Still Alive, Aromas

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday… I spent the day driving. And then the night, driving, and then the morning driving… oh, and then the rest of the day driving. I started out in Tallahassee, headed west on I-10 into New Orleans (sorry I didn’t visit people), then north on I-55 up through Arkansas into Missouri, where I grabbed I-57 into Illinois, got onto I-64 eastbound, caught two hours sleep in a rest area, and spent the rest of the day driving I-64. I’m now at Aromas in Williamsburg, VA, but they’re closing up… starting to drive north momentarily. I should be back in New England sometime tomorrow night.

More of a post when I’m not moving anymore!


I spent today driving across the Florida peninsula from Daytona to Tampa… it shouldn’t have taken as long as it did, but I opted to take surface roads rather than the far more convenient interstate. It was in the 80s for the entire drive, and I made the most of it, windows down and blaring Animal Collective on the stereo as I drove down the road. Fun times!

I got out to the coast near Tampa in time for sunset (but not in time to stop and grab the camera (the Gandy Bridge is kinda long, and there was traffic). Really excellent, with plenty of rich golds illuminating the clouds. I continued to wander for a bit, then started meandering north on I-75, then grabbed I-10. I finally decided to stop in Tallahassee, and have holed up for the night. I need to decide whether to start heading north, or continue my westward trend… I couldn’t really afford this trip in the first place, so I should probably take this as a cue to start homeward. I’d really like to continue, but as far as the goal of the trip (a recharge and sanity check) is concerned, it’s been adequately accomplished, so it’s hard to justify staying out just because I want to.

I’ve been meaning to have a longer post… I think it may have to wait til I’m in one spot for more than an evening. Hope everyone is having a good 2007 so far!

Daytona Beach

Let me just say, goddamn does it feel good to be back on the road. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to truly describe my love affair with wandering and travel, but trust me, it’s real and stands the test of time. I took off on Sunday morning, and made my way south. I ended up spending New Years Eve in DC, which was an excellent time to say the least. The next day, I took off again, and wandered down into South Carolina… I could have kept going, but I wanted to stop in time to actually fiddle with Be My Patron and get that at least tentatively up (which it is).

Today, I’m in Daytona Beach, counting my blessings that hotels that are off-season and down south are so much less expensive. (I’m prepared to sleep in my car, but am just as glad that I haven’t had to, a sentiment I’m sure many could get behind.) I’ve stopped early tonight, in the hopes of catching up on some of the sleep I haven’t been getting the past few nights, and maybe work some more on my to-do list.

This whole trip has made it clear just how much I needed to get back on the road. I feel better about things when I’m out wandering. I don’t know when I’ll be heading home, I don’t know where I’m going next, and I like it like that. I’m scrambling to find things I can do to justify the trip, and moreso to justify making it longer. I’ve been keeping to this coast, mostly because I know the most people over here, and I can be home in maybe a day and a half if something came up. That said, if I can arrange for an interview, or some project that would be best done over there, then I’m all for heading westward. We’ll see what comes.

Announcing went live as of a few minutes ago. The site still needs to be fleshed out a fair bit, but I did want to keep to my schedule of launching it “today”. Things still on the to-do for it: add some custom buttons for people who’ve donated, add a list of projects I’m looking for funding for, and some little stuff.

Bigger update later. Currently it’s 3am, I’m in Florence, SC, and I really should have just gone to sleep rather than try to keep my silly launch schedule. Anyway, time for bed. Much love!