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(Outside Online)   Meet a guy who's traveled the world without money by bartering pillow fights and stories, has traded an apple up to a home in Hawaii, and will next spend 80 days exploring Germany on a children's scooter   (outsideonline.com) divider line 62
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2013-01-13 04:17:02 PM  
sounds like bullshiat to me
 
2013-01-13 04:24:04 PM  

cretinbob: sounds like bullshiat to me


It is.  He basically finds odd jobs or creative ways to make enough money to survive and sometimes people offer him charity.  He's not exactly a mooch, but offends something in me that he's taking resources from people who honestly can't help themselves.
 
2013-01-13 04:35:44 PM  
Sounds like the world's best used-car salesman.

/looks like one too if you put him in a cheap suit.
 
2013-01-13 05:03:01 PM  

ajgeek: Sounds like the world's best used-car salesman.

/looks like one too if you put him in a cheap suit.


Pretty-much.  I certainly wouldn't have anything to do with him if he approached me to trade an apple for my house.
 
2013-01-13 06:27:14 PM  
The main problem was that I couldn't drink the tap water in Vegas because it has a lot of chlorine, since some of it probably comes from the desert or from far away. So I had to find other possibilities on how to get drinks for free.

If only there were some way to get free drinks in Las Vegas...


In Peru, I stayed with a German ex-pat who built his own oven

Whatever you do, don't use the shower!
 
2013-01-13 06:31:59 PM  
Approves!

dailyderbi.com

/hot, like he likes his women
 
2013-01-13 06:37:40 PM  
This guy should be beaten to death.
 
2013-01-13 06:51:43 PM  
No way a black guy could do this.
 
2013-01-13 06:54:08 PM  
I met a guy at my scooter shop in Estes Park.  He was riding a 50cc Honda Scooter from North Carolina to California and back.
www.blogcdn.com
His Ride  When I met him, it was May, and he was on his way back to NC.  Now, mind you, my scooter shop is IN the Rocky Mountains at 7,625ft above sea level with 50cc.  He said he'd be done with the trip sometime in July.  And the Ruckus is all stock.  No mods.
 
2013-01-13 06:55:33 PM  
As someone who has always wanted to backpack across the world, this guy sounds pretty cool. I really love this guy's approach to travel as well. Link I'm not sure if I would always want to have no place to stay planned so I intend to use couchsurfing.org part of the time. In the process of saving up the dough.
 
2013-01-13 06:57:42 PM  
Scooty-Puff Jr. suuuuuucks
 
2013-01-13 06:58:18 PM  
Looks like he'd be more into pillow-biting his way around the world.
 
2013-01-13 06:59:46 PM  
Came for Scooty Puff reference. Left happy!
 
2013-01-13 07:01:26 PM  
Scooter?

zenandtheartofscootermaintenance.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-13 07:03:19 PM  

stuartp9: Scooter?

[zenandtheartofscootermaintenance.files.wordpress.com image 218x206]


I think he is talking about this kind of scooter:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-13 07:06:34 PM  

DemoKnite: No way a black guy could do this.

 
2013-01-13 07:09:59 PM  
So you decided to be a bum?
 
2013-01-13 07:10:14 PM  
The main problem was that I couldn't drink the tap water in Vegas because it has a lot of chlorine, since some of it probably comes from the desert or from far away. So I had to find other possibilities on how to get drinks for free. I used an old cup from McDonald's and got water from several different McDonald's.

This is the dumbest thing I've ever read.
 
2013-01-13 07:14:22 PM  
CSB
In '80 I was in the Navy, and got to visit Machu Pichu. Utterly awesome. The ride there was on a switch-back train, and a bus up the winding mountain roads.
I was awed by the idea that all those terraces where the food was grown, were filled with dirt carried up by hand from the valley below.
There was a place where you could sit, and look down between your toes to the Andes river, over a mile below.
I spit, so I could say forever that I can spit over a mile.

CSB/
 
2013-01-13 07:17:16 PM  
I knew Apple products were expensive but didn't know they're worth as much as a house. I need to start mugging more Apple fans.

/Hey, it's my unique way of funding my world travel
 
2013-01-13 07:17:50 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: ajgeek: Sounds like the world's best used-car salesman.

/looks like one too if you put him in a cheap suit.

Pretty-much.  I certainly wouldn't have anything to do with him if he approached me to trade an apple for my house.


Yeah, that's ridiculous. But how about this red paperclip?
 
2013-01-13 07:22:21 PM  

santadog: I met a guy at my scooter shop in Estes Park.  He was riding a 50cc Honda Scooter from North Carolina to California and back.
[www.blogcdn.com image 800x600]
His Ride  When I met him, it was May, and he was on his way back to NC.  Now, mind you, my scooter shop is IN the Rocky Mountains at 7,625ft above sea level with 50cc.  He said he'd be done with the trip sometime in July.  And the Ruckus is all stock.  No mods.


And I drove from Florida at Chicago, down Rte 66 to L.A, then back across the country to VA all in about a month, on my own.  So?
 
2013-01-13 07:26:23 PM  
DNRTFA
Trusted Farkers for an opinion.
I love FARK!
 
2013-01-13 07:26:46 PM  
Looks like that show on one of the Reality channels, Barter Wars I think it's called.

If it is anything like that show, it seems pretty fake. The guy always finds someone (just a coincidence Im sure) who makes a ridiculous trade that gives him something valuable in exchange for something worthless.
 
2013-01-13 07:28:16 PM  

dryknife: So you decided to be a bum?


No, he is Live Action Role-Playing as a bum.
 
2013-01-13 07:31:47 PM  

dryknife: So you decided to be a bum?


Just like those pieces of shiat out there who beg for change, sleep in garbage bins and eat what I throw away. They got a name for that, it's called "a bum". And without a job, a residence or legal tender, that's exactly what you're going to be: a farking bum.
 
2013-01-13 07:32:23 PM  
Las Vegas was actually a very difficult place to get by without money. I stayed there for over a week. The main problem was that I couldn't drink the tap water in Vegas because it has a lot of chlorine, since some of it probably comes from the desert or from far away. So I had to find other possibilities on how to get drinks for free. I used an old cup from McDonald's and got water from several different McDonald's.

Food was also very difficult in Vegas because it's a very commercial place and people would say: "This is about money. It's not about free."


Germany, this is why the rest of the world hates you. And I say this is a 3rd Gen. German-American.
 
2013-01-13 07:33:29 PM  

santadog: I met a guy at my scooter shop in Estes Park.  He was riding a 50cc Honda Scooter from North Carolina to California and back.
[www.blogcdn.com image 800x600]
His Ride  When I met him, it was May, and he was on his way back to NC.  Now, mind you, my scooter shop is IN the Rocky Mountains at 7,625ft above sea level with 50cc.  He said he'd be done with the trip sometime in July.  And the Ruckus is all stock.  No mods.


farm3.staticflickr.com
Not impressed.
 
2013-01-13 07:43:19 PM  
My next crazy trip is to see a game at every AAA ballpark.

And travel between cities by Greyhound bus...
 
2013-01-13 07:45:30 PM  

Spirit Hammer: CSB
In '80 I was in the Navy, and got to visit Machu Pichu. Utterly awesome. The ride there was on a switch-back train, and a bus up the winding mountain roads.
I was awed by the idea that all those terraces where the food was grown, were filled with dirt carried up by hand from the valley below.
There was a place where you could sit, and look down between your toes to the Andes river, over a mile below.
I spit, so I could say forever that I can spit over a mile.

CSB/


So, you're saying you'll never get over Machu Pichu?

/what a pisser
 
2013-01-13 07:47:03 PM  
A couple days ago, Outside ran a story about a German who has spent the last 25 years driving all over the world in his 1988 Mercedes wagon he named Otto. Something like three quarter of a million miles and 110 countries, including the first private citizen to cruise through North Korea. Pretty much abandoned his son to private schools so he could just drive around, lost his wife to cancer along the way.
It was almost as odd a travel tale as this guy's. Silly Germans.
 
2013-01-13 07:55:25 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: Spirit Hammer: CSB
In '80 I was in the Navy, and got to visit Machu Pichu. Utterly awesome. The ride there was on a switch-back train, and a bus up the winding mountain roads.
I was awed by the idea that all those terraces where the food was grown, were filled with dirt carried up by hand from the valley below.
There was a place where you could sit, and look down between your toes to the Andes river, over a mile below.
I spit, so I could say forever that I can spit over a mile.

CSB/

So, you're saying you'll never get over Machu Pichu?

/what a pisser


Oh but I did ... and in a Grande way.
:-)
 
2013-01-13 08:02:13 PM  
i'm not surprised that people in San Fran would pay $1 for a pillow beating. what do you think i could beat them with for $20? 'cause i'd like to go back there but it's kinda expensive. and really, it's gone all americanizationized and is way less fun than it used to be, but still, there are people there who want beatings, i just know it.
 
2013-01-13 08:02:30 PM  

cretinbob: sounds like bullshiat da buttsex to me

ftfy
 
2013-01-13 08:05:17 PM  

santadog: I met a guy at my scooter shop in Estes Park.


You might like this book, then: Old Man on a Bike

A 73-year-old rides a 125cc bike from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego (with a boat ride around the Darien Gap)
 
2013-01-13 08:08:24 PM  

santadog: I met a guy at my scooter shop in Estes Park.  He was riding a 50cc Honda Scooter from North Carolina to California and back.
[www.blogcdn.com image 800x600]
His Ride  When I met him, it was May, and he was on his way back to NC.  Now, mind you, my scooter shop is IN the Rocky Mountains at 7,625ft above sea level with 50cc.  He said he'd be done with the trip sometime in July.  And the Ruckus is all stock.  No mods.


That scooter is mighty weighed down, without a person on top to boot. And it's only a 50cc engine? Climbing the Rockies? All stock, no mods? No way. What was his top speed, 30 miles per hour? How'd he avoid getting run over?
 
2013-01-13 08:09:01 PM  
There are plenty of places where they will give you a house for the asking. On the other hand, traveling the world is a worthwhile way to spend time.

Slightly related - some guys on my dorm floor bought a hooptie for $100 to take a carload down to spring break. Their plan was to abandon the car there and hitchhike back. As they arrived in town, they got rear-ended and totaled the car. They hitchhiked back at the end of the week and the insurance company gave them $2000.
 
2013-01-13 08:13:36 PM  
A lot of haters are posting in this thread, but they are only hating the guy because he actually has an interesting life, while the only thing you can expect from yours is minute variations of your daily grind, interrupted by some tragedies such as the loss of a loved one.

Then, if you are lucky, you can then retire, and spend the rest of your meaningless life looking back at all the years you've wasted, all the things you didn't do, all the plans that you've made but never came to be, all the missed opportunities, all the people that moved on, and essentially how your life blows.

So, post another jab at this man. Insult him for having talked to strangers, having a string of weird once ina lifetime experiences, roaming the world from continent to continent, riding a funny scooter, getting to own a house in hawaii... whatever you think of. Meanwhile, just keep browsing the web, clicking links to fluff articles, and doing absolutely nothing with your life besides paying taxes. You are the real winner here.
 
2013-01-13 08:21:01 PM  

maggoo: A lot of haters are posting in this thread.


Looks like we found the moocher's Fark login.
 
2013-01-13 08:23:51 PM  

maggoo: A lot of haters are posting in this thread, but they are only hating the guy because he actually has an interesting life, while the only thing you can expect from yours is minute variations of your daily grind, interrupted by some tragedies such as the loss of a loved one.

Then, if you are lucky, you can then retire, and spend the rest of your meaningless life looking back at all the years you've wasted, all the things you didn't do, all the plans that you've made but never came to be, all the missed opportunities, all the people that moved on, and essentially how your life blows.

So, post another jab at this man. Insult him for having talked to strangers, having a string of weird once ina lifetime experiences, roaming the world from continent to continent, riding a funny scooter, getting to own a house in hawaii... whatever you think of. Meanwhile, just keep browsing the web, clicking links to fluff articles, and doing absolutely nothing with your life besides paying taxes. You are the real winner here.


How's that midlife crisis going for ya then? Also you sound fat.

/I've seen things you people wouldn't believe
 
2013-01-13 08:28:45 PM  

maggoo: So, post another jab at this man. Insult him for having talked to strangers, having a string of weird once ina lifetime experiences, roaming the world from continent to continent, riding a funny scooter, getting to own a house in hawaii... whatever you think of. Meanwhile, just keep browsing the web, clicking links to fluff articles, and doing absolutely nothing with your life besides paying taxes. You are the real winner here.


We could probably get a bunch of people together and beat you up, too, along with him. Just saying.
 
2013-01-13 08:32:08 PM  
www.examiner.com
 
2013-01-13 09:07:19 PM  
Does he send the local government a goat to pay the property tax? I guess a few artisan handicrafts are enough to keep the utilities on.
 
2013-01-13 09:47:12 PM  

maggoo: A lot of haters are posting in this thread, but they are only hating the guy because he actually has an interesting life, while the only thing you can expect from yours is minute variations of your daily grind, interrupted by some tragedies such as the loss of a loved one.

Then, if you are lucky, you can then retire, and spend the rest of your meaningless life looking back at all the years you've wasted, all the things you didn't do, all the plans that you've made but never came to be, all the missed opportunities, all the people that moved on, and essentially how your life blows.

So, post another jab at this man. Insult him for having talked to strangers, having a string of weird once ina lifetime experiences, roaming the world from continent to continent, riding a funny scooter, getting to own a house in hawaii... whatever you think of. Meanwhile, just keep browsing the web, clicking links to fluff articles, and doing absolutely nothing with your life besides paying taxes. You are the real winner here.


You know what else is great about the guy from TFA? Not a douche like you.
 
2013-01-13 09:58:33 PM  

maggoo: A lot of haters are posting in this thread, but they are only hating the guy because he actually has an interesting life, while the only thing you can expect from yours is minute variations of your daily grind


I don't care much for people who travel without money knowing that people everywhere are basically good and will help someone out who has less or in many poor countries, a poor person will help out a person obviously has more than them. My hut was burglarized in Madagascar on small island and a number of people helped me out. Bless their souls but the difference is that I found myself in a tough spot that probably won't happen again. I know of a person who starts hitchhiking with $2 so he can honestly say he only has $2 and then relies on charity until he feels like coming home. That's called being a parasite.

So before you get all hatey on me, the time in Madagascar was part of a three year trip around the world and I've traveled over eight years of my life. So no, I don't have a boring existence where I'll regret a wasted life. People will help me out and I will help out people, but I have enough resource to take of myself in all cases except something like Madagascar.
 
2013-01-13 10:43:59 PM  
You all may biatch as much as you feel like it, but the violent backlash to my statement speaks for itself: it touched a nerve, and it hurt.

So, keep on browsing a website and threatening to assault random people who you never met nor you will ever do. That won't turn your life around from the completely unremarkable and forgetful existence you've been living, and made it less of a complete waste. Meanwhile, the guy in the article will keep on experiencing new and interesting things, and collect under his proverbial belt more stories to tell and remember later in life. You may biatch as much as you'd like about his taxes, his 401(k), his annual income, his utilities... whatever tickles your fancy. But you will do it while you waste your existence in some pointless job, maybe desperate to make ends meet, maybe a bit fearful for your future and your so called golden years, and this while you simply fade away as yet another forgettable person who withered away his years while living through a depressed and wasted existence.
 
2013-01-13 10:46:49 PM  

maggoo: A lot of haters are posting in this thread, but they are only hating the guy because he actually has an interesting life, while the only thing you can expect from yours is minute variations of your daily grind, interrupted by some tragedies such as the loss of a loved one.

Then, if you are lucky, you can then retire, and spend the rest of your meaningless life looking back at all the years you've wasted, all the things you didn't do, all the plans that you've made but never came to be, all the missed opportunities, all the people that moved on, and essentially how your life blows.

So, post another jab at this man. Insult him for having talked to strangers, having a string of weird once ina lifetime experiences, roaming the world from continent to continent, riding a funny scooter, getting to own a house in hawaii... whatever you think of. Meanwhile, just keep browsing the web, clicking links to fluff articles, and doing absolutely nothing with your life besides paying taxes. You are the real winner here.


I internet love you!

/currently planning a road trip from belize to peru! Colombia might be, cough, ahem, interesting, given farc activity. {Road trip through central mexico was voted down for anytime this decade TBD in 2023.} Excited!
 
2013-01-13 11:12:49 PM  

Hector Remarkable: dryknife: So you decided to be a bum?

Just like those pieces of shiat out there who beg for change, sleep in garbage bins and eat what I throw away. They got a name for that, it's called "a bum". And without a job, a residence or legal tender, that's exactly what you're going to be: a farking bum.


Look, my friend, this is just where you and I differ.
 
2013-01-13 11:23:58 PM  

DemoKnite: No way a black guy could do this.


Funny you say that - I was listening to one of the stories on This American Life (I know, I know) and one was about this young black playwright who decided to get rid of his money/possessions and go walking across the country. Not surprisingly, he did not exactly experience an outpouring of charity or goodwill. When trying to give away his last bit of money to charity, he went into the nearest church and offered it to the pastor, explaining his plan. The pastor suspected him of stealing the cash.

full story
 
2013-01-13 11:35:50 PM  

maggoo: A lot of haters are posting in this thread, but they are only hating the guy because he actually has an interesting life, while the only thing you can expect from yours is minute variations of your daily grind, interrupted by some tragedies such as the loss of a loved one.

Then, if you are lucky, you can then retire, and spend the rest of your meaningless life looking back at all the years you've wasted, all the things you didn't do, all the plans that you've made but never came to be, all the missed opportunities, all the people that moved on, and essentially how your life blows.

So, post another jab at this man. Insult him for having talked to strangers, having a string of weird once ina lifetime experiences, roaming the world from continent to continent, riding a funny scooter, getting to own a house in hawaii... whatever you think of. Meanwhile, just keep browsing the web, clicking links to fluff articles, and doing absolutely nothing with your life besides paying taxes. You are the real winner here.


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