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Joining the Occupation

Monday Dec 19:

I’m about to go join the Occupy Melbourne movement. At least, I’m about to go camp out with them for a night to get a sense of who they are and what they are all about. I’ve already stopped by today to make my introductions, to get a sense of what the community is like and what they are hoping to work on. It sounds like they actually have a pretty good sense of things, and I’m intrigued to see exactly what that means and translates to. That all said, I’m also nervous. There is no backup plan. I didn’t get a room at the hostel tonight because I want to go out and try this. I stored my bags in another hostel since mine doesn’t do that sort of thing. And I have a small locker here at my hostel with the things I want for the next morning locked up.

I’m genuinely nervous about this. It has helped me to work on the things that I’ve been meaning to do. I’ve caught up a bit on blogs, I’ve done more research on Tassie, and in general I’ve been working on anything I can to justify why I’m still here in the hostel at 23:20. My eyes are crossing at the screen and my brain can’t work anymore. And I’m forcing my hand on this. This will be a learning experience. It may be awesome. It may suck. But looking at it objectively, it is very unlikely to be worse than the night I slept at Sydney Central Station. I am going to learn from this. It will be an experience. And I’m going to be glad I did it, even if it does suck. But that means I need to go do it.

2 comments on “Joining the Occupation

  1. Bob Thompson
    December 22, 2011

    Good luck man. Watch out for your computer and camera (many have ended up trashed or stolen), and don’t push it if the police try to clear you all out.

    • Itinerantics
      December 22, 2011

      Thanks for the concern. All of my stuff is in lockers at the end of the day. I am sleeping with only what I need to sleep.

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