Steam Punk was more than fiction for me It became a life style.
A subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-poweredmachinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk may, therefore, be described as neo-Victorian. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville.[original research?] Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-airairships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage‘s Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The first known appearance of the term steampunk was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
There was a time when I traveled across America on foot.
I completed the Appalachian trail three times; for those of you that are unsure of geography that would be the original thirteen colonies that made up early America.
When I was a young boy, my father and I did the trail alone the Virginian Mountains. As a grown man I returned and was determined to scale from Maine to Georgia in a matter of months. All things considered I did not have a lot of time to rest and was quite proud of the fact that I did the trail without much need for the tourist amenities. Sometimes I would stop by an Inn just for work and a hot plate.
The headlamp was a life saver when I began to leave to Alps and fall into the Plains of Ohio and Kansas. Some of the old dark trails of Arkansas can be a bother, but when you have light on command , one never knows how pleasant it can be till you are without it.
Now, you might be asking yourself what would make a person travel like that? Well do you remember the documentaries of the Traveling Kid? During the 2008 recession there was a dramatic influx in the rate of college and middle aged men and women that could not cope with the economic fall out. Housing was ridiculous considering no one, working or otherwise could afford to pay bills. Their consumer mentality finally cost them and when they had to confess that they had spent more than they earned, well according to MSNBC: “In Hard times Tent Cities Rise across America.” They had publicized it as if no one knew it was coming:
Caught by surprise
The phenomenon of encampments has caught advocacy groups somewhat by surprise, largely because of how quickly they have sprung up.
“What you’re seeing is encampments that I haven’t seen since the 80s,” said Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, an umbrella group for homeless advocacy organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore. and Seattle.
The relatively tony city of Santa Barbara has given over a parking lot to people who sleep in cars and vans.
The city of Fresno, Calif., is trying to manage several proliferating tent cities, including an encampment where people have made shelters out of scrap wood.
In Portland, Ore., and Seattle, homeless advocacy groups have paired with nonprofits or faith-based groups to manage tent cities as outdoor shelters.
Other cities where tent cities have either appeared or expanded include include Chattanooga, Tenn., San Diego, and Columbus, Ohio.
Scott Sady / AP
The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported a 12 percent drop in homelessness nationally in two years, from about 754,000 in January 2005 to 666,000 in January 2007. But the 2007 numbers omitted people who previously had been considered homeless — such as those staying with relatives or friends or living in campgrounds or motel rooms for more than a week.
While Oprah and Dr Phil sought to make a laughing stock of the issue, I back-packed and guess what viewers you get to know today. What to do when you find yourself, out of housing, work, and a stable economic salary to depend on.
Rule number 1: do not jump off the London Bridge just cause everyone else is doing it.
When you see that everyone else around you is tumbling into a state of economic meltdown, slowly move in another direction. Certainly stay away from the bridge and avoid the high waters.
Rule number 2: Travel with only what you can put into one back pack
I never liked to have anything in my pockets, at all. After long days of travel and sweating through your underpants, things get sticky and you don’t want anything in your pockets.
Rule number 3: Every salvation army has shoes but when they deny you, which they will after they see that you have means to care for yourself, cause you travel with a P90X, Maps, Crew Change, and other secrets that should not be shared for the faint of heart for, after the London Bridge Falls underneath you, you will have to learn how to Hop Trains.
In all seriousness to travel 18 hours from Florida to Seattle, in hopes of finding the job of a life time you will have to survive the rat race of the cars first
the one with the best car get these wonderful views
And when they reach the other side of the country, the opportunity is only as far as the Gift of Gab will get them.
Rule 4: Conversation rules the nation and the truth will set one free.
I had fun traveling until a giant pipe line impeded on my walk. America used to be a wonderful country to just take a stroll in and it has become congested and this is not changing, as long as there is a need, we will supply. While at the same time making it’s citizens result to Industrious thought to live above the “Pipe Line,” that has become our standard.
So to continue with our study on Natural solutions to an age old problem. One should learn to make ones own clothes. When traveling 30 miles a day, what you wore the previous 30 will not look as nice. Going into a new city always be presentable. That is Rule # 5.
Rule # 6 Learn a Trade or Skill and Market that whole sale. Whenever you come across some work to be done, pull up to the manager and ask for work.
I am good with my hands but I know I am a visual learner, and I never kid an employer, never sell myself to be more than what I am and I certainly do not share all of my skills, he/she only wants me for the job at hand. I only asked for a few days salary and unless I wish to stay in that town make no promises of continuing in such a labor force. Since I am such a fly by night worker, since we had an honest conversation, he/she will have me on the job for a decent salary cap of 6.50 an hour. Do I complain, no cause the others behind me looking for work all the same and happen to be foreign will work much harder just to stay in the country. Sometimes I think if I did things over I would have stayed in that small town. Worked the 18 months HR would allow and picked up taxes. Only well, I’d not be here to tell you this story and all the others that are still homeless and wandering and have not any clue on how to make it beyond that >>>>>>
Over Qualified for Entry Level; Suitable for Labor; To expensive for Management; Criminal Background leaving one suspect; Oh did I mention Credit Score Readings. Sigh, having been denied for every reason in the book for work; settling never seemed so bad. Now I am in a better position to help others and I find the tales of a traveler helpful in one regard. Ensuring this does not happen again. Ever.
Rule #7 When you find a town to settle in and there is no work. Sing.
When I sang the blues or just told the stories of my travels in a song the crowd would be drawn and work would present it’self, my hat would be full and my belly not too long after.
when you learn to draw the crowd then you can move the market and for everything that is given be sure to give back in return. A kind word deserves another. Smiles are always entreated in kind and when they ask where do you come from. Let them know that the Sky is your roof and the ground your kitchen. When they look at you they don’t know what they are missing.
There are a million other rules to such a life and all of it is vital. Practical and teaches you a lot of lessons about perseverance, Sorry I did not share all of with it, maybe if you tune in next time…I can share more on how to apply Steam Punk in your daily life.
I’d start by dawning the hat!