So my friend begged and begged me to come with him on a road trip that he had already planned for himself. I said, “I figured out my finances and the math just doesn’t add up.” But he’s very persuasive, so now we’re going. I gotta tell you, I’m very excited. Embarrassingly enough, the only part of the US I’ve been to is Northern New York. Not even the good parts. So now, we are travelling across Ontario through Michigan, down to Indiana and Illinois, then up to Wisconsin. This is crazy for me.
Now, I have driven from Ontario to British Columbia before, but I will tell you it’s an extremely boring drive. It’s just prairies and farmland. There’s nothing much to see. BC is beautiful, but that’s the destination. The road trip to BC isn’t great. So basically, I don’t think that counts as a road trip because it was a simple A to B drive. There wasn’t any adventure in between and no detours.
So this Thursday will be my first road trip and I’m very excited. We are going to be following the Dave Matthews Band around a little bit. Now, Dave Matthews is my friend’s choice. He’s been to 177 of their concerts, which is insane! In doing so, he’s noticed a lot of the same fans at each concert and became friends with them over time. So now when he goes to the States, he has plenty of places to crash all over the place. That’s a pretty cool benefit of being on the road.
I’m not much of a concert goer myself, mainly because I don’t like being jam packed together with thousands of strangers. I don’t like working really really hard pushing 100 people out of the way to find a bathroom or get a beer when mine’s empty. And also, mosh pits are stupid. He said that won’t happen here, but we’ll see. He said this band is far better live than in the recording studio, so I’ll have to see about that too.
When I think of going to Wisconsin, all I can think of is That 70’s Show. I can’t get it out of my mind because that’s the only impact Wisconsin has made on my brain. Our trip will be a week long, stopping in many places. And my favourite; Chicago. Not that I know what I’m talking about because I’ve never been to any of these places, but it just seems like it will be the most exciting. When I think of Chicago, I think mainly of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. That was one of the movies I grew up on and taking a day off your responsibilities to have fun with a hint of getting caught still appeals to me.
The real truth is to do this trip, I have to call in sick for 2 consecutive days from New York. But it’s okay because I don’t have one of those jobs that when you call in sick you screw over the rest of the people that show up that day. I will not be missed at my job, so I don’t feel bad. So this is me being adventurous. This is me being sick of my daily routine and trying something new to break the grind of the everyday. For a week, I may not have the ability to get a Tim Horton’s coffee, I won’t have my blackout curtains I normally sleep with, I won’t have to shower (Just kidding. I plan on showering), and I won’t have to put on a fake smiley face for work. My routine will be shot dead for a week.
My Travel Buddy
The friend I went on this road trip with deserves his own explanation. The reason we are friends is because we have similar values and the same things happened to both of us in the past couple years. I quit the bank because it was stealing my soul and he quit the corporate life in Toronto probably for the same reason. His was more dramatic because he quit, bought a van, and toured every United State for 2 years. We both came to the same realization, I think; That time is more valuable than money and how you spend it matters more than padding a bank account for the so-called “Emergency/Retirement Fund”. Money is great, but it’s simply a resource. It shouldn’t own you completely.
I quit because I realized I could never be happy working at a bank. If you want to understand my frustration with how sneaky and evil a bank really is, read my “Debt is Modern Slavery Sold by the Bank” Post. But back to the road trip. This post became way too long as we did lots of stuff on the road trip, so I will being releasing part 2 in a couple days. So please stay tuned.