Decisions and Regrets

I do not regret the decision I made to retire my law practice, sell my house, and go off on my epic road trip. I regret pretty much every decision I’ve made since I returned to Green Bay. Remaining in Green Bay For two years straight, I contemplated leaving Wisconsin once and for all, and for two years straight, I Read More …

Hometown Tourism, Part 1

Having lived in Green Bay since 2006 and realizing that I don’t know the town apart from its dumb football team… And having had my travelling abilities dramatically curtailed by the requirements of my new job… A few months ago, I decided to be a tourist of my own hometown. I compiled a laundry list of events and venues in 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 …

Green Bay and the Wild West

Seeing as how I’ve decided to remain in Green Bay for the foreseeable future, I think it’s time I settle back into my home. No One Strolls Anymore There’s a scene in Penny Dreadful where Dr. Seward hypnotizes Renfield and they stroll through a Chinatown dreamscape to find Dracula. The scene has stuck in my head – for whatever reason 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 …

Impossible Choices and Dilemmas

I wish I didn’t have to choose between my friends and finding a better home. Here’s my fantasy. I’d take my closest haunt friends here in Green Bay plus everyone I met last summer on the road and form a punk community out in the woods, where I’d live out the rest of my life happily ever after. I think Read More …

Coping with Competing Passions

I’m pleased to report that my head is in a slightly better place this week than it was last week. Last week, I was severely depressed – nearly suicidal, even – mostly because I was back in Green Bay and was unable to see a clear path back to the happiness I experienced on the road. This week, I’m still depressed, Read More …

Five Weeks That Ruined My Life

I look back on my North American Road Trip with great fondness. Over the course of five weeks, I gained experiences and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I do not regret taking the trip. Nor do I regret quitting my job or selling my house. But in the thirty nine days that have passed Read More …