Update

Howdy.

I had to launch an author’s website, www.davidguba.com, so between than, writing, and school, I haven’t been focusing on ABA. My apologies.

Today is my 1-year anniversary of leaving the military, or as I call it, when I was promoted from American Sergeant to English Major. I don’t regret leaving the service. I am still disappointed the AF didn’t pay me to get out and take that job I landed in Hawaii. If I had gotten out, though, I never would have gone to Utah, which I loved.

I did some travel last week, to Detroit for a training class. I did some travel and photography, which you can view on my  Instagram. I wasn’t able to get good pics, but I went to a hardcore show. Bloodclot features Jon Joseph from the Cro-Mags, Nick from Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age, and Todd Youth. They played well, opening for Negative Approach. The audience didn’t crowdkill/hardcore dance, favoring a more traditional circle pt/push moshing. I had fun with it, twerking, pirouetting, making alligator jaws with my arms. I miss hardcore.

I’m taking some vacation time this week-we all need to catch up on sleep, and I’m looking forward to getting my nutrition back on track. Yoga, jiu jitsu, crossfit, maybe a few Muay Thai sessions if I can swing it.

I found out I have 2 more semesters to finish my degree than I thought, but that’s okay. It means I’ll start my Master’s a month later. Whatever.

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A ripple in a wall

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El impacto de un libro AKA El castillo, Jorge Méndez Blake, 2007

I saw pictures of this installation by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake, and it got me thinking about the power of ideas, about memes, about the transmission of culture. It reminded me ideas, their propagation and sharing, can impact our world, not just as gentle eddies in a pond, but in disrupting brick walls of institution, custom, and identity.

I haven’t mentioned it much on this blog, because at this point most of my readers are people I know in real life, and are already up on it. Yesterday, the paper ran a story on us.  Today is pivotal for medical marijuana legislation in Utah. My wife has been going to the Capitol, lobbying, meeting with representatives and senators, and engaging the media. I’m proud of the work she’s done, and I wish I were more involved.

Well, today is also my first job interview as I transition out of the military.

I’m anxious; and it’s mostly in a good way. It’s an energizing fire. This moment is a culmination of 3a.m. conversations, dreams, thinking out loud in hospital rooms, early morning driving to work long before the Sun rises anxieties, of pros and cons lists, of planning, of wishes, of phone calls, and emails. All of those things have the potential  to cause physical ripples and eddies and displaced bricks today.

Mazel Tov.