Thursday, August 18, 2011

Too Long

It's been so long since I've written here that I'm depressed. My life isn't exactly owned by me anymore. But it doesn't matter. I have a few more ideas to put down here and I'll get to it just as soon as I have it in me. Promise.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Open Eyes

Let me shake this jetlag out of the system and then we'll get back to it. In the meantime, a little taste of the other side of the world...

Monks in Tiananmen Square

 Forbidden City seems to not be so forbidden to a million tourists

Totally worth the hike up

Dancing at the Dragon Boat Festival

CCTV Building. So much bigger than I pictured

Hot Pot is completely worth it, even with my bad stomach

Shanghai nights

I speak no Madarin. The cards were appreciated

True countryside form the window of our overnight train

Taking care of my Buddha on a rainy day. This temple had 12,000 but he's my favorite 


5 cities, 17 days, lots of stories, one great adventure. Catch you soon.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Great Firewall Of China

Did not expect the Great Firewall to block so much access to sites like blogger, twitter, facebook, GMail etc. Obviously finding workarounds and testing them out right now. Is this working? Hello? Is anyone out there?

Friday, June 3, 2011

One-a-Days VIII: This is What It's All About

On the precipice of another great adventure but the sun is finally shining in Denver, the biking legs feel good and it's hard to walk away from it all for three weeks. No idea what adventures I'll find on the other other side of the world and no idea what life is going to hold when I get back. Either way, the stories are bound to get more exciting...

The wild thing about life these days is the ability to continually be in the presence of amazingly-gifted people. The T.V. brings their faces, their names and their performances right into your living room. The internet slingshots the beast and brightest ideas around the world at a million miles a millisecond. Concerts and tours brings supremely talented musicians right to your town. It sounds spectacular and I'll admit, it usually is.

But occasionally it all just brings me down. Take a day last week, for example: I woke up and flipped on the Giro d'Italia to watch the fastest bikers in the world sprint up a mountain at a speed I usually reserve for downhill, not up. A bit later it was elbow deep in a handful of Harvard Business Review articles about the best and brightest management minds before my brain went skipping across the internet reading about innovative tech and the ideas that will lead a new world. The evening arrived and after the studying was done my friends picked me up and off we went over to the Ogden Theater to catch a show where the vocalists and guitar players put on another masterful display of skills that a lifetime of picking wouldn't help me achieve.

All day I'm bombarded by the best of the best and sometimes it starts to feel impossible to make any headway. That is, until I come here. Big, overwhelming ideas refine themselves down into little sentences. The sentences flow into paragraphs and the paragraphs just arrange themselves in some logical order all by themselves. It's no secret that I rarely edit because these little stories pop out fully formed and ready to hit the road (minus the spelling and grammar mistakes of course). Then people come and read it. I don't know where they all come from but they make it here.

It may not be journalism, but it's not fiction either. The truth is that I don't know what to call it but I do know that THIS is it. THIS is what I do best. THIS is what it's all about. Call it a diversion, motivation or whatever else you like. For now, I'm calling it The Good Year and it's not over yet.