Monday, October 23, 2006

Just like disgracing the crucifix

Sunshine and Rain...

I had the opportunity to go to the Harvest Faire with Jera and Erad this weekend. Actually, they practically lived there (volunteering) and I went for the day on Saturday and again on Sunday to help clean up. As a side note - I will also be volunteering next year... I felt horrible by the amount of people who didn't keep thier word and come to help as they said they would. To me it is a show of the kind of person you are not to mention pagan.

Matter of pride...

Anyway - part of the reason I am writing today is to thank everyone who helped out, who took time out of thier weekend to work 80% of the faire and enjoy only 20% of it as visitors. Here is to those who kept thier word. Not only was I as a person humbled by the fact my friends worked long hours, I can only imagine the rest of the crew and all they did to make the faire such a success.

Getting dirty...

This humility hit me when Jera and I went around the faire grounds picking up trash - and believe me there was plenty of it. From cigerette butts to mouth pieces, game pieces and bandaids, paper so obviously dropped out of inconsideratness it made me want to cringe. Here Jera and I were, in the rain, picking up after those who had left bits of them behind. Now, for some things, it was surely by accident. Perhaps even some of the things we found were not from the weekends event, but much of it was.

Like pissing on a crucifix...

Jera said it so well... that littering for pagans was really like pissing on a crucifix. I could not agree with her more, but unfortunately I fear there are many people who just see it as thier right to throw thier crap on the ground. Or perhaps they are just so inconsiderate they don't even think about the people who have to come around and pick up afterwards - they just think the earth will absorb it, the wind will take it, and animal will eat... etc.

Just as guilty...

I am just as guilty... of littering. But after spending an hour or more of my day, in the rain, picking up the things I would rather not have or watching Jera pick up things I would have rather she not have, I can say I will have a lot more respect for where I throw my unwanted items.

A day in thier shoes...

So next time you are going to toss a cigerette out the window or in the gutter, or spit gum out in the grass, or throw whatever it is that is unwanted out - remember - all of the people who have to pick up after you, remember animals don't need your gum for nutrience and really folks..., disrespecting the earth for pagans really is like pissing on the crucifix is for christians.

It's wrong.


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Getting it together

The apartment is a mess.

I have been in my apartment since July and still it is a disaster! Finally, I have the will to move stuff around and get things up on the wall, but until today - it was white walls, boxes and an assortment of piles: bill pile, junk pile, photo pile, to do pile, forget / forgot to do pile, return a book to Jera pile ((will bring that up soon btw)), and dog pile ((which moves on a daily basis)).

After revolutions there is peace, or so sayeth the Nick Machi!

Not sure if there is any way to get the masses of dust bunnies to submit to my rule, though I do try with the broom to keep them in line. My dog is aiding them and this little civil revolution is driving me nuts. I sweep one generation of bunnies out the door and whamo they have returned AND multiplied.

Sighs are all you get when the books just don't fit.

And finally - the books. boxes and boxes of books. Some read, some not, some waiting to be reread, some waiting to be returned ((see note above about book pile)).

Ok back to assessing the damage and once again moving stuff around.