About moshimoshi2

Victim of the quarter-life crisis doing as much as I can before graduate school and real adult life.

New post, new blog!

Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog for a while.  Big changes have occurred in my life.

1. I moved out of DC to my new home of Huntington Beach, CA

2.  I just completed a bike trip from Seattle to San Francisco.

3.  I started a new blog a couple of months ago

Once I establish a source of income here (yes, I moved without a job -at the expense of worrying my parents insurmountably), I will be back to making silly posts about the recent recipes I try out, the art I discover, and the knowledge I gain.  So keep an eye out for me!

Seattle

I started my adventure in Seattle.  After spending 3 days in the city and taking countless pictures, here is the city summarized in ten photos.

And the journey begins….

In Seattle now and will be for the next couple of days.  Then my friend and I will begin our long bike journey south to California!

Here’s the exact planned route:

Seattle…Olympia…Sand Island Marine Park…Portland….Salem….Eugene…Tahkenitch Dunes Campground….Humbug Mountain State Park…. Jedidah Redwood National Park…Arcata… Humboldt Redwoods State Park…MacKerricher State Park…Ukiah….Santa Rosa…San Francisco!

Not sure how often I will be able to post items, but I will certainly try each night we have internet access!  Check them out here.

5 days

I can’t believe it’s already September.  So this is it.  Only 5 days until I bid adieu to DC and board a train for Seattle to begin my amazing bike adventure.  

I don’t think it has hit me.  Even after I have no room and am subletting from a friend. Even when I have no belongings but a box of clothes.  Even after I finish up one of my jobs and find an incredible amount of free time.  Even after my friends give me farewell hugs.

I guess I should have been more active in going outside to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of DC for one last time.  Instead, I have been busy leading volunteer dates, packing, shopping for biking/camping supplies, helping coordinate the next event for a community service project (In One Day DC) that will happen after I leave, and applying for jobs out in California.  I never planned on having a goodbye gathering since I don’t like attention -even if it’s the good kind (I know. I have some unidentified psychological problem).  I suppose it’s fitting that I leave in this manner.  Life will just go on in DC and the memory of me will fade out of the city as people leave the area.

I am very focused on the future, but I take this moment to thank DC for the allowing me to meet such wonderful people some of whom have become my new friends and helping me grow to become an adult with a clear sense and acceptance of my identity.

I cannot wait to see what the west coast will have in store for me.

New York Fashion Week

The Tents is an awesome documentary about the growth of New York as a fashion capitol through the development of fashion week at its beginning in Bryant Park to its relocation into Lincoln Center.

The Tents Trailer 2 from Marcus K Jones on Vimeo.

You can watch the entire documentary on hulu.com.

How to Dress Like an Ecologist

I spent a week at a conference, and I come back with a collection of photos fit to substitute for Bill Cunningham’s section in the New York Times.  These looks are in right now in the ecology research and education world!

Remember, the higher the socks, the better!

Let’s Be Realistic Here

A few weeks ago, my roommate and I revisited our bike trip plan from DC to Austin, TX…..and we nixed it for Seattle to SF.  Although the Pacific Northwest is more popularly traversed than our original route, there are several reasons that convinced us to switch:

  • the temperatures will be much cooler (70 vs 90 degrees)
  • more bike trails will be available (Washington is one of the top bike friendly states)
  • the route will take us about half the time (about 2 weeks).
  • there will be more opportunities to camp throughout the entire trip

We figure this will be a good starting point for any future long-distance we pursue.

Now, our route will include the following cities:

Seattle, WA

Portland, OR

Eugene, OR

Arcata, CA

San Francisco, CA

Departure Countdown: 26 days!!!!

Portland!!!!

Portland is a city of passion.  It seems like people do what they love -whether it involves food, art, bicycles, music, beer, or cars.  Everyone takes time to enjoy and do things consciously.  No one is in a rush to catch the Max rail.  Even more amazing, drivers will even spare a few seconds to simultaneously stop on a four-lane road and wave pedestrians across the street the instant they reach a crosswalk.  Although there seemed to be a record amount of smokers, the city is a place with which I felt a connection.

The little time I was able to spend exploring the city outside of working a conference has inspired me to snap out of the end-focused DC mindset and start living every day with happiness in mind.  Thank you, Portland!  You are a gorgeous city with wonderful people!  I hope DC adopts a thing or two from you!

Pervading The Threshold

I am sitting in the Portland airport after a week of working a conference and exploring the city.  I was going to just sit at my gate per usual, but I turned into the business corner that was on the way to use my laptop, check my e-mail and kill time watching some mindless videos before boarding a flight to return to the East coast.  It is here that I had a realization.  When I go back, I won’t have a home.  I have moved out of my house.  My friend is graciously housing my belongings in her house, and I will sublet her room for a couple of weeks while she is gone on vacation.

Then, I’m off.

A new chapter. A clean slate. The open road. Whatever else you want to call it.

I knew the day I would leave DC was coming for a long time.  Even with the date set and visible on my calendar,  it all feels so surreal.  It’s funny because I don’t think I am any closer to figuring out what I want to do with my life for a living.  I know that I have not encountered whatever it is.  Maybe it doesn’t exist and I need to create it.  Right now, all I want to do is just that- do.  Do everything that appeals to me. That challenges me.  That scares me.  That is unknown to me now.

That is my plan.  Thank you, Portland, for inspiring me.

Here’s to many future firsts, small victories, and crossing out of bucket list items:

August 5- I work as a staff for a conference.  Almost 5,000 ecologists in one convention center.  And I got a name badge. I feel so special.

August 7- I climbed a rock wall. In cowboy boots. Hardcore.  Even the Army soldier was impressed that I was able to lift my leg so high in stretch jeans.  Totally gave the public a crotch view in doing so though.

August 8- I ate at Voodoo Doughnut.  Too… much… sugar…. But hey! I was a tourist for a moment.

August 9- My friend and I walked through a drive through at 11pm.  The Wendy’s employee at the window was not happy, but we made the truck driver behind us laugh.

August 10- I got my first pat down.  Not as invasive or humiliating as I thought it would be.