Well, that was fast. Four weeks ago I was a waiter at a German-Austrian Bistro and living in New York, and suddenly I find myself back in my hometown and working for an internet start up? Now all I have to do is wait for my moving boxes to catch up...
The most jaw dropping experience of the last month was the drive a friend and I took from Brooklyn out to San Francisco. We criss-crossed the country, some days covering over a thousand miles, others going from mountains to deserts and back to mountains, and that was just in California! I've driven across the country a few times now, but this time I was struck, truly, by how much care and effort it must have taken to build some of those twisty highways that cut through dangerous mountain passes, or strech over hundreds of miles of triple digit deserts. I was explaining this to my grandmother, and I was saying that it really makes me feel "Proud!" she exclaimed.
But that wasn't it, exactly. I don't find pride in the natural resources and natural beauty that we were lucky enough and powerful enough to claim for our own. I mean let's face it, we stole it. But to take the time and effort, to survey those lands, to carve the little cutouts so I can pull over on a tiny mountain road and take a beautiful photograph, and to preserve these monuments of nature, that isn't pride; that's love. It made me feel loved by my country, loved by the people who were so devoted to the public good that all this work was done in our name, and for our benefit. It really made me feel a love for my country in a way that I haven't in a long time. It's a quite a place, and full of amazing people. I want it back. But that's for a different blog post.
ANYway, yesteday was my first day here at the Red Room offices, and my first day of a traditional nine to five. I'm definitely not used to it - I had to resist the urge to go around and ask everyone if they'd care for another look at the wine list. But everyone's been very welcoming and very nice, and I think I'll settle in pretty fast. I don't think I have a choice - things are busy around here.