Phoenix Is Coming....

July 15, 2016

Those words could have come from John Snow himself somewhere in this land.  He could be in Tahoe, Detroit or NYC telling someone about a certain roving Red M5 that should be crossing this great land pretty soon.  It's been amazing for me to see the transformation of the car from when I first decided to do this to what it looks like and drives like today.  So many people have played a part in this already and I cannot say enough thanks!

 

I woke up today, and there is one day left on the countdown clock.  It is starting to feel a little surreal I tell ya.  I am actually about to do this.  I wonder how astronauts feel before they strap themselves into that control high yield bomb that is called a rocket.  I have done as much as I can, is it enough?  Have I missed anything?  I will be leaning on to my old aviation training and treating this like my first cross country trip.  Let's pull out a check list and go through as much as I can and hopefully all boxes will be checked as I get on the road.

 

Talking with friends about the potential route, I am looking at approximately 6 - 8 thousand miles of driving.  JUST WOW!  As they say though, each journey begins with the first step.  So.... I will set out and go from there.  I think I want a huge party upon my return to California.  Can someone reach out to the Governor please.

 

I am looking forward to seeing a ton of people on the road and reporting from the trip.  If you get a chance to contact me, all emails will be VERY welcome and I promise to try to respond to each and everyone one of them.  They will keep me company on the road.

 

See you out there America!  Phoenix is coming!

 

 

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We ALL matter, ALL of us.  Whatever your race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, and socioeconomic status.  We ALL matter; let's stop the violence!

There are a lot of sad, tragic things happening these days.  Rather than tearing ourselves apart, we should come together, band together and solve the issues together.  Let's not allow a few bad apples to spoil the whole bunch that is US.  It still rings true that we will either stand united or fall divided.

L I V E S

MATTER

ALL

I posted the above back in 2016 when I journeyed across the US.  It is now the summer of 2020.  Back then, there was racial tension, there were a number of tragic things happening.  I truly believed in the message that ALL lives mattered and still matter today. 

 

But, here we are - again - about four years later and it seems like the clock went backwards.  This time however, it seems more focused on Black people.  It is hard for me to just say ALL Lives Matter as I did then as it seems there has been a recurring tragic impact on the Black / African American community - particularly here in the United States.  

 

That said though, I do have to voice out that BLACK LIVES MATTER!  This term is not to say other lives don't matter, or matter less.  At this moment in time, Black lives are at risk, very high risk and so we MUST pay focused attention to this.  For us all to matter, we must ALL matter equally and that equality has not yet been achieved.  

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

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