All the more reason to seize the day!

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