Tuesday, 30 May 2006

nearly

The place where the pretty waitress works still isn’t open on Mondays.

I went elsewhere and was pleased to find myself being served by an almost as pretty waitress, jolly good stuff. She kept looking at me and smiling and a couple of times I caught her looking at me, looking away and then looking back again before smiling some more, it was only when I caught sight of myself in the mirror opposite I realised that she was laughing at my blotchy yellow face. The waitress who gave me the bill diligently looked over my head and refused to catch my eye.

I had forgotten about yellow face when I woke this morning, then I came to work. To be fair not everyone mentioned it.

Tomorrow will be my 365th day of living in the woods, it has been a long journey and one that I have learnt a lot from. Being at work right now I don't really have the opportunity to share the full depth and breadth of what I have gained but I can give you a synopsis; only an idiot would go and live in the woods for a year, it's hard work and it could cost you your career.

15 comments:

jason palmer said...

“If a man does not keep pace with his companion, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

I dance to the tunes inside my head

jason palmer said...

Was a good idea, something to do, before you die. I do not think you can totally drop out, just try make your own deal with the capitalist system.

My friends sister lives on a canal boat, with her husband and 2 kids, he goes to work. half hippies

who knows eh, not me, that is for sure

http://www.pfalondon.freeserve.co.uk/index.htm

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

I'm not intending to totally drop out, I just think that there is another way of doing things. Obviously the way I'm doing things is not for everyone, if nothing else it is daft and a lot of hard work. Unfortunately I don't have the time to explain the conclusions I have come up with properly but once I have left my job I am going to be spending a bit of time writing things up properly. What I can say is that my life and my outlook on the world has completely changed.

Best
H

jason palmer said...

ok,

try the amish ;)

SameOld said...

Well DM, it's nearly over and it's been a blast. Thanks for the blog mate!

cars said...

heard about you from jason, told him to tell you that plumbing is especially nice to have. also wanted to say congratulations, that you are on your way to real life. for trying this out, you may have broken from society's mold and perceptions, as well as your own.

all the best to you. cheers!

cars said...

on another note, this may or may not be of interest to you. john francis' story is a story of change - external and internal. he shut up for 17 years. the environment was his initial issue, but he discovered a different world.

http://www.planetwalk.org/news/old_news/TotheBestofOurKnowledge

(WAML) With All My Love said...

Your blog was fun to read, what you did and why you did it was an inspiration, and it appears you are off to do something bigger, better and greater. I was so impressed with your commitment. Instead of talk, talk, talk, you took some action. Please keep blogging during your new adventure. Best wishes. WAML

DaveM said...

Well done. Its been great reading the blog and following your adventures. I hope you have raised a bob or two in the process.

Good luck for the future.

Cheers

Dave

DaveM said...

Well done. Its been great reading the blog and following your adventures. I hope you have raised a bob or two in the process.

Good luck for the future.

Cheers

Dave

Jessica said...

Congratulations.
Loved the blog. All the best in your new ventures.

Coppicer said...

It has turned Wednesday here in Japan, so that makes it 365 days. Congratulations, it's been a quietly inspiring blog. I was already sympathetic to your aims but it has added momentum to my own thoughts on the issue.

Well done, look forward to following your future adventures.

Dan

Vicola said...

Congratulations! What you did is very impressive and just think, if you hadn't done it you wouldn't have learned such valuable lessons as some after sun products contain fake tan and slugs like to creep up on you when you're asleep.

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

Thank you all for all the comments, thats the sort of thing that could make someone's day, if they were a sentimental sort, which I'm not.

Love, peace, flowers and tie - die and stuff man.