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Episode 37: The end of the adventures

Monday, February 7, 2005

Today was the first day in my completely mundanized life. I started work today at a normal corporation, working in a normal office, with normal people, doing normal work for normal hours and a normal wage. A runaway chapter in my life that began one sunny December day in Eugene in 2003 has come to a close. For the next few years, I’ll be having adventures of the much more practical type: adventures in apartment hunting; adventures in crossing the street; adventures in losing ten pounds; adventures in keeping motivated.

No doubt I will eventually be involved in other things besides just work, but nothing on the grand scope that 2004 provided... at least not anytime soon. I’ve pledged to my family that I will stay in the Sacramento area until my father chooses to retire in three to six years. So here is where I’ll be. And that means starting another life again.

I have recovered from the upsets of 2004. The momentum we began in Iowa over a year ago hasn’t died. Change is making its slow but inexorable progress. I might not be involved with the wheels that are turning now, but I did help them get rolling, as did all those who supported me. We have the strength to endure the galling arrogance and divisiveness that the privileged classes have provided us, because we know, as one friend always reminded me, “this too shall pass.”

My last request to those seeking change in the uppermost echelons of society is to begin at home. Support local programs and candidates whose causes you can get behind. Consider public service yourself. Remember that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. Give them the tools they’ll need to figure it all out. The organizations that 2004 built—,—will continue to be important forces for the disaffected. Watch, wait, and when the time comes, be ready. It might be your turn next.

To Harold, David, Anna, Josh, Jerry, Eric, Kristen, Collette, Vince, Cecelia, Sara, Al, Kim, Dan, Naz, Darby, Natalie, John, Stacey, Ben, Kyla, Karl-Thomas, Mike, Eric, Bill, Anthony, Nader, James, Janeane, Bertina, Gary, Lisa, Chris, Bob, Dan, Jen, Katie, Jennifer, Leslie, Pat, Iggy, Steve, Derick, Emma, Mary, Mandy, Tony, Leigh-Anne, John, Betty, Shauna, Steve, Becks, Tom, Mark, Missy, John, Jeremy, Chris, Portia, Rose, Sara, Lauren, Douglas, Ben, Cate, Toby, Aymie, Dottie, Chris, Steve, Molly, Liz, Michael, Jonathon, Lauren, Chris, James, Kate, Amelia, Paul, Erica, George, Bruce, John, Dave, Dusty, Bob, Scott, Anne, Joe, Mike, Emily, Dick, Mary Louise, Sharon, Joe, John, Sean, Eddie, Greg, Torvic, Susan, Kerry, Sara, Nick, Winthrop, Dan, Francyne, Eric, Amber, Katie, Julia, Bob, Fred, Dana, Justin, Tim, Ben, Matt, David, and Declan: you made my life memorable. I will never forget you.

For those who joined my adventures via the mailing list, this is the last mailing you will receive from the list. Consider yourself unsubscribed.

For those interested, my new job is to write copy for two accessory catalogs: and I’ll be coming up with the text that goes next to the pretty pictures of the plastic things that will be printed in six million mail-order catalogs each year. It pays well enough, it’s here in Rancho, and it’s not at all demanding, other than the hours. All in all, I think I rather lucked out. Again.

Well, take it easy. So long for now.

Steve Ransom


All of the Adventures of Steve

   Episode 1: In which Steve leaves Eugene and arrives in Rancho Cordova.
   Episode 2: In which Steve visits the Jelly Belly factory and gets a haircut.
   Episode 3: In which Steve gets a cold, a big box, and a seat on a train.
   Episode 4: In which Steve receives shiny new toys and loyal old friends.
   Episode 5: In which Steve departs for Iowa and rants a bit about why.
   Episode 6: In which Steve takes a trip to Des Moines.
   Episode 7: In which Steve gets really involved.
   Episode 8: In which Steve starts hobnobbing but is haunted by Arne Baker.
   Episode 9: In which Steve becomes a groupie and is informed that we all have love in our hearts.
   Episode 10: In which Steve becomes a media whore.
   Episode 11: In which Steve takes on Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine and Michigan.
   Episode 12: In which Steve is pitted against Fort Dodge, Iowa and seven vans of unruly Texans.
   Episode 13: In which Steve learns that all his hard work wasn't enough to put the candidate back together again.
   Episode 14: In which Steve does nothing.
   Episode 15: In which Steve reaches a decision and attempts to get virtually hired.
   Episode 16: In which we thank the good doctor for all he did.
   Episode 17: In which Steve suits up for a new life in the Cap City!
   Episode 18: In which Steve starts to realize he’s not in Eugene anymore.
   Episode 19: In which Steve switches from job seeking to home seeking.
   Episode 20: In which Steve starts to learn some things via the error side of trial and error.
   Episode 21: In which Steve experiences his first blizzard.
   Episode 22: In which Steve contemplates his next move.
   Episode 23: In which Steve prepares to switch gears... again.
   Episode 24: In which Steve spends a week in a hotel with four thousand teenagers and then gives his 30-day notice.
   Episode 25: In which Steve reminisces about his 10 weeks in Columbus while waiting in the wings.
   Episode 26: In which the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
   Episode 27: In which Steve changes everything.
   Episode 28: In which Steve finds Brood X, gets a teeny crush on a fellow trainee and learns where he's going, approximately.
   Episode 29: In which Steve starts to see how politics really works.
   Episode 30: In which Steve writes a letter to Kelly, executive director of the group that fired me.
   Episode 31: In which Steve spends a tentative week commuting to work in Maine.
   Episode 32: In which Steve learns he's just one piece on the board.
   Episode 33: In which Steve settles in for three months of intense campaigning.
   Episode 34: In which Steve is deep into the final countdown.
   Episode 35: In which Maine wins, the nation loses and Steve heads home.
   Episode 36: In which Steve doesn’t do much more than comb the classifieds and update his Web site.
   Episode 37: In which Steve slips into a normal life.

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