lost, for a little while


storyteller q&a: wynne delacoma
July 25, 2011, 8:51 pm
Filed under: advice

Wynne Delacoma is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she teaches arts reporting and writing. Before 2006, she was a full-time staff critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, where she covered classical music, dance, and the opera.

Continue reading

Advertisements


storyteller q&a: jack gladstone
July 12, 2011, 1:07 pm
Filed under: advice

Jack Gladstone is an Emmy-nominated Blackfoot singer/songwriter who has been working with Glacier National Park for the past 27 seasons to present programs for visitors that combine his original songs with historical and cultural information about the native peoples of the area. His latest CD, “Native Anthropology,” was released in 2010.

Continue reading



storyteller q&a: sandy hester
June 6, 2011, 1:37 am
Filed under: advice

Awhile back, before I actually began this road trip, I applied for a grant from a little organization called Roadtrip Nation and, behold, they gave it to me. The stipulations go a little like this: they give me a little cash to support this road trip, and in exchange, I post pictures and blog entries about my travels (as if I wouldn’t do that anyway), and conduct some interviews along the way.

Who do I need to interview? That’s pretty much up to me, and I decided that I wanted to talk to different kinds of storytellers–everyone from authors and journalists to artists, musicians, and, as you’ll see here, tour guides.

My first interview took place while I was in New Orleans; I sat down with Sandy Hester, a guide with French Quarter Phantoms, to find out how storytelling is a part of her job. In the process, I also learned how one becomes a tour guide in New Orleans, why being a fake hospital patient is a great way to get over shyness, and which neighborhood is New Orleans’ best-kept secret.

Continue reading



goal (sort of) accomplished: try couchsurfing
May 20, 2011, 11:34 am
Filed under: advice, plan

This is my "accomplished" face

Waaaay back in January, I sat down and wrote out some resolutions specific to this road trip. And while it might seem like it, I haven’t forgotten about them. Let’s revisit:

  1. Stop parking my car on the street in front of my apartment (where the trees drop berries onto the roof and create a giant, sticky mess).
  2. Figure out what all that stuff under the hood is.
  3. Read Travels with Charley.
  4. Try Couchsurfing.
  5. Finally get a replacement cover for the Blueberry’s spare tire.
  6. Watch Easy Rider.
  7. Keep updating this blog with my thoughts, musings, adventures, worries, and findings. I’ve let the burnout from my job overtake my love of writing in this thing, and that’s crap. This is supposed to be fun and therapeutic, dammit! Until I’m officially done with my job, though, these posts may become a lot more rant-y and pseudo-confessional. Or not. Just a fair warning.

Continue reading



the ‘drop everything and go’ checklist
March 11, 2011, 11:52 am
Filed under: advice, rant

Cubicle, or this? No contest.

On my last day of work, I went around the office saying goodbye to people, and when I told them what I’d be doing next, I heard a lot of the same response:

“I wish I could do that.”

Continue reading



the northeast: yea, or nay?
January 19, 2011, 11:18 pm
Filed under: advice, plan, rant

I used to be so badass.

I’ve been thinkin’ a lot, lately. Stuff like What’s up with my hair? or Is it bad to eat chocolate-covered trail mix for dinner? but also mostly this:

Fuck, it’s cold. (Sorry, mom.)

Continue reading



travel advice: sean
October 28, 2010, 8:59 pm
Filed under: advice, ideas, inspiration
Doin' the Possum Trot in Possum Trot

Doin' the Possum Trot in Possum Trot

Oh, Sean.

Sean and I met in Santa Fe and then later bonded over our shared hatred of our respective jobs, a love of terrible jokes, and constant abuse of caps-lock when IMing back and forth. He’s the first person my age I’ve met that wears cowboy boots (and not even in an attempt to be ironic), and has (unsuccessfully) been rallying for me to become a sex panther on the prowl in PA. It’s an odd friendship.

But, when I was lamenting the lack of adventure tales from my guy friends, he stepped up with this account, told in true Sean-style.

Continue reading