My workbench

My workbench

Monday, September 26, 2011


Half of me wants to wander the world searching for a better place, while the other half wonders how to stand and make a difference.  A rapidly shrinking part refers to what I am doing now.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

You're doing it wrong.

"What you are doing is simply incredible.  Most people would never do something like that."

I have heard a dozen variations of these two phrases from just as many people over the past two weeks.  I think it is supposed to be encouraging and supportive.

It's not.

What it is, however, is fucking depressing.  Stop and think for a moment: does telling someone that helping out an elderly family member, who is in need of care, sound good?  Of course it does.

Does mentioning that NOBODY ELSE WOULD DO THAT sound encouraging?  No.  It sounds like we live in a world where people wouldn't stop to help a dying man on the street.

Oh.  Wait.

Yes,  I am taking time out of my life to help someone.  It is great that I am able to do this.  It's HORRIFYING to me that nobody else seems to be willing. 

MY friends, those whom I consider close enough to be family, would do this in a heartbeat.  We are not always in communication, but when someone needs help, and it is possible to give it, everything else goes out the window.  Money is raised, borders are crossed, laws and rules are broken, all for the love of a friend.

Is this really such a strange concept?

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Every day, every experience, I feel blessed to have the opportunities to experience life in the ways I do.

Why I deleted my CS account

When I first started my travels, CouchSurfing was an incredible resource.  I met awesome people, stayed in private homes and accommodations, and generally was well taken care of.  I've made friends through the couchsurfing community whom I am still in contact with today, and been exposed to places and people I could have never imagined.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I need to post this

 Here is the story of how corrupt, crooked, and disgustingly twisted our "justice" system is.  I would urge everyone to watch this trailer, and the full length documentary linked at the bottom of this post.  I cannot stress this strongly enough.

Watch the full video on the link below, if you cannot see it on PBS

Monday, September 5, 2011

Back in the 'Well

As has been the trend of late, it has been a while since my last update.  Surprisingly, this time there is a reason.  I have moved back to Norwell.  That's right, the quaint little town on the South Shore which I swore I would never return to...well, I've returned.  At least there is a good reason.

Mo got released from the hospital, and I am helping to get her back up and on her feet.  I am living at her house, helping with basic around-the-house chores, and trying to help establish some sort of a routine for her care.  On the side, I am also going to be doing my usual research, creating a database of problems, prescriptions, complaints etc.  It's just like any other research project, only I have a significant emotional investment this time.  Stressful as it is, I am thoroughly enjoying the tasks I have set upon myself, and I am proceeding with a determination not seen since...Well, to be honest, I'm not sure that I have ever really dedicated myself to a project like this.  All of my engineering training is coming out, with written notebooks and date-marked pages to noting exactly whom I speak to and what they say.  I will be collecting, collating, and sorting records, and likely doing an incredible amount of data sorting to understand everything which has happened.  Once processed, I will be more than eager to give feedback to the necessary authorities, both praise for things well done, as well as criticism for that which has been sub-par.

Aside from a friend's wedding in mid-october, I don't have anything to do until November.  That gives me two and a half months to complete what basically amounts to a mid-scale records project.  I'm stoked.

At the same time, I have the chance to reconnect with friends all the way back from highschool, as well as some friends-of-friends in the nearby city of Boston whom I have known from my travels.  There are some incredible resources in the area, many of which I was either ignorant of or simply did not avail myself of back in highschool. 

Though I am off the road for a few months, I am overjoyed to be able to put my skills and knowledge to use.  In November, I head down to New York to work a waffle stand in the cold, and afterward (my plan so far is to) head back out to Montana, to enjoy a winter ski season.

Those are my plans, at least for now.  As we all know, they are subject to change without notice at the drop of a hat, and most likely will in ways which I cannot possibly forsee.  Naturally, that neither bothers me nor really has me concerned.