On the Road Again.
I know I did not write about the last Road trip I did, but since this trip is basically the same I will be putting up a blog about it.
Let’s start it off. I decided to move from cold, gloomy, grey New Jersey for multiple reasons and will be heading south again. This time I went back to visit Felipe at an undisclosed location in West Virginia. Last time I got to meet the whole family, and loved how they welcomed me with open arms. The point of this American WWOOFing Road Trip Experience is to find some one willing to give me a place to sleep and some food to eat in exchange that I will help around the yard doing what ever needs to be done. Doing it at a friends house just makes it that much better!
This time around Felipe’s girlfriend Rozelyn is also here. I have also connected with her through Felipe and Social Networking.
Remember back in the day when the internet was just starting to get popular? You probably used AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and went into chat rooms to randomly talk to people. Well, that turned out to have more risks than benefits. Today, we have more advanced technology and websites where you can basically find out more about a person than you may want to in some cases. In this case with Facebook and YouTube you can see how people really are. (Just like when applying for a job the employer will more than likely search you on Facebook to see who you truly are). With these sites you can see if people have friends in common and have a “normal” life or if they throw up a huge red flag. Adding YouTube makes it even better since you get to see what the person does, how they act and more of their interests.
Watching YouTube videos of people literally broadcasting themselves you may start to look at the internet video players as a replacement to modern Television (Tells Lies to your Vision). The simple fact that you have complete control over what you want to watch and learn. When you find someone that seems to be teaching you more about the things you are interested in you tend to go back and hope they continue to make more videos. Well, the cool thing about YouTube is the people out there are PEOPLE. The fact we have a chance to interact with these people that are miles away is amazing. It is so amazing that it helps cut the time on first impressions, because you already know who each other are. This is why I promote people to start connecting with others on this little planet. I always tell people “You may feel like an outcast in your own town with the ideas that are rushing through your mind, but understand you are NOT alone. If you are interested in one thing, then there is always at least one person that is also interested in the same and is probably out there searching for information also.” Knowing this makes it easier to realize you may have more in common with people multiple miles away than the people you grew up with in your hometown.
I advise you check out Felipe’s (1) and Rozelyn’s (2) YouTube Channel.
Day 2 at Felipe’s:
Today, we were just relaxing watching some documentaries about permaculture primarily Back to Eden. Long story short since we couldn’t find any wood chips in the area we decided to make our own the old fashion way. No fancy wood chipper just an axe, pick axe, sledge hammers, shovels, and buckets. We used an old fallen (blown over by wind years ago) already decaying tree. We figured it was the best we could do. Yes, the wood chips are a year or so further into the process of decomposing, but it will help for now in theory until he can find some fresh wood chips. If you are interested in learning what we are trying to do check out this video. http://vimeo.com/28055108