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Thoughts and Feelings

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Hey Team,

I had a fun-filled, turkey-fueled day with the Fiamingo family in Mansfield, PA. Not only did they take me in on what is traditionally more of a family holiday (which frankly, I’ve always thought was strange since basically it was all about taking in people in need when those pilgrims first flunked winter) but they fed me what was (don’t read the next ten words, mom) quite possible the best Thanksgiving dinner I have ever had.

That was followed by a two-hour food coma and dessert was served in the midst of them letting me win at a grueling 24 hour (I’m just going off of how long it felt, I didn’t check the time) Trivial Pursuit game. Which, by the way, makes me 2 for 2 in Trivial Pursuit for this trip. That’s right…Amtrekker’s undefeated. Bring in on people.

Basically it all comes down to this: my gain, your loss. As a result of all the food, folks and fun (please don’t sue me, McDonald’s) I didn’t have much time to get any video work done today and that filthy fun killer tryptophan is doing a number on my ability to stay conscious. (Upon rereading I see it has also More >

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Thanks for Giving

Hey Team,

I was going to post another video today, (I have two ready, one of my ride to Mansfield, Pennsylvania where I’ll be spending Thanksgiving this year and one of the “Jump the Gun Turkey Run” which was basically this last weekend’s pre-Thanksgiving in Boston.) but somehow neither seemed appropriate enough for this holiday.

This is more of a holiday of introspection and since I’ve had so much time for introspection lately I figure I’m well suited to send some extrospection (There’s about a 98% chance that’s not a word. But the beautiful thing about English is you probably got the point anyway.) your way.

I fully recognize that I’m the smallest piece of the Amtrekker puzzle. Amtrekker would not exist without the help of literally HUNDREDS of people. This has been such a fascinating experience for me (and hopefully for you) because so much of what this trip is about has either nothing to do with me or is completely out of my control. Everyday I’m left dangling at the whim of complete strangers and so far I’ve yet to feel let down or slighted in the least.

Maybe I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I am so More >

Update

Hey Team,

I don’t have a story for today, but I do have an update. There’s been a lot of behind the scenes action going on the last couple days as I’ve been trying to find a new way to bring in a couple dollars to the site to support the adventure. Things are moving forward now so we’ll see if anything shakes loose. (That always reminds me of Beetlejuice.)

The new podcast should be done later today (worst case scenario: drop the “r” in that last sentence and add bold caps). It’ll be about the Crayola Factory Tour and it’s about half done as I interrupt myself to type this note.

Tomorrow is the Maine adventure (Get it? Huh? S ee what I did there…Maine? Main? Man, I kill me.) But I’m SO not looking forward to being cold. All right, Team. Talk to you soon.

I’m done.

Brett.

You digg it?

Hey Team,

First thing’s first. The Amtrekker podcast finally got approved on digg so your job (And this isn’t one of those “should you choose to accept it moments,” this is one of those “go do it now” moments.) is to click on this link and digg the podcast. If you have an account you know the drill. If you DON’T have an account…get one. Okay, Team…break!

Second thing’s second. I’m getting everything set-up for the trek to Maine. Next stop Portland and hopefully some lobster boating good times. Wish me luck!

I’m done.

Brett.

Ode to Amtrekker

Hey Team,

I’m not good at being cold I miss warm weather I’ve even been told It won’t get any better

I spent the whole day Wandering the city If only it were May It wouldn’t be such a pity

Went to Wendy’s for a meal Listened to bums fight What’s the big deal? Is gay marriage such a blight?

A lady gave me a haircut Outside it just got colder I wanted to leave the store, but “If I go, I’ll freeze,” I told ‘er

I finally filmed the close For the next podcast Can’t wait til it shows Better edit fast

The site needs sponsors Email to join the fun Don’t want to be like the Dinosaurs Without some help I’m done

Time to move on now To the next adventures Maybe lobster boat or ride a cow? Whatever, I’ll take lots of pictures

Okay, this weather’s getting old I’m gonna go hit the hay Eff you cold. Eff you in your stupid ay

Brett.

If you liked my Ode to Amtrekker you should donate, if you didn’t you should write your own freakin’ poem. Jerk.

Do it.

Now What?

Hey Team,

I’m still kind of stuck while I wait to hear from some people about my next location. (Stupid winter going around scaring me with the threat of death on a park bench…slows everything down.) But I’m getting antsy and may just risk it and move on anyway. I’m not very good at sitting still…even when “sitting still” means “further exploring a city I enjoy being in and spending time with people whose company I genuinely enjoy.”

Granted I just crossed something off the list this weekend, but I want to be moving on to the next challenge and not waiting for life to happen. Yeah. That settles it. I need to just move on and see what happens. Good plan, Brett. Way to talk yourself through that.

Today and tomorrow I have to meet with people that plan to help out with Amtrekker. So, by Saturday I will being heading off into the great unknown again…and by great unknown I mean go somewhere for TASTHIB (The Awesome Stuff That Happens In Between – I’ve seen a lot of people searching for that lately. Here’s your bone.) or a list crossing good time.

But if anyone out there has any leads feel free More >

The Past Colors Memories of the Future

Hey Team,

Time to start moving forward again. There’s been a lot of interesting stuff going on. I made yet another cool contact through the magic of Halloween. So, tomorrow I’ll be catching a ride to Pennsylvania and Sunday I’ll be touring the Crayola Factory (#47). Plus, I don’t know the person I’m catching the ride from at all so there’s almost guaranteed adventure there.

A little background: Does anyone else remember that episode of Mister Rogers’ where he goes to the Crayola Factory? Because that’s literally the only episode of that show I remember despite watching it after school everyday for years on end. As a result I’m pretty excited about this weekend.

It’s interesting how little snippets of childhood can stick so firmly with you throughout your life. Arguably, everyone goes through childhood experiencing more new things in a single day than the average adult will in months and yet it’s just those little pin pricks of time that stick out amongst all others.

Somehow it doesn’t matter to our brain how important those memories are either. My memories of the first time I rode Splash Mountain are every bit as powerful as the Crayola Factory episode of Mister Rogers’ but I More >

Last Minute Costume Idea

Hey Team,

I know how stressful it can be to be scrounging around for a costume idea at the last minute. So, in an effort to make all your lives just a little bit easier I was able to dig up this pattern for a Halloween costume circa 1936. I’m here for you Team, call me a problem solver.

Glad I could help.

I’m done.

Brett.

If you enjoyed the last minute costume idea then feel free to provide some funds for my own costume!

Don’t let me stop you.


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