It’s going to be a big change. This will be the first time I’m not employed for any reason since 1997.
I started with AT&T in August of 2001. I started in customer service at our new call center here in Tulsa, and moved up quickly. I moved from customer service to tech support to new hire to training to manager. I was a respected member of the staff when I left last May to make my fortune at a retail store. That action is one of the things that made me believe I can take this next step.
It’s hard to make a change. I like constant. It was hard for me to step out of the environment I had become comfortable in at the call center and move onto something new. Sure, it’s the same company, but after being a trainer it’s quite different to sell phones. I have been moderately successful and it got me to wondering what other changes I can adapt to.
After my goodbyes tomorrow, we start planning for our going away party. Soon after, we’re out of town. I can’t believe it’s almost here.
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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