Thursday, May 25, 2006

Terra Nova

I remember quite clearly as a child watching a BBC drama based on the twin (and competing) expeditions by the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, and the Brit, Robert Scott, each seeking to be the first to reach the South Pole. The part that really sticks out in my mind occurs after both expeditions have arrived at the edge of the ice and are preparing for the overland aspect of their journey. Travel in the polar regions being somewhat difficult, both have been beset by adversity, but then the fateful moment occurs -- a messenger approaches Amundsen with the news he has been dreading to hear; "Scott has landed his equipment on terra firma". Amundsen's eyes narrow at the news and dramtic and tense music plays, setting the stage for the rest of the drama to be played out.

Anyway, it is with the same sense of affected drama that I report to you: Team Newyorkistan has a car!

How could we have fallen behind at this early stage? Did Ramrod linger too long during the decades-long eugenics program required to produce Justin and I? Did the years of study with spiritual leaders in the alps take time away from an effort we could have devoted to untangling beaurocracy? Have we become distracted by the playboy lifestyle of jet-setting adventurers?

On thing is clear, this piece of information has only strengthened our resolve and quickened our pace. There are other pieces of crap to be purchased in the UK! More visas to Central Asian Republics to be handed out to would-be travellers! Even as we speak team Ramrod representatives are in touch with visa and visa support agencies, carefully bringing the threads together and weaving them into the perfect pattern to support the weft of our travels.

Adversity, we salute you!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A brief stop for humor

Q: Why does the temperature in Ashgabat always remain the same?
A: Because its Ashgiabatic

Yes, benefit events. Benefit show in June? At allegro? Dune Party?

Monday, May 22, 2006

Snakes on the Grill

Planning must commence! Now that we've conquered a few trivialities related to rally prep, visas for example, the important issues need to be addressed. And we're going to begin addressing them right now. Yes, we must set up a fundraising event.

This gala will promote the sponsorship of our designated charities who we hope will benefit extensively from our foolhardy quest. Also, attendees might have fun, but our most important goal will be to fake Patrick's death so the Dept. of Defense will not come looking for him while he is 'indisposed overseas'.

Patrick and I don't really plan parties for a living or anything, so suggestions are welcome and encouraged. I imagine we'll provide some music a la Brittain or Handsome International Man, and maybe even American Meat Monsters or god forbid a Xander reunion suicide. Perhaps we'll even debut the new snake man movie. For venues, I think Vladimir Radmanovic's floating pleasure palace is the top choice, so let us know if you have an in there.

You know, we've never actually had a Dune party, and being that this is Baron Harkonnen's first trip to the land of Spices, it might be apropos. Expect me to grow out my eyebrows to support him. Anyway, it will be one hell of a party whatever goes down since we'll be as committed to this event as we were to possibly completing all of our necessary paperwork. Oh yeah, special thanks to Caitlin for the inspirational messages from andrewww.k. on the art of partying. She just might win a free liter of cola.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Attention, the UK!

We just bought two one-way tickets to London, we hit the ground early on July 15th. Check it.