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Month: February 2013

Florida: The Missing Years

When I graduated college, I got a sales job and disappeared to Florida for a year and a half. My friends worried I’d been sucked into a cult. My mom and sister begged me to come home and rejoin the family. Seventeen months later I pulled back into Wisconsin–only thirty dollars to my name, my life a total mess and everything I owned in the back seat of my Honda Accord. It had been a great time.

Many people don’t know that chapter of my life. I hold it dear to my heart.

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Don’t Kill Yourself: Letter to My Future Self – #3

Dear Future Self,

I gave a lot of thought to suicide today. Not that I was planning to actually do it, mind you. I mean, spoiler alert! You’re not dead. Hope I didn’t ruin it for you.

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The Fat-Man-in-a-Tight-Pink-V-Neck-T-Shirt Challenge

A recent conversation between my brother and me, edited only for copious amounts of foul language:

“You know the problem with losing weight?”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“It’s so damn easy to do, I keep putting it off.”


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WTO Hears Animal Rights Case, GE Salmon Nearly Approved, Big Food’s Addiction, and Heart-Attack Proof Vegans

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

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16 Days Solo in the Western USA – Days 14-16

Days 14-16: Utah, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and Home

Miles ridden: 1,570; Money Spent: ?

Somewhere between the Grand Canyon and Utah, I cracked the 5000 mile mark for the trip. It was a good feeling, knowing I’d hit the mileage goal I’d set before leaving Wisconsin. And my other goal–14 days–well, it just happened to be day 14. I seemed to be doing all right.

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16 Days Solo in the Western USA – Days 11-13

Days 11-13: San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon

Miles ridden: 1,304; Money Spent: $250

In the morning, lying in my tent and feeling the cold ocean air, I actually started to miss home. Maybe it was the fact I’d completed my goal and was now entering the return leg. Maybe it was that the days, no matter how much fun, turned lonely at night while sitting quietly by the campfire and squinting at routes through the darkness.

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Vegan Quotes – Socrates, Buddha, Einstein and Others on Going Vegan

Vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, animal-free–whatever you call it, it’s not a fad. Since humans began recording their thoughts a few thousand years ago, many great minds have advocated veganism.

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Big Food, Antibiotic Health Risks, Greenhouse Gases, and Vegan Valentine’s Treats

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

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Dr. Seuss Goes Vegan!

Dr_Seuss_That_Vegan_FoodThat vegan dude
That vegan dude!
I do not like
that vegan dude.

Do you like
the vegan food?

I do not like it,
vegan dude.
I do not like
the vegan food.

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16 Days Solo in the Western USA – Days 8-10

Days 8-10: California, Dinner with Strangers, and a Pacific Sunset

Miles ridden: 953; Money Spent: $142

Riding can be a solitary experience, but having a motorcycle also makes you part of a community. That’s how I’d come to spend the night, 3000 miles from home, at a complete stranger’s house. They opened their home and welcomed me simply because I was a fellow rider.

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16 Days Solo in the Western USA – Days 6-7

Days 6-7: Yellowstone, Idaho, Oregon

Miles ridden: 921; Money Spent: $135

Before this trip, I’d only cracked 200 miles in a day once or twice and only been west of the Mississippi River a handful of miles. Touring and touring the west was an entirely new experience. That has a few advantages, mainly, I have no idea what the hell I’m doing, where I’m going, no plan and just take things as they come. I woke in the morning, still unsure if in the afternoon I’d head towards the Grand Canyon or California. Mid-day I’d decide to do neither, head north, change my mind, backtrack, lose-time and, as the sun arched towards the horizon, still be second guessing why I was going west. South! Not west! That was where the fun was at.

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16 Days Solo in the Western USA – Days 4-5

Days 4-5: Wyoming, Dinosaurs, and Yellowstone

Miles ridden: 644; Money Spent: $170

It got cold last night, too cold for mid-June, and I pulled the sleeping bag as tight as I could, trying my best to sleep like an encased mummy and awaking periodically when a stray arm would wiggle it’s way out.

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Old Vacations, New Memories – 16 Days Solo in the Western USA

Six months back my computer crashed. That awful half-written novel from high school, computer games designed for college classes, old pictures never backed up–they were all gone. Worst were the pictures. I’d traveled across the western half of the United States in 2007 with nothing but my motorcycle, some camping equipment, and a camera.

Those memories were lost forever until I rediscovered them alive on the web, sitting in on an old motorcycle forum these past few years with over 8000 views. I’m reprinting that trip here, edited down significantly. It’s mostly to save me when I’m nostalgic and yearning for the freedom to just pack up and drive.

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My Life Story – A list of New Year’s Resolution Fails

On my last first date, sitting in a Pedros eating tacos and asking all those mind-numbing, obligatory, get-to-know-you questions like “How’s your job?” and “What do you do for fun?” I had a realization.

“I have absolutely no responsibility whatsoever. No kids. No pets. No house.”

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Cows Without Tails, Quinoa Ethics, Health, TV, and Other Vegan News

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

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Oreos, Junk Food, My Braveheart Beard, and a Weigh-In

I stepped on the scale the morning of February 1st — 335 lbs.

That’s only four pounds for the month of January. I have a confession. In just two months I’ve mastered what for many will take a lifetime. I am now an expert in vegan junk food. Part of this is due to an incredibly busy month. Part of it is due to being lazy. Part is due to, well, lets see:

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Lani Muelrath – Plant Based Fitness Expert Releases Book

“I wanted to be full without being fat,” said Lani Muelrath. “I wanted to be able to eat when I was hungry until I was full and be naturally trim, and I really believed there was a way to do that.”

As someone who has “a long and colorful diet history,” Lani knew there was something wrong with the way she viewed food. “The biggest struggle for me when I was trying to lose weight was trying to change my relationship with food.”

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Why I Quit My Job and You Should Too

Not an hour ago I sent an email to my boss. It’s time to step down, it said. I need to chase my dreams.

The career I spent years building towards, the white picket fence, the security and comfort I wanted — it all turned into a puff of smoke with just a few strokes of the keyboard. By morning that old fog will have lifted, and the remnants of those dreams will be gone, burned away by the bright light of the new day and new dreams.

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The Super Bowl, Undercover Vegans, Horse Meat, and Celebrity Chefs. Done Vegan Style!

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

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