Camping and Moving

The Empire State Building at sunset.

This past month has been hectic… and so, so good. I have never been (and probably never will be) more than a sporadic blogger, but I have to share at least a little bit of what I’ve been up to.

First, the big one: I got a job! Starting Monday, I will be a Technical Designer at Gensler in New York City, working in the Aviation & Transportation practice area. What that means, practically, is that I will be helping to design and build airports and other transportation infrastructure projects. It has been a very long job hunt, but it has worked out better than I could have imagined. After 6 years away, I get to move back to New York City and start down the path towards becoming a licensed architect. Very exciting.

So, as you might imagine, most of my energy over the last month has been devoted to arranging and executing a cross-country move. It was hard to leave all my friends in Eugene, but I am looking forward to picking up relationships with people on the east coast, and I know I will stay close no matter the distance. Although I am in the city right now, I have yet to settle into a new routine… one small step at a time.

I took that photo above from my old office window in 2007. It’s one of my favorites. There are so many different scales to see a city like New York from – but I digress. We can talk urban design another time.

Camp Agape from Daniel Odegaard on Vimeo.

Another highlight was volunteering for a second year with Camp Agape Oregon, a four-day summer camp for about 150 Oregonian children of incarcerated parents. Last year, I was a photographer. This year I got down and dirty as one of three counselors for a cabin of ten boys aged 7-17 – some of whom had never been to a summer camp before. We sang, swam, prayed, ran around (a lot), and talked about what it means to be a child of God even in the midst of a very sinful, broken world. I came out exhausted, covered with mosquito bites, and a little sunburned. There was a scrape on my knee from racing kids through a bounce house obstacle course. Flour was caked in awkward places, and I found some shaving cream in my ear a few days after. Not to mention being sore from head to toe thanks to field games and giving innumerable piggy-back rides. But here’s the thing: I wouldn’t want it any other way! It was simply amazing to watch these kids, some of whom come from truly dark circumstances, realize – maybe for the first time – that God loves them no matter what, and there are people out there who love them and are worth trusting. And I’m never going to cease to be astounded at the epic-scale operation this camp is. Huge thank you to the nearly 200 volunteers who made this happen! This may have been the highlight of some of these kids’ year, and I know it was certainly a high point of mine.

The video above, made by one of the media team videographers, is a pretty good summary of what the camp was all about. You may even catch my cabin, The Smurfs, playing blob tag at 2:24. If you are in Oregon, especially in Lane County, I’d highly recommend that you get involved with this next year. It’s an amazing ministry.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. And I promise to keep at least sporadically up to date with whatever happens next.

Ian Korn

Architect. Photographer. Beer enthusiast. World traveler. Fitness fan. (Sometime) bike commuter. Committed christian.

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