Thursday, May 28, 2009
You Crazy Arcatians!
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.
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?