There is a song called Zion & Babylon and while it messes with religious accounts, it has a line that I really thought about yesterday. "Fight for the truth or help the weaker ones, because I love my babylon." Obviously our world is changing but do we really take care of it? You don't have to tear down an abandoned building and replace it with evergreens (as dope as that would be). But rather love those in need. I love Portland, it's stupid doughnuts and "fox tail wielding" people make it interesting, but I love it here. I walked around the past couple nights handing out water and playing guitar with anyone who needed it.
The week was just another one working, emailing, and sleeping in a car. But this weekend I'll be car camping like a king at the NW Cup.
Here is another story for you. Two months ago I stopped at a turnout to get a picture of the sky. Going from it's ink blue into the beautiful lunar black we all dig. On my way back to the car I heard chirping and I couldn't really see anything. I ended up walking up to a guy feeding some tiny ass bird. He was ripping off chunks from a butt of bread that you could tell was precious. Crumbled up and dirty but heavy in worth. I offered him a fresh PB$(cash)J and we just hung out, talking about our lives. He is a miner who lives on his bike with his dog and now his bird pal. He said, "I just saw it there all alone without no one to teach it to fly, so I picked er up and she's been riding on my handlebars all day". He said more than I, and even though my memory fails the details, a few of his words will stick with me forever. "If you take care of people, give all you have, and let go, Life is good." This is a homeless man who has a wild past, rejected by his family, and left with nothing. But he has better advice than a ted talker. He gave me a gem that I'll never sell. The "Home Stone".
We laughed about the stupid things we'd done and before I knew it, 2 hours had gone by. It's really not that complicated. Just treat them with Love (whoever that is in your mind) and you'll take care of your Babylon.