Archive for July, 2011

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home feels far

July 29, 2011

If it’s the beaches’ sands you want, you will have them. If it’s the mountains’ bending rivers then you will have them.  If it’s the wish to run away then I will grant it.  Pack the old love letters up, we will read them when we forget why we left here.

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auto-pilot, disengaged

July 27, 2011

My life did not come equipped with the  auto-pilot feature.  And to think that this clarity was inspired by a mid-air conversation with some woman on the aisle asking the usual “Where are you from?” “What do you do for work?”  “Married…. kids?”

I am truly gifted at subtly deflecting this line of questioning a skill which has served me well as my experiences, passions and missteps get beiged inside of structured pleasantries.  My honest answers end up sounding identical to those given by any tiny handed carnival worker lacking a proper mailing address. On this particular evening my practiced evasiveness was trumped by genuine curiosity resulting with the auto-pilot realization.

When you’re living your life on auto-pilot, you recognize every pattern you’re in and there’s no need to worry.  I suspect this sort of suburban stability is what most consider to be their goal and its easy to understand why.   Your brain wants you to be safe.  Your body is built to procreate and die, not thrive.

I spent years trying to pretend that I wanted a “normal” stable life, being uncomfortable constantly forced me to be aware, to experience, absorb and grow.

Now I feel that that those on auto-pilot are simply going the wrong way, getting no new input, recognizing no new patterns. If this is the way your life is going, you are actually becoming more useless in an increasingly chaotic world where the best pattern recognizers win – the type of person who gets their three minutes on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and walks away with $200 after the first softball question, never bothering to use a lifeline.

Anything amazing, be it a feat or a life,  requires character forged by a cycle of balancing and unbalancing, contraction and growth – the constant (sometimes paralyzing) fear of failing but driving forward anyways.

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Urban Hack Attack

July 26, 2011

Likely a fake but every inch of me respects the spirit of this clip.

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by September

July 25, 2011

Heading back out on the road after a long home stand in California, returning by September.

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the outdoor type

July 20, 2011

Collection of images taken recently in which I appear to be the outdoor type

Click for more photos of the Humboldt Hike

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in Humboldt

July 17, 2011

Exploring the Lost Coast and Redwood groves of Humboldt County California

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Straight to the Slurpee with Contact Help

July 13, 2011

Another example of don’t know whatcha got til its gone… Remember calling customer support and talking with an Indian (slurpee, not casino) who read from a script in broken English?  Those were the good ole days!  Now we have to navigate an animated multiple question pre-support questionnaire (often littered with advertisements and surveys) just to speak to the same guy in Mumbai.

A common bypass to this annoyance was to repeatedly press zero, however this is not always the case.  Before I try calling AT&T or Comcast I always check the free website contacthelp.com   This site provides information on reaching a “real person” in custom support for most major companies.

This is how you would reach a real person at Verizon Wireless…

Get a live person at Verizon Wireless