Paul sits down with three of the five boots at bootcamp (Dez, Magdalene, and Grey) to discuss how much the bootcamp sucks.
Moving on to Grey’s list, he hypothesizes that the main factor that leads to new boots leaving is that they don’t get the current systems and get overwhelmed with how much they have to change how they do things there. Even if you’ve listened to all the podcasts, chances are you’ll have to adjust to the current system, lest you have to re-experience all the reasons and comedy that lead to it. Case in point being a guy that (at least used to) listen to the pods went out to Paul’s place when he first got it and simply would not accept that a toilet system that was better than Jenkins’ humanure could exist. Granted, there’s a bit of this instinct in almost everybody, it’s just that the ones that stick around either bite their tongue for long enough to understand why they do it this way, or wait for a good time to ask about it so that they don’t bring the entire site to a stop. All this isn’t to say that bootcamp doesn’t have room to grow, simply that the sort that rock up on day one and tell everyone that they’re doing it wrong have much less experience with their systems.
First on the list of things that Grey has compiled on desirable traits for a boot is adaptability – you don’t quite know what you’ll be doing, it won’t be quite what you envisioned, not everything that needs doing will speak to you, but some will. Next up is some degree of youthfulness – there’s no age limit, but you’ll need the energy to work for 8 hours a day and it can be quite physically demanding.
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