Unlike my usual quiet Moab winters, this one’s been chock full of projects and surprises like visits from intriguing people from near and distant lands.
Bad News and Good News
The bad news is our Moab City Council flip-flopped and voted against the Resolution declaring "corporations are not people" that I talked about in the last post. It looks like we’re going work to put it on the ballot so the people rather than the council members can decide, which is better anyway.
The good news is that I have gotten visits from amazing people this whole past month. My first visit was from Benjamin, from France, and his two friends Yasmin and Marisa, from Mexico, all traveling without money.
Forward the (R)evolution Friends
|Benjamin, Michael (an English chap I've never met), and Yazmin, |
in Mexico before I met them in person.
Benjamin, in his mid 20s, is the first human in the flesh I’ve ever met who is committed to living completely without money, having gone three years moneyless, so far. I felt child-like joy meeting him, like I had reunited with a long-lost soul-mate. And his friends, Yazmin from Puebla and Marisa from Chihuahua, impressed me to no end, having the courage to leave Mexico, using nearly no money, on an odyssey across the US. All three were a pure pleasure to be with, like I had known them all my life. I got to oil my rusty Spanish, too.
|Marisa (in Mexico?) before I met her|
Marisa is making a documentary of this incredible journey. I tried to embed the teaser video of her work thus far, but it's not working. So you'll have to watch it at Forward the (R)evolution.
My friend Bruni (whom I house-sit for) gladly offered to host them at her house for a couple days, to freshen up, before they stayed with me in a big “guest” cave for several days. We ate scavenged food, played music around the fire, played their home-made replica of the Settlers of Catan game, hiked, philosophized, and hung out with my Moab friends.
|Benjamin, Yazmin, Suelo|
(Not sure where Marisa is)
Glenn took this pic at the 'Guest Cave'
|The 'Guest Cave'|
(Glenn took this pic)
Meanwhile, Raphael and Nieves are back in Germany, gaining notoriety living virtually moneyless with their new baby (see Spanish article Viven Sin Dinero in lanacion.com).
After all those friends left Moab, another mellow and loveable dread-locked visitor, Adam, showed up from Virginia. He was also heading to the wilderness school in Montana and decided to first come to Moab. He stayed with me mostly at this latest house-sit. But we took Shug, the dog I’m caring for, up to the little cave and stayed up there a couple nights, relishing the luxury of the canyon. Last Saturday night, Adam and I went to the Trashion Show at Frankie D’s and danced to Techno with lots of Moab friends and had the time of our lives. I said my sad goodbyes to Adam yesterday morning as he hitched out of Moab.
|Rocket-stove cooking outside the cave|
(Adam took this pic)
|Juniper tea. |
I also drink teas from Pinion, wild grasses,
and Mormon Tea as a daily staple.
(Adam took this pic)
Here’s part of the itinerary, in case anybody out there wants to come:
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 17, 6:30 pm
Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Grand County Public Library
257 East Center Street, Moab, UT 84532
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