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Hiker Identity Crisis and Resignation

Hiker Identity Crisis and Resignation

It was over before it began. Almost. To be accurate, it was over six hours after it began. On the bright side, I’ve hiked 1% of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail. On the indifferent side, there is a high likelihood that I will never hike the other 99%. On Sunday, my mom drove me two hours down … Continue reading

The Journey Begins?

The Journey Begins?

Planning an Appalachian Trail thru-hike has been one of the most stressful and exciting things I’ve done in a long time. Sure, there are life’s day-to-day anxieties that sometimes bog me down as well as the grander “What’s the answer to life, the universe, and everything?” thoughts (spoiler: it’s 42). But on August 30, 2012, … Continue reading

Headless chicken checking in

Headless chicken checking in

Man, oh man, I really didn’t anticipate the response I got from last Thursday’s post. I was thinking of my last day of work as more of a step in the process, not the last step before falling into the abyss of my trek. I’m feeling a little sheepish, especially since I’m writing from Virginia … Continue reading

I’m going to miss the little details.

I’m going to miss the little details.

Last night, I sold my dining table and chairs. Although I’m keeping most of my furniture, there are a few things not worth lugging down to Virginia Beach. I really liked the set – solid wood, great quality, but to go through the effort of getting it to my mom’s house just to store in … Continue reading

I’ll stop procrastinating…tomorrow.

I’ll stop procrastinating…tomorrow.

Do you ever face reality by ignoring it, pretending like the inevitable is just a wispy fog that you can dissipate by fanning your hand through it? Or maybe you don’t even see the inevitable, that which is imminently upon you, because you’re too busy trying to touch your tongue to the end of your … Continue reading

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

My friend Anna co-owns Hollywood Access Services, LLC (H.A.S.), a company that supports people with significant vision loss. You know how there’s closed captioning for people with difficulty hearing? Well, H.A.S. produces the equivalent – called audio description – for blind people. Specifically, audio description is recorded narration of a film or TV show’s visual … Continue reading