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Settling In

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So I've been in the South for about one month now, and it has been amazing. I am almost getting to the point where I know my way around and have a normal schedule, almost.

We were assigned to our construction managers and to our own houses on Thursday. Mark is my manager, and I will be working on N Tonti, just two blocks away from the house I worked on in NCCC! The house is almost done, it only needs random things and touchups done for the most part, but it will probably still take a month or so to get done. I get my own volunteers next Thursday, and I am very excited!

I celebrated my birthday over the entire weekend, who says 23 can't be special?? Every day is special when you're in New Orleans! There is a custom here that you pin a dollar to your shirt and then everyone will know it's your birthday and will contribute a dollar to your fund. I made $25 doing that. Mostly from people I knew (a local at my landlord's bar gave me $7, and my landlord gave me $5). I also got a free drink at the Ernst Cafe, where I went on the actual day of my birth. It seemed right.

Every Thursday, before the Office comes on, I play Ultimate Frisbee with a random assortment of strangers. We all met on craigslist looking to start playing, and voila! it happened. We've gotten together twice now, and it has been great! It's fun, and good exercise... Plus, we play right during the sunset, and boy is it a beautiful sight from Audubon park. The sky here is really beautiful almost all of the time. Especially when the moonlight reflects off the bayou a few blocks away from my apartment.

Tomorrow is my first day of bartending at the Saints game, we are very excited! Unfortunately we have to check in at 7am, which means it's going to be an early night tonight. But there are only four home games that we can work at, so it's not too big of a sacrifice.

All in all, I'm very happy to be here, and I'm really enjoying my time here. Thank you for your continued support!

Posted by mernst 18:35 Archived in USA Tagged volunteer

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