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  • On day one of unemployment I do whatever the bleep I wanted to. Since I had worked from home the last 5 years, not much is truly different.

    The plan is, after some slow coffee, to drive to the bottom of Fossil Creek Canyon, and take an indeterminate walk under the polarized Arizona sky. Being a weekday in March, I have an entire canyon to myself. What shall I do with my canyon?

    Just let it be.

    I am alligator juniper, Juniperus deppeana, and I plan to watch a lot of blue skies go by. Not from inside an automobile, not on an electronic screen, not glanced out the office window.

    Out here in the stillness where scampering geckos skitter across the fallen leaves and tiny rock falls call out from across the way.

    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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