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#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…

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.


Where’s Charles Atlas When You Need Him?

Hey Team,

OMG SANDBOARDING FTW LOL JK! (Um…I have NO idea what that means. Let’s try again.)

A very long time ago I promised some friends I would be back in California this weekend (on account of one of my best friends has a birthday just a few days before mine and we usually do something biggish for the birthday weekend i.e. THIS weekend) not knowing what may be in store. The only info I had going for me was that I knew it involved the list so it could only be one of 26 activities. But even if I had known EXACTLY what we were going to do today I still would have been blown away!

Check this out!

Awesome. Just awesome. Period. (Do I have to write out period or does the period count as “period?” Oh well, more emphasis can’t hurt.)

Nate, Saadia, Cody, Rebecca and Erica all MADE their own sandboards PLUS one for me(!) and slapped the Amtrekker logo across all six!!!

And that’s just where it started. We went to Sand City, CA (I was blindfolded for the better part of the morning despite my repeated complaints of boredom.)

during an absolutely beautiful day and then spent the first several hours More >

Other People’s Adventures

Hey Team,

The coal mine escapade didn’t work out for one reason or another so I bailed out of Louisville (Lawll-ooll?) and headed west again. There are only a couple of times a year where I really like to make an effort to be near friends and this is one of those weekends. My friend Nate and I have birthdays only a few days apart so it’s always fun to have an adventure around this time (not that it’s not fun to have an adventure all the time).

This year, because of my…unique situation, Nate and his wife (Saadia) have planned some sort of list related adventure set to begin Saturday morning at 9am. Beyond that they refuse to tell me what’s going on and since I dig surprises…I’m pretty excited.

So that’s what brought me back to California…but within a couple hours of landing, there was another little surprise. A VERY little surprise in fact. John-Michael, for those of you who have been paying close attention for awhile now he’s the friend I came back to California for in July to be his Best Man, had a little baby girl (well, his wife did anyway, but you get the point)!

It was the More >

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