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Inauguration Day

Posted on January 21, 2013

There were only happy faces today because the sad folks stayed home. This is not, and will never be, a political blog. My opinions regarding American politics/politicians will never be featured on here, as they don’t really matter. What does matter is that that smiling little boy have ample school supplies and unlimited access to cheap, if not free, books. That his grandmother have a good insurance plan should something happen. That job acquisition in this country become less of an off-chance occurrence. And these things are not impossibilities. Obama’s speech did what every political speech should do: inspire at least a thimble-full of hope in even the most uncompromising cynics.

Living in a City I Once Backpacked Through, or Plants and Animals

Posted on January 14, 2013

The frame of mind needed for backpacking isn’t calibrated to place, but to time. When you’re not sleeping, you’re going, somewhere, anywhere that will have you. Consequently, the eyes of a backpacker are never quite the same as those people who carry purses or briefcases, people I enjoy calling Plants – rooted, sedentary people (these are not inherent lifelong traits, but rather a state of being. I’m a Plant right now in Washington DC, for example). Consequently, you see the world differently as a backpacker, as an Animal whose vision is so sporadic and fast-changing, constantly adjusting and focusing on ephemeral stimuli, that everywhere you go becomes one large and beautiful blur. It’s difficult to get the full picture when you’re on a steady,…