MORE Starbucks love!

April 27, 2012 in Charity, Food, Ramblings

Starbucks has the most amazing clientele!

I was sitting in Starbucks in Myrtle Beach last night and GIGANTOR walked through the door:

This guy was huge. You could tell he was a professional bodybuilder and/or trainer.
He was with a very beautiful woman…they bought their drinks and sat down near me. We started talking and he said he was a Pro Body Builder / Trainer / MMA Fighter / Author. His name was John Pinder and his wife was Kristina. We had a great conversation. I thought it was really cool that all of his tattoo’s were biblical references. We talked for a couple hours and we actually closed Starbucks.
I was headed back to the campground and after a few miles on the road I heard someone beeping at me. It was John and Kristina. I pulled over and John said “Do you have a place to stay tonight”? I said “Yes, I am at the Apache campground”. He said, “We have an extra bedroom, why don’t you stay with us tonight”?

WOW! That was awesome of them! A comfortable bed!! I IMMEDIATELY said yes…lol.

I followed them back to their house a few miles away and they made me dinner at 10pm! Kristina put a HUGE pork chop in front of me (I don’t think they do ANYTHING small…lol). It was delicious.
We talked till after midnight and John gave me a copy of his book.


John and Kristina

Tom and Kristina

HOW IT’S DONE


John’s Truck

They were so incredibly nice. John and I formed an instant bond. We agreed that we both felt the immediate bond. What a great guy. I think I found a life long friend. (you too Kristina…lol).

Home cooked meal

April 27, 2012 in Food

I was very fortunate to have dinner with Jacquie, her husband Matt, their three WONDERFUL children, and Tina (my counselor in Myrtle Beach). Jacquie and Tina work together.

Dinner was awesome. Jacquie is Italian and makes killer spaghetti sauce. Matt made the pasta, sausage, and homemade meatballs. He also makes INCREDIBLE HOMEMADE DESERTS from SCRATCH! OK, that last part about the deserts is a fabrication…his wife Jacquie blew his cover on that.

What a wonderful evening. We had a great dinner and great conversation. When we sat down to the meal, the kids SING the table blessing. It was angelic. WOW. Here are a few pics of our evening:

The next day, Jacquie called me and asked me to stop by the Crisis Center. When I arrived, she handed me money. She said that Matt emailed his fellow teachers and they took up a collection for my journey. I was absolutely shocked. A huge thanks to Matt and his fellow teachers!

Better Food than Vienna Sausages (?)

April 26, 2012 in Food

More camp cuisine…lol.

Penne pasta…edible but far from delicious What is this tan muck?

I have to learn how to cook or I am going to starve…lol. Maybe a nice person from Starbucks corporate is reading this and will give me a Starbucks card so I can just walk in and buy “real” food…lol. Someone please help…I think I’ve lost about 10 pounds already…lol…

Vienna Sausages Part II

April 24, 2012 in Food

OK, so I have about 3 cans of Vienna sausages left. I can’t eat them straight out of the can. They’re awful. So I tried to disguise the taste by making “beans and weenies”. See YouTube video below:

I was able to choke down most of the pot

I started thinking “So what are Vienna sausages actually made of”? I began reading the back of the can.
This was the funny part…the can says “Vienna Sausages are BURSTING with flavor”…WOO HOO HOO…that is hilarious…yes, they are bursting with flavor…but not necessarily a flavor you can stomach.

I read the ingredients and the first ingredient was “mechanically separated chicken”. What? What is mechanically separated chicken? This definition is NOT for the faint of heart:

Mechanically separated meat (MSM), mechanically recovered/reclaimed meat (MRM), mechanically deboned meat (MDM), or pink slime when made from beef, and white slime when made from chicken is a paste-like meat product produced by forcing beef, pork, turkey or chicken under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue. For the production of chicken and turkey MSM, most of the time, breast carcasses are used as they still contain parts of breast meat.

One of my buddies on totalruckus.com described the taste as “metallic bland gritty bologne tube nastiness”.
I could not have said it better myself…lol.

And just in case you missed “Vienna Sausages Part I”:

More Starbucks Love!

April 24, 2012 in Charity, Food

Yesterday I met Braie at Starbucks.

She approached me and asked if she could take a picture of the back of my shirt.

We started talking and she told me that she was sexually assaulted. She now participates in a controversially named movement called “Slut Walk”. As Defined by Wikipedia:

The SlutWalk protest marches began on April 3, 2011 in Toronto Ontario Canada, and became a movement of rallies across the world. Participants protest against excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s appearance. The rallies began when Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto police officer, suggested that to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.” The protest takes the form of a march, mainly by young women, where some dress provocatively, like sluts.

What a strong young woman. Braie, you inspire me!

THEN, about an hour later, a woman named “Mary” approached me and said “You’re doing a good thing”. She asked for my website address then sat down with her coffee and her laptop. About a half hour later, I checked my email and Mary made a donation to my journey via PayPal.

I have met the most AWESOME people in Starbucks!! I think great coffee = happy people! lol.

Starbucks Prayers

April 23, 2012 in Charity, Food, Ramblings

Sitting here in a Myrtle Beach Starbucks (Fresh Brewed is closed on Sunday’s) working on a bunch of stuff for the journey…more posts throughout the day!

So I am in Starbucks working on my laptop and some of the customers start asking me questions about my journey. I start talking to everyone and half the coffee shop starts listening. When I am done, a man asks if he can say a prayer for me. I said “Sure”. Then another customer came over and joined in…and another and another and another. They all joined hands. I had five people in a Starbucks saying a prayer for me out loud in the restaurant…total strangers came together and said a prayer for my safety and purpose of mission. Afterwards they gave me a donation…$40 in all. I got a picture with them…it’s a bit blurry but I still would like to share it.
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Absolutely amazing. People ARE good. I am experiencing it every minute of everyday throughout this journey.

Squirrelly Breakfast

April 22, 2012 in Food

April 22, 2012 UPDATE:Every morning when I wake up, I have 4 squirrels running around my tent. So I bought some peanuts and we all have breakfast together. The one is really bold and will come within inches of me and eat his peanuts.
ImageNEAR ACCIDENT:
I unstrapped the lid to the trailer and did not notice that the strap was hanging loose near the wheel. I was driving around the campground and suddenly the trailer wheel locked tight and started to skid. I was able to stop the bike without dumping it. The strap was wrapped around the wheel and tire so tightly that it was distorting the tire! I could not get it loose so I had to cut the strap and unwind it from the wheel. If I had been out on the highway…it might have been a different ending.
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My Rainy Day Video:

I was at Fresh Brewed Coffee House again last night blogging. I love this place!

BTW – not trying to create award winning documentaries with my videos…many of them are just brief comments or momentary video blurbs to allow you to be a little more immersed in the journey :D

Fresh Brewed Coffee House

April 22, 2012 in Charity, Food

I went to Fresh Brewed Coffee House last night. It is my favorite Coffee House in Myrtle Beach. The owner, Kevin is a true humanitarian. He has opened up many (non-profit) Fresh Brewed Coffee Houses throughout the world to help people with addiction and other issues.

He has a particular knack for music and ALWAYS has outstanding entertainment almost every night of the week. Most of the time the music is FREE.

I also have to mention Kate. She is a barista at Fresh Brewed and has such a good heart. She is a very kind, sensitive, loving person. I LOVE YOU KATE!!!

Thai Cuisine

April 22, 2012 in Charity, Food

>Had lunch at my favorite restaurant in Myrtle Beach…”Thai Cuisine”. The owner Lisa is so awesome…she has this motherly air about her…she is very soft spoken and kind. I just love her.
We sat and talked about my journey and she bought me dinner (refused to charge me for my meal). Wow. People have been so amazing.

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This is my FAVORITE meal at her restaurant! Curry Chicken. It is the best I’ve ever had!!

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Tom and Lisa

One of the Servers came over to me and we started talking. His name is Toto and he is a MMA fighter! We are just about the same weight. (130lbs). Next time I’m in for lunch or dinner I’m going to ask Toto if he can teach me a few moves to kick Bigfoot’s a** when I’m out in the forrest. Yes, I have a ridiculous, irrational fear of Bigfoot :roll: :ucrazy: So maybe Toto can hook me up with some cool ninja moves!

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So, a week into the journey, here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1. Mankind is inherently good. End of story. This journey has been like a razor blade through people’s outer shell. Once you get past that thick protective shell, there’s an amazing human being beneath.

2. The Honda Ruckus does not like to run at 15lbs tire pressure. The tires are like warm play-doh and it really slows you down. I forgot to check my tire pressure before I left. When Andrew the gas station attendant fixed my trailer’s flat, he also checked my Ruck tires. Both were at 15lbs. He pumped them up to 25lbs and I thought I got an 80cc engine upgrade…an entirely different bike with 25lbs pressure.

Between #1 and #2, I think #2 is the more important lesson…lol.