Saturday, May 30, 2009
Yes it is true I have finally succumbed to the need for a job here in Arcata. I have done well up until now with simply living off of my student loans. I was able to take more classes than I would if I was working and I was able to devote more time to my class load. Now that it's summer and we don't have any long term trips planned and I don't feel like picking up and leaving for a park somewhere far away I had to get a job in Arcata. So I found one at this little Italian restaurant right on the plaza called Mazzotti's. It's a nice restaurant, not to busy and I dont have to work to long of hours. Living in Humboldt County is amazing but sadly the job market is only amazingly over crowded. There are something like 15,000 people in Arcata and 7,000 of them are students looking for the same job as me. At first I was really bummed having to take a minimum wage job at a restaurant (I thought those days were long gone), but after only a week of work I have seen well over 100 resumes turned in. Im not joking at all, there is a stack of them and it grows by the day! So I feel really grateful that even though this isn't the best job around it is still better than nothing and it will allow me to live with less financial concerns for the next few months until school starts back up.
Posted by Brett Thurman at 12:32 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2009
We were given 24 hours off of work... whats the best way to spend it? Well in our case the best thing we found was camping and spending the day along the river. Given our mismatching work schedule we need to take advantage of all the time off we get. We went up along highway 299 and camped about an hour and a half from Arcata along the Trinity River. What a beautiful spot. In the morning we visited this coffee house built out of straw and adobe and had some espresso and a relaxing visit in the sun next to the river. This little coffee shop is in the perfect spot. Completely isolated from any big town it is the only thing around for miles and it is the perfect rest area when out in the woods. Well after that we found this secret little spot where the river makes a huge 180 degree turn around a sharp bend. Was about a ten minute walk from the road and was completely isolated until just before we left. I wont tell anyone where it is because you have to find it for yourself! All that within 24 hours and home before work started at 6. Man oh man was I tired and not wanting to get into the mindset of having to work. I probably moved as slow as a snail. Oh well I only get paid minimum wage.
Posted by Brett Thurman at 3:34 PM
Here in Arcata we live within eyesite of the ocean, yet it is still just a few miles away. We are constantly engulfed by the cool breeze and frequent foggy days living so close. So one day Nicole and I decided to ride our bikes out to the ocean along the Hammond Trail. Our final destination (although not all planned) was Clam Beach, which is not the closest beach by any means. It was about a 3 hour ride from our home and back, with a few stops. Was about 14 miles all together. It was a cool foggy day when we started and as we rode down to the beach it cleared and the sun came out! Here are some pictures of the ride...
Today was my first ever experience with the legendary Arcata Kinetic Sculpture race! Apparently the race started here some 40 years ago and has now spread to a number of different states and even Australia. The race consists of a bunch of crazy looking human powered artsy all terrain vehicles that start here in the Arcata plaza then go down to Ferndale, oh and they also go through the Humboldt Bay, so they have to float too (which alot certainly look like they will have trouble with that). The trip supposedly takes three days and not all the vehicles make it out of the bay... I didn't get to many good pictures, I think half of the towns population was concentrated in and around the plaza, and also on all the roofs, so I couldn't get to close. The creativity and ingenuity that has gone into the creation of these vehicles is simply amazing. Most are powered by 3 or more people and are as in the hippos case about as long as a bus, the dragon even shot fire. I love Arcata for the simple pleasure that a crazy event such as this is actually considered not that crazy and that these people are given an opportunity to express themselves in such a unique fashion.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Well I finally got around to creating my own blog, who'd have thought? I have created this page to help share with everyone some explorations into my thoughts, ideas and the goings on in my life here in beautiful Humboldt County. The journey of my life is an interesting one (to me). It is full of wanderlust and searching for greener pastures where ever they may be. For most of my adult life I have moved from town to town in search of something better, some place I could finally call home. Whether or not I have found that here is yet to be discovered. Through this blog I hope to convey my sense of amazement with my everyday life and all the wonderful things I do and discover along my journey to the finish line. I will post pictures and short writings about my adventures this summer including the continued progress of my garden, the dirty compost that is rotting away (hopefully), my many trips to the river and whatever else creative and fun I do for this summer and beyond....
Posted by Brett Thurman at 1:23 PM
This little plot of dirt surrounded by cinder blocks basking in the sun has taught me a valuable lesson regarding life and food. I shall no longer take for granted the overly simple act of grocery shopping for I have now planted my own food. I can see all the hard work it takes to bring 1 strawberry to the store and how that 1 strawberry should be cherished and not wasted uselessly. This garden was by no means easy or more cost effective than buying all our own organic veggies. We have spent a good deal of money buying supplies and dirt and even waged outright war on the invading snails who want to eat our rewards! The effort and money has been put in, now time to wait for the sweet benefits of our little plot of land. This garden has given us a starting point to further learn how to support ourselves. Now a 6 foot by 4 foot garden is not nearly enough space to grow all we need but we are learning the tools to one day grow all our own crops and have no more worries about chemicals in our foods, where our food came from or how much energy was input to grow what we are eating. All the energy we want to rely on is our backs, brains and the sun! Heres to hoping everyone has the chance to have a backyard garden and learn a thing or two about plants, food and life.
The Garden Retreat Cottage (Home)
Our home is not just where we sleep, eat and spend the down time of our day. It is a retreat from life and worries, a base camp for our explorations of Arcata and greater Humboldt County. A comfortable nook nestled in a beautiful garden to stage our lives as we see fit, free from the constraints of neighbors and lousy room mates. Free from the sound of passing vehicles and honking horns. Free from mean landlords and ugly parking lots. From our garden retreat we cannot see nor hear the road and are thus slightly removed from life outside, even if for just the moment. We are completely content in our 300 square foot castle, not cramped, not looking for anything better and not looking to move away for the time being. I love this cottage because it is the first place I have felt like was a home to me and not just simply a house in a long time. I live with a beautiful woman I call shmoo who is clean, thinks like me and likes my cooking. What more could I ask for?