Living in America

The Costs of Just Doing OK

July 9, 2014
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The Costs of Just Doing OK

I alluded to this when I discussed making it in America, but I think a breakdown in the numbers would be beneficial. As a single man living in the US, what exactly am I expected to do and have to even be considered an independent adult? Well, to be living the official American Dream,...
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Dating a Traveler

July 1, 2014
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Dating a Traveler

Whether you think going abroad as a couple, finding someone to date locally, or being single is the best way to experience the world, there are certain realities one must face when it’s time to come home. I must emphasize that this is my experience as a straight man, as I’m sure that of...
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The Danger of Consistency

July 1, 2014
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The Danger of Consistency

I’ve been trying to supplement my life outside of work with personal endeavors. In Austin, before I knew of a world outside the US, this was fairly straightforward: acting in community theater, hitting up 6th Street (I was in my 20s, after all), and running on Town Lake. For the most part, these activities...
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What Most People Don’t Want to Admit

June 29, 2014
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I will admit I came into this world as a pretty cynical human being. Ask anyone who knew me as a child, and I’m sure for every story they recall about me being carefree and playing Nintendo games, there were just as many times I was drawn in on myself and spouting off sentiments...
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Living State to State

June 23, 2014
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Living State to State

Many tourists often tell me how much they enjoyed their great American road trip, and just how simple it was to cross state lines without showing papers or being stopped. While I’m sure I have grown up taking this particular freedom for granted, there are some downsides to our US states most foreigners wouldn’t...
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The Fourth Jump

June 11, 2014
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The Fourth Jump

As I scooted my butt closer and closer to the open jump door and finally got the full view of nothing standing between me and 18,000 feet worth of air, I did start to question my sanity. Who wouldn’t? I question myself before crossing the starting line in a marathon, hopping on a jet...
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Making it in America

June 9, 2014
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Making it in America

It’s been difficult for me to write blogs these days. Although I know that people would benefit from hearing my perspective, as a traveler looking to become less nomadic in the US, I find it hard to gain inspiration from my surroundings, and the flashes of insight I receive are just those. Flashes. Hard...
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Understanding My Hate

May 27, 2014
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Understanding My Hate

Is this what bloggers and columnists are reduced to? Voicing our thoughts only in the wake of major news (unlike media outlets, which keep regurgitating facts)? I’m not here to discuss Elliot Rodger. He had his own issues. What I want to talk about is hate. Now, for the most controversial statements I will...
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“Why are you doing this?”

May 20, 2014
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I’m grateful to have a job. Not everyone is so lucky. It pays well enough to allow me to live in California, eat well, entertain my friends, and pay off some credit card debt. I try to remind myself of this when impermanent circumstances make me consider quitting. It’s not that my boss is...
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The Test

May 16, 2014
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In some respects, being back in the US is no different than another experience abroad. I have to learn how to speak to the locals, how to get around, and how to deal with making a living and finding the happy. It has everything I want when it comes to travel, but for some...
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