Here I am back in town for a couple of days before I head off to the mountains for the last couple of weeks of this job, very excited to be back home, spending time with people I care about, and I am hit with the news that Chris Gibson died while I was away. I am having a difficult time accepting this as an even remote possibility. I guess that we don't normally try to imagine the death of a friend, but I never thought about how I would feel if Gibson was gone. And it turns out that I feel fucking awful about it. I'll miss you Chris, you taught me alot about some of the most important things in life, whether you intended to or not. I promise that I'll finish that Wittgenstein and the Marcuse that you gave me.
Fuck. Well, I suppose that I have stories about the mountains that I could tell all y'all, but I'm not in the mood. What I can tell you is that the crew is slightly more bearable, but the mountains have officially lost their charm. Yeah it was great being up there for the first few weeks, but wow technology is magnificient, no? Also a previously unconsidered treat is simply being able to "go inside". I'll have more tales to tell when I return home for good in two and a half weeks, but for now, you will simply have to remain in suspense.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
So I came back this weekend, and now I leave again in a couple hours. What can I tell you? The mountains are big, and very hot. We have been staying in posh national park service housing for the last 2 weeks, something that we found out about on the first day of the job. Tomorrow marks the first day of backcountry camping. The crew that I am with is...unfortunate. The two other field techs are girls that have little experience camping, and have proven to be excruciatingly annoying, each in her own special way. I would not be the least bit surprised if after the first night of camping, the sound of bears snuffing around camp results in one or both of them quietly packing up their things and hiking back to their car. I would also not be surprised if I react in the same way. I'll be back for another weekend, July 29-31, I'll post an update on how things are going. Take care of yourselves.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
So I leave for the Sierras job on Tuesday, and it is the last thing on earth that I want to do. Leaving the situation with Kate (Dodger girl) at this point is incredibly painful, but I have confidence that things will work out for the best. She needs to work some things out, and I need to see things through to the end, so fuck, here goes nothing. My misfortune with relationships in the past tends to drag my assumptions to the negative, so this time I'm thinking positive, and planning for the best. So, I guess that I'll get back to the blogosphere sometime in August, unless I can get back home for a day or so on my days off, though blogging will not likely be the first priority in that situation. Enjoy the next six weeks civilization,
Justin Thomas Housman
Justin Thomas Housman