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!

2 Comments:

Blogger Kim said...

i think that john has some advice for you on buying a car or something like that.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Rod Farva said...

>>Have we become distracted by the playboy lifestyle of jet-setting adventurers?

Perhaps...
J: Are those our names in Cyrillic on the LOIs? That be stylin.

P: Can we get track jackets with our cyrillic names on the back? Cause that would be pimp for like ever.

J:Hell yes it would.

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Yes, John seems wise about England. We don't want no alternative fuel leftistmobile though.

2:11 PM  

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