|Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro--the current home of Julien and I|
"¿Vamanós? ¿Los dos?" ["Both of us?"]
"Si guey. Chinga su madre." ["Yeah dude. F*** it.]**
|Our proposed route through the continent. Open to spontaneity, of course.|
|Me and Julien, gallavanting around Queretaro|
|Aaron, apparently singing to a tree|
The name of the project, as I mentioned before, comes from a quote that is quite possibly better-known than the man who said it: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" (Lao Tzu). Our journey will be far more than a thousand miles, but the sense of the saying holds its own nonetheless. The sheer scope of our journey is astounding, and even as I sit here writing these words right now (at the risk of inspiring a derisive snicker from some of you reading this) I feel myself going a bit tharn and trembling at the sheer physical and existential weight of such a distance. But that is not important. What IS important is taking that step. We've committed, we've completed the delicate business of family-communication, and we'll be on our way in just a few short months...this project is a big deal, and come hell or high water, barring death or insanity, we're going to see it through to the end.***
*Like I said, most of the conversations that take place between me and JJ occur either in Spanish or a sort of Star Wars-esque Spanish-English combo. Think Hans Solo and Chewbacca --they speak different languages, but understand each other just fine in the midst of either an aerospace battle or a drink with the Twi'lek girls. I've translated most of the dialogue into English for your benefit, but there WILL be a lot of circumstantial Spanglish on this blog. Just to let you know.
**I learned Mexican Spanish, including all its colorful little aphorisms and bad words, with my Mexican friends "en la calle". As a result, I have a bit of a sailor mouth. I will do my best not to offend anyone, if you in turn do your best not to be Puritanical...there are worse things to worry about in this world than certain phoneme combinations that have been deemed "bad". For my general opinion on profanity, look no further than these two gentlemen, whom I often disagree with politically and yet have a certain unshakeable common sense on many topics.
***...which will be much, much easier, as I launch into the unpleasant but necessary business of fundraising, if any interested parties are willing to help us out. This is the link to our current Kickstarter campaign, with which we are trying our best to raise $10,000 by July 22. If you can see your way to donating even 5 or 10 dollars to our cause, it would be both appreciated and rewarded (literally--check out the page to see the rewards we created!). Getting money isn't the purpose of this blog, but it IS something that will help us immensely in carrying out the journey.