I spent most of the last week harvesting grapes. Yep, I don’t just make software. I also make wine.
Moving many crates can take a toll on your backbone. In spite of that, harvesting is fun. The best part is that, while you harvest, you can chat.
I was lucky to spend time in the vineyard with my parents and some of our neighbors. I have told and listened to many stories, jokes, adventures, struggles and dreams. And I did it while harvesting a fruit that will become a great juice. Is there anything better?
I contrast this experience with the days I make software. I sit alone, in a room, in front of a screen. Sometimes I “chat” via email/Slack but it’s not the same. I wish there was a way to make software while listening to stories. Unluckily I need silence when I reason about code. I’ll have to get over it.
I’m looking for a way to harvest more stories during my day to day life, because the next grape harvest is too far away. I’ll need more stories sooner.
I am pondering the idea of scheduling a phone call every day, to chat with somebody I met at some conference. Mulling over it.