I was born a poor white child....wait that's a Steve Martin movie...regardless, it's accurate :-) Yep, I'm a true West Virginia Hillbilly. I lived in the same house from the day I was born until the day I went into the military at age 17...yes, my mother had to sign the papers. It was the single best decision I've ever made and I am sincerely honored to have had the chance to wear my country's uniform.
I am a Travellin' Man...since enlisting, I have been to all 50 states in the U.S. and somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 countries. Since retiring, I've had 3 jobs...all of which required extensive travel. Over one 13 week stretch this year, I was on the road for ten weeks!!! I've actually woke up in hotels and for several seconds couldn't remember where I was!!! I was in Vegas last month and will be in California in February. I think I currently have10 trips scheduled for 2011. Believe it or not...I think I've finally gotten tired of travelling. I'm working very hard at the moment to minimize the amount of time I spend on the road....I'm getting too old for this crap :-)
The worst place I ever lived was Idaho...if you're from there, I feel for you. Face it, if the best slogan you can come up with for your license plates is "Famous Potatoes"....your state doesn't have a lot to offer. I actually think we should dig a moat around the whole state and make it a penal colony!!! Of course, being the fair-minded person that I am, we'd give current residents the opportunity to relocate if they want...see, I'm not so bad :-)
If I ever screw up so bad that I get deported...I want to go back to Australia and live....living there was a fantastic experience. Great place, great people, and needless to say...great beer :-) I'll write more about Australia in a seperate post.
I've been to a number of places in the Pacific...loved the cultures...the food.....and since was a young, single man...yes, I loved the women :-) It was also the only area where I felt tall :-)
I also spent some time around Central and South America...it wasn't bad but I doubt that I'd elect to go back.
I've never been to Europe...although I tried very hard to make it happen!..The one place I want to visit is Egypt.
Here's a few things I've learned in my travels:
- People are people, no matter where you go...some good and some bad
- The average American has no concept of true poverty
- Attitude is everything...if you're willing to find the good, you will...except in Idaho
- You really shouldn't drink everything you're offered in a foreign county
- You really, really shouldn't eat everything you're offered AFTER drinking everything offered in a foreign country
- Other culture's beliefs and customs are just as valid to them as yours are to you...even when they seem whacked out :-)
- The phrase " I love you no shit G.I" may not be 100% sincere
- If you've already eaten three pieces of kagogi before discovering that it's dog meat, there's really no sense in stopping :-)
- There is not enough alcohol in the world to get me to "suck balut"...google it :-)
Have a great day and may all your travels end in happiness!