- - -- by Ed Reif»
|TV was my babysitter, but the Internet is a drunk librarian|
who won't shut up-It's nice to go on a digital diet-rural, primitive and circadian
When the going was good...
...and you could leave no stone unturned
|American Pickers Dream in Worthing-Vintage Gas Signs|
In post 9 11, the subject matter is just too pedestrian, just a round-trip ticket and a convenient 24 hours away.The napsterization of cutting out the middleman, the tivoization time shifting of on-demand entertainment, the CNN Effect -of a 24 hour news cycle---still I believe in the USER FRIENDLY universe- Chance favors the connected mind. I am not looking forward to a power grid electronic pulse meltdown- it would have the same effect as a brain stroke on my thought process. I like writing about my travels, but I don’t like the paperwork. So I blog It's digital narcissism. Literature in a hurry, right?
The THIRD world's analog eyes don’t see our digital world. But does it matter. Internet or InterNOT? Traveling in places with out "switch" in rural poverty are not voyages of discovery, but rituals of reassurance- I won the lottery! It may be karaoke capitalism but I can still belt out a few notes from Bruce Springsteen hit song, "I was born in the USA"
I do not believe in the church of Hello and BUY, the shared superstition of in-your-face consumerism and the treadmill of consumption that says you MUST purchase freedom in a two week vacation.
If that makes me a heretic, than don't leave out healthy hedonism. Yet “The more you know, the less you need” is an Australian Aboriginal Proverb some spray paint-solvents-sniffing-dude from Darwin ACTUALLY had that T-Shirt Slogan on! Shucks, with that kind of thinking, you don't need drugs-you ARE drugs.
Although I write about these places like a news story, In fact, I am less surprised than I care to admit when I see "faraway" up close. There is nothing more American than visiting a place and then bitching about it in that UGLY way.
|How inappropriate to call this place Planet Earth|
because it is surely all ocean
My touch and go, hit it and quit it ports of call, are actually more spiritual and mental moments than physical events. The conclusion: No Noose is good news. The sailing life comes down to three things -- everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention. Furthermore, there are ONLY 3 types of people-those alive, those dead, and those at sea. In fact, the cure for ANYTHING is SALT-Tears, Sweat and The Sea.The place that I would most like to go? Nowhere-which like the sea, offers a respite from movement and distraction. It is stillness.
Arundel, U.K. And I thought...English – Who needs that?
I'm never going to England!
For sure, but, more than that, the obligation to come back with something new, to report back on landscape, people, cultures, languages, foods, we'd never heard of—is getting harder each time.
I inhale a whiff of the post mortem...shucks, Alexander the Great was said to have wept when he realized he had no more worlds to conquer. The world is flat.April is the start of Spring, but as I look out into the cool waters of the English channel, there's no way I am going swimming today It's 4 seasons in 1day. You don't get climate here, you get weather, and you there's no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing.
A lot of places claim to be unique.
This one really is. Reminds me of Coney Island,USA and New York New York---but Brighton Beach is nothing like its sandy counterpart.
The hardest arithmetic I've had to master is the one which enables me to count my blessings. It requires a long apprenticeship (Think Gladwell's 10,000 Hours of practice rule or 10 years).
Cruising around the world, provides a legitimate short cut for taking things with gratitude instead of for granted. Despite the spectacular sceneries and itineraries:The universe is in our head,and not out there separate from us. In actuality, a world of our own making. We are co-creators of our world, and we can effect that world and the world of others, even at a distance. Read MORE
|Any man over the age of 26 riding a bike should consider|
himself a failure--unless of course he is me.It's Failing Better!
Failing Cheaper And Failing Often.
That bike in the window today reminds me....
As long as I am riding a bike, I know I am the luckiest guy in the world. Don.'t buy upgrades, ride up grades!
The Metal Cowboys-Fooled By Randomness
Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. It is anarchy without malice It gets you there and more.... And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive.It is not so much a way of getting somewhere as it is a backdrop for randomness; it makes every trip an unorganized tour Read MORE