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#1 AFTERSHOCK

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:10 PM

Yeah, been undergoing a LOT of stress lately. In short: My artwork has become work, and now it's become redundant. My wife & I are recently separated in order to remain friends. So, I need to get out. Fortunately, the owners of the nightclubs I work offered to pay for me to get out of town & get my head together. They literally said - "Leave Tomorrow!" So, I will. I've rented a car & will be heading randomly Northwest to the Portland area, then vaguely South to San Francisco. But that about all the ambition I've allowed myself to plan. Bringing my MacBookPro, an acoustic guitar, my camera, an ipod & a digital recorder. No idea what/where/who I'll go, but I'm f*ckin' going. Honestly, I can't wait. Never had a random solo adventure road trip before.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:13 PM

Sounds like it will be cool for two, maybe three days until your lonely and bored out of your skull.

#3 Mike Schank

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:14 PM

You're an artist and you just went through a divorce yet you can afford to take 2 weeks off?

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:15 PM

Sounds like it will be cool for two, maybe three days until your lonely and bored out of your skull.


No way. Part of it is accepting the loneliness and learning to enjoy it.

Sounds like a great idea to me, anyhow.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:15 PM

In Portland, OR http://voodoodoughnut.com/
I also recommend the sea lion caves along the Oregon coast.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:16 PM

Who's the woman in your avatar?

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:16 PM

oregon coast is gorgeous. yosemite's nice. wine country might be cool. have a good time. sorry to hear about your situation, but you seem to be well grounded. Hang in there.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:25 PM

You're an artist and you just went through a divorce yet you can afford to take 2 weeks off?

I'm also a well-paid (well, kinda) well-respected artist whose clients don't want to lose my services. So they've offered me 2 weeks pay just so I can get my head together. Granted, I could afford the trip on my own (I don't spend much money in Vegas), but the additional income is a nice gesture. It'll allow me to treat myself to a slice or two of the high life while on the road. You know, do some shopping, stay in a few swanky hotels, etc.

Sounds like it will be cool for two, maybe three days until your lonely and bored out of your skull.

No way. Part of it is accepting the loneliness and learning to enjoy it.

Sounds like a great idea to me, anyhow.

My point exactly. Personally, I can't wait.
I may be a workaholic, but I don't know how to deal with downtime. This should help.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:26 PM

Sounds awesome, Shocky. Nothing like a stretch of solitude, unplanned exploration & a change of scenery to clear the cobwebs from your third eye.

If you're so inclined, the drive from Mendocino/Fort Bragg to Cloverdale (and south to Santa Rosa/SF) used to be my favorite drive in the world...a series of breathtaking scenery from rugged shorelines to redwood forests to unspoiled hills and meadows....(I say 'used to be' bc I haven't been that way in years...hopefully it hasn't changed much).

There are some cool caves a bit east of Ashland...actually the drive through the forest to get there is as good as the caves themselves. And the view of the mountains from the upper cave mouth.

Enjoy.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:28 PM

If I had two weeks by myself, a car and no responsibility?????? I think I'd go to the The Food Network site, pull up one of those diner shows, and just map out an artery-clogged route. I'm not really a nature person though, and I get the impression that's what he's looking for.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:30 PM

I'm not really a nature person though, and I get the impression that's what he's looking for.

Kinda but not really. I'm actually a city boy who misses city life in all its random glory. The drive to & from will serve as a palette cleanser, and the arrival in the 2 cities will hopefully spark up some electricity in my brainpan. I see enough nature surrounding Vegas - and I don't really find it as exciting as it's all desert. I do miss trees, tho...
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:48 PM

If I had two weeks by myself, a car and no responsibility??????

I think I'd go to the The Food Network site, pull up one of those diner shows, and just map out an artery-clogged route. I'm not really a nature person though, and I get the impression that's what he's looking for.

Those shows are put together by "Associate Producers" who find the locations on the internet and try to put as many of them on the same town or the road to the next shoot, look at the Chowhounds Boards to find better places in odder places.

And if you get as far south as SF be sure to visit the East Bay SOMBies, and Forbidden Island on Alameda.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:49 PM

Couldn't have picked a better time than now in the last 3-4 years gas-wise. I did this when I was between jobs in 05 and had a hard time getting out of bed after 2 months of fruitless job searches. I took a 12 hour drive to my grandma's in North Dakota where cell phones don't work and we did puzzles for 4 days, then saw a Twins game on my way back. I listened dozens of hours of music throughout the week and it really cleared my head. I'm jealous, have a great time.

#14 Finn McCool

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 05:05 PM

Honestly, I can't wait. Never had a random solo adventure road trip before.


Long bike rides, walkabouts, road trips, train trips - you're exactly right about it being good for your head. It'll blow the cranial dustbunnies out. Plus there's that 'distance lends perspective' crap. I feel playing very, very loud music for hours on end while moving, whatever the pace, is one of the healthiest things you can do.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 05:19 PM

By all means go for wilderness. That's where to clear your head. Plenty of ops already mentioned. Definitely not a good idea to carouse big cities and bars. More drama and reminders of what's at home. Maybe a good idea to write about your thoughts and travel as you go.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 05:31 PM

edit: well, hell - I can't leave the hooker comment here after Radio's heartfelt contribution. I'm censoring myself.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 05:47 PM

i did a trip like this too. close person in my life commit suicide so I had to get out and clear my mind. took a week off of PTO. shaved my head bald with a beard trimmer, rented a car and drove to Upstate New York with no plans, no reservations, nothing. made a stop in Cincinnati, got tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds at Great American with Kerry Wood on the mound in a pennant chase. got lost in West Virginia and it was beautiful. stopped in Pittsburgh, saw Bouncing Souls at the University of Pittsburgh. stopped in Philadelphia, saw Thursday at Theatre of the Living Arts. went to Cooperstown New York, took a picture of the Ernie Banks plaque, the only picture I took the entire trip. went to Cleveland, stopped at the R&R Hall of Fame and went to see REM at Cuyohoga Falls. brought a tape recorder along and recorded every crazy thought that was going through my mind at that time. haven't listened to it since. Cubs clinched a playoff spot somewhere between Cooperstown and Cleveland and i yelped and woooed in my car when i heard it on the radio. one of things i was figuring out was why something as meaningless as a sport could effect me so much. read every local newspaper I could find, still have them in a crawl space with the tapes. found an article on suicide at a rest stop somewhere in Indiana that seemed to put everything into perspective. made a road trip mix that led off with Steve Earle's "Ft. Worth Blues", "N.Y.C."' and "Trancendental Blues". i think Steve Earle might have saved my life. stopped at record stores, bought new CDs for the road. stopped at library's to figure out where i was at, where i was going, what concerts were happening in the vicinity. the road will get lonely. Bouncing Souls and Thursday have some interesting fans. thought i was going to have to sleep in the rental car in a parking garage in Philly, but finally found a hotel that wasn't booked up at the last minute. when i returned the car, i had driven 2,224 miles in a giant oval between Chicago and Upstate NY in five days. i was exhausted and uplifited at the same time and glad to be back home. the trip was well worth it. it will be a long while before i do one again though, and i haven't shaved my head bald with a beard trimmer since. sorry for the long personal post, just my way of saying good luck, it will be worth it.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 08:54 PM

I'm jealous. Not of the circumstanses of course, but of the opportunity. Enjoy.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 11:47 PM

This should be epic. Did something like this from Indy to the Hamptons, making stops at Pittsburgh, Baltimore, NYC, Binghamton, and somewhere in Jersey that I don't recall. Digital recorder? Are you going to videotape the scenery and the cities? Or are you going to talk to people you meet along the way? Because you should do both.
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 12:02 AM

This should be epic.

Digital recorder? Are you going to videotape the scenery and the cities? Or are you going to talk to people you meet along the way?

Hoping for Epic. Really. I mean... in my work, 2 weeks off is, in reality, 2 weekends off - with all those bonus days during the week. So I'll probably be gone for 20 days. I have never done that (such a workaholic!).

The digital recorder is really for any music or story ideas I get along the way. But I like yer idea to record random people... definitely gotta give that a try.
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