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Who Am I??
When I think of someone who would cycle across America, I think of a wealthy person, who is hardcore into cycling, hardcore into fitness, and who can afford to take time off work to do it. Yeah, well that's not me. I'm definitely not wealthy. I probably wouldn't even own a bike if it wasn't for this trip. Even though you can find me in the gym about 5 days a week I'm not that into fitness just weight lifting (the gym is basically a place to hang out with my friends). And I don't need to worry about taking off work because like many Americans these days, I have been laid off. So who am I?
For starters, I consider myself a pretty average 25 year old guy who has lots of dreams, talks about doing a lot of things (most of which I'll probably never do), and I still don't know what I want to do with my life. I've been through two semesters of college; one semester of graphic design and one semester of web design. But I still think I might change it to something in the film/movie area or to something revolving around cartooning/animation.
I've always had many dreams of what I want to do with my life. That makes it hard to narrow it down to one career. I've always been pretty artistic and I love being creative. For the past year or so I've been working on a few cartoon ideas that I've had. I am hoping I can make one that will eventually take off and get aired on television. Lately I have been spending a lot of time working on our Project: Live website. This has been a "learn as I go process" since I've only had one semester of web design. I've had to design and code the entire web site by myself. (I hope you like it!!) Before I designed this website I designed a little site to show some of my art work ( On it there is a link to some of my flash animations and cartoons. Check it out!
I'm one of those guys who can't stand to sit still. I swear I have A.D.D. I can't stand to be at home longer than the time it takes to sleep and get ready to leave. I love doing any sport/activity outdoors (except fishing, I find that pretty boring) . I love going to the gym and hitting the weights, I know I mostly talk and play around there but you gotta make it fun. Snowboarding is one of my all time favorite sports, however I've had to sacrafice going this year to save for money this trip. Guess I'll have to make up for it next year. Even though I get a little chicken-ish sometimes, I love doing things that are a little on the edgy side (like this trip across America on a bicycle. What the hell am I thinking!?!?). Two years ago I got the opportunity to go skydiving , that is something I definitely recommend to everyone who has even considered doing it. It is incredible.
Since high school I've been in and out of jobs that I don't like, bringing home paychecks that barely pay my bills and driving a car that I'd rather not be seen in. I've gotten pretty comfortable with the same old boring routine I've been in for years now and I really don't like that I'm comfortable with it. I think its time for a little change.
What Project: Live Means To Me....
Riding a bicycle through America is a risky and time consuming task. Not to mention the sacrifices we've had to make to do it. So why am I doing it? And what does it mean for me?
I've always wanted to travel and see everything there is to see. That gets kind of expensive and I don't have that kind of money. One day I was listening to the song "Freedom Like a Shopping Cart" by the band NOFX and it made me think of how awesome it would be to not have to worry about being anywhere at any certain time. Then I started thinking of what I would do if I were homeless with nowhere to go. I'd travel the world... well America at least. But I don't want to be homeless. I just want an adventure. Then one thought led to another as they always seem to do and we never know exactly how we end up thinking what we think, and I thought "Hey, I wanna ride my bike across America." I want to do it with no set time limit, no definite restrictions, and no definite route. Now that would be an awesome adventure. But I don't want to do it alone. Luckily I just so happened to be dating the worlds most amazing girl, I just didn't know it at the time. Well I knew it, I mean, I just didn't know any girl could be this amazing, until I ran the idea by her one night (I'm not saying how it came up) and she fell in love with it. But of course it was just an idea. We'll never do it. I always have conversations with my friends about things we're going to do and places we're going to go. It's always "blah blah blah," and nothing ever comes of it. I'm sick of all the talk and never doing the things I want to do. "This time," I thought, "is going to be different." It's simple, not all that expensive, and more than anything, it's possible. So, I want to prove to myself and others, that all you have to do is put a little time and effort into an idea to make it possible.