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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Employment Criteria and New Business Ideas

Continuing off of last week’s post about what I perceive to be my value in the job market, I thought I would share my thought process regarding rejoining the workforce, including my criteria for finding new employment and my thoughts on a possible new business. Money Isn’t the Big Factor The whole point of selling my house was to give myself Read More …

Discovering Wanderlust and the Thrill of Travel

When I first conceived of the idea to hit the road and become a nomad – it may surprise you that I did not have an overwhelming sense of wanderlust. I merely wanted to put physical distance between myself and my old life. Travelling with Purpose to Destinations I haven’t been a stranger to travel. For much of my youth, my mother Read More …

The Salem Trip and Circumnavigating the Great Lakes

I just returned late last night from my trip to Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the famous witch trials of 1692-1693. Although I’ve driven greater distances to get to Jasper, those trips usually lasted 9 days and included 5 days of rest and relaxation in a comfortable hotel. Salem, on the other hand, was my most ambitious trip yet. I traveled over Read More …