Isaac: [looking over Richard’s shoulder at a text message about ‘Refugee Camp]: “Do NOT send me to that camp!”
Slim Jim wrappers are really useful in school. You can put your pencils in them overnight and then they smell good all day.
Isaac [pushing my hand away from his tablet]: “You have sausage fingers. This needs a pinky finger like mine!”
Isaac [at a scary movie]: “Well, I know one thing. I won’t need to cut my nails tonight!”
Isaac: “What do you think you would do if Paige died?”
Richard: “I don’t know. She’s probably not going to die anytime soon, but I’m sure we would be okay.”
Isaac: “I was just thinking that you’re already so old, it would hardly be worth the trouble of getting married again.”
Isaac: “What kind of teenager do you think I’ll be? A smart one? A lazy one? A normal high schooler who is bad and spray paints things?”
Richard: “Doesn’t matter. You’ll have been sent off to military school by then.”
Jump over to Bill Caraher’s blog and read about the archaeology of care. He made me dig a little deeper into my recollections.
On Thanskgiving Day 1999 I was in Turkey duing a survey of recent earthquake damage. We visited Gölcük, which had been devastated by an earthquake 3 months earlier. (You can read about our work in the essay Punk Archaeoseismology). President Clinton had just visited a few days earlier and promised aid. People who had nowhere else to go and who were not willing to risk life in damaged structures were living in canvas tents left over from WWI and makeshift shelters rigged from tarps. Some of those who were willing to risk living in damage structures had recently been killed by a major aftershock, so most people were outside. Byzantine landownership laws kept people in places they didn’t want to be. Winter was approaching. Mud. Lots of Mud.
At the time, I was studying ground deformations, tsunami runup and the like. I wasn’t studying the refugees and how they lived. These days, the temporary abodes are of more interest to me, in part because of our Man Camp project. But I remember the camps. That day, if you must know, burned in some of my strongest memories. Three boys, two with boots, one without, the oldest a little bit bent over, oversize gloves, one pair. Smiles. You’d be surprised how often these guys pop into my head. In hindsight, I wish I had stayed longer. My only good-luck charm came from a horrible spot on that day, and it reminds me just how much luck matters. Some photos below. If you want, notice the water bottles, electrical wires (and self-erected power pole), and t.v. antennae.
Isaac (happily): “This slice of pizza is as big as Manhattan!”
Isaac (after some running around): “I’m athletic. I’m just not good at turning.”
Isaac: “Oh, dang it! My face hurts from smiling too much.”