In A Late Style Of Fire

Back home at the new crib safe and sound. After getting one last breakfast buffet at the nearby Green Valley Ranch early Tuesday morning, Brin & I took off towards Arizona around 11ish while Gasol staying behind for another day. Shortly after exiting Henderson however, we realized traffic was backed up at Hoover Dam and that we would be forced to be at a near standstill for several hours. So much for getting off to a quick start.

Instead of snailing through the ubertilt-inducing jam, we decided on a complete whim to turn around, and go the entire 1700+ miles on a route we had never traveled before, through the Rocky Mountain west, and down through Missouri and back into Illinois. The southwest is fucking boring anyway. No big deal.

After about 800 miles, an afternoon visit to a friendly gas station Taco Bell & one early morning excursion to Denny’s later, we ended up staying in some bumfuck Super 8 in Georgetown, CO, where I would forget my pillow the next morning. Sick life.

I started off behind the wheel Wednesday, as Brin had the day before, crushed 2+ states worth of interstate and all of the sudden we were in Mizzou and what felt like a stone’s throw away from Springfield. Somewhere in between we decided there was no way in hell we were staying the night somewhere again and pushed through the rain on into the Midwestern night until we were home at last.

Feels awesome to be back in Illinois. Yesterday I did a great deal of reading and writing over coffee. Needless to say the only book I haven’t finished from my 2oo9 checklist is ‘Andrew Carnegie’ by David Nasaw, and I probably won’t anytime soon. As for the 12 books in 12 months goal I had set for myself earlier in the year, it’s looking something like this so far:

January – A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy & the Labyrinths of the Mind by Roy Sorenson
February – Outstanding by John G. Miller
March – A World of Ideas by Chris Rohman
April – This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men & Women by Jay Allison & Dan Gediman
May – All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
June – Secret Tactics by Kazumi Tabata {reread}
July – Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

The most recent is a great book I would recommend to anyone who has awesome ideas that routinely never materialize. It really breaks down the steps you need to take to make shit happen. If that sounds like you or you think it might be interesting, than be sure to check out this website.

Not sure what’s in store for this weekend, probably just taking it easy and catch up with a few friends I haven’t seen in a while. I’m going to be running around quite a bit getting stuff for the house and making sure NC is picking up momentum. If you’re around and wanna chill hit me up.

Zune Top 5
1} No Love by Eminem & Lil Wayne on Recovery
2} Seconds to Shine by Versus The World on self titled
3} Thinking Of You by Radiohead on Pablo Honey
4} The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana
5} Shutterbug by Big Boi on Sir Lucious Left Foot

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~ by therealJWilliam on July 9, 2010.

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