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Que Sera Sera

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

We have always looked to the stories of those who have gone before us for answers. Specifically, I would like to reference the writings of a young man, not unlike myself, named Warren Griffin III. He came to a crossroads in his life back in 1990, and is now very successful thanks to choosing the right path. The following passage is taken from one of his works titled “Do you see?” and was performed as sort of a spoken word backed up by musical sounds.

“Should I A: Go back to slangin’ dope?
Or should I B: Maintain and try to cope?
Or should I C: Just get crazy and wild?
But no I chose D: Create the G-Child”

That “G child” he created went on to become the twice grammy nominated rapper known as “Warren G”. Now, I may not have the same exact options to mull over, but I believe there is a common thread that ties us together.

Look at how Warren's livin'

Look how Warren is livin'

His A) “Go back to slangin’ dope”: For me that would be going back to FedEx. Sure, I wasn’t actually dealing drugs, but I did work in a distribution center. The money was good, I had my own crew, and I once handled a package that was going to Damon Stoudamire. Remembering all of the reasons I quit, assures me that going back to “slangin’ dope” would be the wrong decision for me as well.

His B) “Maintain and try to cope”: I think for both of us, this would be searching for a 9 to 5 job that neither of us wants. The one thing I really enjoyed about my last occupation was the uniqueness of it. A casual night shift with a sprinkling of vulgar truck drivers. An office job where I may have to shave and wear a clean shirt sounds like prison. Most likely the time will come, when I will have to just “maintain and try to cope”, but I am not giving in yet.

His C) “Just get crazy and wild”: I have a friend who has chosen this path, and so far he is having a blast. He believes in his exit strategy and we hope that he has a smooth landing back into a sedentary life, if he decides to come back.
For me, it would be buying a one way ticket to a region (India, SE Asia, or South America) and then wandering the earth until deported or broke. Sure, I could get crazier and wilder, but I have to keep these options somewhat reasonable. I like the sound of this one except for the broke part. A few adjustments and this could be a winner.
(Alternate option C: Spend the next 5 months trying to win an entry into the “World Series of Poker”.)

His D) “Create the G child”: Despite the fact that “H child” doesn’t sound near as cool, the idea is solid. Creating another identity helps build the illusion of a clean slate and a new life. Now, I am not going to change my name and start spitting some dope lyrics, but I can choose a new career path. What that is, I don’t know yet. Part of the reason for traveling is to hopefully find that spark and opportunity. A job overseas or anything that has a positive impact on others and myself, is what I am looking for.

In conclusion, the “H child” is leaning toward an 8 month journey through South America. Using frequent flyer mileage, roundtrip to Bogota, Colombia would only be about $150. Venturing all the way down south and then back up again, 3-4 months of free lodging by WWOOFing, I can’t afford not to go! Que todos ustedes encontrar su “G niño”

In Dulci Jubilo

Monday, January 4th, 2010

There was much rejoicing in the Hoelter household during the holidays. My oldest brother (H1) and his family (H1², H1.1, H1.2, and H1.3) were in town for multiple days. The little ones add life to the party and I am reminded of how much energy it takes to be a parent.

On Christmas Eve, we gathered the kids, (2 of which you can see below)

My nephew and niece

My nephew and niece

And headed to Hoyt Arboretum for a walk.

Family walk


I’ve never been up there, the morning frost provided an illusion of snow and there were nice views of Mount St. Helens. Upon our arrival back home, we opened a package sent to us from our Uncle Bruce and family. What was inside, provided a solid hour of fun and many lasting memories. The package contained a styrofoam cooler, which in turn contained multiple chunks dry ice. There was also some crab wellington in there, but it wasn’t quite as fun to play with.

So, after the basic pouring of water on the dry ice to create smoke, H4 suggested trying to bottle up the pressure in some type of bottle. We learned a lot from one unsuccessful attempt, and using a basic plastic water bottle, found the right balance. The result was surprising, as you will notice in the following video.

The projectile traveled over 50 ft through the air and landed in our neighbors yard. My 6 year old nephew considered it a science experiment and afterward wrote down what he had learned. The knowledge came in handy as I will explain later. With some mothers expressing safety concerns, we put a halt to the festivities and finished the day with the more gentle game of “Beatles Rock Band”.

We opened gifts on Christmas Day with the whole gang present. My haul consisted of  many travel related items that I requested and books. All high quality stuff that shall get extended use during the coming year.

The family holiday concluded with a visit to OMSI where they just happened to have a dry ice exhibit. The presenters asked a question to the group of mostly adults and teens “Does anyone know what dry ice is made of?” My nephew, flush with the knowledge he had gained just 2 days earlier, replied “Of course, frozen Carbon Dioxide!” The adults looked at each other in shock while I began and embarrassed  laughter as he also proudly stated that we had just made a bomb out of the stuff. No authorities were called, so we stayed a little longer to enjoy the ball room. A scrumptious Indian diner at a family friends house wrapped up the day.

learning is fun

learning is fun

I have been slowly exploring my next travel plans and hope to make a decision/purchase within the next couple weeks. There are many factors to be weighed, mostly of the financial variety. Should I live like there is no tomorrow and ignore the fact that it will probably take me a while to find a job when needed? Or should I curb my enthusiasm for adventure and become a productive member of society? I shall try and break it down in my next post.