Archive for September, 2010

I’m There.

Made it. I’m in Newark, Delaware at the moment. I made it safely. Alive and well… 🙂 I likely won’t be getting online very often throughout the next two months. If you have any questions, feel free to write!

Until next time…

Taylor

PS. When I take off.. I’ll write more…


Farewell Muskegon…

I’m leaving in less than 24 hours. I’m taking off from Muskegon at 6:10 am via Greyhound and then heading on to Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Midway, Baltimore and Wilmington where I’ll meet whoever is taking me to the final destination of Newark, Delaware.  I’ll be arriving in Wilmington at 8:00 am… That’s a long trip..

(Packing…)

For those who don’t know, I’ll be staying at Whimsical Farms, a farm located outside of Newark. I found the place through the WWOOF directory. I’ll be volunteering there for two months. After that and a brief stop in Muskegon I’ll be heading to Bolivia for three months. I’ll be spending time with my family, hopefully doing a bit of traveling and working on my spanish. After that I’ll be heading to San Francisco and ultimately, Yosemite National Park for I don’t know how long…

For sure I’m going to miss things.. friends and family..my bikes…my room…the beach being so close here (though, in Newark I will be fairly close to the Atlantic..)… my midi keyboard… my drums… being able to listen to my music through speakers…  demf… the Tim Hortons they’re putting in next to Meijer 🙂 .. .

(The room I’ll be missing….)

That being said, I’m very much looking forward to this… Whatever happens, I know that for sure I won’t be sitting in class looking out the window dreaming of doing this…

(Me a year and four months ago and then myself today. All I brought then and all I’m bringing now…)

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Farewell Muskegon… Goodbye everyone…

Taylor Reed

PS. though I’m not planning on using a computer much, the best way to contact me  will likely be at tayreed@gmail.com

PPS. I’m leaving you with a quick fairly genre-defying playlist.. enjoy if you’d like.. 🙂



Writing for the Sake of Writing…

…is what I’m doing now.

Too early to write my farewell and too late to write like normal.

Saw a preview for “Howl” today.. I’m really looking forward to seeing that. Not only are Ginsberg, Kerouac and Cassady portrayed in it but Ginsberg will be played by James Franco.  My list of movies I’d like to see now consists of “Love”, the Adventures and Airwaves venture into film,  “I’m Still Here”, the “documentary” on Joaquin Phoenix’s recent forays and “Howl”.

Ulrich Schnauss has been providing my soundtrack lately. He and Tycho. This is the other side of the spectrum of what I consider to be the classical music of electronic music.  On one end you have Above and Beyond and various trance/progressive artists  putting out articulate, engaging tracks and then on the other end you have artists like Ulrich and Tycho, producing tracks that are completely different but still have that complexity, that culture to them. And then, if I mention culture while writing about electronic music, I have to mention Apparat. Apparat, Sascha Ring, Moderat, all of them.  I suppose I should stop writing now before I get carried away. Anyway, I’ve been listening to Ulrich and Tycho in addition to everything on my MP3 player on random…

… I love this painting.. I don’t know who did it, but I think it’s perfect.. Goes well with Ulrich Schnauss‘ “Far Away Trains Passing By”… Alright, I’m gone! 🙂 Time to head to church..


One Reason Waking Up Pays Off…

Views like this… I took this Saturday morning while on my way to donate plasma. I stopped and sat on my bike and then remembered I had my camera in my backpack. Although it’s a bit fuzzy, you can still see the colors and glow in the sky…


Skype…

…makes 4687 miles seem like a lot less… 🙂


A Good Start

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

-Bob Dylan

One of my last feelings during the day comes when I am lying in bed about to fall asleep. It’s the feeling of accomplishment, or lack thereof, from what has gone on and what I have done throughout the daytime. Something peculiar, however, that I have found is that oftentimes, this feeling can be swayed by one simple thing. How I started my day. When I start off well with the right frame of mind, intentions, purpose or goals the end result of the day is usually dramatically improved. This morning was one such case. I spent it upstairs enjoying the warm fireplace and breakfast. Though I didn’t have plans then and actually didn’t even end up leaving the house for long today, this has been a good day. It’s been productive, but also relaxing and enjoyable.   This is something I hope to experience continually and more often. Even ahead of hectic days, I  benefit greatly from simply slowing down, enjoying the time and setting par for the rest of the day..


10 Seconds Until Sunrise

There aren’t a whole lot of things that I enjoy more than waking up early in the morning and taking in a beautiful view somewhere out in nature.  Granted, I do not like waking up.  Waking up for good things, however, like traveling, or cycling, or reading I enjoy. This morning I woke up and decided to head to Lake Harbor Park. I go there pretty often because it offers a great walk through the woods, unrivaled views of Lake Michigan, a great beach and, occasionally, good company.  This morning was no different.  Relaxing on a bench reading… Drinking tea and enjoying the cooler weather… Simply watching the waves and thinking about how thankful I am for where I am right now… Freedom is good.. Life is good…

As I was reading I stumbled upon a quote; “What do you think will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior?” (Whitman) How appropriate. I must say, mornings like this satisfy my soul..


Vashti Yoga

Last night I attended a yoga class held in the Bluffton Church basement in Muskegon. I was a little wary of going as it would be my first time attending such a thing. The instructor led the class for about an hour and a half, going through basic yoga poses and then on to demonstrating some advanced moves such as the headstand pose. I was definitely the youngest person there, and only one of two guys in attendance, the other being Pastor Hugh Kallen of the Bluffton Church. Overall, it was really good. I enjoyed it and found it interesting how it could offer a definite workout and left me sweating, but at the same time was immensely calming, relaxing and left me simply feeling better about life.  It was a good experience. Likely something I’ll be trying again…


A Bike Trip Across Michigan (8/31-9/3)

Link to Brochure

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010: It’s 3:00 AM and I’m awake working on shirts that Bobbie Kremnitzer and I will be wearing on our bike ride across Michigan and back. Finally finished.. Now on to sleep.. And the alarm goes off an hour and a half later. What a way to start.. Luckily, I can put on some Bassnectar to get me going..  That’s how the trip began..

Bob and I rode across the state and back to raise money to purchase much-needed bikes for the Muskegon Rescue Mission.  It really was a great experience. The first day was terribly hot, the second and third were wet and rainy and the last day we were riding straight into fairly strong winds. We camped out along the way and were able to enjoy plenty of wet gear and meals at McDonalds. We both have stories from the trip, fairly good ones at that, but I really am tired of writing and telling others about them for now. The snakes, Preston, getting caught camping in Allen’s woods, responses from people driving by and mishaps along the way won’t soon be forgotten though, so if you’re curious.. just ask. 🙂