ep32. Packing! (part 1 – Don’t Over Pack!)
#Confession: I have stopped listening to other podcasts. I know… I know… I’m confessing this even though this is a link to listen to a podcast. I can hear you now: “BUT! LN! HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO GET BETTER AT MAKING PODCASTS??!?”
#Tangent: I had this problem when I graduated from college- where I had to stop listening to music because all I would do is analyze it. (I-V-vi-iv)… Over and over again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlDewpCfZQ
The same thing happened to me with podcasts. I can hear the script. I can hear the agony of stupid decisions of “Should we pause here? Should we have a bigger music swell here? What will this nuance of ____ convey to the listener? Should we use a different word here that is gooder than that other word?”
And you know what? I really hate all that. I despised the naval gazing. I cringed at the thought: “is this creative enough? Is this conveying the message I want to convey?”
So I stopped.
And I’ve been SO MUCH HAPPIER with what I’ve been creating!
With that said- I don’t want you to stop listening to my podcast 😛 If it’s helpful for you- keep listening! But I’ve changed how I make it. It’s more for me.
It’s *MY* creative outlet.
I don’t have an editor marking my scripts.
After November, I’m going to be switching to Reaper- so I don’t even have to pay for audio software anymore.
I don’t have people in the sidelines saying “eh… but this is how ____ does it! You should, too!”
Fuck that noise.
I’m done being like someone else.
It’s using skills (my useless audio degree) that I don’t get to use while fighting fire.
Oh.. Right… update: I’m a wildland fire fighter/disaster response girl now- and much happier because of it. For once- I have a 5-year plan!
And this summer, during downtime in between fires, I hope to get more chunks of my book done. I kinda need to- because my grandparents aren’t getting younger- and they don’t listen to podcasts, either.
So there ya go. THIS is the reason this podcast has taken so long.
This is the reason it’s in a weird format. This is what I’m doing with my time.
(Transcript of Podcast)
<Bsn music – simple chord progression in B nat.>
I’m currently obsessed with Hamilton the musical
And sometimes it’s usual
To be inspired by something beautiful
And potentially do-able…
So I’ve been going cuckoo
Trying to dream up something new
While I was on a fire-crew
And this may be useable…
I am currently in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Where I need to fill my quota
Of classes for wild land fire-fighting—
but in truth, it’s kinda really boring.
And the girl in the next dorm packed like she was moving in.
Her bag un-thin,
bulged like double chins,
Looked like she had rubbermaid bins,
All for some classes over 5 days,
At the end of may,
That was given high praise…
She had: 2 rolling bags,
A duvet with the american flag,
A month’s worth of rags,
All wheeled out of her little chevy
To be walked up the stairs…
Man, I bet that was heavy.
I packed accordingly,
And probably quite boringly.
Which I’ll give you my list
At the end of all this.
This is a mini series where my lips will be smacking
And I’ll be racking
My brain to find people to be backing
This podcast about Packing.
But before I continue the verse…
Let’s do this first…..
Most people over-pack- like the girl in the dorm.
That’s the norm
You have to brainstorm-
what’s easiest for you?
Have more stuff? Or more leg room?
I called my friend Victor- from Victorstravels.com
And he decided to help me, because he is the bomb,
We talked about the importance and unimportance of stuff
And when to get rid of things- which is really tough.
But he had a good formula which isn’t new
Or a breakthrough,
It’s something that all travelers accrue,
And now I want to share it…. With you.
<tape- Victor- “The policy I have are increments on what to bring. Obviously I have a week- you use an over-night bag. 2-3 weeks I would bring 5 days worth of stuff clothing wise and bare-minimum of stuff. I can fit all that in a check-in bag. That saves hassle at the airport in general. If I go for a month-2 months… it doesn’t make a difference if it’s 1-6 months.. Or a year- you have a couple cycles with your clothes so you get used to wearing the same clothes. You get over because otherwise your bags get really heavy!”>
I use the same formula,
Which is no phenomena,
Doesn’t matter if I’m going to florida
To fight fires or play in an orchestra-
But if you insist,
I’ll give you my packing list,
from this past trip.
The things I was wearing:
-Hoodie (yes- I know it’s june… but this is Minnesota).
-Phone, wallet, keys, glasses, etc
Contents of backpack:
5 pairs of underware
Extra pair of pants
Micro fiber towel
Med kit (always)
Total weight: 13lbs.
Moral of the story
In all of this glory
Is to think about:
Is this worth hauling out?’
And- That’s all for now, I’m LN Lurie.
What is on your list of things to haul around? Email me at LN.Lurie(at)yahoo(dot)com or write a review on itunes. Also- Find me on social media: facebook.com/whereisLN or instagram: “WhereisLN”.
Next week, I’ll talk about Consolidation.
Link to additions I’ve made to my backpack
And some packing lists: