Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Eff Poughkeepsie

This move is surreal. I mean I see it on the calender, looming. I have lists on all the shit I've got to accomplish here and there and in between. But I know I am unprepared.

I had a moment recently where the reality of what is to come settled squarely and clearly in my consciousness. It was like someone punched me in the chest and I was overcome with panic, anger and tears. "No I don't want this! I want everything to stay the same!". Stasis.

I've lived here for twenty years (!) and never moved in a permanent way. I spent half of that time thinking and planning my next move, always 'knowing' it would be outside of Texas, out of Austin. And ultimately, I never moved more than 15 miles away from where I started.

So now I'm getting what I want. The change I've craved for so long. Just one day it seems I awoke from the routine of complacency, and did the things that needed doing. Its go time or its die time. I choose go.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Swine Flu is the new zombie.

This map was created for the City of Austin's GIS DAY 2007. It explores areas of risk in the event of a zombie apocalypse by time.
Now while I don't have a pretty map showing areas of risk in relation to swine flu, I will give you a visualization. Imagine a red buffer zone of 3 feet around any child you see. That, my friends, is the area of risk.

Thats all I got today. And by today I really mean yesterday.

Monday, June 01, 2009

First Post

I am not a writer.

I mean, sure, I've written stuff and my writing resume could include the normal emotional journal entries, college papers/essays, and technical writing for work
(usually explaining the difference of say mortality rates in two different geographies or describing an experience operating a medical needs shelter for hurricane evacuees), but I don't consider this 'real' writing. I'm not personally saying anything, and I think this is what I want to accomplish with this 30 Days of Write exercise. I want to find my voice. are my writing intentions. Humor, Interest, Authenticity. I want to write about my life / my thoughts in a way that is real, funny and true. I want to speak up and out and have it be relatable and truly myself. I hope to discover new parts of myself that take me deeper in to the living experience.