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Why do we travel?

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In my last post, we talked about upping and moving to a whole new part of the world, China. Why do we desire to travel? For the young and restless, we leave our familiar surroundings in search of greener, foreign pastures in the name of adventure. Adventure brings us new experiences and perspective. That’s how we get the generations of us budget and millennial travellers who roam the world from hostel to hostel, coming home refreshed, renewed and ready for the real world ahead of us. In this globalized world where geographic boundaries are blurred, the world truly is our oyster. As a result, generations of us have shifted our mindsets, from being afraid and apprehensive of the strange things out there, to an insatiable sense of curiosity and thirst for the unknown. The hero or the traveler has evaded us for decades, returning as some kind of enigma for the things and insights they must have gotten from their exotic journeys and destinations.

 

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Traveling for leisure is fun, especially when you get to see things you wouldn’t normally see at home. That’s why you travel anyway. In an increasingly stressful and urbanised world where we are connected all the time and are “always on”, we often seek otherworldly experiences to disconnect and detach from the stresses of the urban life.

In today’s world, there are more types of travelers than we can count on our fingers. Some go on luxury travel, where accommodation, food and destinations are of high standards and fit for the king. Save for business and corporate travelers, there are also eco/cultural-travelers, who travel adhering to ecological standards of the destination, in order to either minimise their ecological footprint or further their knowledge and cause of ecology. Through it all, however, I can only say that travel is a beneficial thing – we leave a fresh novice, and return a knowledgeable hero, with insights and experience to share.

Placed in a new environment, we are left to our own devices to find our way around and relate to the locals. That isn’t always easy on first look. Even if they speak the same language as we do, it won’t mean we can identify or relate to them easily. There will always be different ways of saying or doing things in order to obtain something. For example, social networking platforms used in South Korea for communication differs greatly to that of the US, Europe and the rest of the world. The same logic applies for Japan and China and so on. Being in a new country demands that we use creative devices to relate to them, if we are too make friends. Otherwise, we might find ourselves isolated and lost for the better part of our travels.

Returning home from a long journey ensures we are aware of different backgrounds and cultures. As a result, we have a greater culture sensitivity to different types of people from all walks of life, which is essential when we consider that our world is increasingly globalized.

I know feel recharged and I’ve now found home in Brisbane again for awhile. My friend Josh has hooked me up with a job with his company Painters Brisbane Northside. It’s tough work having your hands above your head so much, but there is some quality of it that is very zen, which is ironic based on my return from China and it being the home of Zen.

Until next time.…

Hiking the Trails….. all the fails.

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A couple weeks ago, I went out on a blind date with a girl named Lauren. One of my friends to her from work and thought we would make a great couple. We had fun on our first night, so we decided to plan another time to get together. Being the manly man I try to be, I decided we should consider some outdoor adventures. That way, I would have the chance to show her just how manly I am.

She and I decided to take a little hike down the Clear Creek hiking trail. It’s not too far from where I live and, hey, I’ve been hiking before so it couldn’t be too difficult, right? At least that’s what I’ve always thought.

I did a little research before our trip and saw that the trail was just a little over 2 miles long. This was encouraging to me since I don’t do much hiking. What I didn’t realize, though, was that the difficulty level of the trail was considered moderate to strenuous. I didn’t figure that out until we arrived at the park and was looking at the information board. There was no backing out at that point, though. Didn’t want Lauren to think I couldn’t handle it. Besides, I had worked with Tree Removal Alexandra Hills years before, so I knew how to rough it somewhat.

Shortly into the hike, trail went into a thick forested area. I’m not a fan of snakes, so I became a little nervous at this point. I picked up a walking stick and forged my way through the woods with Lauren leading the way. Come to find out, she is quite the expert of hiking. This was a bit of relief to me on one hand, but threatened my manhood on the other. Don’t worry, I was able to suck it up and not look near as nervous as I felt.

We did pass several waterfalls and had to hold hands while crossing the water, so I can’t complain too much about the day. And, lucky for me, we both made it out unscathed and with my manhood intact.

Next time, though, we may just visit the museum.…

The Goodwill Bridge

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Before I took my trip to Brisbane Australia, I had heard about footbridge called the Goodwill Bridge located on the south side of the Brisbane River. Back in October 2001, Brisbane held the Goodwill games, which is what the bridge was named after. It connects part of the Queensland University of technology campus to the South Bank parklands. It was made for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

Supposedly, around 3 million people use the bridge every year. Well, now I’m one of those 3 million I guess.

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I have got to say, the bridge is a bit of a marvel to me. I read it cost over $20 million to build this bridge that is over 1500 feet long and almost 20 feet wide. It was an interesting walking bridge, with a pavilion overlooking the river on one side and a huge arch closer to the other side. I walked over the bridge several times on my way to and from different areas in the city while I was there. I enjoy the scenery, but I must say it seems like a lot of money was spent to construct this bridge just for pedestrian use when their other routes that could be taken. I’m sure the city had a lot of extra money, though, after the Goodwill games were held there with all the tourists spending their money in the city.

This bridge is certainly unlike anything I’ve seen in my hometown of Cimmaron. Of course, I don’t think the residents in my small town whatever build something so costly. The unique design of the bridge was interesting, though, and I’m glad I the time to check it out while I was there. Plus, it was a great way for me to get to the botanical gardens from the city. I’m sure next time I go back, I will visit the Goodwill Bridge again. In fact, I want to go when the firework display is going on because I hear that is the best time to visit bridge.…

The Dirty Cakes Band

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So yesterday I was riding around listening to Dirty Cakes Band, I’d Luv to See You Nakid. I really enjoy their music. Someday, I hope to make it to one of their concerts. They tend to draw in many female fans which works for me! They mostly play in their hometown of Los Angeles, California, but sometimes go elsewhere to perform. I enjoy keeping up with their twitter page and seeing all the fans talk about going to one of their live concerts. Yeah, one day that will be me. For now, I’ll just turn it up really loud and enjoy this up and coming Hard Rock band.

 

 

I find Dirty Cakes to be a pretty raw band. They dabble in several different Rock genres, but bring it all together nicely and end up creating their own musical statement that is both unique and refreshing. You don’t find that very much in the world of Desert Rock.
The Dirty Cakes Band has been able to create music that is wonderful and memorable by uniting their own brand of sound with the more relevant sounds of Classic Rock. I am really looking forward to hearing a lot more from this band. To get where they need to be, they need to work on making more songs that are great, increase the number of tours, and continue marketing themselves on social media. Of course, I seriously want them to tour closer to me. Hey, I’m willing to drive a couple hours to see them. I think the marketing part is what will really get them to grow, though. They certainly need to have the passion, hunger, and drive when marketing on social media. These days, that’s where the power to reach the multitudes lives!
I must say, though, that Dirty Cakes Band is off to an awesome start already. They certainly caught my attention!…

My Dad and Guns

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Living out here in Colfax County, New Mexico, it is important that we know how to use a gun. One of the best places out this way to learn more about guns, gun safety, and the ends and outs of shooting is at the NRA Whittington Center here in Colfax County.

 

The first time I went to the Whittington Center was with my dad when I was 14 years old. Before then, I had my own pellet gun I would use to shoot rodents. My dad was ready for me to move up to a rifle, though, because we began having problems with coyotes on our property. He was tired of being the only one to sit up at night to take care of the coyotes and figured I was old enough to help.

Going to the shooting range was one of my favorite memories with my dad. I learned a lot and enjoy the hands-on instruction I was given. Though I love my dad, he wasn’t the best teacher, so I was glad he took me to the Whittington Center to learn.

After taking the classes, my dad and I spent many nights out hunting coyotes. I feel like that’s when I learned how to be a man, as I spent that one-on-one time with him. We even shot a few coyotes along the way.

My dad passed away five years ago, so on days like today when I miss him, I tend to find myself back at the NRA Whittington Center. The smell of gunpowder brings back a flood of memories of the time that I spent with my dad here and out in the field hunting coyotes.

Someday, when I find the right girl to settle down with and have children, I want to be able to teach my children about guns the same way my dad did with me. Of course, I’ve got to find that right girl first. Out here in Colfax County the options are a little limited, but I’m sure that right girl is out there somewhere waiting to meet me as well.

A Visit to the Gabba

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So, while I was in Brisbane, Australia, I decided to check out the game of Cricket. I found there were two sporting complexes in the area that weren’t too far away from where I was staying, so I went to the one named Gabba, also known as the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Cricket is the only sport played there. You can also watch the soccer and rugby union play or enjoy a game of Australian rules football. In fact, the Brisbane Lions AFL team and the Queensland Bulls both play at the Gabba.

Before the game, I talk a little bit of a history tour of the Gabba. The land was originally designated as a site for cricket back in 1895. In fact, the first cricket match ever played there was between the press and the parliament in December 1896. Up until 1931, though, no official teams played regularly here. These days, though, the Gabba is one of the few premier venues in Australia for cricket. Surprisingly, the Gabba is also used occasionally for other sports such as Greyhound racing and cycling. This place actually seats around 42,000 people and is quite the interesting concrete Colosseum.

I was pretty stoked about being able to attend my first cricket game in Australia. Unfortunately, the day was a bit overcast and, thanks to intermittent rain showers, the game had to stop a few times. The Sri Lankans team was playing rather slow that day, and the rain made the game even less enjoyable. The drinks were nice, though, and I enjoyed learning more about the area and the game of cricket. The Australians won the game in the end, so the mood of the crowd picked up pretty nicely.

All in all, I enjoyed my time watching my first cricket game at the Gabba. It’s not something I want to do regularly when I visit, but at least now I can say I have went to a cricket game.

Brisbane and the Blazing Heat

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So I haven’t updated this for awhile as I have been over in Brisbane Australia on one of my many spur of the moment trips.

My mum has told me for years I should put my impulsive behaviour when it comes to travel to good use. So decided awhile ago I would try my hand at travel writing. Here goes, but I’m sure its more for my amusement then anything else.

Brisbane Australia is the capital of Queensland and is the third largest city of Australia. With its scenic beauty, friendly atmosphere and fine temperate climate, Brisbane Australia draws many tourists both from Australia and around the world. I couldn’t resist a trip to Brisbane. The beautiful Australian city is a cosmopolitan place with superb food and a vibrant, lively arts scene. In Brisbane, although there are modern high-rise buildings with steel structures and glass components, traditional wooden cottages as well as historical buildings can still be found in the city. Due to the city’s beginning as a port, most of the historic buildings are found near the river. Brisbane Australia has some world-class galleries, museums, theatres and art centers. Besides lovely gardens and parks, there are also plenty of open-air spaces for eating and drinking. Tables and chairs are commonly seen spilling onto the sidewalks. Some fine restaurants and classy cafes are located there too.

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary are also places anyone wouldn’t want to miss visiting. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens is located at the foothills of Mount Coot-tha Forest Park, which is about 8km from the city center. The Botanic Gardens has more than 20,000 specimens from 5,000 species of herbs, shrubs and trees. Popular attractions include a Japanese Garden, a Tropical Display Dome, a Lagoon and Bamboo Grove, Fern House, National Freedom Wall and eucalypt groves. The Aboriginal name of Mount Coot-tha Forest Park means “place of wild honey”. This name is given to it because of the tiny bees found in the area. The park has remarkable views of the surroundings and it offers good walking trails and wonderful picnic areas for strollers and picnickers.

I also had the opportunity to stay and work with my friend Ben in his Gold Coast Building Rectification Business. The experience was tough work, especially in the summer heat. His business is thriving in the area due to Brisbane’s high number of tropical storms and heat in the area that has been erratic over the last 10 years. Especially with the floods that happened during the summer of 2010-2011 . Working with my friend for just a day there made me realized that, building rectification is a highly technical, yet delicate task and requires a lot of knowledge. Trying to not only fix something; especially with water damage and also have to solve the issue so it doesn’t happen again is tricky business.

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Building Rectification and Maintenance Gold Coast

Successfully solving building issues requires knowledge of physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced techniques, and more. They are exposed to different kind of risks, like: Working near power lines; Gravity, working on sites that have had water and fire damage can undermine structural integrity and can make moving around a little difficult and you really need to think. It was really a cool thing to experience as I learnt a lot from just a day working with him. Prior to this I didn’t even know what building rectification was.

 

Brisbane at night

As you can see from the above, Brisbane Australia is lively city with marvelous historic buildings, lovely gardens and a fantastic hub of arts and cultural activities. Also, there are couple of businesses thriving there due to the city’s characteristics and nature. By visiting some well-known art galleries, museums and performing arts centers there, you can gain wonderful insights on the art scene there. Besides, Brisbane offers wonderful food served by some superb restaurants located there. My trip to Brisbane was a relaxing and enriching one!

 

Thanks once again to Ben for letting me crash with him and also my mates Paul and Mick.

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The Water

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I can’t believe it’s come to this.
A life in chains or a raised fist.
The chains, that you thought were imposed on you by society, expectations from friends, family, partners, lovers, your upbringing, your own ego and self-belief that everyone is watching, that idea that you are so important. These chains weren’t cast on you by external entities trying to destroy you. They were slung over your shoulders, across your back by yourself. These burdens are yours and your choice.
The names you gave to your self-imposed oppression, your struggle, your fight against them, they were just labels; badges, an identity in order to give you the belief that you are deeper and more interesting than you actually are. You are a label with a rule book you have to adhere to, out of fear you will be outed as a fraud or a traitor to your imaginary cause.
The pursuit to say “I’m an individual” through means of identification with a particular way of life, an ideology, a false truth, a lie. You identify as the brand, a character, an actor on a stage that is not yours, you are not the person.
You stop being the individual, the entity that is eternal, evolving and infinite. You’ve forgotten you were born into a sea chaos and you will die in it. Drowning, struggling or otherwise.
Your search for truth and identity has you fighting against the waves, the rips, the tide, the moon, the universe in order to feel justified by your own truth of yourself.
There is no truth, there is only chaos. You can either embrace it, learn to live with it or die.
You can fight against the tide, the undertow, the waves in the pursuit of a truth that will never be realised and a struggle that will never see an end.
Or you can relax and swim in the ocean, let the waves take you, bask in the sun, but knowing you won’t drown.
Let the liquid of uncertainty wash over you in the comforting realization. You don’t know shit.
You are who you are.
You are eternal.…

Music and the new order of things

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Well so much has happened in the last two weeks. Its so hard to try and keep up with things.

 

Trump has got into a position I don’t think he ever dreamed was possible. I honestly think that even he was surprised when he won. He has so much opposition that he is going to have his work cut out of him trying to keep the flies off him.

 

As no surprise to anyone, Hillary started that Trump not excepting the election results would undermine democracy and that their should be a smooth transition of power and that is what makes America great.

Now Jill Stein has decided to kick up a stink raising millions of dollars in crowd funding (which the target keeps getting bumped up higher and higher each time they get close to reaching their target. Even with the recount they know that they arent within smelling distance of a win. Also she has demanded state to be recounted where there is a larger margin than in some states that Hillary won.

This is just burning money as far as I am concerned and many people have pointed the finger at George Soros for funding this “undermining of democracy” as Hillary puts it, via thousands upon thousands of small transactions from undisclosed donors.

Either way the clock is ticking in order to get these recounts done and as there will be not much difference made to the final result, I believe this is just burning money for the sake of some stupid chest beating from a woman who initially burned by her own Green party for supporting Trump in the early stages of the election.

It seem that even as much as people might thing that Trump is a egomaniac who only cares about himself. One thing you can’t call him is a liar. It’s a trait that has been missing in politics since…… well not since the 35 years i’ve been alive on this rock hurling through space.

Decades of voting for these establishment career politicians has not resulted in anything getting better. Obama who was seen as the return of the lord himself has made things worse not better for the black community.

If anything the next 4 years will be entertaining.

Just as this song by Royal Blood is. They remind me of a mix of Muse and Jack White.

Anywho stay cool people

– S’OD

So? Who’s it gonna be?

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So here we finally are we are, one day from deciding who will be the leader of the free world for the next four years. It seems as though we are more more divided but it seems as though there has been a cultural shift not so much in policy and beliefs but the belief that there is establishment that tries to cater to both sides of politics which cannot for fill our needs as humans.

 

People are smart enough now, blacks, Mexicans, whites, the middle class to know that they have been sold out by the Democratic party .Republicans the Democrats the career politicians on both sides of the supposed political spectrum are only looking out for themselves and their buddies, the banks, the military industrial complex, They don’t care about the people they are supposed to represent, they just care about lining their own pockets and insuring the same people who are really pulling the strings are getting a bigger slice of the pie every 4 years.

 

It’s amazing now that what was one seen is the logical side of politics and cultural though, the left, the liberals the progressive thinkers have now pushed things so far that it’s now in the stratosphere of craziness that there is someone as corrupt as evil is Hillary Clinton as their selection for president.

I don’t think they are going to be really progressive when they are merely voting for in their mind the lesser of two evils…. Or do they really want her…. I guess time will tell.

 

Any time I’ve asked people about their opposition to Donald Trump it’s usually comes up with the same thing “he’s a racist”, “he’s a bigot” “sexist”. Any time I’ve ever asked for any examples to back up these labels or that he is done certain things people just look at me like a lost puppy dog. Its as if it is just assumed, or common knowledge. If you press people harder, you occasionally just get a self righteous eye roll as to say they cant be bothered and that everyone should already know this.

 

The media has been so instrumental in essentially brainwashing these well-meaning level headed people who just want to ensure that people are looked after. It’s just an element of laziness in labelling someone a name just because someone told them that they are mean. It’s like starting in the new workplace and there’s always that one person that comes up to you tries to get you one side on the first day and says you need to “Look out for Tracey you know shall stab you in the back”. They make out as if they’re doing you a favour giving you a heads up but usually the person that gives you this warning that is the one you’ve gotta look out for.

 

It’s weird how culture shifts and how the left that was this been seen as progressive and pushing against the traditional views of Christianity and conservatism that because of their open-mindedness they are seen as the more logical thinkers not driven by ideology. Unfortunately these free ideas have now become in grained in the media say one thing bad about women with them having to take responsibility for their own actions and automatically labelled sexist or a misogynist or a woman hater.

 

There doesn’t need to be any facts to back up that name-calling when the woman that he’s another man of rape. Its just assumed it did happen. I mean who would lie about being raped? There’s been multiple cases in the last five years where women have accused man of sexual misconduct, gone through the legal process only to find out years later that the woman made the whole thing out. By that time the damage has been done, the man’s career has been ruined, any prospect of him ever having a relationship with another woman is completely destroyed. All because of just one accusation that automatically assumed to be correct.

 

It seems as though the left has now given up at ability to question things. Look back when George W Bush running the show, Fox news was churning out it’s right wing propaganda in order to secure support for the Iraq war, everyone knew it was bullshit. Now, CNN, MSNBC online media publications like to Huffington Post are now reflecting that level of same blind propaganda from the left wing perspective and it’s just never questioned at all

 

It’s now abundantly clear that we can no longer trust the media as a source of truth, the Democrats have a woman; the first woman ever run for president who is being investigated by the FBI….. twice. She is also responsible for taking billion and billions of dollars from Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who have been linked to supplying weapons and military hardware to ISIS, the same enemy that Hillary Clinton Secretary of State said she was fighting.

 

A small bit of research into the Clinton foundation and thier supposed humanitarian efforts brings up a dark and horrible organisation. It’s a very simple way in which they worked in order to get billions of dollars, Clinton (the first one) would get paid by multinational corporations or countries for speaking at a dinner he would charge up to 6 figures just to speak these dinners in front of the people then miraculously deals with done through the state office for Hillary Clinton was in charge of the time the gave the go-ahead for these countries and corporations to push through the deals in countries where they were embargoes humanitarian issues and countries needing to be rebuilt.

 

One of the most despicable cases of the Hillary and Bill corporation as we can call them that is what they did to the people of Haiti the country was destroyed by earthquakes and the Clinton foundation put their hands up to ensure that humanitarian aid reach them and instead of giving them electricity Clinton foundation went ahead and secured deals with Digicel. One of the biggest cellular network companies in the world. In order to rebuild the countries cellular network.

 

The Clintons got rich off of poor Haitians who were in need of houses and running water. Not 4G wireless coverage.

 

This is only really a snippet of the horrible things that the Clintons were responsible for. I can only imagine what she will be capable of doing if she is appointed to the white house. Oh yeh there was the whole email thing too….. you might have heard about it?

 

It is without a doubt that Trumps closed border policy will directly effect the Mexican community. They are the largest demographic of people that are illegal immigrants in America. But I do honestly believe it doesn’t matter the skin color, middle class folks are sick of their jobs going to the lowest bidder who doesn’t even pay tax…. No matter what language they speak.

 

The issue with Islam that Trump wishes to address is a complex on. But his desire to stop all Muslim immigration until “we find out what the hell is going on” is just merely a protectionist view until some more measures can be put in place to ensure the safety of not only American lives but American culture.

 

It seems to me that the left is quite happy to tout about gay rights and the introduction of Muslim immigrants in to the US. But completely over look the fact that thousands of miles away Gay people are being hung, and thrown off buildings by people who share the same beliefs as the people they want to welcome with open arms.

 

I think Trump represents everything that the establishment hates. He hasn’t been bought and he doesn’t apologize for his words or actions. I think it is that unwavering strength and fortitude that attracts the middle class. Not these wishy washy career politicians that promise everything and deliver nothing. Regardless of his political leanings, he is a threat to the very people who have been pulling the strings behind the curtain. People have been getting the same thing for years because there have always been the same people running the show.

 

I guess we will see whether America has the balls to take a chance and roll the dice.

 

– SO’D…