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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Up all night

One of the consequences of the Crags becoming Vertical World has been that my ability to autonomously schedule my own work hours has come to an end. Having been a night owl most of my life, I've enjoyed being able to set routes after hours. I've just begun to appreciate how important these moments of solitude and independent creativity were - how they allowed me to work out my anxiety, stress, frustration, anger, loneliness and heartache in a productive and enjoyable way. I miss it a lot. It's probably a big reason why I'm so restless: I can no longer buy a loaf of garlic bread, some hummus and a beer and head to the gym at some crazy hour of the night and construct devious methods of torture out of plastic, plywood and colored duct-tape. Now I'm home by 10pm with nothing much to do and several hours before I retire. What's a nighthawk like me supposed to do? Guess I could start practicing the piano again...

Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost.


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