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So you're all wondering, “what's Rockstar up to these days? Why the Hell hasn't he been on dA or Skype in forever?”

So none of you are really wondering that, but I'm going to tell you anyhow: I've been doing so much but yet so little. For starters, I have VERRRRRY limited access to Internet right now, hence why my online presence has been next to nil. Sorry peeps. :( Mainly though I'm just working – working loooooong hours for what amounts to peanuts - but I'm saving money for this summer. I've told a few of you about my crazy plans to walk across the width of the continent – which I attempted last year before my support group fizzled due to each of them having IRL issues they needed support of their own for. I don't quit easily, so I'm giving it a go again this year in mid-summer.

 Yes, to repeat: I'm insane. I plan to ride to the Atlantic shores in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York then walk to the Pacific shores of Long Beach, California. And I plan to do it in 100 days. 2800 miles in a hundred days amounts to 28 miles per day (for reference a marathon is 26.2 miles). I need to eat during this time, and spend money on other stuff like laundry and an occasional motel stay (though camping will indeed be a huge part of this), hence why I'm working like crazy and saving money. (Food/clothes/hygiene/sleep for 3 months is expensive, so I may have to shelve this til next year, but I'm trying like Hell to get the money saved up to do it this year – next year is a Presidential election year and there's NO attention whoring possible when that circus is going on, plus I've just hit 30 and my knees are only gonna be that much worse next year.)

 But why?
 
So my explanation of mental deficiency isn't enough for you, huh? Don't worry – my goals aren't nefarious. I'm going to start a GoFundMe account for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and (hopefully) raise a fuckton of money for them. I plan to post a daily video of my travels to YouTube, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5 minutes per day (depending on the day – some days are bound to be far more exciting than others). Sure, I could just play a pointless game of Monkey See-Monkey Do and toss a bucket of ice over my head, or I could do something unique. Something BIG. Something meaningful. And as much as I hate to say #YOLO, well... #YOLO.  

So now I'm at the point where I ask for your help. The USA is really kind of boring when you travel inland from the coast. Doing the maths, I have maybe 10 days in the cities (the NYC-Hackensack sprawl, Altoona, Pittsburgh, Zanesville, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Effingham, St. Louis, and the SoCal sprawl) and the rest is lots of sleepy rural stretches. Some of those rural stretches are full of breathtaking scenery – the Poconos, the Alleghenies, the Sonora Desert, the Sierras – but I'm lost as to how to make Illinois and Kansas seem exciting. When I'm 11 days into Kansas and it's the 11th straight day filled with fucking corn – just kill me please. dA is a website filled with creative thinkers, so my suggestion box is wide open right now – if you have any ideas on ways to make a daily video diary seem interesting and worth tuning in for, I'm all ears. I have a few ideas (such as a recurring prank segment where I approach people like a lost tourist and ask for directions to Los Angeles – it should be good for a few funny reaction shots in New York/PA/Ohio I think) – but I need WAAAAAY more ideas. And while this is primarily to raise money for the MDA, I also want to inspire people as I go (not inspire them to walk across entire nations per se, but maybe to walk and or bike more, reduce their carbon footprint, get healthy, or to just chase their wildest and craziest dreams in general). So yeah – suggest away. All ideas welcome. Anything from a theme song I should use (I seriously hate “I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers so don't bother suggesting it :stinkeye:) to what my alias should be (what's wrong with Rockstar? :noes:) please suggest away.
 
I'm also looking for someone to help do video editing and uploading and just generally helping me with running a social media presence (in rural Appalachia and rural Kansas, wifi/3G or even regular cell service for that matter are extremely sketchy). If you or any of your acquaintances are interested, note me and let me know your terms. BUT PLEASE – this is the biggie here – don't apply if you won't be able to help. The biggest part of me pulling the plug last year was relying on friends who weren't able to help in the capacity they thought they'd be able to help with. I'm not looking for flashy Michael Bay/James Cameron productions – just someone to share keys to a cloud storage account, run raw video clips through Windows Movie Maker, clean up raw photos and post them to Instagram – that sort of thing (again, I'm looking for help on this because I learned last year that uploading a 5 minute video would often result in a timeout on McDonald's crappy wifi, whereas I could upload 15-30 second clips to a cloud account which my friend could then access with their MUCH more reliable internet and edit/upload on their end). Below is a quick summary of what I was editting on my own - If it's at least this good, I'm happy. If you can do better, then aw hellz yeah. :la:



 But even more than ideas and help with the workload, I need support. Success on this thing hinges on exposure – I plan on attention whoring myself to local newspapers/news stations along the route, but there's only so much whoring I can do for myself here on the interwebz. That's where you all come in: be sure to follow me when I kick this whole crazy thing off. Tell your friends and family to follow me too. Tell complete strangers to follow me. And if you live anywhere along the path (or within travelling distance of the route) – well, I can never have too many guest stars. :la:

 -Ryan
  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Renegade - Styx
  • Reading: Needful Things
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: All work and no play BC
  • Eating: Vegetarian Food
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello traveling vagabond person~ :wave:
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hola :hug:

I prefer the word "adventurer." Or Viking. But vagabond works too. :la:

How's Her Royal Frogginess doing? Hope you had a good Easter and all that.
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD

Eh, it's been a mess: still don't got a response from college on whether I've been declined or accepted, I got my first nephew, a bunch of really sick relatives & just trying to figure out my life somehow at the moment.
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's awesome! :la: The part about the nephew I mean, not the rest. My niece just had a baby a week ago so I became a great uncle... sorta. We're not actually related in any way, but I dated her aunt off-and-on for 7-8 years so I'm practically family.

And yeah - I know how you feel. I'm figuring my life out at the moment, too. The only problem is that the moment has lasted like ten years now.
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I hope your relatives feel better soon and your college finally gets around to giving you good news. :hug:
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
dA said you're online. :eager:
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
dA is a lying, filthy slut sometimes. :iconlawooplz:
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
You're a lying filthy slut :flirty:
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Not just lying... sometimes kneeling and bent over, too! :la:
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acomicaldeath Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
*farts on you*
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CatsEyeNebula Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
you are so beautiful to meeeeeeeee :iconexciteddummyplz:
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