Days 25-29 NJ to CT to ME

Trip Start Jul 13, 2005
Trip End Sep 20, 2005

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Hey everyone,
It's been a learning week for me-- I encountered some new situations and challenges and thankfully, am in one more wholesome piece because of it. Workwise, we've had a bunch of smaller venues on our itinerary but they have almost all surprised us with their incredible turnout. The weekly stack of postcards, letters and photos is the biggest yet, most likely since we're getting much better at our jobs and had a good sprinkling of luck at the places we visited =).
The funniest thing happened in Hartford, CT at the Elizabeth Park Concert Series. One lady who stopped by and chatted with us, after a few minutes of conversation, asked me if I was in college. Nope, I graduated last year, I said, to which she responded with a smile, 'Ah, I only ask because you have that...idealist air to you, very... crunchy, you know?' Haha! I got called granola by some stranger! (That practically makes me laugh out loud. Am I really that transparent?! =P) I remember another lady we met in NH who likewise figured that I went to 'hippie' UCB after knowing my Cali roots and talking to me for just a short bit. Anyways, back to CT: After more convo, including talk of the NRDC and their environmental battles via the courts, the lady recommended that I go to law school so that I can tackle these sorts of issues from a 'litigious angle'. She had a good laugh when I told her how motherwu would agree and had always thought I should be a lawyer given how much I love argueing with her =P. All in all though, it got me thinking about the possiblities of eventually going back to school (of course, only once I get that gumption for being studious which continues to evade me =P).
Today I met another really cool visitor. This older man (70ish?) came up to our table in Bath, ME to ask about what I think we should do about oil instead of drilling blahblahblah and after I responded, I asked him what he thought. He agreed with my generic answer (renewable energy, etc.) but then added, 'but what we should really be doing is pray, that is our only hope.' He then launched into this whole shpeal about god and jesus and how with technology and advancement we've all lost sight of things, etc etc etc. Thing is, his preaching didnt make my eyes roll as other similar tirades have in the past. This guy was so genuine and true in his convictions and you could tell that he had taken all the goodness in Christianity and was actually living it. He stayed and talked about hope and sin and his personal experience and all this other stuff for quite awhile (his wife came to get him twice) and it all moved me practically to tears! I even asked him if he was a preacher since tomorrow being Sunday and all, well... I mean, I don't think that I'll ever believe in the DUDE, but here, right in front of me was a beautiful example of the good in religion. These kinds of encounters are what make this job amazing. =)
And now, since you've made it through all the above blahblah, the bad (but in fact, good) news-- Rebecca and I were in this serious funk for the first half of this week, which trust me, felt like an eternity. Time together got all tense and depending on the moment, things were good as usual, or sucky, if not straight up hostile. Confused the hell out of me since I didnt feel like anything changed on my end. I finally asked her what was up on the drive over to Maine and after some discussion, we each apologized for stuff (it kinda reminded me of when little kids get pushed face-to-face and have to say sorry to each other =P) and just like that, life has resumed to its happier ways between the two of us. Yey also for learning to bite my tongue rather than insist on being 'right' (whatta concept-- hey man, I'm learning). Thankfully, it did the trick. Whew. =)
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