Moving and Dirt
7/21/08

Well, my babe and I moved to a new place.  I have moved a few times,
and I have to say this was the hardest.  I think it was probably
because this was the first time I moved out of a house, as opposed to
an apartment.  Something about a house causes you to accumulate lots
of junk.

There's also something about a house that seems to hold on to your
stuff.  It's as if the house attaches itself to them.  It takes a lot
of effort to move things out of a house, as if things became heavier,
or as if stuff was actually pulled back into the house.

I think dust has something to do with it.  Everywhere there was
something hard to move, there was also dust.  I think the dust is just
on the surface, so to speak, of something far more involved.

They say the best spider webs are invisible.  I would not be surprised
if dust was somehow part of otherwise invisible bonds coming from the
Earth itself.  These strands must be very stretchy, because I'm
certain I've had to move some of the same boxes across town multiple
times, as if they had been pulled back across town after I had set
them down in the new house.  I'm afraid to go back to the old house
tonight, for fear that all the previously moved furniture will be back
in place.

On the other hand, apartments just seem to let you go without any
problem.  You just slide your stuff out, and you're on your way.
Well, except for my water bed...  That became a living entity all by
itself.  I made the mistake of getting a "wave less" mattress, which
basically means it's filled with really weird stuff that soaks up
water forever, and makes it impossible to lift.  Try to lift one side,
and it shifts it's weight to the other side of the mattress.  So I
finally moved it out onto the porch, cut it up with a steak knife, and
still could not move it.  Over time the knife holes allowed life of
some sort to creep in and grow inside.  Finally one day, the mattress
stood up and started pounding on the sliding glass door, which
admittedly helped me cancel my unwanted newspaper subscription, but I
moved out quickly anyhow.  But that was an isolated experience.
Normally moving out of an apartment is pretty easy.  I don't know why
houses are any different.

I think it has to do with the continuous connection made to the Earth.
In a house, you have some of your stuff outside, and it is always
getting muddy and dirty.  This mud and dirt gets tracked into the
house, and pretty much all over, finally in dust form, reaching every
nook and cranny of your house.  It's as if the Earth has webbed your
house and all your belongings in, and holds everything down.

If you think about it, this explains a lot.  People really didn't
become world travelers until they started taking showers each
morning.  It may be subtle, but I think we all feel a lot more free to
move about after bathing.  That's because we can all feel dirt
weighing us down... far more than dust and dirt actually weighs.  I
mean, dust doesn't weigh anything.  It floats.  Or more accurately now,
I guess it lunges or perhaps grabs.

However, I guess if you are not moving to a new house, this webbing
might be a good thing.  It might explain why our dog has gone to
kicking up enormous dust clouds at the new house.  As soon as he hit
the back yard, he starting digging, and it seemed to me more for the
purpose of throwing dirt into the house as opposed to making any
particular hole.  He sure has some good digging paws, I'll tell you.

People always joke about being able to know what a dog actually says,
as if it would be simplistic.  But I think the dogs probably have a
vast wisdom we've either forgotten or never knew.  We were stupid
monkeys living in trees, while the wise dogs remained connected to the
ways of the Earth.  We think they are digging random holes in the
ground, when in reality, they are securing the pack's lodging with
protective ground webbing.