Into the Wild is a must-read for all those that want to live a more nomadic lifestyle. It follows Chris McCandless as he hitchhikes his way around the nation, working odd jobs and staying in even odder circumstances, as he makes his way to his ultimate goal of Alaska. “I’m riding the rails now. What fun, I wish I had jumped trains earlier,” Chris McCandless said in a Mar. 5, 1992 letter to Jan Burress (p. 53). Krakauer does an exquisite job at capturing the sense of adventure McCandless felt while exploring his subject as a person. He also illuminates the topic of survival by using McCandless’ journal to provide a first-hand look at what it was like to be a nomad in Seattle. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
- Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. Anchor Books, 1997.
If you’re in the middle of a sightseeing session in downtown Seattle and find that nature begins to call, don’t fret about being caught without indoor plumbing. Seattle Center has several large, well-maintained restrooms: one near the entrance of the Northwest Rooms, near the southeast corner of KeyArena, and up the stairs from the Armory’s north entrance and food court’s mezzanine level. Having a large public restroom to use makes life on the road a lot more comfortable for people like Chris McCandless.
Getting around any major city is hard and often impractical without a viable transportation option. Luckily, Seattle (and the rest of the Puget Sound region) has a bevy of options. Aside from the over 200 bus lines connecting King County (home to Seattle) to the region, there are streetcars, trains, light rail, water taxis and ferries connecting the region. An ORCA (one regional card for all) card is a must-get for anyone trying to get around the region, as it works like cash across the board on most Puget Sound transportation options. This an excellent help for people like McCandless that need efficient ways to get around and a load as light and minimal as possible.
Seattle is known for a variety of things, but first and foremost is the seemingly constant drizzle that looms over the city for weeks at a time. Instead of forcibly huddling inside, this author suggests taking advantage of the Japanese technique Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) as a “simple way to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and improve overall health.” The Emerald City is home to numerous urban forests like the Beacon Food Forest with plenty of walking trails. This is a great way to pass time for people like Chris McChandless, who liked to roam around and explore by walking.
The perfect thing to combat a cold Seattle rain is the warm “long-simmered goodness” of soup. A good soup can be made with simple, everyday vegetables that you can find lying around any fridge or pick up easily at any supermarket. Once you saute the vegetables in a post, use stock or let the vegetables become caramelized. Then add water along with spices and seasoning. Boil it for a bit, and then let it simmer. This is good for people like Chris McCandless because it’s so adaptable for anything that you have in the fridge.
2017 looks to be a big year for me on several fronts. While the Paw Print Media family of sites is growing substantially on all fronts, I want to focus attention to both this site and on YouTube/Instagram.
This year is the year of transparency and that is going to play a significant role into all three of the aforementioned platforms. Relatively long-form posts like Christmastime Sadness where I can just freely express my thoughts are going to become the norm here on this site. I’m not going to promise any sort of consistency immediately but I am aiming to have a new post once a week right here.
I’ve been eyeing YouTube to grow for a while now. My personal account was set up over 10 years ago, and while this is only my second full year of running the revamped Andrew Okwuosah channel I’ve been looking to grow the channel’s audience substantially. Here’s how I plan to do it.
The channel was initially built on delivering short, digestable highlights as I play games. While I’ll definitely still be doing that for games like Rocket League and Madden, this format will be modified somewhat for new games on the channel like NBA 2K17. For that game, I’ll be providing a semi-weekly highlight reel featuring the best moments of my slightly taller alter ego in his quest to dominate the association. Paw Print Media’s YouTube content will also be expanded in the New Year, with a focus on creating easily digestable content.
Of course, series like On the Road will continue in full force like they have been supplemented with coverage on Instagram Stories. The goal here is to share moments with intimacy and immediacy. Consider this as a behind-the-scenes look at the story behind the montage.
I will also be rolling over my goals from last year, since I clearly failed miserably at those.
Let the year of transparency begin.
To say 2016 was a bit of a downer is an absolute understatement. I won’t go into depth on what I’m sure has been in the back of most of our minds over the last few weeks.
Not to brag, but 2016 was a yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggeeeeeee year for me personally. Paw Print Media had a record-breaking year on all fronts with record viewership on both Paw Print and GameSentral. YouTube was pretty solid as well.
Unfortunately, I fell flat on both of my goals for the year. I read a grand total of six books throughout the year and posted a total of 314 posts this year.
Thanks so much for the support this year, and on to the next one.
First of all, happy holidays to you and those you love. I hope it’s going a lot better than mine.
Let me explain: It all started last Labor Day. I finally worked up the confidence to confess my love for my long-time crush. I didn’t get laughed out of the building, but it was a clear rejection.
Since then, I’ve felt wallowing emotions that just seem to flare up every now and then for some odd reason: walking past a couple in makeout bliss at school, watching the Fault in Our Stars, and of course the nightmarish seasons of prom, homecoming, and Valentine’s Day for a high schooler dealing with post-tramatic love disorder. Today is definitely one of those flare up days.
I don’t know what will fill the gaping black hole in my heart, but I do know that my love for Ayeillie is without a doubt the strongest emotion I’ve felt in my 16 years of existence.