|11/ 9/10: welcome with flowers|
Everybody seems nervous about it, as it is unclear where will they go - the only known factor is the date of leave, this coming Sunday, November 14th, but no place to go. You can see all around the camp efforts to organize for packing, and joy from probably soon having permanent space, as promised by the city mayor's office, but the people spirits a bit dampened by the immediate uncertainty of their future.
|Kitchen tent at Nickelsville 11/8/10|
This time we actually 'know' each other, as we are past the first careful encounters of strangers, and Danny lets me see his playful side: he cracks jokes about being ready 'to pack and depart in 24 hrs', should the Alaska fishing company call him before his scheduled for January 20 assignment. 'Sometimes somebody has to get off the boat, so they call somebody else to work, and the ship is not gonna wait for me'.
He makes jokes about his family 'eaten by greed', his previous jobs as cabinet maker and tells me he used to build websites. And where did he learn html code? 'I can read', he quipped, 'books and internet, that's where'; it made me laugh, because it's so true - most of the things we learn nowadays is because we learned to read once.
It's obvious that Daniel misses sunny Florida, and the rain in Seattle is not making his waiting for job easy, but that, too, he dismisses with laughter; he is tough and 'at 37 I'm not very, very young, but still have enough time to do what I need to do'... While chopping he says he really likes chili: 'I bet you never had chili made with the hearts of palm' - surely sounds exotic, and something tells me it's the 'palm' part, and not the chili what makes Daniel sound nostalgic.
|This kitty will be moving soon, too...|
Decided to peak at the Nickelsville container garden and see how it's doing in the rain - still quite well. While at it, noticed a washroom in front of the porta-potties: a very clever fixture with two stations for washing hands, built-in containers for soap and hand towels and even a mirror attached on top.
|'Washroom' at Nickelsville, complete with a mirror|
What made it 'Asian' was the seasoning: several star anise pods and lots of fresh ginger root pieces while cooking chicken, splash of sesame oil and soy sauce on the end + fresh cilantro and the 'kick', of course: Thai hot sriracha chili sauce, after we turned the burner off - just to infuse the soup with their flavors, but not really cook it.
For the soup to be a hit in Nickelsville - I learned - it has to be thick, substantial and have a 'character', or a kick. Daniel and I spend considerable time tasting and trying to give it just the right amount of spice: more sriracha, what do you think? 'maybe just a hint more, it's a bit bland the way it is, and believe me, we see enough bland everyday'.
Here a few links, about Nickelsville current moving situation from Seattle Times:
• Homeless campers pleased at Seattle's plans but need a place now
• Seattle mayor McGinn, citizens panel want homeless camps
• Embrace the opportunity for partnership with Nickelsville
“But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”
- William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)