I didn't get far from my desk during the week, but I did get out with the dog every morning. Mostly on the sidewalk, where Thursday we came upon a mysterious tunnel some critter had dug under the chain link behind a warehouse, pointed in the direction of the dumpsters. If I were a better tracker, like Aragorn or Tom Brown, I could tell the story of exactly what did it and why.
I always learn from your Field Notes about a world in East Austin that I have not explored in my 42 years in this city. I have to say, you have a great advantage in being white and male. As a woman, I am hesitant to wander the wilds of Austin, but I still long to walk in places where there are no other people around. It wasn't always thus: When I was a child, I wandered wand rambled around the fields, patches of forest, and creeks near my home. Those were the days when a child could disappear for hours and parents wouldn't think twice about it. They knew I was out exploring. Your Field Notes bring back those memories. Thank you for posting the link to the documentary about the storage tanks in East Austin. The long war between capital and climate, indeed--could also be called the long war between capital and life. Countless cases of capital thriving on the illness and death of all life forms, life forms that are vulnerable and have little in the way of resources for defense. But of course. Who else? Carry on your good work. Thank you.
I look forward to your weekly field notes. I am reading a book that you might find interesting. “Islands of Abandonment; Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape “ by Cal Flynn. The author has observed sites around the world, including the US, that have been restricted for various human caused reasons. It’s a fascinating read. Thank you, Pam Murphy
Your Urban Field Notes are really thought provoking. Keep them going and thanks. WB