Is living in Missouri cool enough to justify blogging about? I’m worried that the answer to that question may be “no”, but I’ll give it a try…
This is about all I knew about the state that I now call home before I got here:
It turns out you can happen upon the arch rather easily. I snapped this photo on a run to the post office earlier this week. It kind of reminded me of when I lived less than a mile from Niagara Falls, here was this land mark that people all over the world know about, and it’s in my backyard. I’m trying to be grateful for the arch, but I refuse to go up it until someone from out of state comes to visit me, I’d hate to be thought of as a tourist!
I hate to sound like a pessimist, but in general, the life I am beginning to establish here for myself has so far proven to be very dull. I’m trying to get into the swing of things at work and with my new home life, but the fact of the matter is it’s more difficult to find the adventure in things that don’t already have them built in, like in Alaska, Africa or Hawaii. It’s a lesson that I’m quickly trying to learn so I can make sure I’m enjoying the days ahead of me. I am hopeful. I remember from past experiences that it takes a great deal of time to get in the rhythm of things when you’re in a new place.
Once the radio show I’m working on is up and running I’ll be sure to put a link on this page for those interested in taking a listen. The show will focus on five non-profit, social action based organizations that exist here in Saint Louis. By having a program about them on public radio and on the internet, the general hope is that the organizations will gain some more recognition. I’m excited for things to get going. I think a likely start date for the show will be sometime in October.
Home life is also something that I’m settling into. The house that we’ve been put in for the year is one of the most bizarre structures I have ever lived in, but my bedroom is bigger than any apartment I’ve ever occupied in my life, so I’m happy with the amount of space I have to store my laptop and seven pieces of clothing.
It’s been a sweltering week here in “the Lou”, 99 degrees with…um, a ton of humidity? Yes, I think that conveys how hot it is. I hate the idea of using an air conditioner, but part of my blood is still Alaskan and I feel like a melting popsicle most of the time. Again, something to get used to.
Lots of opportunity for growth ahead of me. So much to be learned…