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Brett

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NYE in NYC

Hey Team,

I had a pretty strange New Years (which I suppose should be expected by now). I wasn’t able to get in touch with the people I actually came out to New York to meet up with but I did manage to meet up with one of my old roommates from college (sounds like something from a preppy movie).

I wanted to check out Times Square and the ball drop (since it’s so iconic and all) so I wandered over in that direction around 1o’clock and there was already an ENORMOUS throng of people. There was still some room to get a good spot…if I were that guy that was capable of standing around for 11 hours waiting for something exciting to happen.

So, I went wandering in search of excitement and found one of those things that I think is incredible and that precious few others will even care exists. At the New York Public Library they had an exhibit on Jack Kerouac that had the actual scroll that he wrote the first draft of “On The Road” on in 1951.

The quick story: Kerouac wrote the first draft of “On The Road” in three weeks on 10 twelve foot rolls of paper that he More >

Paging Butt

Hey Team,

I seem to be in New York. I’m not sure how these things happen. A few hours ago I was still in the relative warmth and comfort of California and undecided as to what New Year’s Eve would bring.

Last night I finally decided to cash in on an offer to join some people in Times Square for New Years (it being so iconic and all) and thanks to Spence and a buddy pass issued to Butt Rounsaville (no joke), I’m sitting in La Guardia Airport typing this update.

I’m not sure what amazes me more. That thanks to an ever growing network I have no qualms about jumping on a plane and heading to a frozen wasteland like New York (you heard me) and assuming I’ll have a place to stay. Or that Butt Rounsaville can check in for his flight in Sacramento, go through an intensive “random” security check with TSA and board two different planes without ever being questioned as to why his ID insists his name is Brett.

Best moment of the night:

[Over the PA in Sacramento]

“Could passenger Rounsaville, B– HAHA–”

“Could passenger Rounsaville please report to the service counter.”

Classic.

Okay, so if anyone is near the NYC area give More >

More Christmas Jeer

Hey Team,

I just made the trek up to Northern California to meet with a couple people before deciding on New Years plans (of course I suddenly realize the new year is closing in fast). But let’s take a quick step backwards to Christmas.

It was good to see the family again, even if it was in such an untraditional setting (not that my family relies very heavily on tradition). I can always count on them to keep me grounded. (That statement can be taken very literally regarding my childhood. I realize memories are inherently flawed but I have NO idea how I managed to be in trouble as often as I was back then.) I said it before, but I’ll say it again anyway:

My family is incredibly supportive of everything I’m doing and they all understand what it’s like to be trapped in the 8 to 5 and never have the chance to get out and see the world. That being said, it’s a tough thing to be in a house full of my family members and not spend the entire evening dodging jokes made at your expense and countering with slander. (That’s what makes family FUN!)

I thought in my next More >

Ka-COW!

Hey Team,

I learned another very important lesson today. No matter how dopey and stupid and slow cows look…they’re not. It’s just a scam perpetrated by the entire species to lull us into a false sense of superiority. Unfortunately for me, every once in a while one of these little critters decides to show it’s true colors.

Enter Cue Ball, an unassuming cow-shaped cow that doesn’t appear to be particularly bright or large but nonetheless managed to make me look like a complete idiot in short order.

My date with Cue Ball started out innocently enough: tied to a hitching post with a brush in my hand Cue Ball managed to seem pretty calm. Scratching under the chin elicited a response not unlike your average puppy even.

After a good thorough “getting to know you” period, Cue Ball was led out into a nice soft field with plenty of open space to run and I was handed the harness rope.

“Okay, good luck.” The smile on my Aunt’s face was less than comforting.

“Okay, new friend, I’m not looking forward to this anymore than you are.” I tried to bond with the cow. “It’s okay, I don’t want to hurt you and you don’t want to More >

Udderly Strange Christmas

Hey Team,

This might be the strangest Christmas I have had the opportunity to live though. Bare in mind, that’s saying quite a bit. My family isn’t one that is necessarily steeped in tradition and as such I’ve seen Christmas’s celebrated out of suitcases packed with fake Christmas trees come and go, with carols being sung in Florida, Southern California…and maybe even Vegas.

But I think Popamtrekker said it best when he said something along the lines of, “Next year I want to have our own Christmas. I don’t want to have to borrow everyone else’s.”

I don’t want to get too deep into Christmas right now, maybe later; this post is really just here for two reasons.

1. To let you guys know I’m going to go see what I can do about riding a cow as soon as I finish writing this.

And

2. To ask the question: What should I be doing for New Years this year? I’ve had a few cool invitations that I would LOVE to go take part in but I’m not sure how far I’m going to be able to travel in the next several days. Shout it out and I’ll see what I can do though!

Okay, time to More >

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#46 See a Movie at the Alamo Drafthouse [podcast]

Hey Team,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hope you all enjoy my present to you this year! (I’m just going to go ahead and assume your gift to me is going to be spreading the word about www.amtrekker.com.)

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And for all you folks out there in the same boat as illot the douchebag and Dan…here’s your youtube link.

I’m done.

Brett.

Tired of skinny Santas that smell like booze ringing a bell and asking for hand-outs?

Ding-a-ling.

Home Is Where the Headache Is

Hey Team,

So, let’s try to answer that “home question” today. Home has become such a nebulous concept for me lately…especially since technically, I don’t have one. I’ve always said, “I’m not going home until EVERYTHING is crossed off the list.” And of course, I don’t intend to, but after being away from home for so long already “home” has come to encompass something more along the lines of a comfort zone than an actual residence.

I’ll try to explain. I left home to embark on this Amtrekker adventure. Things got very uncomfortable very quickly. I didn’t feel like I was at home. Now I’ve gotten very good at being uncomfortable and as a result, relatively speaking, LOTS of places that I NEVER would have considered calling home before leaving on this trip suddenly start feeling a lot more like home.

I’ve even found myself slipping on a number of occasions after a couple days with particularly cool couch surfers and saying things like, “That was fun but I think after this I’m ready to just go home.” Of course on the surface I mean THEIR home…but I don’t think I’d phrase it like that if I weren’t super comfortable in my surroundings.

After More >

California Bum

Hey Team,

I’ve had a great few days in Southern California! The weather has been pretty nice and I’ve had some consistently good company to kill time with as I wait for my parents to make the trip down. As far as I know the current plan is for my folks to pick me up and take me to the wonderful world of Kerman, CA for Christmas with the family without going home (Which again begs the question…what’s home? I’ll try to do a better job of answering that question in the next day or two.)

But for the last few days I’ve managed to stay entertained if not busy crossing things off the list. The first half of the week (as opposed to the one day I said it would be…sorry) was spent with my friend, Dan, an accomplished commercial director and fellow podcaster who taught me a ton about editing and reintroduced me to the glory of video games. I seriously couldn’t thank him enough for all the help he offered.

Mostly though I just feel like a shmuck for tooling around California without a plan for the next few days. Especially since any work I’ve been doing has been behind More >


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