Day 0

It’s 9pm in NYC right now, but I’m a few hundred miles over the Atlantic (Halifax to be specific) currently on our way to 37,000 feet.

Over the past few weeks, many of you have given me welcomed advise (and a number of you still owe me details mentioned during Electric Zoo…). Thank you! I’ll sort through the details over the next week or two and hopefully plan out the next year in reasonable detail. But don’t let me stop you from sending more travel tips and advise.

Two of you gave me significantly different advise, concerning survival as a party of one while thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I know. Most people don’t think about that side of the journey it seems, even though it provides the largest challenges.

So where does that leave me?

Predictions:

  1. This trip will change me. I’m going to see more cultures, eat more foods, and experience a variety of peoples exceeding even the most cultured New Yorkers.
  2. I have not fully comprehended the magnitude of that which I am undertaking.
  3. Life has a habit of dealing me the best hand when I’m just about done at the table. The last few weeks in NYC were fantastic! And I predict my continually changing locales to help create a world wide web of pretty ladies, couches to crash on, and drinking buddies to last a lifetime.
  4. I will spend a lot of $ on postage mailing postcards, sending home mementos so I don’t have to carry them, and sending couch surfing hosts thank you gifts.
  5. I will miss NYC:
    • pizza (had 2 slices today)
    • coke cola (they have it, but it’s way more expensive and I need to cut back anyway)
    • taxi driver abuse, I’m sure to get taken a few times without the ability to call them on their shit.
    • anything delivered any time I want. Seamless web, corner bistro burgers with deep fried bacon at 3am, …
    • FIOS, damn that was fast Internet. I could download or upload movies faster than I could watch them.
    • unlimited interned on my iPhone. I still have to pay for US access (thank you AT&T) but internationally I’ll be limited to 20mb per month (0.66 mb per DAY!) at $25 extra a month. Yikes.
  6. At least one “holy shit” moment every day.
  7. I’ll learn a little bit of a few languages. Definitely not enough nor quick enough, but a life worth of language challenges doesn’t change over night.
  8. The iPhone and the many available apps will prove invaluable.
  9. NYC will change while I am away:
    • a new mayor perhaps…
    • 311 will get a website where you can access or even enter tickets.
    • some major club will close (ok, that one was easy..)
    • the bank of america tower will finally have the windows that blew out in 2008 replaced.
    • FIOS will be available in some apartments I’d want to live in.
  10. I’m going to miss you all…

Time for bed. Day 1 starts in about 5 hours.

Electric Zoo 2009

HD Video…

2 Day Festival Recap (High Def)

Menno De Jong – Find Yourself  (High Def)

Saturday…

(click on any of the photos to see the whole set from Saturday)

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Sunday…

(click on any of the photos to see the whole set from Sunday)

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Electric Zoo Saturday

Pics can be found here:

http://www.peterdrier.com/Photos/2009/09/05-ElectricZoo/

electric zoo T-1

Check them out:

http://www.peterdrier.com/Photos/2009/09/04-ElectricZooPreview/

electric zoo soundcheck

a little peak at what’s to come..

T -7

Wow, this whole T-0 thing is coming up quickly..  I’ve finished moving all of my life in to 5x13x8 (feet)..  A long process but not nearly as insane as past moves.  One might even say I’m learning, and did it better this time because of said learning.  But I may also have just been lucky..  pretty hard to prove either way.

So, now that I’m homeless..  Time to throw the going away party.  Starts 2 minutes ago, so this post will be short..  But if you’re around tonight, Keybar..   13th between 1st and A..  (L train to 1st ave)  and I’ll be there till it’s done..  (6-12 in theory)

Parting is such sweet sorrow..  Not sure I understand that phrase right now..  Maybe I’ll figure it out tonight.

Free or cheap stuff.

I have some things that need a new home..

  • 2 ft by 7 ft slanted against a wall full size mirror from Ikea.. (orig $99)
  • queen sized feather bed with cover (orig 350)
  • HEPA Air purifier from Sears (orig 150)

I’ll add more and remove those that are gone as necessary..

Make offers..  Or let me know if you need more info..  -Peter

T-14, Packing..

Have you ever had to pack for 6+ months before?  (I have, but that’s a long story)  Into a single bag? (ok, backpack, but I haven’t acquired that yet, so I’m guesstimating)

How about moving all of your worldly possessions into a jail cell sized space (13x5x8) ?

That’s what I’m in the process of..  Shutting down this apartment I’ve been in for 4 years now, the longest in a single place since I was 10, hasn’t been easy.  My mother taught me to be a pack rat very well, though my roommates made me love throwing things away..

I still owe you all some Miss Nine photos..  She sure is pretty, and I have a few worthy of the world seeing..  all as time permits though, my move on Sunday is pretty firm, and we’ll have to clean the crap out of this place on Monday so we can get our $6000+ back..   Aah, the unemployed life.

Question of the day:  What would you pack for a 6-9 month backpack trip?

Be specific, mindful of size and weight, and assume mostly spring/summer/fall climates..  I’m avoiding winter, or will deal with that on site if necessary..

Comment please..

Sander Kleinenberg @ Water Taxi Beach Video

Photos to follow tomorrow.. Sunday Funday was a success.

Sander Kleinenberg @ Water Taxi Beach

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