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21 September 2006 @ 11:23 pm
Through total chance i have been reminded by a random okcupid profile that Baraka is a great "movie." Not only because it has so many things in it that are beautiful or interesting or both, (along with some that are depressing or disturbing towards the end) but because it was the source for a lot of, if not all of, the non-rendered movie clips in the game Alpha Centauri.

It does remind me however of my desire to be independently wealthy so that i could quit my job and just start walking. No goal in mind, just walking in a direction and see what happens. Not that i could reach anywhere similar to a lot of the places they're depicting, but there must be plenty of things equally intriguing within an unreasonable walking distance of here, and of course if i was independently wealthy it's not like i couldn't afford to hop across to different regions as well.

Too bad that's not ever likely to happen =/
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Baraka
Brie2gouda4u on September 22nd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
No goal in mind, just walking in a direction and see what happens.

I know! Your feet will get sore, your legs might start to hurt, and you'll eventually get hungry. Doesn't sound like much fun to me ; )
Squidceph on September 22nd, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Too bad that's not ever likely to happen =/

Why not? Thousands (tens of thousands? more) of non-independently-wealthy people do this every year--it's called "backpacking." And walking, of course, doesn't even cost you anything. ::grin::

I am quite enchanted by the idea of just choosing a direction and seeing what you can find...maybe I'll try that sometime.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 22nd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Travel is expensive, even if you do it on the cheap. You have to get ahold of food somehow even if you restrict your self to ration-like substances. Either you're paying for an apartment you're not using while you're gone or you pay for the expense of moving everything into storage and then finding a new place when you get back. You're not getting paid while you're doing this, and furthermore you're not getting work experience which may very well have an affect on future job searches. And in the tech industry at least they tend to frown upon long periods of unemployment, as i learned during the stint immediately prior to my current place of employment, something i'm not particularly keen to repeat.
Pavajmpava on September 22nd, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
You do recall how gina was gone on leave for 2 months? Without it showing up as 'unemployed'? People go on vacation for months at time.

Also, I'm pretty sure you make quite a bit more then gina, so I'm guessing if she can do it, you can do, even if you aren't quite in line with her uber-cheapskate ways. Backpacking, at least, doesn't require pretty much ANY of the expenses you've listed here.

Just sayin' :-P
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 22nd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well not backpacking in the sense that i was talking about. Hey, Alton Brown took a month to _drive_ across the US. I wouldn't get very far in a month or two of walking in the same manner.
Pavajmpava on September 22nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Regardless, I think if you have the money to seriously consider holding onto a 2bd room appt in LA in case you get a roommate at 'some point', you certainly could use that instead on a rather decent trip. I mean, seriously. :-P
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on September 22nd, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
He lolly-gagged about. It only took *me* 4.5 days. (The way back was 10 days because we sightsaw.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 22nd, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
I said if i was walking in the same manner, which is what i would presumably be doing. Just kinda pick a vague direction and start walking and see what happens.
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
I would lend your objections more weight except for the fact that TENS OF THOUSANDS of non-wealthy (indeed, usually rather below average in salary) people somehow manage to get around them anyway. According to Google, many people have even walked all the way across the United States. I doubt they were all "independently wealthy."

I will point out that, according to many books I've read on the subject of long-term travel, a lot of employers look favorably on people who have done it. Not only does it show you have the creativity and drive to actually make it happen, it also gives you a lot of valuable life experience and improves your problem-solving skills. Thinking outside the box, as it were.
Squidceph on September 22nd, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Er, that was me. No idea why it didn't show up as me. Sorry about that.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 22nd, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops.
It's okay :)

And those are presumably people who are more confident about their future, i'm always concerned i'm going to somehow lose my job and not be able to find another one and end up living off of the charity of others or something. Yes, i'm weird and far too paraonoid =P

And let's see, in a 2 month trip like yours i might be able to walk 1,200 miles if i kept up a decent (for me) pace (which is unlikely given some of the obstacles in the way,) so enough to get me to Seattle if i didn't make _any_ detours.
Squidceph on September 22nd, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops.
A lot of them seem to be people who are trying to "find themselves", so they don't necessarily have much of a future in mind. I really don't understand how someone with--what, ten years of programming experience?--and a degree from a prestigious university is really going to have all that much trouble getting back into the workforce.

Sure, you could get to Seattle. But I thought the whole point was to just walk off in some direction and see what you found--I don't see why having a destination would be all that important.
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