A quiet christmas for the Richmyster

by wonderfullyrich on December 24, 2006

Has it been 3 months? I’ve been In Washington DC for three months? It’s hard to believe I’ve been in one place for so long.

It’s Christmas eve in the US capital and “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Although I think that’s out of fear for the house cat Luther. He teases and toys with them if he catches them so, they should be very afraid. I’ve just finished making my own little Christmas eve dinner of Turkey and cornbread. The turkey soup is boiling on the stove right now and should be done by the time I finish.

Needless to say I’m toiling away here in DC at my new job as the sole IT guy with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) and growing accustomed to my new city. It’s strange to be in one place for so long now after having been on the road for over a year. McMurdo was the longest period I have been a resident of a single place in that period, but that’ll soon be broken by my stay here. Of course I’m not giving up the traveling lifestyle yet. Although I haven’t gone anywhere for Christmas, I am planning on some more worldly travel next year. I’ve got a 2-3 week trip to NZ coming up here in February to meet up with some of my Ice friends and work at the NZ Couchsurfing.com collective. Later in the summer I’m working on a 2+ week trip to Africa, no I can’t say where, but I hope to be doing some Non-governmental Organization (NGO) work rather then just sight seeing. I might get one more trip in later that year, but we’ll have to see how the year progresses.

So I can’t say I’m settled. I live in DC, have a great job that affords me the ability to spend a lot of time traveling, challenges me to look out for some new and interesting technologies, and is trying to improve the world situation by lobbying for positive change. I work in a green building with lots of light biking to work almost every day, even in the winter (so far). In my off time I’m organizing and helping couchsurfing.com be the humanizing & eye opening effect travel should be, and sleeping as I can. Sinus crap is still in there somewhere, but I think it’s getting better.

Life is good and I’m a happy fool.

Why then would I choose to spend Christmas in Washington DC in an 7 bedroom house with only the cat and mice to keep me company? Isn’t that rather depressing?

Nah, I’m finally getting a chance to write this blog and listen to myself think. It’s crazy how quickly you can get sucked into a day to day life in a city and forget how peaceful silence can be. With 8 people in the house, it’s rare that I get 2 hours without hearing a voice about when I’m awake. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in a co-op house and having the human interaction, but I really do love the time I can spend alone in silence reading a book in the sunny living room.

So do I miss Denver? Yea, but I’m fairly sure I’ll be back to live in my life. The mountains are a part of my blood and that’s a bit thicker then politics. I’m not missing the snow that just got dumped on them, 24-30 inches, while here in DC I rode my bike down to Eastern Market in a sweatshirt & jeans.

Of course with that said I’d rather be in Antarctic right now. Some time about now they are all getting done with another day of work after what must have been a fun 2 day Christmas weekend. (remember 1 day is normal) I’m sure the parties were fun and the people were crazy. Tonight would have been a beautifully sunny night to do some snowboarding… But maybe in the future years.

For now, I’m content with the mice scaring the cat Tom and Jerry style and my house being a quiet place to take a long nap in wait for Santa to go flying by… :)

Merry Christmas everyone!

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