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23 April 2006

the dreams of youth grow dim

i stumbled across this excerpt from sterling hayden's book 'the wanderer' in a motorcycle gear catalog:

"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea. 'Cruising,' it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in.

"If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

"'I've always wanted to sail the South Seas, but I can't afford it.' What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of 'security.' And in the worship of security, we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

"What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in, and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all, in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.

"The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?"

posted by paul at Sun 23 Apr 2006 at 01:33:59 EST (-05:00) | comments (3)

21 April 2006

for great justice

there's been a change in plans. here's the latest:

for the past few weeks i've been running around trying to get everything in order for the transcontinental motorcycle trip so that i could make it to pennsylvania by 29 april 2006 (next saturday) for my friends' wedding. unfortunately, there are still some outstanding items (waiting on some alterations on leathers, some gps software, and a windshield for my bike) that have delayed my departure. rather than miss the wedding, i've decided to fly to pittsburgh on wednesday 26 april and then back to san francisco on monday 01 may. this will afford me time to travel across the states at my own pace and i suspect will be a billion times more enjoyable and a billion and one times more safe. i expect to depart san francisco for the east coast on 03 may 2006.

you heard it here first. for great justice.

posted by paul at Fri 21 Apr 2006 at 15:49:19 EST (-05:00) | comments (1)

18 April 2006

an emptiness within

the 22.5 mile smilekiller abel tasman hike in new zealand ignited a hellfire spark inside of me. i apparently have an emptiness within which can only be filled by more torturous tortuous trekking; i just submitted an application for the new york city marathon lottery. i'll find out in mid-june whether or not i'll be one of the 35k runners that will be running [walking? crawling?] in nyc on sunday 05 november 2006. wish me luck.

posted by paul at Tue 18 Apr 2006 at 02:10:44 EST (-05:00) | comments (3)

16 April 2006

a billion times of excited

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!rock! and !roll!

not only have i passed the california republic's official motorcycle safety and training program administered by the california highway patrol [!CHiPs!]... i am now the proud owner of a devastating 1991 kawasaki vulcan vn750 hellraising motorcycle [check it above. !DEVILHORNS! yep, vulcan.]. i love it when a plan comes together. i bought the bike from a supernice guy in redwood city for one thousand six hundred american one dollar bills and rode it back to livermore that night [my first baptism by fire motorcycle ride in the rain on public streets... in the dark, on the freeway (both against the permit stipulations... yikes. still waiting for the safety course completion certificate which i need to get my 'real' license at the dmv)]. tomorrow i'm going to start on a list of preparations for the X-USA trip... among others: insurance, dmv fun [registration and title change], bike tune-up, and miscellaneous gear purchases.

special thanks to ryan, michelle, and the girls for letting me crash at the common and for lending me their car and carting me all over the bay area on my various missions... and also to josh calvitron for answering numerous bike related questions.

happy birthday to me and happy easter to you! pow! i am a billion times of excited.

posted by paul at Sun 16 Apr 2006 at 23:26:06 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

07 April 2006

for the first day

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i am now officially a resident of the california republic. all hail the governator.

this morning i successfully transferred my driver's license and am now code green for the first day of the motorcycle course on monday.

posted by paul at Fri 07 Apr 2006 at 23:21:48 EST (-05:00) | comments (2)

06 April 2006

globalrecon.org press release 06 april 2006

the global reconnaissance organization is pleased to announce that after one year of continuous global reconnaissance, agent recon:one has returned to the united states of america. he is currently stationed in san francisco, california, awaiting level m transport clearance and will return to boston headquarters by 15 may 2006.

recon:one travelled in the following countries during recontour 2005-2006:

the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
ireland
france
spain
germany
denmark
norway
sweden
czech republic
hungary
poland
italy
switzerland
the netherlands
india
thailand
laos
cambodia
vietnam
new zealand
the united states of america

posted by paul at Thu 06 Apr 2006 at 14:02:27 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

04 April 2006

REINSERTION

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united states of america reinsertion on wednesday 05 april 2006! AAAAHHHHH! through the wonders of the international dateline time machine, my plane will depart auckland at 1915 on wednesday and arrive in san francisco the same day seven hours earlier! kung ->[POW!]<-

i'm going to be staying with my supercool friends ryan and michelle and their two supercool daughters in san francisco for a couple of weeks. during that time i'll be transferring my massachusetts drivers license to a california license, taking a 15 hour motorcycle safety course (which will allow me to get my california license motorcycle endorsement without taking a road test) and buying a motorcycle. the last leg of recontour 2005-2006 will be a united states of america cross country motorcycle extravaganza... first destination will be ligonier, pennsylvania, where i'll hang with my dad and stepmother and attend a friend's wedding on 29 april... second and final destination will be boston, massachusetts... i expect to get back to boston sometime in the middle of may. wow. WOW. ->[WOW]<-

i plan on writing up a summary entry as well as an entry reviewing all of the equipment i've been travelling with (what i brought that i never used, what i didn't bring that i could have used, etc.). i'm also planning to print some of my photos and maybe have a photo exhibition in boston sometime in june or july... if you have a favorite globalrecon photo, let me know!

wow. i'm coming home.

posted by paul at Tue 04 Apr 2006 at 01:28:38 EST (-05:00) | comments (2)