Sunday, July 22, 2007

Now in Seattle from Olympia

Went back to Olympia today for my second to last trip to my old apartment to clean up some stuff and take some last things back up here. Like with any place you leave I have mixed emotions about Olympia. The primary emotions though are burnout, and gratefulness to be in a place with more creature comforts. The burnout part is easy to explain: I've lived in alternative communities for roughly the last seven and a half years, minus half to three quarters of a year, off and on, in an ultra conservative, heavily Christian community. Lived in the Florida Keys, Gainesville in Florida, which is home to UF, Ocala, which is the fore mentioned ultra conservative place, and Olympia.

None of them is a big city, none of them is a big city, none of them really has much to offer in terms of making a very long, like more than a few years, commitment.

But specifically, I chose to drop out of society by moving to the Florida Keys, and I chose to live in these places (except Ocala). In fact, I sought them out. I've lived a long time in small, very alternative, very radical, towns and have spent significant amounts of time seeking out and visiting other towns like them across the country. Now, it's time to go back to living in a city.

I left the Detroit area in late summer of '99, with a small interlude elsewhere in the midwest before leaving for the Florida Keys in December of '99.

It feels good to be in a place that doesn't have the same kind of concentrated intensity as these alternative towns, especially Olympia, where I not only lived for three and a half years but also finished up school in, at The Evergreen State College.

The two combined, wow. I need a break from that sort of intensity, and it's always nice to be in a place where you can catch an espresso drink in a cafe spilling out onto a sidewalk, that's in a neighborhood where you can reach everything you need to live by foot.

Creature comforts + getting away from the concentrated intensity that alternative towns can bring with them.

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