Been working like a dog lately… 12 hour days are becoming the norm. I’m probably too tired to write a coherent blog post, but I’ll give it a shot.
Work has been coming in two forms: unpaid community volunteer work and very well paid work. I guess the two achieve some kind of taoist, universal balance? The karma of selfless good deeds has wrought personal abundance? Beats me… all I know is I’m too exausted to draw comparisons, make decent metaphors, or spell.
Yeah. So on Sunday (the big 10-10-10), a woman in the community organized a very successful event (in collaboration with 350.org
) in which people came out and helped clear the hike & bike trail along Takilma Road. My day was spent reclaiming swaths of the trail from overgrown blackberry and ceanothus, throwing the cuttings into a large trailer, and taking it to the goats. Imagine if a big dumb baboon brought you your favorite food on a silver platter all day long. That’s what it was like being a goat on Sunday.
On Monday, a bunch of us volunteers went gleaning at a local farm. We combed through a gigantic mono-cultured corn field, and left with a few truck-beds of very nice corn which we distributed to food banks, charities, and schools. It was neat driving around delivering corn we harvested. I felt like Santa Clause.
Gleaning: Hard on the back!
Then today (and for the forseeable future), I did extremely boring and monotonus work for ridiculous sums of money. Actually, it’s not so ridiculous if you think about it… nobody is gonna do this type of work for less than $20/hr, really. Unless you live in another country or came here from another country. It’s soul sucking work and no self respectin’ American should have to do it! It’s work that transforms you from a living, breathing, possibly interesting human being —> into an automoton.
Yes, but most of us learn that survival is toil sooner or later. I keep reminding myself that I’m putting in my toil now, rather than later. If I work enough in the next few weeks, I’ll have my rent covered in Austin for a long time. I may not even have to get a job when I get back. I keep thinking about how nice that’ll be. Keep thinking how much time it’ll allow me to work on my art. It’s what keeps me going.
But man! I need a friend who’s into massage! My neck and shoulders are like rocks! I would give anything for a 30 minute massage: cash, cooking, cleaning, foot rubs, sexual favors, whatever you want!