Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel

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  1. AntiHero

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    Despite the less-than-spotless condition of the hotel, the Opera House blew my mind. For $5 you get a key, walk to the end of the motel, unlock a padlock and walk out of the desert into your own private world:

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    (As you can tell, I just love the theater, especially musicals.)
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  2. AntiHero

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    The History of the Amargosa Opera House (from Wiki):
    Marta Becket rented the recreation hall in 1967, then known as Corkhill Hall, began repairs, created the sets, painted murals on the adobe walls and renamed it the Amargosa Opera House.[4] In 1970, journalists from National Geographic discovered Becket doing a performance at the Amargosa Opera House without an audience. Their profile and another in Life led to an international interest in Becket and her theater. She began performing to visitors from around the world, including such notables as Ray Bradbury and Red Skelton.[5] In 1983, the Opera House bought 120 theater seats from the Boulder City Theater in Boulder City, Nevada to replace the worn garden chairs needing retirement.

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    Think about it--'crazy' lady in the 60s hoofs it to Death Valley and not only builds an Opera House in the middle of nowhere, she performs in front of a bunch of empty seats. Sounds like a recipe for failure and misery on the surface. But the opposite happens. Woman follows and achieves her dreams despite that just the opposite should have happened. I have seen no better example on this trip of how to plan and realize an ultimate achievement. Imagine the thousands of women just like her who dreamed of performing in their own theaters, of hearing the applause at the end of the night, of the lines of spectators waiting to meet the legend....and imagine all of those people who, not having the means, died never having succeeded. I can hear them saying on their deathbed, 'hey, not everyone can be Angelina Jolie'. The tragedy is that's true. And in the small bit of truth there we get stuck. The other truth that is only slightly less obvious? We can all be our own version.

    The genius of Marta and the Amargosa Opera House is she built the blueprint of her dream based on the tools and raw materials and skills she had available to her instead of living a regrettable life dreaming of what it could have been with perfect tools and materials. (An outstanding example of the proverbial frog without wings. Instead of pining away, dreaming of being a bird flying effortlessly, she flew as far as her legs would propel her--and jumped as often as she could.)

    Side note--I've always hated the expression "follow your dreams," for two reasons: 1) the phrase is overused enough to have lost all meaning and 2) I can't think of a more passive way of expressing an otherwise outstanding idea. Don't fucking follow your dreams as if it was some balloon floating gently in the breeze. When did following lead to any kind of achievement? Slow meandering does not turn internal desire or vision into an external reality.

    More goals would be realized if we thought of dreams as something requiring effort and risk and sacrifice, if instead of "follow your dreams" we declared: "Dreams are prey and should be hunted, stalked, decapitated and devoured. And when you've sucked the last bit of marrow from the bones, mount the head on a wall, enjoy it for a moment and begin planning your next hunt."

    And if you're reading this now, thinking of some seemingly unattainable objective--let's just use, "I wanted to be Bon Jovi" as an example. First of all, no one except Bon Jovi wants to be Bon Jovi (and even that is questionable). What was really wanted? Break it down. If it was the megalomaniacal feeling of being on a stage in front of screaming fans, start a band and play at the local pizza parlor. You might not make millions, but you'll have an audience. Plus free pizza, beer, and a MILF blowjob from time to time doesn't sound bad, right?

    I recently watched a film on Vimeo about an Isle of Man TT competitor who, after a pretty bad accident, can't race. Instead of pining away 'would-of-could-of-should-of' style, he's taken on a role of mentoring all the first time TT riders. Helping teach the future riders is not an insignificant way of participating in victory, right? And helping to save lives in the process can't feel bad, either. The point I'm belaboring (on purpose) is examine what SPECIFICALLY attracted you/attracts you to a particular goal. Identify that, then build a blueprint on how to achieve it using your current set of tools, materials and abilities.

    Is there any greater torment than to grow old without having fulfilled (or forgotten) the dreams of our youth? Attack your dreams now or be attacked by them later.

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  3. AntiHero

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    $60! Did I mention the sewer line broke the second day? Right outside my room, too. Nothing like the smell of raw sewage to keep the critters away.
  4. jachew

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    Spent a few days on my break reading your posts! Your images are stunning, and your words flow with your life and your journey. Best to you in 2013.
    Take care,
    JC

    BTW, what is the title of the Vinemo clip?
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    Bravo! :clap:clap

    And absolutely true.
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    AH, you've struck a nerve again. I am reminded by your story of the TT rider turned mentor of a similar tale. A young baseball player makes it to the big leagues when just 19. But his career doesn't go as he'd hoped. He gets traded from club to club and by the end of his career he's played a lot in the minors and only 132 games in the majors. Baseball over, he goes back to school and winds up graduating from law school a few years later. Before graduating he discussed his post law school plans with a professor, telling him that he had an offer to manage a minor league baseball team. The prof told him to forget it and grow up because now he was going to be a lawyer. But he decided he liked riding a bus with a minor league team better than he did practicing law, so that's what he did. He never won a world series as a player, but he won 3 as a manager. Tony LaRussa. Stalk those dreams!

    PS--IMHO those folks who race the TT, NW 200, etc are either the bravest or the craziest birds on this blue orb.
  8. AntiHero

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    Sorry to suck up so much time on your break. ;) But glad you've enjoyed thus far.

    Here's a link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g8J6s7qSUbY

    No subtitles for Guy Martin, though. ;)
  9. NitroRoo

    NitroRoo Been here awhile

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    That opera house is incredible! Wow what a quirky place! It's very interesting to me how few people in life think "outside" the box, and how those that do are often perceived as a little cooky. Very cool, loved the pics of Death Valley - definitely on my list of places to visit now!
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    Thank God it's not just me. I have watched the TT for years and in all that time I probably only got one word out of 20 in any Guy Martin interview. Interesting fella.
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    Happy New Year everyone!!!!

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    Lots more pics of Death Valley to come....

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    Great pics, as always. Are all of them taken with that tiny Sony RX100? Amazing little camera.
  13. Blader54

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    Happy New Year, AntiHero!!!

    And thanks again, so much, for taking us on your journey and your ride.
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    Did not knew Hugh Jackman was a rider to!
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    Happy New Year AntiHero!!
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    Thanks for the great ride report. Spent most of the new years eve reading and enjoying it. Great way to start the new year and to get my thoughts going on new places to ride to next (this) year. Gotta have a plan to dream about to get through a Canadian winter. Even one in Vancouver. :rofl
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    Interesting, the S100 is praised on Fred Miranda, but the S95 seems to still be liked a tad more.

    I have notifications for this thread setup so I get a weekly update. It's one of my favorite weekly 'routines' to sit down and read this thread with some fresh brewed coffee.

    Anyways, enjoying your pics and story, stay safe. -Steve
  18. AntiHero

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    These pics are compressed (by me to make uploading and viewing easy--and then again by photobucket, which really destroys a lot of the details.) With that said, the best photos from the Canon S100 are nearly as good as the Sony RX100. The difference? The Sony takes MORE photos that are better than the Canon ever did. The Canon colors were always off and required lots of correcting. I don't think I ever uploaded a picture here without making some changes.

    They both might be point-and-shoots, but the Canon is a point-and-shoot-and then go home and spend hours correcting them. I still make corrections here and there with the Sony, but overall it's spot-on and doesn't make those frustrating technical mistakes that the Canon did (mistakes that you only realize when you get home after it's too late).

    If I had my choice of a free S100 or a full-retail-price RX, I'd take the RX.
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  20. nicola_a

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    Stunning pics. As well as your book (which will have large philosophical elements) you should write the feature story (about the more practical elements and places to see) for a US motorcycling magazine. Almost every pic is worth of a front page or a centre spread.