Hey Team,

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to call this post “Set Your Calendars” or “The End Is Near!” But in the grand style of ridiculous optimism befitting Amtrekker I’m hoping this will just be a new beginning for the next chapter in the life of Brett and not an “end.” Whether or not the next chapter is any better than the last (and frankly, I’m not sure how it could be) is anyone’s guess. Just the way I like it.

Bottom line: Here it is. The date we’ve all been waiting for. A final bow before we close the curtain on this all too public display of tomfoolery. More importantly, a party of epic proportions. The kind which can only be thrown by someone who suddenly finds himself with a ridiculously long list of friends and people that have touched his life over the course of SIXTEEN months of vagrancy masquerading as travel.

October 25th, 2008.

And in the spirit of over FIFTY videos in which you folks have watched me do one stupid thing after another with a never-say-die-but-screaming-like-a-little-girl-is-fair-game attitude here are the 5 W’s and the H.

Who: You guys. If you’re reading this I absolutely want you to be there. Even if you’re just an avid lurker of the site you’ve all made such a huge impact on this last year of my life and I want to be able to see you all in one place when this madness is all over.

What: This is more ambiguous right now and there’s still a lot for me to do so I’m definitely going to need some help on this end. You all know planning for myself is hard enough. But judging from the variety of people I’ve befriended in recent memory it’s going to need to be BIG and it’s going to need to allow alcohol and vegan food (amongst other things).

Where: Ouch. It’s gotten tougher and tougher to define “home” the longer I’ve been traveling but the bottom line is all my “stuff” is in Fresno, CA with various family members and a mini storage. So for the sake of this official end of days…it will be somewhere in that vicinity.

When: 102508

Why: Because I love you guys and I want to see you. Duh.

How: You’re all going to adopt a less talk more action philosophy for one weekend and make the trek out to the first place state so I can show you kids around my neck of the woods and hopefully you can leave understanding why even though I’m not sure which city I live in California will always be home.

Also, I’m doing everything in my power to drum up as much press as possible over the next month and a half and find a sponsor to offset the travel cost for some people so don’t hesitate to help out in the attention whore department (or if you happen to be friends with the CEO of Southwest that could be helpful too…).

Okay, that was WAY too much typing to say: “October 25th, 2008. Be there.”

More details to come. Buy those tickets now!

I’m done.

Brett.





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Thanks!