Showing up is the first step

(I have come to the conclusion that starting stories in the middle is annoying, so for now I am going to post several things I wrote along my path to the recent conclusion that being a full time trouble maker activist with my friends was what I wanted to do)

Originally posted on October 19, 2011:

A few people have asked me exactly what is going on in Lee Park the last few days, and I have had to confess… This showing up at Occupy Charlottesville meetings and hanging out in the park talking to people and trying to help out and stuff? I still have no freaking idea what I’m actually doing there. I can’t speak for others but I think a few of us, especially the younger people, are kind of starting to suspect this as well. Not that there aren’t visionaries and people with agendas and plans and goals there, but I can’t really claim to be one of them. I just kind of showed up to listen to find out what everyone was up to and before I knew it I was agreeing to watch some guys tent for him and then I was showing up with food and talking to people and wanting to be useful. It just sort of happened like that, you know?

I don’t have money, or influence, or a special interest I represent, or a plan. I just think things are really screwed up right now for a lot of people, and all I can do is give a crap and show up for a while when I can, and maybe offer to assist people who actually DO have ideas and influence. I’m honestly still pretty doubtful that any of this is going to change the world or even change Charlottesville all that much. Maybe nothing will come of this but a few new friendships and a free civics lesson. Seriously though, what else should people be doing instead? Isn’t it pretty fantastic to find out that my generation isn’t as apathetic as we’ve been told we were? Even if all that happens is that people prove that they care enough to take action, ANY action, isn’t that worth something? Maybe I’m silly and naive, but I kind of think showing up and having no idea what I’m doing there is a little exciting. It feels a lot better than not showing up and still having no idea what I’m doing, and what could I possibly have to lose?


I am prone to both violently rejecting people taking me seriously, and insisting that I have serious things to talk about. I also enjoy silly hats, puppets, and protesting the evils of capitalism while drinking massive amounts of fair trade coffee.

A guest blogger position you say? PERFECT!