The Probable Beginning of Phase Two

I’m finally getting around to writing the book I was supposed to write after the North American Road Trip. I’m getting a room at a motel tomorrow afternoon and spending the next 20 hours secluded from all of the distractions of home. I’ll be pouring over all of my blog posts here and making notes for an outline. Then, I 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 …

Just Say “No” to Unnecessary Detours

I’m going to say a few things in this blog post that may seem contradictory. For example, I’m going to make it sound as though I like my job, even though I hate my job. Bear with me. This is a blog post of subtlety and nuance. Retail Regrets The job I have today is a job I accepted out Read More …

An Open Letter to “Normies”

In my effort to teach my old self some new tricks, I was poking around on Google the other day and typed “how to survive as a drifter” into the search bar. These following three results caught my eye and are the purpose of this post. What It’s Like Living as a Crust Punk Reddit: I want to become a 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 …

Growth and Values

My blog posts are generally split into three categories: horror, travel, and growth and values. The first two are pretty self-explanatory. The third category speaks to the personal journey I have gone through (and continue to go through) in figuring out who I am, the life I want to live, and how to get there. Even though this blog is Read More …

Remembering Your Values

I realize that it’s easier to identify your values in moments of contemplation than to constantly live up to those values. Like how conservatives claimed the domain of morality, but now side with a President who is unquestionably immoral. Or how some on the left fight for clean air and energy independence while driving SUVs. My New Job Does Not 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 …

Georgia On My Mind

My time is running out. TransWorld is just about a month away. After that, I’ll spend about a week or so finishing up the Forgotten States Road Trip. After that – if my landlord honors our agreement – I could be asked to vacate my apartment at any time. So the pressure to figure out where I’m going to go Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Planning a Trip

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of theĀ Road Trip Survival GuideĀ for more valuable information. To Plan or Not to Plan? There’s nothing I love more than grabbing my go-bag, hopping in my truck, and hitting the road for the weekend on a whim. I don’t even need a particular destination in mind. I just Read More …