Modern Schmodern

This is in response to the Daily Prompt: Modern Families

If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

When I was a baby my Nana refused to hold me. She had held all of her other grandchildren, but you see, I was adopted. I’m not sure what her reasoning was. I wasn’t blood related so maybe I wasn’t a “real” family member to her. Or maybe she thought of me as some defective item from the store that would surely be returned. Continue reading

Getting back in the saddle

I’m very lucky to live in an area that has a bike path running right through it. My partner and I spent many hours biking 40km or so to a lake that we sometimes drive to to feed the ducks and just relax. On this particular day there was a kid racing around the grass on their motorbike; you’ve got to love the sounds of nature. There were also a bunch of old timers with their old fashioned cars parked anywhere but the parking lot. The rule in Australia is that you can only drive your old cars during the weekends, so we usually see them on the warm days. Nonetheless, it was a bit odd to see them parked up on the grassy hill and driving around the nature reserve, especially since the car parking lot was within 30 meters. Continue reading

Photo Prompt: Gravity

This is in response to the Daily Photo Prompt: Weight(less)

Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week.

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On a recent trip to Tasmania we were in the Bay of Fires hiking out to Humbug Point when I saw this tree. The tree has definitely had its share of bad luck having to contend with not only gravity, but the coastal winds and a fire (or many?). We were glad there wasn’t a fire in the Bay of Fires when we were camping there.

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Another hike we did to Wineglass Bay was full of interesting little nooks and crannies to stop and have a rest. My expression is slightly concerned; I guess I was just hoping gravity didn’t win on this occasion.

An American’s Dream

This is in response to the Daily Prompt: Keeping up with the Jones’

Tell us about the one luxury item you wish you could afford, in as much detail as you can. Paint a picture for us.

I try my best to live a minimalist lifestyle. My last 8 years have been spent living in tiny spaces: sublets, my tent, people’s couches, my car, a house with 10 other people. For a recent background check I had to list all the places I’d lived within the last 5 years; despite over a dozen omissions my list was at 13. One thing traveling teaches you is that possessions slow you down. Experiences mean more to me than possessions. Continue reading

Baskin Robbers

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This is in response to the Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim

Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation. What was the outcome?

The year was 2008. In May I had driven over 3,000 miles across the country to Ventura, California with my friend in my ’99 Jeep Cherokee. It was one of those experiences that shove you through the threshold into adulthood.  I was starting a new life for reasons that were clear to me but could only be shared with a select few. Like most people, I needed money. That is why, 2 days before Independence Day, I found myself on the way to my first job. It was also my 21st birthday.  Continue reading

Most Badass book cover…

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This is in response to the Daily Post Earworm:

Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week.

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Pill Popping

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This is in response to the Daily Post: Childhood Revisited

What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you.

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