Roadside Confessions: Adaptation

first_imgThe newness of living on the road has finally worn off. That little inkling of a former time with plush beds and toasters and air conditioning has been pushed from even the deepest corners of my memory.This is my life now.My home has a different address every week. My office, a different desk. I often get bug bites while making breakfast, sunburn while preparing lunch. “Getting ready for bed,” has a different meaning now, one that involves a level and an upper body workout. But it’s becoming less foreign to me, less of a pain-in-the-ass. It’s just life now. It is what it is. Sometimes I find myself at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in a town I don’t know, eating a meal by myself for the upteenth time. Other times I’m back in the “real world,” whatever that is, catching up with old friends and making pasta e fagioli in a real kitchen (thank you Rachel!). Wherever I am, whatever it is I’m doing, no matter how crazy or hectic or unnerving, I’m starting to feel the comfort in it all, in knowing that each and every minute of every day is different, unpredictable, and completely up to me. So what if it takes me three times as long to brush my teeth and cook my meals? Slowly, surely, I’m learning the art of adaptation.I finally took a day to “chill,” as it were, earlier this week. My idea of chilling was, in effect, just another day of getting dialed in. I emptied the Jeep and Go entirely. Everything I owned was spread out in my friend’s front yard, down to the contents of every last pocket on my Deuter packs. I never found that headlamp I misplaced the night I moved out of my apartment, but I did find a number of other items that made me realize something: it’s time for another confessional.1. I can’t ever stay dry. Ever.Whether it’s rain, condensation in the Go, humidity in the air, sweat on my pits, everything is damp. Always. Welcome to the Southeast.2. I feel old in the morning.I’m not kidding. It takes me a couple hours just to feel like I wasn’t hit by a train the night before. If I’m out of coffee or fuel to make coffee, back off.3. Strangers see my bedroom everyday.That’ll never stop being weird.4. I miss blenders.And raw vegetables. I spent $11 the other day on a gigantic salad that had just about every vegetable in the book. And it was totally worth it.5. Showers do nothing for me.I never fail to miss a mud splatter on my ankle, behind the knee, across my forehead, or any of those other, you know, “hard to reach” places…6. Cotton shirts are under-appreciated.Spend the next three weeks in damp synthetic, head-to-toe. You’ll know what I mean.7. I only did laundry twice in the month of May.And yes, I’m sorta bragging.8. My definition of “clean” changes on the hour.Every hour.9. Cleaning the Jeep is like finding a pot of gold.In this week’s winnings, a month-old banana, moldy avocado skins, and a petrified pile of stink bugs. Wealth is in the eye of the beholder.10. Sometimes my desk isn’t so much a desk as it is a trunk.Or the floor. The top of my backpack. Maybe a washing machine at the laundromat. I’m flexible.last_img read more

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Ramsey hoping to secure QPR future

first_img The 53-year-old is hopeful he can sign a new Loftus Road contract before Rangers complete their Premier League campaign at Leicester on Sunday. Ramsey believes he has “a good chance” of remaining at QPR despite the obvious uncertainty that follows Premier League relegation. Chris Ramsey hopes to secure his long-term future as QPR boss this week. Press Association Director of football Les Ferdinand slapped a £20million price tag on 17-goal hitman Austin before Saturday’s Newcastle clash. Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle are all monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation after an impressive debut top-flight season. Rangers will have to trim their wage bill and unload some high-earning stars too, before dropping back to the Championship, and Ramsey believes time will be tight to build a competitive squad for next season. “Hopefully I’ll get the job and hopefully I’ll spend the summer planning for next season,” said Ramsey. “It’s going to be a short close-season this year, probably only four-and-a-half to five weeks. “And to recruit your playing staff over that time is going to be very intense and very important. “The first thing next year is not to emulate the clubs who have been through the divisions and end up in League One or League Two. “We don’t want to do that. “We want to make sure we are very sensible about how we plan.” Asked if he hopes to have his future finalised this week, Ramsey said: “Yes, because it’s either Blackpool or Barbados. “I believe I am capable of doing the job. “The club has to make sure it has longevity and do some long-term planning before we start thinking of the dizzy heights again. “If we can recruit well though, who is to say we won’t be straight back up next season? “I think I’ve got a good chance of getting the job, but things change. “I can’t be sure of course until the contract’s signed, until everything’s finalised.” Ramsey led QPR to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday in their last Premier League clash at Loftus Road before dropping back down to the Championship. Allied to Ramsey’s managerial situation, QPR must also clarify the futures of in-demand stars like Charlie Austin. last_img read more

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Injuries reported in multivehicle crash on Highway 14 in Washougal

first_imgFour ambulances responded to an accident in Washougal involving multiple vehicles.The accident was reported at about 11:50 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 14 and 32nd Street.There were several injuries reported. They appear to be minor, said Trooper Ryan Tanner, a Washington State Patrol spokesman.Traffic was rerouted around the crash on the shoulders of the road until about 1 p.m. when the scene was cleared, Tanner said.last_img

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