What? Are you f’ing kidding me? It’s morning already?
Aw....that’s it! I quit!
Ok, not really.
But it is Tell The Truth Tuesday. So I am obligated to tell the truth.
And the truth is, I was telling the truth yesterday. Abu Hureyra is not only the oldest example of a permanent residence we’ve found*, it’s also the oldest cultivated farm. It was on this land where we can see the first evidence of planned planting to keep like-type grains in one area for easier harvesting. Now, don’t go thinking they had plowed fields and nice straight rows, because they didn’t. they did break the soil with a primitive plow, but rows were non-existant. They would just toss the seeds to the land and let them grow randomly in the fields, just like in nature. It wasn’t until later that they realized they could increase their yield by planting in organized rows.
But, yes. almost 14,000 years ago people had settled down on a farm. And they left us seeds to show what they had planted. And we have also found the remains of the crops themselves. But it’s too bad civilization has to intrude on civilization. Back in 1974, the area was flooded over when a dam was put in place down river. Archeologists only had 2 seasons to dig. And while they found a lot, this was back in the early 70’s. Think of what modern technology could tell us about the site today.
Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, and I declared Tuesdays to be the day of truth telling, I have to be honest. That’s all I have for today. I just didn’t have time to do any research on a post for today. I was just too busy. And I’m going to be busy for quite a while.
I’ve whined about it a bit in the past few weeks, and my posts have been suffering. But with the coming of spring, I now am busy on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays after work. And by the time Wednesday rolls around and I have a free night, I’m exhausted.
So, I’ve made a tough decision. I am going to be cutting back on my posts. At least for a while.
You will still get our oddities fix every week. But I am going to change the way I do it. For now, I’m going to cut back to just one a week, probably on Fridays. It’ll be longer, most likely, since I’ll spend the entire week composing it. And there might be several oddities in each post, or there might be one. But the oddities will go on. And as I get used to my new schedule, I might increase it to two or three posts a week.
And eventually, like around October when my Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays free up again, I’m planning on going back to a daily post. It’s just for now, I’ve been putting in 12 hour days between work and other activities, and that makes it hard to spend the 2 hours on average each post takes. I guess what it all boils down to is, I can either keep doing a daily post, or I can get some sleep. And I’m sorry, but otter is a lazy butt and likes his sleep.
I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be a daily scab on everyones Whitenoise that they have to pick. I’ll still be making all my bad jokes in everyone elses posts, and posting inappropriate gifs and jpgs. And I promise to keep the spelling atrocious. I might even continue mangling my grammar.
So, basically, I’m not going anywhere, but I have to cut back on the daily oddities posts for a while because I just don’t have the time I need to compose them properly. And I think one or two good posts a week is better than 5 half-assed ones.
* When I say permanent residence, I mean man-made. There is a cave in China where the fire pit is so deep, they estimate the cave was continually occupied for 200,000 years, and the fire was kept going the whole time. And at Terra Amata in France, a neolithic shelter was found that dated back about 75,000 years. But it was a temporary home. It was occupied for less than six months.