So I Was Laid Off And Went On A Roadtrip / 15 March 1997

It was not directly my fault, but the San Francisco branch of UMI InfoStore closed down on 12/96, leaving 40 or so slacker/liberal arts majors out on the streets, myself included. The good news is:

  1. I don’t have to work there anymore.
  2. We got a nice severance package.
  3. So I could goof off for a few months.

I packed up the Honda and hit the road for a month. Just me and a bunch of cassettes. I stopped in LA, Vegas, Tuscon, Las Cruces NM, Lubbock, Dallas, Houston, Snyder TX, Raton NM, Denver, Albuquerque, the Grand Canyon, L.A. encore, then back home. I watched a great deal of HBO in motel rooms. I read Infinite Jest. I listened to three books-on-tape: Grisham’s The Firm, Crichton’s The Lost World (both loaners [and groaners, ha-ha!] from my uncle), and Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth (an xmas present from my stepmother). I did a lot of hammering on my manual typewriter. Here’s a photo of my baby:

Also note the Gideon’s Bible and the pack of Camels that I bought in a casino. I don’t smoke, but it seemed like I should have some cigs around, just in case. In Roswell, New Mexico I stopped here:

…where I learned about the UFO crash landing outside of town and the subsequent government cover-up. What was nice about the museum was that they didn’t shove their x-file dogma down my throat but simply presented the facts and allowed me to come to my own conclusion. This conclusion was reinforced by this sighting I had outside of Denver, later on in my trip:

I think the phrase for that photo is “ironclad evidence.” So here’s me taking a picture of myself:

…and me giving thumbs up to Joshua Street:

Not a whole lotta action- or people-filled photos on this trip, seeing how it was primarily me, myself, and I.

Joshua Green Allen

Fireland is a rickety old website by Joshua Allen.

A novel called Chokeville and a beverage-review site called The Knowledge For Thirst.

A great deal of typing is collected in the Archive.

Articles and whatnot for other sites, including The Morning News, Wired, and McSweeney's, can be found in External.

I've been involved in a number of Epiphany Sink pictures.

I record music under the name Orifex.

The RSS feed is here.

Join the notify list for extremely infrequent updates via email.

The Sexiest Sentence Alive, Fireland Broke My Will To Live, The Black Pill Diaries, and a sampling of Old Fireland Designs.

I can be contacted at .


♦ ♦ ♦