While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would be no going back to work on Monday, there would be no packing up lunch, there would be no waking up in the wee hours of the morning and taking the train to Manhattan. Our morning meetups at Castle Clinton would be history.
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Amosh Neupane | August 5, 2014
We tried several times, but failed every single time. There always seemed to be something faulty in our technique or our positioning. During one of the ﬁrst attempts, the people on the base layer were spaced too wide apart and we couldn’t stay stable. Another time, most of us were having trouble carrying the weight, so we never made it past the second level. Despite our unfaltering efforts, we didn’t succeed. I and my friends returned home from Governors Island disappointed in ourselves for failing to build a stable human pyramid.
Amosh Neupane | July 28, 2014
Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horriﬁed when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black ﬂies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a ﬂy takes a chunk out of my face?”
Amosh Neupane | July 17, 2014
What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This ﬁrst week has been all about questions for me.
Amosh Neupane | July 7, 2014
To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned oﬃce workspace over something outdoorsy.