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 …

Grumpy Old Man Rant – Christmas Edition

Let’s be honest – the¬†Grumpy Old Man Rant – Halloween Edition¬†was very self-serving. Although I meant every single word I said, it was all about what I want and not giving a shit about anyone else’s opinion. But in the spirit of the holidays and this season of giving, this grumpy old man rant is intended to make your lives 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 …

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 …

A Month Without a Cell Phone

I have never enjoyed speaking on telephones. I would blame my career as an attorney – all those years of constant interruption from clients and creditors – for my disdain of telephones, and surely that contributed to it. But the truth is, I didn’t even like talking on phones as a youth. Over the years, I’ve known a few friends Read More …

My Travel Style – How I Travel and Why

I’m preparing to turn my Road Trip Survival Guide into a video series on YouTube. And in organizing my notes, it occurs to me that I’ve never really clearly defined my travel style. Obviously, you can cobble it together from all of my stories and the survival guide itself. But I think it’s important for me to pause a moment Read More …

Asking the Right Questions

I’ve had a minor breakthrough today in my efforts to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I don’t have answers yet. But I may have removed (or reduced to rubble) an obstacle in my thought process. I’m cautiously optimistic that with a few more days of contemplation, I might finally have some answers. Even though Read More …

Why Millennials Reject Consumerism

A while back, Google put an interesting article in front of my eyes. A number of people have observed a correlation between my generation and anti-consumerism tendencies. This article in particular, however, makes the argument that Millennials are not cultural rebels – rather, the American Dream has been kept out of our reach and unattainable. Oversampling Before I wade in Read More …

Podcast Potpourri Post

As is my habit, I allowed several episodes of the Zero to Travel podcast to stack up in my queue before I departed on my road trip. There were a lot of interesting points raised, which triggered a lot of ancillary thoughts. Since these ideas come from multiple episodes, there’s not enough of an over-arching theme to tie them into Read More …