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Posts by Brett

Days You’re Going to Need Time Off!

Hey Team,

It looks like tomorrow I’m going to head back towards New York unless something more interesting presents itself. I don’t have to be at the Colbert Report (just watching) until the 23rd so I’m open to travel just about anywhere to cross something off the list. Taxes are done. I’m almost caught up on the site (relatively speaking). The Roller Coaster podcast will be up tomorrow. So on to the exciting news.

I’m making an executive decision. The hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (#50) will happen on the weekend of May 31st. One week after Memorial Day. Anyone that is interested in going just email me. EVERYONE interested is happily invited to take part. I’m leaning towards the Havasu Falls hike but I’m completely open to suggestion.

There’s your news. Run with it. Go ask for time off. Go do some walking practice. Stock up on any equipment you think you’ll need. Wean yourself from technology’s insatiable grasp.

Okay, Less talk, more action. Let’s go, Team.

I’m done.


If you’d like to help make sure I get to the Grand Canyon to join you that donation button is just a click away!

Don’t let me stop you.


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Emotional Roller Coaster [completed objective]

Hey Team,

Another one gone. Another one gone. Another one bites the dust.

After taking a red eye from San Jose to New York, shunning sleep for almost 48 hours and panicking about missing out on the fastest roller coaster in the country AGAIN…yesterday turned out to be an incredible day.

For a little bit it looked like I was going to have just as much trouble getting to Six Flags Great Adventure as I did last October. I spent an hour wandering around Port Authority in New York (the main bus hub in the city) trying to get someone to acknowledge the existence of a bus route I was able to find online but that didn’t seem to have a place in our reality. Luckily, George and Jessica from Boston had decided to join me in the roller coastering and happened to be driving through New York around that same time.

We got to Six Flags unsure what to expect. All I knew was that I needed to get to the park sometime between 10:30am and 2:00pm and call Angel the PR Manager when I got there.

Angel not only greeted us at the gate with tickets but took us backstage (that’s what we’d call More >

Anti-Social Security

Hey Team,

What a hectic week. I’m just about to board a plane for New York’s LaGuardia Airport that should get me where I need to be by 6am tomorrow. Leaving me approximately five hours to figure out how to get to that amusement park I couldn’t figure out how to get to within an entire day last October. Wish me luck.

Either way it brings me back to the topic of one of my very first posts here on Amtrekker: airport security.

And now that I have a little more travel experience under my belt it is NO LESS annoying.

Here’s the thing. I’m not a big planner. No big secret there. So when I fly it is usually on very short notice and usually a one-way trip. Both red flags for TSA. So without fail I’m “randomly” chosen for an extra security search. Which means I get to pull all my stuff out of my bag, put it neatly into several bins because all the big electronics (which is the majority of the contents of my bag) have to have their own bins and THEN have someone else go through the ENTIRE contents of my bag anyway.

So now, when I see those More >

Let’s Roller Coaster!

Hey Team,

So there I was, muscles tensed, poised to leap towards the next adventure, fresh coat of bus grime distributed about my body. But then I got an email. (Which in and of itself isn’t that unusual but hear me out.)

The email was from the Six Flags PR department asking if I could make it to New Jersey by the 12th to ride the fastest roller coaster in the country, Kingda Ka! OF COURSE I can!

But that did put a little wrinkle in my plans. I was on a bus towards Sacramento to meet up with a lady I was going to drive across the country with but after having her meet me at the bus station I realized there was NO way I was going to be able to drive all the way across the country by Saturday. Which means I got to play the part of the great big jerk and cancelled on this poor woman at the very last minute who now has to drive alone with her little dog all the way to St. Louis.

So here I am. In Sacramento. Getting ready to take a buddy pass infused flight across the country tomorrow morning for a More >

The Immortal Words of Lewis Carroll

“You can have podcasts tomorrow or podcasts yesterday but never podcasts today.” – Through the Looking Glass

I think that’s how it went. He was a pretty progressive guy.

Point is: I let you guys down. Again. Between long bus rides and car rides and taxes it’s REALLY tough for one guy to make it all happen around here. My best doesn’t seem to be good enough this week but there WILL be a podcast. It’s just not going to be on time.

So keep your eyes peeled, wish me luck and send me a co-worker or eight. Quitting your job and living your dream is hard work!

I’m done.


If you can’t provide a co-worker maybe you can find another way to help out…hint hint, wink wink.


Buses, Bums and Me

Hey Team,

Time to get on the move again. It’ll take a few days but I’m headed back towards the east coast (hopefully to cross the last few things off the list that have to be done there). I’m sitting on a greyhound right now wishing I hadn’t bothered wasting my time with a shower this morning. I think I’m already dirtier than I was pre-shower.

You know that scene in every tween movie where the girl sprays perfume in the air and then walks through the cloud, head held high, to catch an even coat of fragrance? Yeah, it’s like that. Sadly, it’s less Calvin Klein and more Marmaduke (after rolling around in fetid bum blankets).

Ignoring whatever that smell is (I suspect the dude in front of me using a walkie talkie as a prop so he doesn’t look AS crazy as he would OFFICIALLY talking to himself. I haven’t heard anyone talk back.) there’s plenty of room at the seats for half a child to sit comfortably for half an hour OR one grown male to sit painfully uncomfortably for eleven hours. Luckily, I fit into the latter category.

At least there are guaranteed to be interesting people every single time you More >

The link to the CNN shindig

Hey Team,

Real quick for those of you that missed out on it. Here’s the link to the CNN interview that aired this weekend. It was pretty good! At least, I was happy with it…but I’m a little biased. I loved seeing all the little snippets of fun stuff I’ve done over the last eight months and giggling to myself. They used a lot of great moments.

And it was AWESOME to see so many people from Team Amtrekker on there too! You guys all rocked and I couldn’t have done any of the stuff on the list without your help! Here’s hoping things continue to go as smoothly…who am I kidding? When do things ever go smoothly?

Well, here’s hopin’ anyway.

Wish me luck!

I’m going to go tour a couple wineries my CS host insisted I check out and then it’s off to the next adventure! Where and what will that be? I’ll let you know when I get there…

I’m done.


Look how lonely that little yellow button looks! Doesn’t it just make you want to click it?


C’est La Vie

Hey Team,

The generosity and diversity of Couch Surfers NEVER ceases to amaze me. Last night I got to watch the “News to Me” Amtrekker story from the comfort and warmth of an amazing Bed and Breakfast in Eugene (C’est La Vie Inn) before retiring to the Honeymoon Suite for one of the best sleeps I’ve had in weeks.

Granted its immediate competition was a brick wall outside a bus station and the bus itself…

Seriously though, this place is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in such a swank pad (too much Tiki Bar TV I think) before. It’s a Queen Anne Victorian (the kind people always call doll houses when they’re painted bright colors) with some amazing decor. Not that I partook but my room had a Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom area and a small kitchen nook. Honestly, I’ve never even lived in a place as nice as this single room. (I don’t know why that surprises me…it’s not like I’ve lived in a lot of really nice places.)

I don’t know why I’m gushing so much. I guess I’m still just busy being blown away that someone would open up this kind of home to a stranger. I wish More >

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