The sheer vastness of the universe is incomprehensible to us. We simply cannot conceptualize size and space on such a scale. Take our solar system for example. It is rather humbling to look at a map and see earth, the largest thing we know, being dwarfed in comparison to Jupiter, and Jupiter being dwarfed in … Continue reading Just How Big Is Our Universe?
It was my last week in Spain and I was in the midst of visiting all those places I had put off seeing since arriving there. Let me tell you that condensing fun into a tight and efficient schedule is the furthest thing from fun. When you live somewhere you don’t visit the local sights, … Continue reading Unsolicited Pleasures
The cookie in my fingers started to feel a bit feeble. I figured I had a few more seconds, tops, to retrieve the sunken cookie out of my coffee, lest the one in my fingers suffer the same fate as his fallen companion. I was seated at an outdoor cafe in Chiclayo, Peru, and was … Continue reading Someone’s Gotta Get Stabbed
Anyone who ever attended Sacred Heart Catholic High School knows about the Scrivens Brothers. Two corn-fed, rural-raised twins, who were trumped only in stature and intimidation by their younger brothers, the triplets. With shoulders like small trucks, and an inclination to use those shoulders as weapons while they walked the school halls, no one was … Continue reading The Scrivens Brothers
On one especially hot day in July of last summer, I found myself walking through Big Spring, Texas. My plan of attack was to walk down to Highway 20, and from there hitch a ride up to Odessa. I was in the midst of trudging down the city´s main street, in the trancelike state I … Continue reading A Day with Texas´Most Wanted
Life is all about rolling with the punches, this I´ve learned. How do you respond to a setback? You need to have a balls-to-the-wall attitude towards everything you do, and if things don´t work out you still maintain that mentality. Here´s an example from today. I was working until 3 pm, and upon finishing I … Continue reading Rolling with the Waves
I had just received a job teaching English in a remote jungle town in Peru, and to reach the almost-isolated town I was forced to take a small transport van through the Peruvian mountains. The following is an excerpt from the trip. "The route from Cusco to Quillabamba rivaled a vomit-inducing theme-park ride, minus the … Continue reading Racing Through the Andes: the Reaper Drives Standard