"The most important thing you can do is find a place and dig in."
that's what pete seeger told a young musician who had sent his tape to the folk music icon.
it's an interesting sentiment; one i pretty much live by, except the nearing move to a new place made me wonder if perhaps i am blazing a new trail. but the more i consider this idea, it seems the meaning of "digging in" is more broad than the similar "roots" metaphor. the derivation is from agrarian cultures, where generations stay close and continue to work the farm. as progress and technology have influenced more movement, i think digging in is less about time, and more about identifying a place and becoming part of the community. digging in may be less permanent than roots.
i'm bringing my shovel to sf.