After five days of driving cross country, it was a relief to have finally arrived at my destination. I had an apartment here waiting for me — I had come out here for a week to interview and house hunt before the newspaper offered me the job — and now I have the task of filling it and making it livable. Right now it’s me, my dog, a folding table a bean bag chair, a suitcase of clothes and an air mattress. It will have to do for now.
I started work a few days ago. Not much to report really. I’m just getting to know my coworkers and fielding whatever they throw my way. They aren’t big on the training. My first day it was ‘here, go do this’ — no explanation, no directions, just get out and get started. So I’m piecing it together as best I can and asking questions when needed.
It’s not what I expected so far, but I think it’s too soon to tell what this job will be like.
Last week, the West Kentucky State Fair was in town. That was a week full of firsts for me as a photographer and as a person. Rodeos, demolition derbies, beauty pageants (which I could happily go the rest of my life never having to witness again, thank you), tractor pulls (don’t ask), and so many other things.
Let’s just say this city girl got a whirlwind lesson about life in a small southern country town.
I can’t say I have learned much about where I now live yet. I really only had two days here before I started working — not much time to do anything at all.
Life is slower, which is nice at times but painfully boring at others. There’s lots of green and open space and next to no traffic. It takes five minutes to drive anywhere in town, pretty much — quite lovely after spending several hours in L.A. traffic every day. If you drive much farther than that, however, you end up in a corn field.
I’m adjusting slowly. My dog too. It all still feels temporary. I find I’m waiting for my boss to call me into his office and tell me this was all a big mistake, I don;t have what it take, and I should go back to California. I’ve had several fitful moments, freaking out, wondering what the F@ck I’m doing here, if this was all just a big mistake. Still feels like an insane decision and I miss my family and friends.
I wish I had something more exciting to say today. Here’s hoping I get into the swing of things soon. For now, I’m reminding myself that this is the next step for me and it will work out however it’s supposed to.