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Old 11-08-2012, 09:10 AM   #136
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Great RR. I thoroughly enjoyed it so far and thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

One thing you said that rang true.
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Often times the things we see in others is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves but are not yet aware.
That is so true. Now, when I feel myself being annoyed by someone, I realize that is a characteristic or flaw in myself. I've forgotten that so it was a reminder to me to treat others how I want to be treated. Thanks for bringing that to lite.

You have a very diverse resume. Wishing you all the best in finding something you enjoy doing.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #137
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Great RR. I thoroughly enjoyed it so far and thanks for taking the time to share it with us...
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Enjoying the report! So much honesty and thought here for "just a ride report" but I'm diggin' it!
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Thanks gentlemen, glad to have you along for the ride.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #138
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Snow and cold going on back here now but there is a window of opportunity opening up for you to get home safely. This weekend through Monday we are forecast to have temps in the 60's and nearing 70 on Monday.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:55 PM   #139
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I've been thinking about the generalist vs. specialist issue for the last few thousand miles and realized something that helped me not feel pigeonholed. I've been wrestling with the idea that I might be forced to specialize in something again to be properly employable, but then a parallel hit me that gave me hope.

After Engineer Pass I remember laughing aloud in my helmet at the stunning contrasts that these bikes are capable of. My tires had cuts and bites and chunks missing from a trail where it seemed only specialized vehicles would dare tread. And yet, with no modification, no adjustments I was on my way to Ouray at 75mph and cruising comfortably with heated vest and grips purring along in relative luxury. What an amazing machine I thought, the more I push these bikes the more I become impressed with them.

The embarrassing part is that it took me days to make the connection with my dilemma. Considered the widest little niche market, the dual sport bike seems to have caught on everywhere and riders choose them for all sorts of reasons an put them to work in a wide range of duties. Most of us are probably here for similar reasons, because we too appreciate a machine that isn't the best at anything, but great at lots of things, especially when they're really pushed. I'd like to think that I too am the master of nothing, but pretty well rounded and capable of excelling in specific areas when needed.

I was looking for synonyms for "generalist" and was struck at what I felt was a positive description. From MacMillan : "someone who knows a lot about a wide range of subjects" It gives me some hope that if so many people can appreciate the generalist nature of dual sport bikes, then maybe someone can appreciate what I have to offer.

Now, where are they? How do I find them? How do I market myself to someone I don't know for a job that may not exist yet? I welcome your ideas.


Photo unrelated, but made me smile.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:01 PM   #140
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Snow and cold going on back here now but there is a window of opportunity opening up for you to get home safely. This weekend through Monday we are forecast to have temps in the 60's and nearing 70 on Monday.
Thanks Skip, I'm pushing some miles lately to try to squeeze through that window before it closes. I ran the math today despite some very exciting scenery in Oklahoma and it said 1683 miles to home, which is a minimum of about 5 days for a tenderbutt like me.

P.S. Currently just north of Tulsa, OK. Someone please turn off the wind turbine. I think we already know this is a flying brick.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:04 PM   #141
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In my series of movie line quotes....."Look at the big brain on Brad"

Name the movie Howly!
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:24 PM   #142
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In my series of movie line quotes....."Look at the big brain on Brad"

Name the movie Howly!
Pulp fiction. I think Samuel may have actually said "Check out the big brain on Brad...." but that may be a fuzzy memory
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:18 PM   #143
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I should have killed you when I had the chance

I was naked when our eyes met, both of mine and all eight of yours. I'll admit it was awkward at first, and I'll admit that my first thought was to kill you. "That's not very Buddhist" I thought to myself so I refrained from washing you down the drain. So how could you do it? I was willing to look past the fact that you didn't pay your $12 campsite fee, that you were in the wrong gender shower stall (yeah, I looked, so what?), and I was even willing to forgive you giggling at me when bumped the handle and the water went cold. So how could you do it? How could you wait until I had soap in my eyes to pull your little disappearing act? Oh I looked for you, I searched every crack and crevasse of that shower and me. But of course you already know that, watching me freak out will all those beady little eyes.

I should have killed you when I had the chance.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:55 AM   #144
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Now, where are they? How do I find them? How do I market myself to someone I don't know for a job that may not exist yet? I welcome your ideas.
Not sure your field, but being a problem solver is pretty effective way of marketing a "generalist" in any field. At least, it's worked for me... of course, you have to have enough depth to be able to solve difficult problems, so it's pretty important to at least gain some level of focus on the areas you're interested in. For instance, I'm an electrical engineer (by day... muhuhahaha) and focus on medical devices. Even though I'm not really a digital or analog guy I've made myself useful by knowing how to do enough of each and being really good at product development in general. That, and getting a bit lucky of course.

So... uh... specialize in your generality. Yeah, that's it...

I suck at career counseling.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:15 AM   #145
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I should have killed you when I had the chance.
Yup, should have! No way I'd have turned on the water with one of those sharing my space.

I guess I am not very Buddhist when it comes to those situations.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:45 AM   #146
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Not sure your field, but being a problem solver is pretty effective way of marketing a "generalist" in any field. At least, it's worked for me... of course, you have to have enough depth to be able to solve difficult problems, so it's pretty important to at least gain some level of focus on the areas you're interested in. For instance, I'm an electrical engineer (by day... muhuhahaha) and focus on medical devices. Even though I'm not really a digital or analog guy I've made myself useful by knowing how to do enough of each and being really good at product development in general. That, and getting a bit lucky of course.

So... uh... specialize in your generality. Yeah, that's it...

I suck at career counseling.
Some good, inspiring stuff in there. I needed it this morning, thanks.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #147
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Hit a wall yesterday, despite a great start enjoying much of eastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas, I'm afraid that I let my emotions get a bit on top of me.

Before I even hit California, I started telling myself not to rush home. I always seem to pick up the pace once I start the return path and forget the journey and focus on the destination. Someone in here (sorry, can't find your post at the moment) cautioned me not to be in too much of a hurry to get home, because as soon as I arrive I'll wish I was out here again. But there's snow on the ground at home and a weather window is about to open that will allow me safe passage home. So I've picked up the pace a bit lately.

I was ok with it until a call home yesterday reminded me that all the reasons that prompted me to take this trip will still be there waiting for me when I get home, and a few more like a leaky roof and downed trees to add to my unrewarding to-do list. I suddenly felt like a drunk who just climbed out of the bottle to discover all of those problems are still waiting for him when he sobered up. Now, with only 1300 miles left in my journey I don't really want to go home but I don't have any other place to go.

I didn't make as much progress as I had hoped for on this trip, I had even flirted with the idea of not coming home until I had a job, but that seemed like an unnecessary artificial amount of pressure that would be more of a burden for others. I knew when I left that I might not accomplish anything more than going for a ride and making some great memories, and for that I'm very grateful. Still, I'm a little sad and disappointed in myself for not putting more energy into finding my purpose. I know that it doesn't really end when I pull in the driveway, but still there's a sadness that I can't seem to shake.

I have made some great memories so far and those will keep me warm in the winter of my years. I know that attitude is everything and that once I get my head screwed on correctly I can get focused and get to work, but at the moment the threads just don't seem to line up.

Thanks to Nictrolis, I keep hearing Morgan Freeman say "get busy living, or get busy dying". Now if I could just figure out how to turn that into motion. At the moment it just feels like burning fuel and making miles without direction or purpose.

Just keep breathing.

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:18 AM   #148
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A quote from George Moore, "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:46 PM   #149
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A quote from George Moore, "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
Thanks Skip.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:50 PM   #150
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This place feels heavy lately, so let me switch gears a bit and try to lighten it up.

The Trip Gods didn't like my original plans to stay as far south as possible so they decided to introduce me to Harry who loaned me his shock. That put me some 400 miles north of where I wanted to be and it didn't make sense to lose that much latitude, so I altered my course.

Although I have avoided interstates wherever I could, occasionally I've been forced on them due to a lack of other roads. I found myself on I40 in a 75mph speed zone being thrown around by trucks doing well more than that. It was then I noticed an old road running parallel. There were no cars on it and it was only two lanes. Looks perfect. I crossed over the small grassy area and ran at a much quieter 75mph without the buffeting of tractor trailers, without constantly checking my mirrors for assassins, I was only worried about what road I was on and if it would take me in the direction I wanted. A few miles down the road I discovered that I was on an actual road, it was TX 75 or something, but more importantly it was the Old Route 66.



For the next two days I would attempt to follow the Old Route 66, although my GPS thought I was deliberately trying to frustrate it. Route66 changed it's appearance quite a bit for the two days I followed her. Sometimes I40 ran right over the top of her, sometimes besides and other times 66 was just a dirt track in the middle of fields.



Now I'm not really a sentimental type, and I rarely chase historical markers. In fact the few places I've crossed RT66 in the past left me with a sense that it only exists to part tourists from their money with cheesy, nostalgic crap made in China. But the Trip Gods gave me a new, temporary mission; to follow Route 66 for as long as I could.



But they wouldn't make it easy on me. Often times the road would simply die out in overgrown trees or large signs saying "road ends" (pic shamelessly stolen from the web)


I crossed over the grass divider so many times that I should be calling home collect from a cell. But it seemed to only be me and the trucks out there and I suspect they were entertained. The reward was two days with a purpose and a lot of discovery. I followed Old Route 66 through three states (New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma). It's hard not to imagine how things were in the early 1900's when 66 was in her prime. The remnants of old buildings, an old railroad track that appears to have suffered the same fate around the same time, and of course the road itself (which varies in condition quite a bit) all have a ghostly feel about them. It's like a toy that a spoiled child simply stopped playing with that beckons to passersby to pick up and put to use again.

It was a nice diversion to stop and wander through abandoned buildings or study the GPS to figure out where or if the road might take me somewhere. Often the GPS still showed the road completing when in reality it was missing a bridge or other obstacle.

I even came around to appreciating some of the touristy parts of Route66 too. It warmed me to imagine old farts collecting old oil cans and gas pumps. Maybe I am a sentimental type. Mental anyway.

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