“Into the Wild” by John Krakauer
“The McCandless Mecca” by Ken Ilguna
I know the terrain’s pretty tough as far as river crossings and dealing with bears and mosquitoes. The locals also seem to dislike pilgrims who travel to the bus as many of them (tourists) have been injured and even a few killed en route to the Magic Bus. And I do not want to be another name on the Alaskan news.
I’m an overly cautious person by nature, but at times, I allow my fears to influence my decisions which can be good in some cases, but it can also be bad in others. A good example is that I hate making left turns in traffic. Why? First, I got into a wreck at 18 making a left turn when I failed to see a car coming from the left as I pulled out into traffic. It’s just too much of a hassle and wait to make a left turn. I’m also sort of afraid of driving especially at night because of poor vision and a bad sense of direction.
I think sometimes my fears have hindered me. I had a boring college experience because I wasn’t assertive enough in high school and wound up at a local university instead of really getting ready to do what I really wanted to do. And I was afraid of relocating.
The local community college players held several performances and I went to one. Really and truly I’d have loved to see “Avenue Q” in NYC for the genuine Broadway experience (fancy dress, nice theater, post-show cocktails…). But the CC players did an outstanding job with this show, so it was well worth seeing locally. If I laughed till my ribs ached, then it was a good show.