+ I mentioned this on Twitter the other day, but it bears repeating: Why, oh why, do people give their pets their own Instagram accounts? I love animals just as much as the next person, but there's no way I'm ever going to subscribe to a feed full of photos of nothing but someone's pets. I don't even love my own cat enough to sit around all day taking photos of him, editing them, and posting them to social media. It just seems like a lot of work, and I'm not deluded enough to think that people actually care that much about my animal.
+ Did you know that Cary Elwes wrote a book about the making of The Princess Bride? My sister read and recommended it to me recently, and I'm thinking it may have to be the next addition to my Kindle library.
+ I was browsing Backpacker.com yesterday and stumbled across this article, talking about how much it costs to do a thru-hike. One thing I'd really like to do someday is hike the Pacific Crest Trail - all 2,650 miles of it, from Mexico to Canada. Most people take between five and six months to hike the whole thing, and therein lies my beef with the aforementioned article, and many other articles I've read that basically say the same thing.
I have yet to see anybody talk in detail about not only the actual cost of hiking the trail, but the lack of income while you're doing it. Unless you're fortunate enough to be sponsored by some outdoorsy company who wants to pay you to blog about the hike, review gear, etc. then not only are you spending money on the hike itself but you're also not making any money in the meantime. The article does mention that it "depends where you're at in your career" and "unless you get your money through investments or a trust fund, you'll be missing out on at least a few months' worth of income while you're out hiking." Logically, I suppose you could spend a few years saving up the $8,000 or so it takes to do such a long backpacking trip, but I don't know of many careers where you can take half a year off and still have a job when you come back.
I suppose it's possible that there are some employers that are just that cool - mine certainly isn't. Not to mention, it's not just the cost of the hike itself that you need money for while you're gone. What about your apartment rent/mortgage? Health insurance? Storage for your belongings if you don't have an apartment or house? Life is expensive and most adults can't just drop everything to go be one with nature for half a year.
Or maybe I'm just jealous of those who can...
+ I didn't watch a single second of the Olympics, but I am aware of what happened with Ryan Lochte (how could I not be aware when it's been on the news every second of every minute of every hour of every day?). My friend posted this meme on Facebook the other day and I lost it.