When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. ~ 1 Cor. 13:11
(This post continues the memoir that I begun in Day 1: Introduction.)
I lived at home for most of my undergraduate education. On the day after Christmas, December 26, 2001, during the winter break before my final semester at Temple University, I moved out of my parents house in Northeast Philadelphia and into an industrial flat in Manayunk with three flatmates. I intended the move to be a six-month trial, but after my replacement had backed out, the move became semi-permanent. I lived in Manayunk until October of 2005, when the remaining flatmates went their separate ways. During these years away from the supervision of my parents and among the camaraderie of like-minded flatmates and friends, I felt more free to explore and express my liberal progressive tendencies.
By far the most influential of these friends was Nik, who nurtured my interest in environmental responsibility. Nik attended the same high school I did, but we did not become close friends until our years at Temple together. He ran a computer lab on the third floor of Temple’s engineering building, and I spent much of my free time with him in his office, philosophizing and sharing musical discoveries. He was into nature, and if he wasn’t tending to his plants in the stairwell, he was monitoring the earthworm compost under his desk. He introduced me to the principles of organic, sustainable living, and I did my best to apply these principles at my new home and in my new life. Read the rest of this entry »