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A New Day’s Resolution

Hey Team,

Why wait for another new year to make a resolution? In that spirit here’s my New Day’s Resolution:

In an effort to bring a little more consistency to the Amtrekker site, from now on new video content will be posted every Wednesday by 6pm PST. (Yes, I am going to regret saying that as soon as I hit the send button…but as long as type fast enough I wont regret it until AFTER I hit that button and by then it will be too late! MuhHAHAHA!)

I’ll be able to post the Sandboarding video before Wednesday so I’ll have to come up with another one for “Video Content Wednesday” (That’s a terrible name, someone please hurt me if I ever call it that again.

The idea here is to give you guys a better idea of what my life is like and still give me a chance to not be strapped to Charley editing video 24/7 while maintaining a deadline and thus (yeah, I used the word thus…so what?) a little urgency in the work.

This doesn’t preclude a second video in the week if something exciting happens. Rather, no matter what, you guys get a new video on Wednesday, if I cross More >


Hey Team,

In honor of my one hundredth day amtrekking I composed a few haikus in and effort to expose my soul to the world.

Now I’m knee deep in my TWO HUNDREDTH day. So enjoy the limericks.

There was a homeless dude named Brett He took all the adventure he could get He’s just a young buck Who gets by on his luck Let’s just hope he can pay off the debt

He’s just some guy with a list Who knew his job wouldn’t be missed So with Charley in tow He put on a show But if he’s not done by July he’ll be pissed

He has no sense of direction No weapons for protection A hatred of the cold He’s brave and he’s bold …and kind of an idiot

Um…limericks might be a little bit harder than haikus. Here’s the format I was told. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of Limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 of Limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.

Let’s see what you’ve got. Impress me with your 200th day limericks people.

And thanks AGAIN for keeping me company on this epic mission, team!

Im done.


If More >


#40 Ride a cow [podcast]

Hey Team,

This one was a long time coming but worth the wait. This trip has been constantly evolving and so has the production quality. I’ll try to continue to improve you guys just sit back and let me know how things are going! Don’t be afraid to leave a comment and let me know what you’re liking and disliking!

Okay, without further ado…

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And here’s the youtube link.

I’m done.


If you dig the videos and love the adventure don’t forget to…

*hint hint *wink wink *nudge nudge


Hey Team,

Here’s a quick back-story. I worked at In-N-Out burger all through college and as a result my 21st birthday was spent standing over a fry-cooker until 2am. Pretty much ever since then I’ve always worked on my birthday. Some years my friends and I would do something cool, but never on the actual day.

I didn’t expect this year to be much different. My job title has changed over the years, I’ve gone from “In-N-Out Associate” to “Park Decorator” to “Homeless Vagrant,” but basically I figured yesterday would be just another “day at the office” (Don’t underestimate how much work it is to be a tech savvy Homeless Vagrant.)

Late in the day Danielle called from Napa and asked if I wanted to go out to dinner in San Francisco since I was in the area. “Sounds good. I don’t have anything planned (go figure).”

“Okay, how about The Cheesecake Factory at seven?”

“Perfect,” I thought. “I like Cheesecake. I like Factories. How can I lose?”

I got to the factory first (Which, by the way, didn’t have a single conveyor belt in the whole place! When I think factory I think conveyor belts.) and put down my name for a table.

Half an hour More >

The Genuine Birthday Blog

Hey Team,

I’m going back to the well today to talk about how much I’ve been learning lately. As a result I even made some changes to a podcast that I thought was ready…it should be up by tomorrow night at the latest (Macworld has been holding things up AND it turns out learning makes things take longer) and I have high hopes for some new stuff I’ve thrown in.

Okay, time to change gears again. This next bit might sound a little conceited and prideful but forget you, it’s my birthday…today, of all days, I’m allowed.

I was listening to another Leo Laporte talk yesterday and he said some interesting stuff that helped a few things from the past click. I get emails everyday (Which I LOVE. They keep me moving forward. Keep it up.) and the adjectives that get thrown into the mix the most often are “genuine” and “inspirational.” For the latter I usually respond and explain that “stupid” is probably a better term for what I do but the “genuine” part has always kind of puzzled me.

I guess I just never really knew what people meant (maybe I still don’t) but when Leo was talking about his start in More >

Stranger in a Same Land

Hey Team,

First. Charley hearts Macworld and I’ve had a chance to learn a LOT about podcasting. Unfortunately for me those lessons will probably result in better lives for you guys than for me. Most of the lessons, although great lessons that I hope will help me produce a better podcast, mean more work for my already ridiculously overloaded schedule. (That kind of sounded like whining. Let me clarify) More work or no I’ve VERY excited by the prospect of improving Amtrekker as much as possible.

Okey dokey…here’s the stuff I actually wanted to write about.

I’ve been traveling for a while now (6ish months) and everywhere I go I’m a fish out of water. I never have any concept of which direction I should be heading, what the people are like or how I got SO thoroughly lost in such a short period of time. But apparently things can get even weirder (more weird?).

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to San Francisco. We came here every once in a while when I was little (I grew up about three hours from here) and we came here fairly regularly when I was in college (I went to school about an More >

Macworld Photos

Hey Team,

I’m sitting in the audience of a Leo Laporte panel about podcasting right now. Charley seems to be enjoying himself. I keep you posted.

I’m not done.


Charley’s Going to Pee Himself

Hey Team,

Just another really quick update. I’m WAY more sore from sandboarding/wrestling than I’d care to admit (if you ask I will completely deny it) so today is a day of rest and video work before Charley gets his dream vacation tomorrow. Granted, it’s probably dangerous to trust a portion of this trip to an anthropomorphic MacBook Pro…but I think he’s earned it. He’s a total trooper and he’s been with me every step of the way.

Look how excited he is! He even has his nametag ready. How can you not love him?

So, today: work on video. Check.

Tomorrow: MacWorld Expo.

I’m done.


T-Minus 3 days and counting until a very merry Amtrekker Birthday.


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