Real Life On Hold - these are the adventures of California native Travis Emmel, as he takes time off from the rat race to travel and see the world.

Journal Entries

My New Officemate

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I had some trail mix in my top desk drawer and, being hungry, I went to pull it out yesterday. As I removed the bag, a few pieces of mix fell out onto the floor. I figured a couple pieces had gotten caught in the flap when I folded the top over before putting it away the last time I had eaten some. Thinking nothing of it, I poured out some mix to eat and went to put the bag away. While I was returning the bag to the drawer, more trail mix spilled onto the floor. What the hell's going on here? I looked at the bag and noticed the bottom had been chewed out. Checking back in the drawer, I then noticed that there was trail mix scattered around other parts of the drawer. I also noticed that whatever ate my trail mix preferred the nuts to the dried fruit. Annoyed, I threw the remnants of the bag away.

Today, I was getting ready to leave for the gym and opened up the same desk drawer to pull out my ID card. My new officemate must have been displeased with me for removing the trail mix, because I found my ID card soiled with urine and fur. The surprises didn't stop there, however, as I would soon discover when I opened the bottom drawer to grab my towel. That would be the towel that was now torn apart for nesting material and then defiled to signify another act of insubordination.

I love my new officemate!

Strategery

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I've been considering giving up the cruise ship idea. I think I need to do a little more research and find out if I'd be allowed to get off the boat at any of the ports. It seems to be a great idea in theory, but it's probably a bit frustrating to spend six months sailing to amazing places but not be able to actually visit any of the destinations. Given that I've saved up enough money to live comfortably while unemployed for a year, I'm now thinking that I might take the time that I would have been on the boat and use it to live in more locations.

Eh, I've got a couple months to figure it all out…

What not to do

Saturday, November 18, 2006

While I’m not sure what I want to do during my time off, I know what I don’t want to do: sit around all day watching TV. I’ve been stuck at home the last couple days nursing a very sore throat and, unfortunately, parked in front of the boob tube. So far, I’ve learned that people that watch midday TV are deeply in dept with low credit scores, men who require erectile enhancement (they have similar options for women, too, evidently), women who need to upgrade their mascara and wrinkle reduction creams and everyone has the opportunity to make 1000’s a month sitting at home. Never in my life have I wanted some sort of DVR more than today.

But, more importantly, today has made me realize that I need to make the most of my time while unemployed. I know that it’s not possible to do something noteworthy every day, however, if I find myself parked on the couch day after day, then I have failed in my endeavor.

Look for me on C.O.P.S

Friday, November 17, 2006

One more thing to add to the To-Do List: Do a ride-along in a police car. Always wanted to do this, now's a good a chance as any.

Plan C

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hmm, just had another idea for a possible timeline:

  • Give notice at work around the middle/end of December.

  • Quit work sometime in January.

  • Hang out in San Diego until the end of March.

  • Go live in San Francisco until June. During my time in SD/SF, train for the AIDS Ride. Participate in the AIDS Ride at the beginning of June.

  • Hop a flight across the pond to England/Europe

  • Explore Europe for a month

  • Attend Lianna's wedding at the end of July

  • Head back to the US and try to get on a cruise ship. If no immediate employment, go to the next city on the list.

  • Work on a boat or live in a couple more cities.

  • Back to reality

Plan B

For the life of me, I couldn't fall asleep last night. Instead, I lay awake, staring at the ceiling, thinking about the coming year. At some point, I started to form a new agenda for my hiatus. The main difference between this plan and Plan A is trying to incorporate my friend Lianna's wedding into the mix which would allow me a trip to England/Europe. New suggested timeline:

  • Give notice at work around the middle/end of December.

  • Quit work sometime in January.

  • Hang out in San Diego until the end of March.

  • Go live in either New York or San Francisco for 3 months

  • Hop a flight across the pond to England/Europe

  • Explore Europe for a month

  • Attend Lianna's wedding at the end of July

  • Head back to the US and try to get on a cruise ship. If no immediate employment, go to the next city on the list.

  • Work on a boat or live in a couple more cities.

  • Back to reality

Plan A

Friday, November 10, 2006

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to see and accomplish while my life is on hold; just as importantly, I've been trying to decide where I want to see and do these things.

Mulling things over for the past few months, I came up with the following timeline:

  • Put in my notice at work around November.

  • Last day of work would be right around the beginning of the year.

  • Hang out in San Diego for about two months. During this time, I'd sell off all the extra stuff in my house. Also during this time, apply for cruise ship jobs.

  • Hopefully become employed on a cruise ship and work a six-month contract.

  • Get back on land and live in New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas for about 2-3 months in each location.

  • Back to the real world, ideally with new insight and possibly new opportunites.

Oh the places I'll go!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Been trying to decide where I want to live during the upcoming year. Here's what I have so far...

A list: Live/work on a cruise ship, New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco

B List: Chicago, Austin, Seattle, South Beach

If possible, I'd also like to go abroad for a month or two; Europe and Asia top that list.

Additional suggestions always welcome!

Disjointed

Monday, November 06, 2006

If you're reading this, you probably already know that I'm planning on embarking on a one to one and a half year hiatus from my current life. If you found me by happenstance, allow me to fill you in.

I grew up in the little shittown of Hemet, California. I was there from birth until I left for college 18 years later. Hemet is not exactly known for being culturally diverse or interesting; it's your basic Small Town, USA. Luckily for me, my parents planned many vacations that allowed me to leave the confines of my hometown and to experience, albeit briefly, other cities and cultures.

When the time came to leave for college, I ended up staking my claim in San Diego at the University of California, San Diego. While it was certainly a step up from Hemet, my environment was still fairly tame and laid back. A lot of people probably associate San Diego with paradise, and the fact is, it's not too far off. The weather is nearly perfect year-round, it's citizens are fit and happy, it's situated right on the Pacific coast, the air and water are clean and the pace of life is slow and steady. But, and this may come as a surprise to those who haven't lived here, San Diego is boring. On the whole, the city isn't very diverse and most of the people aren't all that interesting. Everyone dresses and behaves with a similar air and no one really seems to act with conviction.

With the exception of a three month stint in New Hampshire, I've been living in San Diego for the past 11 years. When I graduated from UCSD, I remained on campus and have continued working for the university ever since. During that time, I've found some amazing people and forged many meaningful relationships. I have also explored a lot of this city and taken advantage of its offerings. However, the time has come now where I feel the need to really shake things up and experience more of what the rest of the world has to offer.

Hence, I've decided to put 'real life' on hold and see what other possibilities exist out there. In the coming months, I will be putting in my notice at work, selling off all of my extraneous possessions, renting out my townhome, and figuring out where I'm going and when I'm going there.

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