But I'd gotten to sleep late last night, and was anxious about oversleeping. Remember how I'd said last week that I was casting around for non-work things to do? Well yes, you know me too well - I'm already overcommitted. Had to bail on music Monday night because I'd promised Daniel and Kiell that I'd attend their folk dancing class, and was up late last night working in the greenhouse. Joselyn needed extra help for the "Death and Destruction" party to clear out the old growth in preparation for Spring planting.
About 8-10 people showed up to help Joselyn - Jens and Freya the physicists, Kevin the network guy, Ken from Ice Cube, Aaron the chef and Rachael the GA. Reaching, snipping, pulling and stuffing the earthly remains of lettuce, kale, cukes, tomatoes and whatnot into bags. Peeling, washing and stacking the hydroponic trays. And nibbling, sipping and chatting about where we came from and how we ended up here, together at the bottom of the world.
|Freya, Dave and Rachael -|
we're all wearing cucumber
flowers in our ears
Rachael's story? She was just happy to be here. She must be older than she looks, because this "kid" has been working for the UN doing analysis on the conflict in Sudan. She holds a Bachelors degree from McGill and a Masters from University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her dissertation examines the enduring role of under-informed 19th-century "orientalists" in imposing western assumptions that precipitated much of the religious conflict in North Africa. Hoping to land a position with Human Rights Watch once she comes off the ice. And she's here because? Because she was willing to sweep floors and wipe tables for the chance to come work at the bottom of the world.
Again - so many stories here.
|Rounding out the death and destruction with wine and cheese|