New Year, New Adventures

Hello for the first time in 2014! Some big things are in store for me this year. You can bet that travel is at the top of the list.

For starters I was hired by Evolve Body Jewelry Company to hit the road as a traveling representative and drive around the country promoting the company to piercing/tattoo studios, and of course selling them the pretties as well. This job will land me in 22 states total. This is fantastic and I couldn’t be happier with an opportunity like this.

During my travels I hope to make at least one post a week about the places I have been, how business is going, and a review on something from my favorite city that week.  That’s a tall order for a person who has scarcely posted in the last year. It’s possible though.

I don’t really believe in new years resolutions, but I do have some goals I’d like to accomplish. Some of them are goals I have had in the past but never really did anything about. I really hope that I will be able to do so this year.

Here’s a list of the ones I’d like to see done.

1. Read five new books cover to cover.

2. Finally Create my own personal webpage. I have procrastinated way to long on this.

3. Make it back to Europe.

4. Go to Mexico, and potentially South America.

5. Expand my vocabulary.

 

Not all. But some. We’ll see what happens come 2015.

 

Sorry this post is sort of all over the place. Hopefully as the year progresses I will get better and think things out a bit more.

Next time I write I’ll be somewhere on the east coast!

Home?

I am currently sitting in the living room of the house I was raised in Los Molinos, California. It no longer feels like home, after the separation of my parents, and all the time I have been away doing my own thing.

The first week of October 2013 I quit my job, yet again to go on a journey and hopefully make a bit of coin before trekking out on a big trip again. But that didn’t quite all happen. My fortune never came, but the travels did. Once again my bank account was nearly drained while I traveled at a fast past never looking back. I had a blast. Did a little bit of work which makes me feel a bit better about everything. I was able to go and see friends I hadn’t seen in quite some time which is incredibly awesome. And my mind and body was refreshed after spending a bit of time on the road again. I feel great.

I rode my Motorcycle all the way to Los Molinos, CA from Las Vegas Nevada. After kicking around the 530 for a few weeks I decided to take a trip up to Seattle via trains and give my friends Brad and Brien a visit, which turned out to be very successful. And then after a few days in Seattle I took off south again towards Oakland to make it to an awesome Show where I got to see F.I.D. and Magrudergrind, Slight Slappers, Transient, Despise You, and many other awesome bands. It was well worth the money to go and check out these bands.

 

And now here I am sitting in my “home”.  I wanted to make a small post though, update on some things in my life.  Here is what is new.

 

Currently I am in the middle of figuring things out. The plan is to head off back to Vegas next week, work for a about two months, and head to Germany in Mid January for a minute to get tattooed, as well as revisit old friends I don’t get the chance to see very much.

 

That’s really as far as I have things planned. Who know how much of that will work out. Things always work out for me though.

Hopefully I will be able to write a bit more when I get back to vegas, and share some pictures as well.

What A Summer

I’m not really sure what to write. It’s currently 2:36am right now, I’m laying naked in bed and unable to sleep. So many different thoughts and emotions are flowing through my mind right now it’s got my blood pumping way to fast!

To sum up the last few months of my absence, I have mostly just been working. From June to the middle of September Pismo Beach, CA was home. My job in Las Vegas, NV which also has a location in CA, sent me to work out on the beach for the summer. Little did I know I was signing my entire life away with this agreement. it was all good though, I really did enjoy my time despite the fact that I was working 75 plus hours every single week with hardly any time in between shifts to do anything besides sleep.

The disappointing fact of all this is that I don’t really have as much money saved up as I would like to. Some how my data usage on my phone has been out the roof even though my habits have not changed one bit, it’s just been since Verizon forced me into signing a new contract.  So I’ve been paying way to much for that, i was eating out entirely to much, and other stupid stuff.

 

Now I’m back in Vegas. 3 days deep into my old position in the desert, and I am already hating it. Some asshole threw some serious attitude my way today, and that set me off pretty good. And general bullshit that goes along with a job.

 

I have no clue what I want to do, and honestly this is starting to really bother me. I have no direction, no plans, only dreams, and the world that I want to explore. I don’t know where to start, or how to start, which seems silly given all the things I have done so far.

 

I’m beginning a new chapter of my life. I don’t know what will happen or where it will take me. But I’m incredibly nervous for the way things may or may not turn out.

 

That is all.

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Shannon Larratt, a person who has touched millions, who has forever left his mark upon the world. I know that no matter what I say, how little or how much I write, it will never be enough.  He passed on the 15th of March, 2013. In his last blog post (which can be read here) he talks of the wonderful life he had, and said some very great things. One of the quotes that has been floating around is this….

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I encourage everyone to take the time and read through his entire post. If you know who he is, or even if you don’t. It’s very sad. I teared up while reading it.

Had it not been for this man, so many people that I call friends today would not be apart of my life. I probably would not have take the path I am currently on in life, I might not have ever learned to really accept myself. But because of everything he published and fought for, I don’t have those what-if’s in my life. And I am thankful for that.  Just last night I was saddened by the thought that I never wrote him an email telling him this, and never got the chance to explain how much he had influenced my life (although I started many messages and never clicked the send button).

Lastly, if you don’t know who he is. Please do a little bit of research, and find out. You will quickly find out he has more than likely had someone of an impact on your life as well. You have at the very least, seen with your own eyes things that maybe would not have ever been brought to the publics attention, had it not been for his writings, publishings, and push for acceptance of self expression.

 

Thank you. I will continue to be proud of who I am, and not be scared to express that however I like.  R.I.P.

Work, Work, Work!

Hard to believe that only a few short months ago I was that guy with a pack on my back, flying a sign at on a street corner or freeway off-ramp begging for spare change. Now I’m a working man, and still looking for a better job. Currently working with Majestic Mental Health, which is going good, it’s just lots of work outside of dealing with clients, driving, and going to monthly meetings. I can’t complain to much though, the wage is good, and there is a lot of freedom and flexibility.  Is it really all that great? I’m not willing to sacrifice this job for another job that would not be worth me time though.

For instance, the other day I got a call while I was at dinner with the family. It was the manager from a local Puma store asking to have me for an interview on Tuesday (today). Of course I accepted the offer. I got all dressed up, went into the interview and answered all of the generic questions such as “describe a time when you gave excellent customer service.” It wasn’t until the end of the interview that I was told that they were only looking for part time associates, and the location I would be working if hired was 60 miles outside of town! Right then and there I decided it was not worth my time.

As much as not having to write my own schedule, not off the clock work,  and only going to the same place to work really do appeal me. Driving that much just isn’t what I want to do. The gas alone would take up the majority of my wages! At least in my current position I am making enough to cover my gas, and still have left over money to live somewhat comfortable and have a little bit to save.

So I’ll continue working my health job until something better comes along. To be completely honest though, with as lazy as I am, I probably won’t be looking for work very hard. There is enough on my plate right now, and my time is valuable! The weather is warming up and it’s time to have some fun!

Yesterday I set up the rail out in the street in front of the house and started practicing the grinds and slides I used to be able to do on my skateboard. Soon I’m sure I’ll be able to do everything I used to be able to do. Along with skateboarding I’m looking forward to the heat rolling in so that I can head down to the water and start swimming and jumping off some cliffs again! And I’d also like to start learning how to boulder and rock climb this year. I know that there are some people who go out weekly in a group formed on CouchSurfing. I see some fun times ahead though.

That’s all I’ve got now. Rants and rambles! Toodles!

Job Inteview Attire

Job Inteview Attire

Finally Starting Work

It’s been three weeks since I was initially interviewed and hired, but finally, after 4 days and 12 hours of training I am starting! Yesterday was my final day of training and we mostly went over note taking. Today I went in and was assigned people to work for as a Basic Skills Trainer. I am honestly very excited to start, after training I am very confident this will be work that is very rewarding on a personal level, and will keep me happy and content with my life while I am not on the go.

In the next hour or so I need to call and schedule a meeting with my first client and do a meet and greet and discuss a schedule for me to come over and work, together on the goals lined up in the treatment plan. The hours are going to be some what limited because I have to work around the schedules of my clients. I don’t think I’ll be working more than 20 or 25 hours a week, which is two or three clients usually, depending on what my clients require. On the side the when I am not teaching Basic Skills, my friend Shane, who you may remember split my tongue about three weeks ago (which is doing fantastic I might add!), asked if i would be willing to help out around his shop as much as I could. He said he’d compensate a bit for my time and help which is awesome. So i’m looking very forward to that as well.

For the first time in a while I finally have a schedule building up! And paperwork, lots of paper work. But it feel pretty nice finally have responsibility again. We’ll see how long that lasts though, haha I have a bad case of Wanderlust, and while it may be managed right now, It’s sure to break out again before long.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more from me!  As you have noticed I am writing quite a bit more now.

Back In Vegas

It seems it’s been since September that I posted last. I was hoping I was staying in Boston but I was just unable to get another job. So when the end of October and I still had nothing reliable I took off again. Pat’s father was kind enough to purchase me a plane ticket out to Chicago and arranged a ride for me out to Oregon, Il so that I could take care of my legal issue. So currently my name is all clear! After court I headed back into Chicago to meet up with some friends in Wicker Park to start our journey across the states out to Seattle.

What a journey it was. Day one started out just walking from Chicago up to Bensonville. After a day and a half sitting around, eating, and flyin a sign we hopped a train and ended up in Milwaukee. The city wasn’t really so bad, seems like it would be pretty cool to visit, but it was pretty much impossible to get out of. We spent Halloween there sitting at the hop out waiting for some train going any direction to stop, but none did. We ended up walking out and making our way up to Portage to catch a train. The farther north we went the colder it was getting, but we hadn’t seen anything yet.

From Portage we caught a train going west, which took us to St. Paul. Just outside of LaCrosse though our train stopped for some unknown reason and we saw someone walking towards us so we hid. The man walked by, and then walked back again and jumped on the car we were on. Of course. Turns out he didn’t even see us, he was just out fixing an issue and wanted to catch a ride back to the front of the train. He told us where we were going, and gave us a few other tips. Nice fellow, and didn’t kick us off! Twin Cities was pretty laid back as well, but we didn’t really want to mess around in the yards the. My friends told me a horror story of being humped in the Minnie yard, not really our idea of fun, so we walked out and headed to Wilmar.

What a town. People seemed fairly friendly. We camped out the first night, and then the second night we tried to jump a train but ended up getting pulled off by police before the train even left because a worker had seen us. The cops were really cool though, once our names came back they offered to drive us to a save place to sleep which was located near the split by the track for south and west, told us which was which, and then gave us ten bucks!  The next day after an awesome lunch at a China Buffet we headed back to the yard to a new spot, squatted a shed for the night and ended up getting out in the morning. We ended up on a train for quite a while, I’m not sure how many hours. Maybe 15? We were trying to get to Fargo, North Dakota.  Around 10pm we took a turn South though on some lake, we didn’t really give it much notice though, not like we could do anything anyways.  It started raining shortly after, and the temperature dropped, and then the rain turned into a light snow, and the temperature dropped again. I don’t think I’ve ever been so cold in my life.

The train finally stopped. We could see a small town about 2 miles away. We made it to Fargo…or so we thought. We decided to hop off to find shelter instead of waiting for the train to roll all the way into town. We were next to a grainery. The dogs were loving the snow, but we hated it. So cold. It wasn’t until the next day we found out the temperature was around -4 degrees F. At first we took refuge in an unlocked semi truck, but there wasn’t really room to sleep with three people and three dogs. So myself and one of the others hopped out to find a better place, with more room. The electrical room was unlocked and was a million times warmer than it was outside, so we all piled in there and played some motha fuckin dice and cooked some mothafuckin food. haha.

When we were looking around at some of the loose paperwork though, we discovered we were in Aberdeen, South Dakota , not Fargo. After charger my phone up, I was able to confirm we were in fact, in SD. Awesome.

We managed to get a hotel for a couple nights to avoid the cold front, and when we left the hotel the temperature was at a whopping 34 degrees! Thankfully we were able to get on another train that night. It didn’t go far though, and ended up siding out for about 24 hours. While it was stopped we cracked a boxcar to get in and avoid the weather. Late that night the train aired up! We were going again, but nothing happened, and then a crew member walked by and poked his head in and shined a light at us. Told us to get out of the boxcar.

Fantastic, here we are, in the middle of nowhere South Dakota, the nearest town was 30 miles away. It’s freezing outside, and our only way out was about to leave us behind. But then the crew member walked back to us and told us where the train was going and that after he turned his back from us he didn’t car what we did as long as he didn’t see us. So we jumped back on. Another few hours later we were in a new town called Thunderhawk I think. Up in North Dakota. Small town it was. But friendly. Thankfully we were able to catch another train out of this town after a full day of nothing.

This train took us all the way into Laurel, Montana. Shortly before we rolled into Laurel, I jumped onto the pusher unit, because there was no room to hide.  Durring an inspection a worker came on. I was hiding in the bathroom. Of course he decided to check it. I was kicked off. Shortly after my friends were kicked off. I hadn’t told them I was kicked off the unit though, and they got the idea to jump on it, and shortly after got kicked off as well, and nearly arrested! Thankfully they didn’t.

To skip over some lame events, we split ways the following day after disagreements. I went back into Billings, and while there someone purchased me a bus ticket all the way to Seattle. Sure thing!

I spent about a week and a half in Seattle, Including my 21st birthday, which happened to be on Thanksgiving day. My friends room mates cooked up a good vegan dinner which was tasty and just gave me something to do and people to chill with. Couldn’t be happier with that.  I tried to hitch hike out the first day, but had no luck. I ended up meeting up with my friend Kearston who I had met earlier in the year out in Boston.  She invited me over to where she was staying to have some coffee or something. I ended up crashing for the night. She was staying at the FBK house, where I just found out she is now living at permantly.  All the people there were pretty cool, very friendly, and helpful. Danny gave me some good info on hopping a train out of Seattle. It took me three days, but I finally got on a train going south. It took me to Portland before it turned east to go to Chicago.

My friend from German class had said whenever I made it to town I could crash on her couch for a night. So I called her up and she was ready for me. She made me dinner and we talked for a bit. In the morning she had work, and I took off to try and get another train out of town. After a hearty breakfast I walked to where I had jumped off my train hoping to catch another southbound there. Sure enough, after about an hour I was able to catch one. I was on this next train for a full 24 hours before it stopped just outside of my hometown. It’s very odd riding a train through the area I grew up in . But very awesome. I called up my brother to pick up and he did so.

After a bit of visiting with friends and family for a day or two, I headed up to Grass Valley to see some more friends and hang out with my friend Karl, who’s house I ended up crashing at. In the morning I caught a ride to Auburn, and then another ride to Sacramento to visit with my Grandma. And after a few hours with my Grandma, I met up with some high school friends who lived in Sac. Crashed with them for two nights and had a blast! It’s always good to see old friends. I ended up hitch hiking as far south as The Bay Area, before I got tired of waiting for people to stop, and I just took public transportation into Santa Cruz. After a few hours on the bus, bart and more busses I was in SC. Met up with my homies and had a good ol’ time as usual.  After two days I met up with some other punk and travelers, one of which joined up with me to head south to LA. We took HWY 1 south through Big Sur. It was a beautiful drive.

Hitching the one is an interesting experience to. I’ve never seen so many other people trying to catch rides, when someone does stop it’s usually a short distance. So it’s constantly passing familiar faces again and again. Almost like a race. After a few rides we met up with some people we had met in Santa Cruz and hung out with them for a bit. Some construction workers that were building a new bridge along the coast called us over to share some beers and have a good time. They were crazy, but really awesome folk. We ended up staying a few hours, cooked some food, and parted ways late to find a camp ground we could sneak onto instead of searching for a safe place off the road to sleep.

In the morning we separated in to two groups of two to better our chances of getting rides. After about two hours of nothing we joined together again and somehow managed a ride all the way to Hollywood! The guy who picked us up was incredibly awesome to.

Derek and I had a blast once we found our way onto Hollywood Blvd. Saw some crazy things, met some crazy people, hung out with a guy chillin in a trashcan, sold some weed, met up with a friend of his on total accident. And were housed up by a sex freak that wanted his nuts. Thankfully she got to drunk and passed out, we were able to leave in the morning with out waking her.

We were supposed to be on Jay Leno, but we woke up to late, so that didn’t happen. Oh well. We headed off to Venice beach where we met up with one of his old Road dogs, ate some shitty food, and enjoyed the night. We ended up House Of Ink as extras. Derek was supposed to get a tattoo but had no ID so they just used us to joke and laugh about on air. It was exciting though. When it started raining and we had to find a dry place to sleep. Thankfully we did, and we slept good.  The next day we met up with some other travelers who had just finished there trim season up in Mendocino and had bought a bad ass van. They gave us a ride up to the Boardwalk. I stayed a couple hours and then took off to try and find my way to Vegas. Only after being apart of  the Venice Beach Freakshow parade.

I ended up taking a bus all the way to Union Station where I was hoping to take a bus all the way to Vegas, but they wouldn’t accept cash. My sister was awesome enough to find another bus, and paid for the ticket for me with the promise that I would pay her back once I got a job.

And now I’m in Vegas. Enjoying life on the inside. Showering every day, I have new clothes instead of the same pair I wore all year long. And On the Job Hunt.  Enjoy some photos.