The Myth of the Swindling, Freeloading Poor

In a Facebook thread discussing charity and giving to the homeless, someone challenged me to explain how I can know that a panhandler isn’t pulling a scam by pretending to be poor or homeless in order to get easy money. Cogito, Ergo Sum If we get obnoxiously philosophical about it, who can truly know anything? There is no way for Read More …

Feelings on the Haunt Industry and Haunt Season

I love being a haunter. I’m passionate about my craft. But my feelings toward the haunt industry and the haunt season have changed quite a bit over this past year. Haunt Acting I don’t think I ever want to perform at a haunted house attraction again. Don’t get me wrong – it was fun the first time I did it. Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

Job Satisfaction & Generation Lifestyles

Last night, I was reading a post from one of my hitchhiker friends on my Facebook feed. In that post, he explained that he had traveled 200 miles that day and was flat broke. He used a gift card to buy dinner and coffee, and then cashed out the rest for beer money. When I see posts from him that Read More …

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Material Wealth

I’ll preface this entry by confessing that I’m in a bit of a foul mood. I don’t know if it’s seasonal depression, the usual funk I get into when I contemplate my life and my future, or something that happened on New Year’s Eve. In all likelihood, it’s a delightful cocktail of all three. What sucks is that it’s too Read More …