Wow, lot's here. Thanks for the many good ideas and for the interesting social commentary. I agree that i'm very fortunate to have a wonderful family and paying work in such a difficult period. I understand a bit about persistent unemployment, having been layed off for 9 months in '09. Perhaps the "quit your whining" bit is deserved. I watch tv about 2 hours total a week (late night with the missus), so there's a bit of room for sacrifice there. I carry a camera almost always. It's more developing and printing that stalls, rather than taking. Stealing away to the darkroom feels a bit selfish, maybe like stealing from time i should be with family. Maybe i have to just wake very early and find my own time.
Vaughn, your quote is excellent.