The last couple of months have been really amazing. I’ve been super busy with work, which is always nice, although some of what I’m doing is just making sure that my head stays above water for a bit longer. Sometimes it’s tough going. But there’s a ton of cool stuff that I’ve been working on, and some very cool people I’m working with, too.
One of the biggest changes lately has been that my minion departed for the lovely climes of Asheville, NC. I’m very happy that he’s doing well, although he is a tad missed around here. All his work was good, but his talents with Coloring are spectacular, and I hate losing real talent from my office. He’s doing great work, now, which is also awesome, and I wish him nothing but success.
Of course, it also means that I had to find a new assistant. And I have. Mr. Baker has turned his meager skills into an impressive collection of skills in a very short period of time. He’s been flat-out awesome, although he does randomly forget how to pronounce little things like the names of the other people working here. Plus he hikes with me on a very irregular basis.
Oh, I didn’t mention the hiking thing, did I. Well, that’s the biggest news. For those that know me, you know that I’m not built for hiking. I’m really not built for any verb. I’m built for adjective. Well, I guess that ‘nap’ can be a verb, but not the way I do it.
But there it is, I’ve been hiking Mt. Helena, and it’s been hell. I don’t know where those fuckers who say that climbing a damn mountain is somehow fun get off, but they are lying through their teeth. It’s work. It’s miserable work. It’s hot, it’s sweaty, it’s walking up nearly 1,000 feet while crossing nearly 3 miles of land, and for the love of pete, just shoot me so I don’t agree to do it again!
Totally want to die when I do it. Every. Time.
About two hours later, tho, I really want to hug everyone, even those stupid people who think that hiking is fun. I feel so happy!
I’m pretty sure this hasn’t ever happened before in my life. Not just the hiking the mountain, but the endorphins that flood my system. What a marvelous treat!
Aside from all that office and personal madness, the other thing that I’ve been doing is trying my hand at podcasting. In February I started PoliticktickBOOM, which has been a great show to do and very well received, and last week I launched a new show with Ed Zimpel called Martinis in the Morning, where we discuss the world at large and the crazy things that drive us to drink, early. And I’ve been doing the Helena Chamber Singers’ podcast, Rehearsal, which I had kinda let slip a touch, but I think I made up for that with this week’s 11+ hours of music as today is Christmas in July, so I put all the holiday concerts from 2001 to 2011 into the Christmas in July Podcasts, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3.
And tomorrow I have something new to announce, too. I’m sure it’ll end well!