Climbing Back in the Saddle...

QUANDRY SOLVED!... Several months ago Dale Cody brilliantly included a full-fledged Blog into my professional portfolio site: dellhambleton.com. I named it "The Road I Travel"... wrote a few blog posts and haven't touched it since last December. But, here I am... back in the saddle.

I think the original name is a good one... And so, I'm relaunching "THE ROAD I TRAVEL ~ CONFESSIONS OF AN EPIPHANY HUNTER." I'll spend the next few days figuring out how to get in and navigate the inner workings of the blog (and probably will make a bunch of blunders... and learn how to undo/fix them...). Honestly, I often get distracted by interesting, shiny things so, it might take a few days...

I want to throw out some "Kudos" and thanks to a couple of bloggers who I find inspiring and from whom I continue to learn much... First, Dale Cody (who helped me design my main site and was insightful enough to include a blog knowing I'd want one eventually) blogs about his travels in GOPHER BAROQUE. Second, Nick & Darience created GOATS ON THE ROAD to help others learn how to get out on the road, and stay there (if that's what they want).

BTW... I might as well throw out this SHAMELESS PLUG... Dale and I are available to help YOU, YOUR COMPANY, YOUR FAMILY... or your Grandma... with creative projects of virtually any kind... Check out our design studio DHARMAPHARM (www.dharmapharm.com).

I also launched EPIPHANYCHICK'S MOBILE LEGACY LAB the day I loaded LaRoc onto Everett's back, and am available to come to your location to create a stunning family legacy video, corporate legacy story, scan and repair old photographs, etc. Currently, I will conduct ELDER video/audio recordings Pro Bono for those in hospice care. (I only ask that you cover my transportation expense and provide a place for me to park and a reliable power cord.) (Check out my project portfolio for samples of my work - www.dellhambleton.com).

BARTER: Both Dale and I barter. Have a need? So do we! We're open to your suggestions.

HOUSESITTING: Both Dale and I are experienced and responsible housesitters with great references! Both of us are available to house sit solo pretty much anywhere in the U.S., Canada, Mexico or South America. Drop us a line!

Preparing for a new journey or ending one, I take time to be grateful and ask for guidance.

Rethinking Travel Meet-ups...

LAST NIGHT we went to a Global Travel Meet Up group to meet other people who like to travel. I was miserable.

Not only do I have a pretty serious head cold, my hearing isn't so great. And the floors were concrete so sound bounced around everywhere and landed in my ears like a plate of mashed potatoes. And then... a man sat down beside me who really only wanted to hear himself talk, except that, he really wasn't saying anything interesting - with one exception - he said he'd taught ESL for 7 years. (I imagined the poor people trapped in his ESL classrooms.)

I scooted my chair back so that he could talk to Dale about climbing. Dale was gracious, but quickly understood the prognosis of the one-directional conversation.

I wondered what the point of the whole evening was. And I think that, when it comes to travel, I'd prefer to just do it and meet pilgrims along the way...

I'd just prefer to meet pilgrims along the way...

I'd just prefer to meet pilgrims along the way...

Cheers! ... to beating the Battle of the Boxes

It is 2 a.m. on Dec. 1...

As of today, I will have no belongings in a storage unit, and neither will Dale. This is sort of a big deal. Storage units have allowed us to pack up stuff and shove it out of sight where we subconsciously "know" its there, but smugly "forget" so we can tidy up our living space. We can't do that anymore. I mean... we could... but, we're choosing not to.

Most of my friends and family remember the Grants Pass Summer "Furnace Purge." (If you don't, no worries. If you do, I promise not to relive it now...) Dale and I moved into a pretty cool apartment in St. Johns recently (across the Willamette River from Portland). That "pretty cool apartment" is now packed wall to wall and almost to the ceiling with the last of our moving boxes. Yesterday I was ecstatic to find my dish drying rack. (Yay for small joys...)

Here's the deal... even with all of the purging, selling, giving away and trashing... we STILL are struggling with having too much stuff! I have no answer for this. This is not some quippy post where I pull some wise ass answer out of my hat...

So... with MOD nicely wrapped up (for you who forgot, I celebrated the complete month of November for my Double Nickle birthday... so it was Month of Dell... ) I am dedicating December to (quietly) completing the purge of belongings that I no longer need and that no longer needs to fill up my bubble space. We have a big red laundry bucket that I have been filling and then taking to the thrift store. Some things I'll hand deliver to homeless folks. (There are a lot of homeless in Portland.) Some things I'll be handing off to friends and family. In the end, I know that whatever I truly need will always show up. There is being wise and thrifty, stocking the pantry and personal belongings. And then there is that line of "too much... just too much."

December is going to be about moving my ass back across that line.

I am finally enjoying the Black Flower Tea my daughter, Anna, gave me a long time ago.

I am finally enjoying the Black Flower Tea my daughter, Anna, gave me a long time ago.

To initiate this quest I made myself a cup of tea from a stash of Black Flower teas that I just found in my unpacking. My daughter, Anna gave them to me sometime ago. I decided to stop saving them and enjoy them... now.