On the Subject of Past Lives

A friend asked me yesterday what I thought of past lives. I have to admit I'd not given it much thought, but I do find it amusing that many people think they were someone famous - Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, Napoleon. I want to know who were the poor saps who had to clean out Henry the Great's bedpans, or the person who pulled the cart around to pick up the dead during the Black Plague?

Yes, I do fantasize about what it would have been like to grow up in the post-WWII era, in the 50's with the big band musicians and fashion. I would love to have been one of Rosemary Clooney's back-up singers, touring across America and on USO shows.

However I think often it's a matter of not being content with the life one has now, and hoping that a past life was better.

Sometimes I have memories so vivid, of a house or people that is so three-dimensional that I awaken with an aching longing feeling sense. Were these real places in my life, lost loves?

I think I spend more time wondering not "What was?" but "What if?" -- alternate paths of my current life. It's not hard -- I see the regret in an old love's eyes, as I say goodbye everytime we part from a social event. Knowing that a lie told by another profoundly affected our lives, and had it not happened it's quite possible we would be growing old together with a houseful of children.

Would I have gone to college though? Would I have stayed in college the first time round, instead of expressing my freedom from the discontent at home by drinking and cutting classes? I really don't know.
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Volunteer Call: 2009 Austin Reggae Festival benefiting Capital Area Food Bank

Dear volunteers:
It's almost time for the 2009 Austin Reggae Festival on Auditorium Shores in Austin TX, benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. You are important to our success, and your contribution is unique and important to us! There will be a lot of great changes this year, and we hope to see you there.

The sign-up process for volunteers is now starting!

WHEN: April 18 and 19, noon - 10 pm, both days

COSTS: $10

Our duties include (but are not limited to):
helping at one of the many gates (front, backstage, EMS) to the event, making sure that patrons don't bring in any beer or outside food, and doing stagehand work.

Here's the nutshell:

-Working one 5 hr shift gets you snacks and beverages provided, and adult beverages if you are over 21 so don't forget your ID!

-Working 10 hours over the event weekend (equivalent to 2 shifts)
Gets you a nifty festival t-shirt, and snacks and beverages will be provided. You may spread your time out over both days, or you may work only one day of the event weekend.

Now down to the brass tacks: If you are interested in volunteering, please email me with:

* Your full name
* Your phone number
* T-shirt size (if working 10 hours)
* Your 1st and second choice of shifts


Sat 10:00a - 3:00p (5 hrs)
Sat 2:00p - 7:00p (5 hrs)
Sat 6:00p - 10:30p (4.5 hrs counts as 5hrs)

Sun 10:00a - 3:00p (5 hrs)
Sun 2:00p - 7:00p (5 hrs)
Sun 6:00p - 10:30p ( 4.5 hrs counts as 5hrs)

Some people are true maniacs about this event, and work more than the 10 hours required to earn a shirt...if you are one of those, please let me know, there's no limit to the amount of hours you can help out, and extra perks!)

Forward this on to any interested folks. Thank you everyone and hope to see you soon!

Debbie Cerda
Volunteer Coordinator
Austin Reggae Festival

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Final Disclaimer:
I am in the midst of planning events and volunteering for SXSW 2009, so please be patient if I do not respond right away. Your participation is important to us, and we want to give adequate notice for you to plan for this event. Thank you!)

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  • 00:23 "Ave Maria - A million and one candlelights" ♫ #
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  • 10:04 Freezing my toes off at Auditorium Shores, wondering where guys I'm to meet to discuss major event are. Passed out toiletries kit instead :) #
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  • 11:14 @basicbrewing aha! Which beer of the day was it? I'm inspired to use vanilla bean and @PangaeaOrganica stash for 1st try at coffee beers! #
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  • 21:01 @elmundodemando as long as @michellegreer doesn't have someone else in mind, maybe you should volunteer as the Sumo referee @austintwestival #
  • 21:31 @michellegreer great minds think alike! What a treat - and see @nucleartacos post about co-hosting taco tweetup w/ @elmundodemando #
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