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Mega-Bust

Hey Team,

Why don’t you just go ahead and tuck yourself in and I’ll tell you a little bedtime story.

If you’re trying to get to Los Angeles from San Francisco the SMART thing to do would be to buy a bus or train ticket, show up on time and roll out Autobot style. For some reason, in Brettville, it makes just as much sense to NOT buy a ticket and rush to the bus station in the blind hope that you’ll show up on time.

Yesterday. The facts as I had them:

1. I hadn’t packed my bag – 30 min.

2. I still had to get to the bus station – 90 min

3. It was coming up on 9:30.

4. The last bus to LA leaves at 11:30.

5. I still hadn’t bought a ticket.

No big deal. I leapt into action with all the grace of a sleep deprived vagrant and threw my gear into the backpack, sprinting (metaphorically) for the BART station. This was the part where I was supposed to be stressed out, checking the time repeatedly and willing the train to go faster. Unfortunately, due to an unusual childhood, I tend to get distracted and forget to be stressed so instead I More >

Viewer Mail Podcast

Hey Team,

At least it’s not as late as last week! Here it is…the first ever Amtrekker Viewer Mail episode!

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And here’s the YouTube link!

Thanks a TON everyone!

I’m done.

Brett.

If you like the podcasts feel free to donate!

Don’t let me stop you.

Cause of Death: Hanging Out

Hey Team,

I was really hoping I could get caught up on my emails before I got around to writing the next post. But there’s no way that’s going to happen if you guys still want to know what’s what in the non-stop thrill ride of Amtrekker-ing.

I spent most of yesterday answering those same emails (largely because I was too sore and burnt to do much of anything else) but the day before was epic. Hopping from one thin slice of adventure to the next.

I was sold on the idea that a group of people were going to the lake and hanging out on a giant ten-man raft. Maybe this is my fault but I’m not real good at “hanging out.” Sitting still and I just don’t get along well. So instead of thinking, “I don’t know…we’re just going to sit on a raft in the middle of the lake…why is that fun again?” My brain decided it would be easier to take the news if it just lied to me.

So when people said, “hang out” my head translated that back to me as, “Running, jumping, swimming, probably a good solid king of the raft game.” Stupid brain.

It was three guys More >

#7 See a Live Taping of The Colbert Report! [podcast]

Hey Team,

It’s HERE! Wait no longer!

Amtrekker travels to New York to see a live taping of The Colbert Report but his podcast is foiled when security takes away his video camera!

What are they hiding from America!

Canned laughter ensues.

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Annnd, here’s the YouTube link!

Thanks!

I’m done.

Brett.

If you like the podcasts feel free to donate!

Don’t let me stop you.

Internet Superstar

Hey Team,

The live Internet Superstar/Diggnation show on Wednesday was a blast. As it so happened I ended up being the first guest on the show and showed up to Mighty in San Francisco JUST as my phone died so there wasn’t much in the way of twittering going on.

Maybe you wouldn’t think it (or maybe you would…how should I know) but Martin and Gator (the hosts of Internet Superstar) did a MUCH better job of preparing me for the interview than anyone else has managed to so far. Some of the stand outs would be Canada AM when I was told to sit in a room alone with a camera until something happens or Happy Hour when admittedly the lack of preparation came from the threat of a hot dog eating contest….but the fact remains.

When I first got there they did a super quick run through of when and where I would be entering. Which doesn’t sound like much but it’s always nice to now when and how you’re coming on camera instead of just standing around with your hands in your pockets until someone suddenly shouts, “You’re on!”

As far as I know the interview went fine. Much looser than TV but More >

Podcast Heads Up

Hey Team,

Just a quick heads up. The podcast will be coming out on Friday this week thanks to all the intense madness that Good Morning America has rained down on the head of this one-man band. But it should be a good one.

In other news the live Internet Superstar and Diggnation is tonight at Mighty in San Francisco (119 Utah Street). I’ll be there. I think I’m even one of the guests on Internet Superstar…I was distracted by free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s free cone day when I got the phone call so maybe I’m just making that up. Come out and we’ll find out together!

I’m done.

Brett. If you can’t come out tonight maybe I have another way for you to show your support…

Don’t let me stop you.

Mid-flight Rescues

Hey Team,

It looks like I survived another airline adventure. Narrowly dodging a grizzly fate and three-dollar Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

My “day” actually started in Boston about three days ago but you kids have already heard some of that so we’ll just skip ahead:

I was waiting for the bus to LaGuardia on a street corner in Queens with a couple from Canada. The world seemed a little more colorful than I’m used to but I’m not sure if that was because I had such a great four days or I was just hallucinating still. If I were going to be honest with the world and myself I’d probably assume the latter.

I was running kind of late (old story) and I was even really sure that the bus would get me there in time. Then a town car pulled up and asked the couple if they wanted a ride to the airport for twelve bucks. As they were debating I spoke up, “I’ll split the fare with you guys if you want.”

It was only after we dove in that I found out they were in town from Canada to see the Braves game and since I was still covered in makeup I told More >

New News

Hey Team,

As if my life hasn’t been surreal enough for the last ten months things have just been getting progressively weirder. Here’s a fun fact: Since Friday in only four days four different Amtrekker interviews will be aired nationally a total of eleven times! How crazy is that?

Made crazier by the thought that nothing else has really changed. I still managed to find myself sitting up in a donut shop in New York because I was too dumb to arrange for a place to stay here before jumping on the bus in Boston at 11:30pm. So suddenly I found myself in Chinatown on Manhattan at 3:15 in the morning with no idea how I was supposed to fill the seven and a half hours before my next interview and no hope sleeping in that intervening time.

On the upside I’ve finally gotten around to reading all of the email I’ve received over the last week. AND, not only that but I even responded to at LEAST four pieces. That’s almost one WHOLE percent! Way to go me!

At 10:40 am today (Monday) all you Canadians will be able to see the Amtrekker interview happen live on CTV’s Canada AM. I can’t guarantee More >


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