My workbench

My workbench

Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's been a while

Life has...well, not quite stagnated, so much as fallen into a groove.  Work, family, internet, sleep.  I will be getting back on the road soon, my rough destination the 38th parallel, starting somewhere in Europe and moving eastward.  I've had a lot of time to think, to plan, to practice, and to prepare.

        I've done almost nothing.

While I want to be prepared, to gather and store and have and know, I realize that some of the greatest parts of this grand adventure I am on lies in learning the things which I could not have possibly prepared for.  I am, inherently, a slacker.  I procrastinate, setting things until the very last minute.  Consequently, I have become fairly efficient at bailing myself out of whatever situation I find myself in.

        I enjoy that.

People often tell me that I should write a book.  With a rather sardonic grin, I agree, though the book I would very much like to write is likely too dark for many (it may have a title along the lines of "Wake up and get a damn clue!").  Instead, with my love of teaching and sharing, I would like to share something a bit more practical (and less bluntly offensive); a book to get people thinking about situations, real-world situations which occur, either out of foolishness, arrogance, or simply poor luck.  Naturally, I have encountered one or two of these scenarios in my travels.  I don't know how I am going to do it, but I think that this will be something of which i can be proud.

A rough outline of my plans for the next...well, next, looks something like this:
Jan: North America
Feb: North America->Iceland
March: Europe.  Visit friends
April: Never too many friends
May: Cyrillic everywhere!
June: Tajikistan.  Yes, I am really going.

From here it gets a bit murky...I am hoping to get invited to something, but am not certain that it will happen. If not, I'll continue to hunt the sunrise.  I'm sure I can catch it while it's resting by the time i hit the Pacific.

Always remember:
Mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.