Saturday, October 29, 2005
Peanut M & M's and Coffee
Years ago, when I was desperately trying to get on with the National Park Service, I volunteered for a whole winter in the Oconaluftee district of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Volunteered...for free...no pay...gratis.
The deal was I would do non-law enforcement Ranger stuff like trail patrols, meet and greet, whatever the tiny Ranger staff needed done. I would do this for at least 40 hours a week and the NPS would let me live in the seasonal ranger housing behind the visitor center and even pay for my electricity. I had just finished a Seasonal Ranger Law Enforcement course at Southwestern Tech in nearby Sylva, NC and I was gung ho.
It was quite an adventurous winter with poachers, a high speed chase through Cherokee, learning to drive in snow (mostly sideways), long snowy hikes, frozen vomit on the side of a car (don't ask), and a host of other experiences.
I only mention this time in the Smoky's because it was there that I learned that you can go forever on a pack of Peanut M & M's and some coffee. Maybe (duh) it's the combination of protein, fat, sugar, and caffeine, but this mixture seems to be almost magical in it's ability to refuel...which is what I am doing now after a day picking up more remodeling supplies.
It's 7:25 pm and when I hit "publish" on this little post, I'm going to resume installing the laminate flooring up in Emma's room. When that is done, I'm heading back down to the "computer" room, which will become Junior's room and slap on the second coat of the dark, dark blue that he picked out.
Then, if I can stand it...I am going to stain some of those pine paneling boards I brought home today. At some point I will crash, too tired to drink the Brahma chilling in the fridge. It's calling me now, but I will be strong.
Pass the M & M's please.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:14 PM