In early spring of 2007 I decided to quit my job, sell my house along with nearly everything else that I owned, and to live out of my car while traveling the country. These are my stories (and pictures) of life on the road.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Life

My sister Audrey sent me an e-mail letting me know that the human brain produces seratonin, which makes you happy. She said drugs, love, sex, and exercise make your body produce more of it. She suggested that since exercise was out of the question that perhaps I should find a crack smoking prostitute for a couple seratonin producing replacements. Thanks Audrey.

It was gloomy on Sunday but I decided to get out of town for a little while so I drove to Mt. St. Helens for some site seeing. When I hopped in my car I was able to catch most of 'This American Life' on NPR, which always brightens my day. David Sedaris had a part in it and by the time he was finished whining about a couple American tourists in Paris I was in a much better mood. The rest of the drive was filled with 'A Prairie Home Companion'. It felt good to get out for a drive. Just to relax and clear my head a little.

It was a very pretty drive but when I got to the visitor center for the grand view everything was socked in and I couldn't see a thing. It was raining slush and it was cold so I didn't hang around real long and started heading my way back down. The sun did try to peak out a couple times and I got a couple views of the bottom half of the mountain. There were still some very cool views though and it's amazing how it scarred the landscape. Instead I got to watch a documentary on the eruption that was playing at a restaurant I stopped to eat in about 20 miles from the mountain. I'm sure it was just as good as seeing the real thing.

Today I spent the day working and decided I wanted to see a movie tonight. I decided on 'Paris Je T'aime' so I drove downtown a little before it started. I parked about 9 blocks away so I'd have a little bit of a walk. It was fantastic weather and the walk felt good. I felt like I was coming out of my little slump and I was enjoying myself as I walked to the theatre. If I wasn't out of my doldrums before the movie I for sure was afterwards. It was a fantastic movie and it was just what Ineeded. It was so good I hardly even noticed the jackasses sitting behind me that kept talking and pushing on the seats. As I left the theatre I found myself stepping a little livelier and seeing a little clearer. I took the long way back to my car to walk around the city after dark for a while.

I'm feeling pretty darn good right now and I just hope that it holds.


rbuell said...

You're in Portland? I have friends in Portland! I could give them a call and see if they'd like to show a traveler around?

- Rachel

bjbuell said...

Alan - I can think of one other thing that makes you happy - a great sister! With a great sense of humor. Debbie, you must be so proud...
Love you! Barb

Edith Clarken said...

I am so glad things are looking up. Traveling you go through slumps just like life.

Alan said...

Thanks for the offer, Rachel. I just left Portland but will probably be back in a month or so for a while. I might take you up on the offer then.


Erich Zechar said...

That David Sedaris piece picked up my day too last Saturday. Keep on truckin Alan.

You've reached the end of the page but that's not the end of the stories. If you want to read more (and who wouldn't!?) then click on the archive links to the right hand side of the page. They're listed by month; the adventure starts in May.

The February archives aren't actually from this trip but are previous adventures I've had, which are worth reading as well.