For a little while there I thought this whole Roller Coaster Tour was going to fall apart. Juuuuust kidding. I actually never thought that. I’ve been marinating this tour in my head for years and once the decision was made it was all systems go.
I was on the verge of hardcore scrambling to find a reliable vehicle to drive for 13,000 miles in 3 months. Once the hearse idea fell out of play I really had no idea what I’d drive. An old VW bus? An ice cream truck? A postal van? A regular car that would be comfortable for a 6’5″ dude driving 13k miles? An RV? A conversion van? A school bus? I went from being solely focused on one type of vehicle to having far too many options to make it easy.
I finally bought something on Thursday, and the trip begins exactly 7 days from today. Cutting it close! Still have some repairs to do. Checked it out Wednesday, AC worked. Bought it Thursday, AC worked. Drove it Friday, AC stopped working. Will be a ~$300 fix (already had a family friend who runs a shop check it out) and worth every penny considering it’ll be Summer. So what vehicle did I end up with? Well, you’ll just have to follow along, won’t you? ;)
Besides all that, you know what else came together this week?
How Underdogs Can Win by Malcolm Gladwell
This is an article on the New Yorker from 2 years ago. I would have never read it if not for Clay Collins. Thanks Clay. It’s the best thing I’ve read in while.
Does Depression Help Us Think Better? by Jonah Lehrer
Considering some of the topics of Luxury of Less, I was drawn to this article when I saw the title.
– “[Researchers] Thomson and Andrews imagined depression as a way of forcing the mind to focus on its problems.”
– “If depression didn’t exist — if we didn’t react to stress and trauma with endless ruminations — then we would be less likely to solve our predicaments.”
How Scott Sigler Gives Away His Books To Sell His Books by Scott Sigler
I’ve known about Scott Sigler for a couple years. He gives away serialized audiobook versions of his books, but also sells full downloads of the audio, special hardcover editions (limited to 1,000), paperback, and eBooks. And he makes a killing. This is a great overview of what he has done.
This article prompted me to pick up his short story collection on Kindle and the first two stories were enjoyable. I especially love the author commentary after each story. It reminds me of Rolf Potts’s Marco Polo Didn’t Go There in that regard. More authors should include commentary where it makes sense.
Meet The Man Who’s Walking Across America on Forbes.com
Congrats to Nate, who began his walking journey on March 1 and made it onto Forbes.com yesterday!
I love when stuff like this happens.
Odds and Ends
I have been getting some of the best e-mails lately. Thank you for that.
Types of e-mails that are awesome: thanks, fun stories, crazy ideas, praise (haha!), “I’m going to ride coasters with you in [X] city!” and countless others.
Keep kicking ass …
Oh, I’ve been getting an incredible amount of tweets/e-mails asking about finding sponsors and since I just went through a grueling sponsorship search for the roller coaster tour I have an epic 2,000 word article ready for you. Coming Thursday.
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