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Re: [at-l] and what do you do for a living?

You listen to that Pittsman, he's pushin' an idea I really like, there.

Starting with a couple of people on my pre-hike job who got a glint in their 
eye thinking about early retirement; and proceeding through the lifestyles 
of hikers who had wintered-over in trail towns house-sitting and working for 
temp agencies or pizzerias; I conferred with some returned thruhikers who 
were working at hostels and other trail-related jobs -- and proceeded to 
mentally jump ship.  Haven't dealt with "financial security" in the same way 
since and have never been more prosperous!

Having hiked 1500 miles, and with every intention of going back this summer 
for the rest, I popped back into my previous "career" (marketing -- at a 
nicely-negotiated bump in pay) and worked a side job waiting tables for 
awhile, waiting for family circumstances to free me up for my return to the 

Wearying of the restaurant job, I bagged it, but went out to play at things 
I like (newspapers) and  wonder about (organic vegetable farming).  As 
Thoreau tells us will happen,* I overshot:  now, one night a week I'm copy 
editor at the local weekly and I'm living (literally dirt cheap) --and 
working the remaining evenings -- on an organic vegetable farm.

All three employers and the landlady are aware I'm hiking out of town 7/15.  
They'll be my references when I go to NYC (straight from Kahtadin) and set 
up life again for another couple of years before the next expedition (yet to 
be dreamed up for sure).

Go ahead:  do what you actually like -- in THIS lifetime!

Just Playin' Jane '98/'00

* "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors 
to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success 
unexpected in common hours."

>From: Ben Curtis <cobwebat99@yahoo.com>
>To: at-l@backcountry.net
>Subject: Re: [at-l] and what do you do for a living?
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 08:41:49 -0800 (PST)
>      After working as a maintenance technician at IBM
>for ten years I took a leave of absence in the fall of
>'98 to complete a BS in Electrical Engineering and
>(most importantly) hike the 2000 miles I had remaining
>to finish the AT.  After last summer's hike, and at
>age 40, I finally figured out what I want to be when I
>grow up... Hiker Bum.  But, next month I start a new
>engineering position at IBM designing circuits.
>      In Maine last fall Pittsburgh planted a
>subversive thought in my mind that's been eating at
>me. "Security isn't all that It's cracked up to be"
>(or something to that effect).  So, who knows?  Next
>spring may find me in Georgia again.  Go stock market!
>Cobweb '99
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