We were volunteering on a small farm in middle-of-nowhere Chile.
“I’ll be back tonight,” Mario told us after we finished the tough work of squeezing the last juice out of tangled grape vines and not dodging the wasps who were extracting as much sugar as they could from the plastic, rectangular vat of unfiltered wine. Like junkies, they eventually ODed, drowned by their own addiction, to be filtered out later.
“Like people, if you don’t try to hurt them they won’t hurt you. Behave like they don’t exist.”
I took his advice until one crawled up my pantleg and couldn’t find its way out.
“Ow! It’s in my pants. Ah! It got me again!”
I stripped down to my underwear and watched the stupid thing fly away.
“I’m going into town. I’ll be back by 6 or 7 tonight.”
Mario didn’t return for two days. This kind of thing became common. We found ourselves with a lot of time without the distractions of civilization; there was no Internet, no TV and no people.
To entertain ourselves we made movies with Rosie’s iPod touch.
Title: Dinner in Olmué
App: Reeli and Splice
Music: “Maisie” by Syd Barrett
A fairly straightforward look at the twice daily chore of feeding the animals on the farm. Splice allowed us to make several short cuts, which we then imported into Reeli. Using Reeli allowed us to add the soundtrack.
Title: The Machinist 2
Music: “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” by Klaatu
Let’s just say that watching The Machinist earlier in the day didn’t put us in a dark or reflective mood. Sorry you lost all that weight, Christian Bale.
Title: La Negra
Music: “Am I Demon?” Bonnie “Prince” Billy (covering Danzig)
La Negra is the oldest dog on the farm. She eats dried horse poop, drools on everyone and likes to rub her body against you to relieve her various itches, but she’s a sweetheart.