Archive for May, 2006

The Desert May Claim One Yet

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I hope Matt and Greg are doing well after the big trip to the desert… I certainly am not.

After getting back from Death Valley on Sunday, I had been wiped out every day by early evening. Both Monday and Tuesday I came straight home from work to go to bed. On Tuesday, shortly after going to sleep I woke up in absolute agony, unable to breathe properly and with a fever of about 104.3. Unable to get out of bed, unable to eat and with barely anything to drink, I laid in bed, delerious, until just a few minutes ago — Midnight, Wednesday.

For a while, I thought I was back in the desert, laying in the tent, thinking how hot it was and how I would never get to sleep. At one point I actually sat up in bed and was very confused, thinking I must be in a motel room, or something. As I drifted in and out of sleep, I went between being in the desert, to being in a house I lived in 10+ years ago, to being some sort of general contractor or something building cookie cutter sub-divisions outside of Las Vegas (don’t ask). But at no point did I actually realize that I was at home, in bed, in my bedroom.

So now, nearly 30 hours later, with no food and just a few ounces of water, I am still in agony with a slightly reduced fever of about 102. I have no idea what this could be, but I hope to get in to see a doctor tomorrow. I just can’t help but think this is somehow related to the trip. Death Valley just made my shitlist.

Death Valley, No one died.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
A Great Adventure

What a great trip. No one in our group died, everyone made it out. Unfortunately I heard someone did die not too far from where we were hiking. Apparently they only took 16 oz of water with them for their hike. In 110+ degree heat, that is just not smart. Not to say we didn’t have are own share of troubles.
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Death Valley or BUST!

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Tomorrow two friends and I are leaving on a nearly 2000-mile journey across the US. We are heading for the lowest, and hottest place in the United States. Death Valley. We are taking a week off work and exploring this harsh environment. Maybe we will stumble upon some snakes, scorpions, or sheep. We plan on hiking to the tops of a few peaks, getting lost in a few valleys, biking around the park, climbing sand dunes and sleeping under the stars. It will be a week of no technology (minus the car, gps, digital cameras, laptop, ipods and cell phones), a week of eating freeze-dried food, and a week of the great outdoors.

I can’t wait.

Ways of the Anti-Social Hermit

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

I know once in a while we like to keep to ourselves. Sure we have a busy work/school week interacting with others and being social so its okay for us to want to take a night off from people we don’t know. Yes, it does require us to put on a social face to be out of our comfort zone. To act a certain way, to keep our comments tasteful, and in general pretend to be that “normal” person society thinks we should be. All this so that others may want to stick around and become friends with us. Maybe even find that special someone you can spend the rest of your life with, Man or Woman. Then maybe one day, after we get to that level of comfort, show them our true selves. A sick, twisted, disgusting, grotestic, pesimistic, unhappy, hateful, gross, and overall a disturbed individual. So why even bother putting up with this? Why should I even care whether. I have friends and family who I can talk to. Friends come and go and lets face it. Family may not be around all the time seeing as our lifespan is 100 years or so. Sometimes families send their old folks to a retirement home early just so they don’t have to deal with “Grandpa”.

In life, there are two certainties: Death and Taxes. The closer you get to death the more you ache to be surounded by people you can call friends and your family. People you have known for years since you started to hang out in High School, College or even Work. Not that you can’t make new friends in a Nursing home but if you’re set in your ways of staying home more than trying to be social. You are on your way to spending your remaining years ALONE with a nurse being the closest thing to a piece of ass. Life can be filled with regrets. I myself, already regret not being more social in high school. I am not saying I am the most social guy you can meet. I sometimes enjoy a night of vegging out watching tv or playing computer games online. But now, I know that I can’t spend my life being anti-social I need to try to go out to meet new people. So that one day, when I do meet that one female that complements me and we can spend the rest of my lives togther NOT BEING ALONE and I can write my own happy ending.