One Tray to Rule Them Calls

I am the dumbest mf to walk the face of the planet. My dad shipped me a Google Pixel; the phone he has been using since it’s introduction in October 2016.

Tool In Question

When it arrived I was hella excited, but I decided to garner patience and wait until my phone case and screen protector arrived to turn the phone on and begin daily use of it. I did however take it out of the box and look at it. My father had the screen replaced under warranty before he sent it to me. What do I go and do with this brand new device? This phone which I am excited about! Well as soon as I found the little tool to remove the sim card tray, I proceeded to remove, and inevitably lose the sim card tray. I am suspecting I lost the tray on Saturday when the phone arrived, and I did not realize my folly until Monday evening; last night. Why I live a life of oblivious stupor I will never know. I am sure I’ll die in a fire, since that’s what I deserve. How do I consider myself an educated individual if I go losing a sim card tray? Clearly the phone is meaningless to me, or I would be paying attention to things as such. So here I sit. Wishing I could be using my phone, but instead I have to…hunt for a sim card tray?

I recently found out my birthday, June 22nd, is represented in Tarot by The Fool; at least according to the Birthday book at the front desk of the hostel. What a fucking travesty. The Fool. Here I was, walking around feeling like the Hanged Man, and I am the Fool! I should have known. Interesting enough, I just Googled ‘June 22 tarot,” and thanks to tarot.com I have discovered I was born on the “cusp of magic.” Oh yay. However odd, this page does describe me pretty well. I definitely don’t believe in astrology, but I will say the argument is more convincing than Christianity.

Also, Happy Birthday Dad. I’m late to the punch with that though.

Chris

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! 46% ladies, and 54% gentleman! That is according to Google Analytic’s, which I trust to help me keep track of my readers. Just like WordPress.org, open source word processors (My Blog, my rules right? Henceforth I shall be using the acronym oswp. I bet I won’t stay true to this, but it does sound like a fun prospect. I believe there will be A LOT more oswp’s in the future.), free online education, and overall how to be a profitable vagabond; I am still learning how to utilize Google Analytic’s to its fullest potential. I am working; everyday working, on my organizational skills. One of my current missions is to have a set list of skills I work actively to develop. My skill set is quite varied, but I am not a master at any one thing. I often hear folks older than I talk regretfully toward there lack of mastery. I intend to maintain constant vigilance in relations to my goals and prospects. At current I have a strong interest in developing skills that can be used in the virtual world, as I believe a life behind a computer best suits my needs, wants, warrants, and confines.

The Great Digresser Returns! I have spent the last 30-45 minutes sifting through my Instagram feed; not to no avail. I messaged a company: @brush.naked, and they make a bamboo toothbrushes. Since it is earth day there are many eco-friendly posts on my Instagram feed, and @brush.naked is the product which stood out to me the most as I perused this morning.

Honestly, I am not progressing in this writing today as I had hoped. Today is a day for some background work here at HeartOfZeus. I may or may not venture to Oakland today for @meetartsesh, that is up in the air. Really, I should stay on this side of the bay and try to get as much work done as possible; but what am I even doing?

Chris

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First TED Talk, and I Feel Good About It.

I have been hearing about TED Talks for quite some time (years), but yesterday was the first time I explored the website myself, which is simply www.ted.com. I have been hearing talks about this medium of education for years; and I have long since associated TED Talks with education. As of late I have been (practically) frantically researching; brainstorming about the possibilities of learning a new skill, or finding a more specific niche to write about. When I heard TED Talks mentioned recently, I thought: “Could be some inspiration there, mhm.” I scrolled through the topics and landed on “Open Source,” as I have been very much into open source everything recently, and this is in opposition to a ‘for profit’ system. Good ideas deserve to reach the public without money being involved, and the internet is going to make that easier, and easier as time goes on. So, anywho, I clicked on the “Open Source” topic, and this video was what I ended up watching. It sounded the most interesting, and also is the newest video for “Open Source.” I have been greatly inspired by the video. Perhaps I have a future in transcribing academic articles for the common reader; I feel confident stating communication as a strong suit of mine. Interviewing the individuals involved a academic research, and then writing my own articles on HeartOfZeus; articles much easier on the eyes, for my lovely readers. Ha. I’m just day dreaming about my future, but today I decided to write my thoughts down, and post them.

Getting involved with academics is certainly where my interests lye.

Chris

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7 Reasons Moving Into A Hostel Was The Best Decision I Ever Made.

On June 23rd 2017, one day late of ¼ of a century on this planet, I stepped foot into my first hostel. I had departed from Milwaukee, WI 18 days earlier by plane, and I arrived in Seattle, WA by car. The Green Tortoise Hostel in Seattle was to be my place of employment for an undetermined amount of time (ended up being 4 months). Now I have been trade-working at the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco for 5 months, and it’s impossible to say one location has a foot up on the other. I will however say, that moving into a hostel has changed my life enormously, and entirely for the better; these are some of the major reasons why.

Don’t Tell Anyone I Was Up Here.

1. Meet New People

The amount of new people coming into my life has never been more plentiful. Everyday is a new adventure, and this is due certainly to the diverse selection of humanity I come in contact with on a continually refreshing basis. I have been a hostel resident for 9 months now, first in Seattle and now in San Francisco. I have spent many, many nights in a full dorm room. Most people you meet in hostel dorms are going to be excited to talk to you (if they find out you work their, they’re going to be ecstatic to talk to you). I have met professionals from every line of work. The Seattle Convention Center was a 10 minute walk away from me last summer; my favorite guests stayed for the PAX Convention (Penny Arcade Exposition), and the DOTA World Championships! I had a DOTA 2017 pin, but the backing fell off and I have since lost track of the pin. SF is a little different than Seattle, in which it is dense and easy to travel. Seattle is easy to traverse, but while SF has several large hills scattered about the city, Seattle is a constant uphill battle from the Sea to Capitol Hill. The truth is: I found Seattle reminding me of Milwaukee, and I can’t put my finger quite on…why. Space-time just seems to be creepy-crawly in those places. Remember I call one of them home, though.

2. Learn Out Of Necessity

Learning is an important part of life (shout out to all the beautiful teachers!). From my travels I have realized adaptation is a practiced skill, and so is confidence. Since leaving my hometown to come work in hostels, I have fine tuned many of my dreams, and even fulfilled a few. Beautiful as well as deplorable times lay behind me, but the great vastness of life glitters like the proverbial yellow brick road in front of me, and intended to traverse the leagues and clicks of life fully, and holistically. I write to educate, entertain, practice, and procreate. I would be nothing without what I have learned, and traveling opens the mind up to new ways of thinking. This is your planet as much as everyone’s, and it is not just your privilege, but your duty to explore as much of it as possible. You will learn as you go.

3. Tax Free Living

One of the huge advantage about trade-work, is that you don’t pay taxes on your labor. Their is a direct exchange between the hostel and yourself, in which you work a specified amount of hours in exchange for accommodation. At current, 23 hours of my time is worth 1 weeks stay; in Seattle the magic number was 21 hours, but everything in San Francisco is a little more expensive. Normally one would pay part of their income to the government before having access to their money, but trade-work avoids that process. There are downsides to this, such as apparent gaps in work history, and you are not building a financial portfolio for your future endeavors, but if you are well educated on these risks, and you know what you’re getting into, then you be confident about your decisions at least.

4. No More Grocery Shopping

I have not needed to shop for food in 9 months. The organically revolving folks of the hostel provide for a continual source of food brushed-aside. People stay for a couple days, maybe only a night, and they often will leave their food behind. The system is poetic, and it has graced me fully. Besides the sustenance which rolls in that way, Hostels will often offer free dinner as well as breakfast, to attract potential guests to there location. The one I am located at offers quite a bit in terms of free food; for which I am thankful.

5. Get Out Of Your Hometown!

The last thing you want to say when you’re old is “ I wish I had traveled more.” When my grandkids (I don’t have any kids) ask me why my back always hurts (my back already hurts, let’s get real) I want to recite stories of my younger years. I have learned so much since I left my home town, and traveling the world is certain to bring unto oneself a most unique life experience. I haven’t left the United States yet, but that is what I intend to do next. The places you will go are counted only by your constant vigilance in accountability for them; let that not be a lost phrase upon the way. You can go anywhere in the world. You can also move to a many number of places across the globe. A lawyer friend of mine told me “3 years is the amount of time to get any project off the ground,” and I imagine a permanent move, with a blanket of security and all that, would require about the same investment. Living in hostels is a great way to expose yourself to many different part of the world rapidly, on the cheap, and in the end you may decide you want to live in a place you

This Is Where I Live, the Green Tortoise Hostel, SF.

never imagined.

6. Learn About The World.

Knowledge is power, and the more people I meet, the more knowledge I gain. Hostels are a great place for meeting folks from around the world, all with different professions and backgrounds. The Green Tortoise Hostels are especially nice; San Francisco has a HUGE ballroom, and Seattle has a smoking room, for cigarettes and marijuana. Imagine walking downstairs in your home, assembling a breakfast plate, and sitting down to eat with a local from Mumbai. When you choose to work in a hostel, this becomes your daily life.

7. Start the Adventure Right Now!

You’re thinking to yourself “Wow, this is awesome! I want to move into a hostel, WHERE DO I START, CHRIS?” Well, I have the answer for that timeless question. For over 10 years now the answer for a great number of questions have had the same answer; this included. YOU START ON THE INTERNET. The two most prominent websites for finding work-trade are Workaway and HelpX. I find WorkAway to be more user friendly, and it is the platform I use. Neither of these websites are free, but they are well worth it. WorkAway is currently $36.00 per year for a solo traveler and $46.00 per year if you sign up as a couple (or as friends). HelpX costs 20 Euros for a two year membership ($24.60 USD). I will give you an insider tip for working at the Green Tortoise right here: The Seattle GT uses WorkAway, and the SF GT uses HelpX, so make sure to sign up for the proper website if you are hoping to apply at one of these two locations! I was able to work at the San Francisco location since I was employed at the Seattle location; I have never had a HelpX account, but I have met many trade-workers who use it, and they are all top notch!

That’s All Folks! That concludes the best information I have for you at this time. Really, life is all about going out and doing things, and hostels are a great way to get out and start doing things today; like right now.

Good luck on your travels! Make sure to comment! OR you can find me on Instagram and hit me with the DM if you have questions on any of these topics. Seriously, you can message me any questions, and I will do my best to answer them, and with gusto!

Chris

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Why You Should Move To San Francisco or Seattle, Today!

The accepted minimum wage in the cities of San Francisco and Seattle is $15.00 per hour. Last year I moved from my grandparents basement directly into a tradework position the Green Tortoise Hostel in Seattle. It was the best decision I have ever made for both my wellness, and the wellness of my personal economy. After 4 months in Seattle I relocated to the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco, where I have been enjoying a winter without snow; the first in my lifetime. Why should you join me, and move to the West Coast of the United States of America?

GET UNSTUCK!

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but rarely does anything grow there. Move to a new city! Get a fresh start! Honestly, you might just cut your hair, and find motivation within yourself to figure out the next step. Okay, so you can’t leave Today. You can however take the first step to improving your personal economy, which is what this is all about! Get a job and start saving money! There is at least public respect, and personal solace in improving your personal economy; you may even find yourself happy. If you are in the United States I know you have this ability at your finger tips. You should be happy to accept the work that is available; pretty soon McDonald’s is going to be staffed with robots, and you will find your comfort zone has been built around your ease in opportunity to find work.

I’M NOT THAT STUCK, CHRIS!

Okay, you you have a sustainable income, but you still want to get in motion with…something. An individual who moves to San Francisco and finds work anywhere will be able to take home well over $1000 every two weeks, and that is with no prior experience. Restaurants, Retail, Hotel Staff, Bagging Groceries, Counter Help At Marijuana Dispensaries (As of January recreational marijuana is legal in California). You will be able to find a job that pays $15.00 an hour in the cities of San Francisco and Seattle. I meet folks everyday that have lived in the city (SF) for months with no permanent residence, and they have the ability to save money unlike anything I have seen before within the realm of unskilled professionals. If you’re already saving money and just waiting for that next step in life, it wouldn’t hurt to do so in the city with the highest minimum wage in America (That article is out of date, but it is one of the better citations I could find).

THE WEST COAST IS RICH WITH CULTURE!

If you have never been to the West Coast of the United States, you are missing out. We are not as concerned with Donald Trump out here, we are worried about ourselves! From Vancouver down to San Francisco, probably all the way to Tijuana; It’s a Vibe. The difference out here is palpable. The people are happier, and they are not as idle. There are successful recycling programs. There are not so many Wal-Marts. Being present among these things, along with some healthy choices, and one may begin to grasp the large picture of life;

we are all going to die, but probably not today.

– Chris

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Not Lost, At Sea

Out in the salty vastness which is open water you will find a ship which, if boarded, will consume you wholly and without remorse. Although you spotted the ship atop the water and ventured a league or two motivated by the prospects of grand discovery (Oh so great! The motivation wrought of curiosity), once aboard it is clear that this a Sunk Ship. The wood is rotted, the iron rusty, and in spots you can see water actively rushing in. Inside the ship’s hold you will find a glamorous assortment of mismatched hardware: Carving knives from Sweden, a drafting compass from Russia, boxes on boxes of Spanish papers. Hundreds of bottles. Some empty, some half empty; none full. Pirate Rum and Gin the lot of them. There are two piles of books in the hold; A large one for English literature, and a small one for books of other languages; mostly Spanish, Chinese, and Hebrew. The door is never locked and you are always welcome to rummage around.

The deck of the ship is not pristine, but surprisingly clean. It’s aged and weathered; but know she has been at sea for 25 years, and you would believe the ocean to have a soft spot for this particular sailing ship. An assortment of woods were clearly used in the deck’s assembly. The effect is brilliant, and as one walks from bow to stern, one can get a sense of how time treats the different woods. Feel this rot and compare it to that rot; ponder what you would like to build your house of as you walk barefoot across the deck. I dare you.

As you traverse the ship, you may forget you are aboard a monstrosity. Every bit of this ship tells a story, and it is so easy to get lost listening to that old wood. You are lost in the eclectic nuances; the hand carved everything. Why are you on this ship in the first place? The ship you believed to be abandoned upon first sight; or why would you have sought out and boarded it?, actually has a captain. You find this out as he greats you.
“Hello! And welcome to my vessel! Piss Poor Decision Making. You may have seen it painted on the back. I am the captain and by joining me on my boat, you are speaking volumes about what drives you; about your curious nature. Let us adventure!”

You look around to discover your boat has vanished.

Chris

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3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Examining Goals

The Triage Of Life; an Introduction of New Format,

By Chris Buckley.

I am not the type of individual one would consider “organized.” As I grow older, I am forced to deal with life as it is thrust at me. While I learn to dodge bullets, I also accept the peltering of boulders as part of daily life. Sometimes I tell myself it’s okay to be mediocre, and that is just not okay. This is me writing to myself, a note, that that is not an okay way to go about ANY day.

At the somber age of 25 I am finding I want a different future than the one I am currently progressing towards. I envision a life of fortitude; my cup overfloweth with out-of-season juices. Today I will be discussing a practice I call The Triage of Life, which is just how I go about organizing my activities. I use this method to dictate short-term and long-term events. As realized through my development of it, clearly I was in need of a time-benefit-analysis, and I am happy to present that to you.

Veronika, Lee, and Gardner.
Thanksgiving 2017.

1. Can It Be Done Today?

If you can’t do it today, it’s better to schedule time to think about later. This is an attribute of successful people, and something I learned from a man named Gardner Kent. The most important tasks are the ones that can be gotten to: today! I put this question as the first part of the analysis as to maintain constant vigilance in regards to it as I move forward with the triage. If you get to the third step and find yourself asking, “Can this task be accomplished in a single life time?” You are about to attempt a task you are nowhere near prepared for; schedule time to think about that stuff later.

2. What Is The Next Step?

Okay, so you have decided your task is a doable feat, and will not result in an immediate failure that could have been easily avoided with a little mental wherewithal. What will be the next step? Even further, where will this task end? Sometimes, especially for the day dreamers, it’s hard to tell where one task ends, and another begins. Today, I will be off to get my passport. I am not going to buy any plane tickets, or say goodbye to anyone I love yet. However, the idea of leaving spawned the idea of getting a passport. I began with a single thought: ‘I want to go to Cambodia,” and then when I ran that idea through The Triage Of Life, I saw clearly the first steps are to save money, and buy a passport. Then comes buying a plane ticket, and finally saying goodbye. The idea to leave did not sprout yesterday however, and a big idea like leaving my home country for the first time takes patience to incorporate into reality.

3. Does it scream “YOU,” or is it just the flavor of the day?

The worst thing, especially for the rootless-entrepreneur, is to invest too much time into something that, really, might have been a pipe dream. Even after you have examined this new idea of yours, and decided it’s a venture of attainable value, you must make the decision to manifest this dream unto your yet untold story. The final step is two parts: realizing accountability of your new project, and incorporating it organically into your daily life. This is where the act of triage comes in. By this third step, you can determine the overall value of a specific idea, and now you need to be truthful to yourself when you ask this next question: “Can I fit this into my already busy life?”

With great power comes great responsibility, and we all must choose wisely how we exercise our great power. I gave some real thought to my Cambodia venture, and find it to be stepping out of my comfort zone, without stepping outside my sphere of affluence. It is important to stick to the confines of reality when delegating time, and maintain constant vigilance in regards to how valuable your time is. Choosing a path totally divergent from your usual activities is not outlandish by any means, but this is the step that separates the men from the boys. If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish that task/idea. This third step is about looking at all your ideas and tasks as a whole, and seeing the reality behind the question: “Can I really do all that, and will it make me happy at the end of the day?”

Chris

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