This is a copy of my first blog post. I figured there was no need to write another introduction page when it’s all right there. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.
I also made this video for my YouTube channel. It’s basically a shorter version of the story below.
When I was young, I didn’t venture out much further than my neighborhood. I was content. When choosing a college, I didn’t even think about going anywhere out of state. I was content. And then I graduated college and something weird happened. I wasn’t content. I wanted more. I wanted to see what else was out there. Sure, I’d been on a few vacations out of state, but I could count those on my hand:
- The “You’re only a healthy family if you take your kids to Disney World at least once!” vacation.
- The educational Washington DC and Boston double-feature trip.
- The aunt’s wedding in Vegas when you’re nine vacation. There was so much for me to enjoy on the Strip at that age!
For whatever reason, I didn’t really care about vacations very much (It was probably because I was just a miserable kid). I was happy staying in my hometown, with the people I knew, doing the things that I enjoyed doing.
It wasn’t until after graduation and I became strange that I realized I might not want to spend the rest of my life living in my hometown. Maybe I’ll move to another state someday. Or even another country!
That’s when I decided to move to Korea. Yep. After spending my entire life living contently in Michigan and rarely stepping foot outside it’s borders, I decided I wanted to move to the other side of the world on a whim. My parents thought I was nuts. But I was determined to do it. And so I did. For a year, I lived in Seoul, South Korea teaching English. I visited five other Asian countries and had the time of my life. That year was when I finally learned just what else was out there.
So now I’m back in the States but no longer living in the Mitten. I’ve moved all the way to the Golden State to pursue a career in film. I’ve got an awesome job working in television, and when I have a weekend free or a break between shows, I try to fill it with traveling. That’s where this blog comes in (about time!).
Californians think they live in the greatest state in the world. To them, there’s nothing better than their beloved bear, sunshine, and vineyards. Well, I’ll be the judge of that. So far all I’ve seen is copious amounts of smog, awful traffic, and hippies. Yes, I live in L.A. I’m hoping the rest of the state makes up this disappointment, because so far, I’m unimpressed. They say you either love LA or hate it, and that’s so true. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t have a strong opinion about it either way.
My plan is to take road trips. Lots of them. Short trips to the OC, day trips into the Mojave Desert, and hopefully, eventually some extended trips up north to the national parks. I’d love to say I’ll be doing this everyday, full time, and making you envious of my lifestyle. But that’s not true. As of now, I’m dirt poor. It wasn’t until recently I bought a real bed. For a year I was sleeping on an air mattress (3 actually. I’d buy a new one each time one popped), unemployed, and accumulating debt. I’m finally starting to move up in the world. I even have matching hand and shower towels.
After reading my childhood story and knowing my new life plan, I know what you must be thinking. But you’re wrong! I’m not some free-spirit hippie living a vagabond lifestyle. I actually thrive on having structure and routine in my life. I enjoy doing work and making money! Weirdly enough, I also just like traveling and not having a single place to call home (Sigh. I sound like such bag in the wind).
What I want from you:
A group of loyal followers that tells me how great I am. And people who give me money to go on trips and endless compliments. Just kidding. Really, I just want to e-meet some cool people who share my interest in traveling and adventure, have mad love or hate for LA, and aren’t on the gluten-free diet only because it’s trendy.
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Thanks for following our blog! Hope we are “cool” enough to follow your blog – sorry we can’t give you money or throw trips at you BUT we can tell you how great you are (at least every now and then) 😉
Pleased to be connect and look forward to reading about your adventures.
PS Thought we should also confess that we try to avoid gluten but only because it upsets our tummies (not because we think its the “in” thing) so hope we can still stay 😉
You are definitely cool enough, monkeys!! The coolest gluten-free monkeys I know. Thanks for following.
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Hi, and thanks for stopping by and following my travel and photo blog. As a former Californian (Long Beach lo many moons ago); I will enjoy reading about your travel exploits. We now winter in Arizona and plan to travel some to the Golden State. Your blog may just give me some ideas for great places to visit!
Well, I’m in the ‘hate L.A., but love gluten’ camp 🙂 I could relate to the staying close to home thing, but I never got the urge to move to another country (that’s waaaaay too adventurous for me.) It wasn’t until I was almost 40 that I moved to another town… still in Arizona. I’m all for road trips – hope you find some cool stuff!
Thanks for reading Janna! So glad to hear you love gluten.
Very pleased to meet you.
Thanks so much for the follow on my blog. It is much appreciated! I am now following you as well …amazing photographs! 🙂
Your photographs are so amazing! Also, it is so cool how you have begun to adventure out into the world. Good luck with everywhere that you go.
I would be more than happy to pay a hefty toll to skip LA every time… I guess that puts me in the “hates LA” crowd. Make sure to come down and visit San Diego when you have the time!
I like that toll idea. And San Diego is on my list!
Hey Randy, very cool you went to Ha Long Bay. Welcome to LA and good luck pursuing your dream!
Hey there! Thanks for following my blog! Apologies for the delay in replying, 🙂 Wishing you well on your travels… When you get to South Africa, let me know! Have fun! 🙂
Hi randy! Love the intro and looking forward to your future posts! P.S: those are some gorgeous Instagram Pictures!
Thank you, Veena!
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Thank you for the follow ! I’ll happy to read about your adventures. I’ve been briefly to LA, but the town didn’t really caught my eyes. Of course, it’s from a tourist perspective, maybe when you spend more time over there it can become enjoyable…. It’s not as glamorous as I thought it would be 🙂
Thanks for the following, very much appreciated. Needless to say yours is very COOL and I’m going to enjoy rummaging through it!
L.A. is like no other place I’ve been. On a trip there in 1994 I was blown away by the obsession with cars and lack of pedestrians. In fact we were called scum by some bloke jogging in Bel Air, just because we were walking through his neighbourhood.
Yeah, everyone here likes to buy a lot of shoes, but they rarely use them. I’d love it if more people walked.
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Awesome post – so glad I’ve just found your blog! I’m about to head to China to teach English, but a road trip around the U.S. West this summer has absolutely stolen my heart… I want to be back ASAP!