The Wayward Traveler Chronicles Day 9

“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California.

Ok, I’ve had enough rest. Edmond, OK was great, but I need to make up for some lost ground. I got up, went downstairs for breakfast, and began writing Day 8.

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Finally, I get to enjoy breakfast.

That was good food. I then went upstairs, finished the chapter, showered, then checked out.

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The Wayward Traveler Chronicles Day 8

“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California.

I won’t sugarcoat it: this was a long day. After last night’s showing of Doctor Strange, I drove back to the hotel and began to write Day 7, but soon realized the time: It was two o’clock A.M. Central, and I was used to Eastern, so it felt like three. I had to go to bed, and figured I’d finish this in the morning.

I got up around 9, and did in fact finish the blog post, but some issues with the uploading process ended up postponing its completion; not to mention I felt like a zombie whose lack of brains was killing him. Wait, did I just burn myself? Shit.

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The Wayward Traveler Chronicles Day 6

“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California.

This day was the weirdest one for me yet. I wasn’t just “visiting” my friends and family, this time I was moving west. I’d been to Portland, saw friends both old and new, then went to Boston to spend some leisurely time with even more, and then saw my family in Connecticut, but this was the first day I had no more visits. It was do or die.

I thought about this notion in the shower this morning. I woke up to see the kids off for once (instead of sleeping well past their departure times). I set my alarm for six, and wouldn’t you know it? I woke up!

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The Wayward Traveler Chronicles Day 5

“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California.

Day Five began a little earlier than yesterday. I woke up at 9 instead of 10:30. Immediately, I began to play with Connor, spending this extra day in Connecticut by enjoying every moment with all of the kids.

 

After we “walked” Connor, I finished Day 4‘s post, while eating breakfast: a blueberry bagel and a coffee, then we got ready and headed to pick up a few things for lunch and dinner. I’d been eating like a fatass, so I decided to grab some vegetables and made myself a salad.

My sister’s the superintendent of Sunday school at their church, so first we had to make a stop at the church to tidy up a bit. My job was to keep Connor company.

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The Wayward Traveler Chronicles Day 4

“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California.

Day Four of the trip, and Day Two in Connecticut, I awoke way too late. Kylie and Connor had been up for five hours and she was ready to grocery shop.

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The Wayward Traveler Chronicles Day 1

“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California. I put this name up there as a tentative placeholder until I could come up with a cooler name, but there isn’t a more apt title to describe my journey. When everything in my life told me I couldn’t, I simply refused to listen. And so, I begin my chronicle of the excursion across the United States.

Wow, the United States. I’ve been to only a handful of them, and I find my number unsettling, like a low number of sexual partners in your early 20s, for the number doesn’t really mean anything, but man, sometimes you wish it was higher. “If I could only live more!”

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Thirteen Years Since Diagnosis

Cancer. The mere mention of the word causes a dislodging skip in your heartbeat as the organ descends into the pit of your stomach.
And the trivial confluence of nonsense that makes up your “life:” the bills, the terrible job, the weather; it all just melts away. And all you’re left with is dread.
But then you decompress and absorb the facts, the treatment, the prognosis; suddenly, you’re ready to take this thing head on. The disease is still center stage in your mind, but your perspective shifts to battle-ready mode. With your family and friends on the sidelines rooting you on, you begin treatment.
You learn of the other fighters around you, and join together for a common goal: survival– nay, victory.
At least that was me, thirteen years ago today. And every year since I say this: I’m grateful that I had Leukemia.
Yes, I said grateful. Leukemia opened my eyes to the real world, one where people band together in times of crisis, and care for one another. This world I see is also adorned with appreciation for the little things in life.
I don’t know who I would be if I was spared from cancer. I do know that I wouldn’t appreciate what it means to be alive on the same echelon. Yet every day that I lay my head to rest, I think of those who fought and lost that battle. I live on for them, and I will tell my story to the world on their behalf.
My story will be a long, personal tale that spans most of my life because it’s important to show how I formed, where I could have went, and where I’m going because of my diagnosis. It’s also going to show the long-term effects of such a devastating treatment.
I’ve been writing a chapter a week mostly since late March. At this rate I may end up lapping the calendar, but it’s important to share the story. So if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do. And thank you for being a part of my life; no matter how much we interact, you are all special to me.

Begin with Chapter 1

https://guyonawire.com/category/my-cancer-story/


-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

Suicide Squad is Now the “Angst Army”

UPDATE 4/11/16– Director David Ayer addresses reshoot rumors.
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People were worried what the success of Deadpool and its R rating would bring to the superhero genre (me included). The fear that every film would be reactionary to said success worried fans and filmmakers alike. But one thing that no one ever expected what the negative backlash from Batman V. Superman would bring (not even Ben Affleck).
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Sad-fleck as Emo Batman
My friend August will undoubtedly hate this, but I myself am at a standstill. While I think that the overtly serious tone of BVS muddied the characters and the sheer entertainment behind such a clash, the fact they have to lighten this film up due to the more fun feeling of the trailer worries me more, and for multiple reasons.

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