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She has to discipline her body

10 Nov

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Shit went upside down there for a minute. Like way crazy. Name any aspect of my life, any at all, and it pretty much changed in a matter of about a week and a half. Woof.

So to deal with the new joys and stresses (all at once- a crazy feeling) I brought out my ‘bulldozer.’ That’s the part of my personality that powers through bullshit with such a lovely and sardonic sense of humor, my bulldozer.

And as always, one of my favorite motivational songs became the theme song for the last week of fuckall, which I originally thought was impossible- turns out it wasn’t, which is awesome. The song: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips.

In this instance, an expansive set of 3D data was given to me, someone essentially said “Go” and about nine people watched as I scrambled to make heads or tails of things. I was given 48 hours. Perfect (that’s sarcasm by the way).

So, with it all being done and myself having a LOT of excess adrenaline, I exercised my demons. What better way than death by cardio? If I have to live in a virtual model of the Super D site, I will at least look amazing doing it. 3D data is the evil-natured robots, and I have to be strong to fight them, so I’m taking lots of vitamins.

…I know I can beat them.

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The Iron Cowboy

14 Oct

The old man tells me he’s as old as the hills. Tells me he remembers when Christ was a pup.

Bright Eyes plays on the radio. The old man sings along as he feeds the baby her medicine.

The Conservationist

11 Oct

After years of chasing a spotlight, my tail, and fireflies, I finally returned to my true vocation- archaeology. Except, the project I am hired on currently isn’t so much considered archaeological as it is graffiti mitigation- conservation.

El Morro National Monument is managed by the National Park Service, who after a recent incident of vandalism, contracted out to Archaeology SouthwestConservation Associates, and the University of New Mexico (that’s me!) for damage assessment, graffiti mitigation and conservation analysis.

Yesterday, after my arrival to the park and introduction to everyone, I got to see the site and get started with the crew. Preservation efforts are really a wonder to behold. What was the the most striking for me, I think, was that I was continually introduced to my new co-workers as ‘the conservationist from UNM.’

A title that I just might be able to get used to. 🙂

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