Friday, May 21, 2010


I am currently reading Into the Wild. For those of you not familiar with the story, see this link. Let me be clear, I don't intend to embark on a reckless journey which puts my life in peril; such an excursion would be selfish. But there is definitely a part of me that yearns for adventure in its rawest form. What is it with males in their early 20s? Lately, drawing upon my roots, I have acquired a renewed interest in the desert. I love the following quote from Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist:

"But the desert is so huge, and the horizon so distant, that they make a person feel small, and as if he should remain silent."

This was the exact feeling I had recently as I looked out over the inspiring contrast of sand and shadows at dusk, near a quiet rest stop somewhere around the Arizona/California border.

I think a camping trip to the little Sahara will do just fine.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Road Ahead

I am not sure that my blog will ever boast such cool experiences as it did when I was in Brasil, but I am pretty excited about what the next 8 months has to offer. In mid-June I will be moving to Los Angeles for a 6-month internship in corporate finance with Johnson & Johnson. I have been interested in living in southern California for a while now and I think I will fit in well with the rhythm of life in LA. I don't know where I will be living yet, but you all are invited to come and visit if you get the chance.

Yesterday I went with Dan to the Kennecott Copper Mine, the largest open-pit mine in the world. I was amazed by the size of the mine and the fact that I am taking a Geology class right now enhanced the experience. It is supposedly 2 Sears Towers deep (I recognize that some UK insurance company now owns the rights, but it will always be the Sears Tower to me). We humans can engineer some pretty cool things.

Lastly and most importantly it is Mother's Day. For the first time in my 24 years on the earth, I now call home sometimes looking for mom only to find that she is busy at work. I am very happy she has a job that she loves, but more importantly, I am happy and grateful to have a wonderful mom who was never too busy for me while I was growing up, who never put herself first, and who dedicated herself to loving me, teaching me, and providing me with much opportunity in my life. I love you Mom.