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April 10th, 2009

I met a gentleman named Dennis in Nebraska that said this to me:

You from Cali?  What are you doing out here?  All there is here are cows, corn, wheat, and a bunch of alcoholics.  I no longer drink, so I’m moving outta here (sic).

To experience what the Great Plains and surrounding areas had to offer, I spent several days during the week working at a horse ranch and farm.  I shoveled manure, fed livestock, drove a tractor and Bobcat, and learned the intricacies of grain as well as the upsides of farming.  I am wont to think that the man fits the job and not vice versa, but the job beckoned me and drew me in with its simplicity.  It was dirty.  It was foul.  It was serendipity.

Though I have physically labored in previous jobs, working on a farm was different.  It was therapeutic – I received a great sense of gratification knowing that my body was aching after work, and, though hectic at times, found it to be quite soothing and tranquil.  Doctors should recommend a couple days working on a farm instead of a weekend getaway at the spa to destress.


  1. Kyla
    April 10th, 2009 at 20:05 | #1

    I def. agree about the unique value of physical labor. My mom and I have talked about how we both get a great sense of satisfaction from doing a day of intense yardwork. Sounds strange but then you do it and you understand.

    I’m pretty sure my body & mind were not designed to live a 9-5 office job life. “Doctors should recommend a couple days working on a farm instead of a weekend getaway at the spa to destress” – I love it.

    Great Blog, Andrew – keep up the great work/journey!

  2. Janet
    April 11th, 2009 at 00:44 | #2

    Good for you Andrew 🙂 Growing up, I spent many a summer on my grandparents’ farm. Granted, the physical labor was for the boys, but it’s a good experience that everyone should have!

  3. Joanna
    April 11th, 2009 at 19:25 | #3

    haha…about what Dennis from Nebraska said. Really interesting that you are “living” out your travels and experiencing the land and seems like everyone you’ve met so far is welcoming and friendly. Journey on!

  4. Andrew W
    April 14th, 2009 at 19:55 | #4

    That’s way cool – how’d you land those itinerant jobs?

  5. admin
    April 18th, 2009 at 17:58 | #5

    Just asked around, and eventually met the right person. Perhaps this is the best way to look for a job.

  6. Diana
    May 27th, 2009 at 02:16 | #6

    go Andrew!

  7. Jenn
    October 12th, 2012 at 04:05 | #7

    Andrew, I don’t know if I could walk in your shoes, but you definitely walk the path untraveled. I admire and respect you for you are a man of integrity and heart. You’re all heart, man. Well, heart and something else. If you wanna know, ask me, but I think you know. 😉 Yes, I second Diana, Go Andrew!!!!!!! Aja f(w)ighting, as Koreans would say.

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