On Feb 24th we left Mexico City for Laredo, TX via Transportes Del Norte. The bus trip was around 20 hours, four of which was standing still because a flatbed in front of us lost their cargo on the road. We spent a few days in Laredo at my dad's and step-mom's place, and then continued on via Greyhound to Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, and finally arrived in Fayetteville. This leg of the journey was around 36 hours, I think. But it was all a blur by then.
Upon arriving in Fayetteville, @gb and I decided to drop by the restaurant we worked at, The Carolina Alehouse, on the same day we arrived. It turned out that a lot of people that we know are still working there. The general manager decided to hire us back on as servers, so we'll be serving cold beers and finding time to code in our spare time.
Anyway, that is all for now. I'm grateful to be able to find decent jobs so soon upon returning to the USA.
Fayettenam update May 29th 2017
I haven't had an opportunity to update the network on my personal life in awhile, so I thought I'd write a little bit about where @gb and I have been and what we've been up to.
Two weeks ago our living situation changed abruptly when @gb's grandfather passed away and then her grandmother let us know the same day (by changing the locks without warning) that we no longer welcome at her house or to continue to use the car [@gb]'s grandfather loaned us to get to and from work. @gb wrote about what happened on here site here and here. I'm not related to these folks, so I think it's better if you get the full story from her.
Needless to say, ending up homeless and carless in Fayetteville unexpectedly was kind of a stressful thing. The good news is we both have restaurant jobs, so we were able to check into a weekly hotel with decent rates. It's a little more expensive than an apartment would be, but the trade off is flexibility and all utilities included except for Internet which is an extra $10 a week. We could leave at any time, but I think staying in Fayetteville and keeping our jobs is the wise thing to do right now.
Now we take the bus and/or walk to and from work, which is what I'm more comfortable with anyway. I hate cars. Not having a car in Fayetteville is kind of weird, but I've spent the majority of my life in big cities (NYC, Chicago, SF, Mexico City) so I'm much more comfortable using public transportation and walking.
Since the stress of two weeks ago is subsiding, I'm beginning to be able to refocus on working on projects that I care about -- such as maintaining my website, and working on %minbay. A few days ago I refactored %minbay into %minbase -- which should give people a stable base on which to build ssb lite clients.
Here's a photo of @gb and Mallory the Machete last night at Mac's:
Fayettenam update July 11th 2017
Jeff is a retired professor who used to be our upstairs neighbor in Haymount, Fayetteville. He smokes copious cigarettes, and wears a funny straw hat with one or two feathers in it. I first met Jeff when @gb and I roasted a rat that was living in our electric oven sometime during the winter of 2015. The smell of roasted rat was so awful, I went upstairs to apologize -- but the smell hadn't penetrated through the ceiling into his section of the four-way subdivided ancient house we all occupied. I ended up smoking a cigarette, looking at printed-off pictures of marilyn monroe and kermit the frog and got to know Jeff a little bit.
Now Jeff always refers to us as 'The Rat Roasters'. Anyway, in 2016 Jeff was carrying around some sort of personal development book he found at the used bookstore called 'What are you going to do with your life?' One day he barged into our apartment and gave us an impromptu lecture on how we should probably be doing something better with our lives than working at a restaurant in Fayettenam. He still thinks we should start a traveling circus.
After our recent unexpected move back to Haymount, g and I ran into Jeff on the street. While he was excited to see us, he also wanted to know 'have you guys figured out what you're going to do with your lives?'
The answer is obviously 'no', because we're back to living in Fayetteville for the third time since 2012. Only this time g doesn't really have any reason to be here anymore, see previous Fayettenam update.
Working at the restaurant and paying our monthly hotel bill seems to be working. But I have to agree that it doesn't seem to be what I or g want to be doing with our lives.
I used to live in New York, I spent most of 2009-2012 in and out of the West Coast (Oakland, SF, Portland, Seattle), and the last few years we've lived on and off in Mexico City.
The ville is a place, but it isn't much of one. But leaving means leaving our jobs, which would probably mean not having any income what so ever.
So I'll put it to the network. What should we do with our lives?
Move to Oakland. My house will be empty soon and I'll need new housemates.
My entrance in this circus in Toronto was as a musician. They needed a bass player for one of their monthly cabarets.
Once I had my foot in the door, I found that lots of people were happy to teach me some tricks climbing silks, juggling, fire spinning (I practiced but not with anything lit on fire), and of course a bit of clowning. If you can find a circus, you could probably work your way in on your service experience and storytelling. The weirder you are the more likely they are to warm up to you, in my experience.
The line between the community and the performers was very thin, so I got to meet a lot of other people that did it part time. A lot of those people worked in tech as well, and the first time I installed Ubuntu it was because one of those people helped me out.
It was a bit of a rough lifestyle, though, as work tends to blend right into partying. Those who kept it up were known to be pretty tough. Sketchy the clown (who ran for mayor of Toronto) was also known for walking himself to the hospital after being shot in the chest half a dozen times. He was visiting NYC for a tech conference back in the 90s (he showed me the scars).
The weirder you are the more likely they are to warm up to you, in my experience.
Finally. A description of community that excites me.
@ev @emile @dominic I started reading Faulker (As I Lay Dying) twice this year. I haven't read Vonnegut yet but I read Catcher in the Rye in June of this year. I am happy to talk books all afternoon/evening/morning if y'all want to talk books. I'm trying to win a prize at the local library for reading 5 books and dropping my name in the hat. I'm halfway there. I'm not sure what I'll do with the stuff if I win though, since I don't own many things. I'll probably give everything away. The point is to read anyway.
What are you reading right now?