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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Sunnybank home sells for $925k to Chinese investors

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 27 Edith St, SunnybankAN UNASSUMING home at Sunnybank has sold under the hammer for $925,000 as Chinese investors continue to build up their land banks.Place Sunnybank lead agent Estelle Lin said more than 50 groups viewed the 27 Edith St home and there were 11 registered bidders at the auction.Ms Lin said about four bidders were looking to making the property a family home, while the rest were investors.“The new owner is a Chinese investor,” Ms Lin said.“They want to extend their land bank and property portfolio.” More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019REAL ESTATE: 27 Edith St, SunnybankMs Lin said the owner will sit on the home for a couple of years before knocking it down and building two properties on it.The agent said Asian investors were frequently looking at older properties and snapping them up for their land banks.“People are looking at buying properties that are over 30 years old for the land,” Ms Lin said.“The owner of this house had been there for 33 years and is the typical seller.“People who have been there for many years are looking to downsize, while the new Chinese generation come in and buy.“This is the current trend.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17last_img read more

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US astronauts enter space station in milestone mission

first_imgThe arrival completed the first leg of the trip, designed to test the capabilities of the Crew Dragon capsule. But the mission will only be declared a success when the astronauts return safely to Earth in a few months’ time. NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed United States spacecraft in nearly a decade, a triumph for SpaceX and private enterprise. Douglas Hurley (R) and Robert Behnken (2ndR) arrive at the International Space Station, to be greeted by other astronauts The spaceship’s hatch opened at 1:02 p.m. Eastern Time (1702 GMT) as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley carried out final procedures before crossing the threshold about 20 minutes later. Wearing black polo shirts and khaki pants, they were greeted by fellow American astronaut Chris Cassidy, as well as Russia cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.  (AFP)last_img read more

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On deck: Cardinals at Dodgers, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

first_imgST. LOUIS (22-19) AT DODGERS (26-19)Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SNLA (where available)THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW (7-2, 2.15)vs. Cardinals: 6-5, 3.18 ERA (15 starts)At Dodger Stadium: 74-30, 1.99 ERA (141 starts)Hates to face: Dexter Fowler, 20 for 50 (.400), 3 doublesLoves to face: Jhonny Peralta, 4 for 18 (.222), 8 Ks Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img CARDINALS RHP LANCE LYNN (4-2, 2.78)vs. Dodgers: 3-1, 4.35 ERA (six starts)at Dodger Stadium: 2-1, 4.68 ERAHates to face: Yasiel Puig, 6 for 12 (.500), 3 walksLoves to face: Adrian Gonzalez, 4 for 17 (.235), 4 KsUPCOMING MATCHUPSWednesday: St. Louis RHP Mike Leake (4-2, 2.03 ERA) at Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 2.77 ERA), 7 p.m. SportsNet LA, ESPNThursday: St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha (2-1, 2.74 ERA) at Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (3-2, 5.03 ERA), 7 p.m., SportsNet LAlast_img read more

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