Originally Posted by Laconic
Well I didn't want to stink up your thread without asking.
I read his book earlier this year, based on a comment someone here made about him.
I admired his pluck as a boy; shipping out in those days was in no way easy. By the end of the book I loathed him.
In spite of all his lofty talk about freedom and independence he turned out to be a total failure. Defied the courts, defrauded his creditors, kidnapped his children and hauled them off to Tahiti where he proceeded to abandon them and lay up drunk pretending to write. Became a communist but when the heat got to be too much he really didn't have the strength of his convictions and ratted out his comrades. I only finished the book because I kept waiting for him to have some epiphany and become the person he supposedly aspired to be.
Anyway, I know you're in a tough spot and it rubbed me wrong a little to see you (perhaps) using him as an example. Probably doesn't mean anything.
I enjoyed your report; you need to stop selling yourself short, you have a lot to offer.
He loves to preach but as Charlie Daniels said, the preacher liked to do a little walking too. He makes a few good points, the quote though rings a hollow truth. Kind of like Ed Abbey, he was awesome but such a limousine liberal.
I call a spade a spade. I have nothing to offer. As my present day wife has reminded me more than once, the life insurance policy pays off for suicide. Nothing like being worth more dead than alive.
Thanks for the kind comments. My ride report was pathetic but at least real. I can't bear to read it again.