I'm off today and tomorrow in order to burn up some vacation time (we can only bank so many days), but wanted to pass along an update on Daniel Alvarez, the Tallahassee man who is attempting to kayak from Minnesota's Northwest Angle all the way to Key West.
On his blog, Predictably Lost, today he writes of the wonder of coincidence when he ran into someone he'd met before. Me.
Alvarez is a fabulous writer. His documentation of his journey is poetry and in the segment he wrote today, he provides the kind of perspective that one might hand down to another generation. You'll have to go to the page to find out what it is.
He writes his blog as the events happen -- daily -- but posts them a couple of weeks later so as not to specifically identify where he is on the river at a particular time.
The last time I checked -- earlier this week -- he was experiencing the wonders of Iowa on one side, and Illinois on the other.(3 Comments)
Posted at 1:47 PM on October 18, 2012
by Nate Minor
Comfort zones feel good. But getting outside of them can be even better — once you get past your original hesitation.
College student N.R. Mehlhoff recently got past his at a homeless shelter in Winona.
Listening to Mr. Mehlhoff's interview made me think of my own similar college assignment some years ago. I remember feeling awkward just being at a shelter in downtown St. Paul. But as soon as I found someone willing to talk and started asking questions, that started to melt away.
Our circumstances certainly were different, but you'd be surprised on how well a college kid and a weathered-looking, tired homeless man can relate on things like jobs, families and paying the bills. Some things, we all have in common.
Go ahead, ask someone about it.