Post by Pally on Mar 7, 2018 19:57:07 GMT
So let's see, where did we leave off...oh yes, the trash can. Well after I found my breakfast I noticed a man, who I later learned was the Mayor's oldest son, standing not far from my camp.
I introduced myself to him and he seemed really nice, in a smug sort of way. I would of never guessed it then, but we would become great friends in time. He gave me some tips on how to get on his dad's good side.
The biggest tip, Pay Your Bills. Apparently his dad was a not a fan of those who tried to mooch off his kindness. I also heard that you didn't pay the bills and that was how you came to belong to the Mad Mud Faction. The Jail House was your home and I didn't want to force you to have to leave, so I paid my bills.
I was okay with doing it. My path would be a little different from yours, but I was okay with that too. Besides, I had access to the cooler and if I wanted I could get one of those little crummy radios that only played one station. That night I tried grilling the trash fruit. It did nothing to improve the taste so I ate a raw one anyway to try and get rid of the burnt garbage taste in my mouth.
I did enjoy spending time in the hot springs. It was great for getting to know people better. But not very good at getting clean fast. I'd have to sit for way longer than I wanted. I guess maybe it was my teen age, but I couldn't stand to stay still very long.
Most times I was still covered in murk when I left and by the morning of the next day I was completely murked up. I had to learn the secret to deodorant and fast.
As soon as I was able, I caught that old beat up bus to Granite Falls. The ride was long but I slept most of it. Shortly after I arrived, I sought out the hermit. I knew she and you had become friends and I looked forward to learning more about you from her. She answered a few of my questions and also taught me the secret recipe to making an herb filled deodorant.
I confess, I loved the smell of the rich cream. I still went to the hot springs once in a while. I did like the feel of warm water on my skin and listening to the radio there. I had become too cheap to buy one of my own. But eventually I found I liked using the cream more than soaking in the water
Let's just say it was a good thing I liked it, because I found myself in need of it often. A few times I burnt my meal and had to use it. Once though, I had run out of parsley and had to just sit and eat in my filth because it wasn't bath day.
The following day I was at the hot springs with your daughter Hannah, and some of the other Freegans, she told me you had planted all the ingredients for herb deodorant at the gym in a secret basement. She said I could ask you for the code to the door if I wanted to pick any of them.
I was still too nervous to speak with you yet. So I did my best to take care of my trash plants while covered in my murkiness. They were evolving nicely. I think you would of been proud of my progress, if I had let you know then.
I also heard you made some of the best grilled potatoes around so I started practicing your recipe. Hannah had been kind enough to share it with me. I hoped someday to impress you with my version of them.
I met another of your daughters that week. Her name was Star. She seemed really friendly and happy. She didn't seem to mind the murkiness of my camp. In fact, she had a great time playing in one of my trash piles. I didn't care as long as she didn't try and throw it away.
One day a strange old woman came to my camp. She spoke in strange riddles and I couldn't quite understand what she was saying. But I think she was trying to tell me to get past my fears, because they were only holding me from finding what it was I truly wanted. Whatever that meant.
I had been doing well with collecting so I finally decided to spend a little of my money on a guitar. I loved the sounds it made and it was really fun to play. I even made up a few songs. Perhaps someday I could play something for you. I know you have heard me play once, but I have gotten much better now. Thinking of music has me feeling sleepy so maybe this would be another good time to take a little break. We can pick up again soon.