What You Leave Behind

For the past several weeks, a single theme has occupied my thoughts. How to survive on the road with nothing. Every time something in my home or work life annoys me, I think about how I won’t have to deal with that when I’m on the road. Every time I spend money, I think about how I won’t have to Read More …

Fortune Favors the Bold

The Two Bartlets Many people lead lives of contradiction, toeing a delicate line between what they want and what they are comfortable with. One of my favorite cultural examples of this comes from The West Wing. The stories of President Bartlet (and his administration) oscillate between doing the right thing (at high cost or risk) and going the politically-safe route. Read More …

Reflections of a Rubber Tramp, One Month Into a New Job (and One Week Into a New Home)

Yesterday, I drove to work along my new route from my new home, and I passed by a Motel 6. I suddenly became nostalgic for the days when a stay at a Motel 6 was a luxury. What, with their flat beds, hot water, and ice machines – they were an oasis during my rubber tramping days. Honestly, it doesn’t Read More …

Forgotten States Road Trip: Part I – Lower 48 States

It is official. I have now been to every contiguous state in the United States (the lower 48 states). I’ll apologize in advance for the length of this post. I have a lot to get to, and I want to dive in straightaway. It is ironic that this post will be so long since the trip was uneventful and unremarkable. Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Finding Shelter & Sleep

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. Costly Lodging For most Americans, travelling away from home means spending a night in a hotel. But if you plan on being on the road for a long period of time, hotel stays are prohibitively expensive. The average daily rate for Read More …

My [Mostly] Completed Battle Jacket

This is my battle jacket – that I began before my road trip, and now completed (for all intents and purposes). Featured Patches The jacket features my favorite horror-comedy movies, including Deathgasm (back patch), Dead Alive, Ghostbusters, and Evil Dead. Other patches allude to my road trip, Necrophilia, and other philosophies. Missing Patches I’m thinking about getting an Apocalyptica patch, Read More …

Welcome to the Freak Show

During my trip, I felt undeserving of the title “crust punk” or “gutter punk” because I had a cushy truck with air conditioning. I was living a more comfortable life than the other punks I had met. But now that the trip is over and I’ve settled into my new temporary living conditions, I think I have earned the title. Read More …