Cosmic Chronicles

semi-charmed escapades of a professional human

this is the life I chose...

previous episodes

  1. American, Eclipsed
    19 Aug, 2017
    American, Eclipsed
    Not much gets me down these days. I enjoy the most freedom I've ever had in life, trading all the required safety for it through my freelance career, transient lifestyle, and high tolerance for shenanigans...but every so often I get a grim reminder of the concrete limitations poured upon this wondrously limitless existence. The one that hit me the hardest in the past few years was--is--having to miss the best parts of the total solar eclipse set to span North America early next week. I'm not
  2. Operation Champagne Starcruiser (or, Just My Luck)
    23 May, 2017
    Operation Champagne Starcruiser (or, Just My Luck)
    I guess to understand why I’m willing to make ungodly gambles with the infrastructure and general course of my life, you have to understand my relationship with the Universe. For some reason, often only the worst case scenarios lead to the best possible outcomes for this freelance fighter...my last post covered the concept to an extent, but an equally decent “AJ’s life in a nutshell” story unfolded just this morning. You see, my “day job,” if you want to call it that, is writing online. (I’ll
  3. Freeman, Party of One
    07 Feb, 2017
    Freeman, Party of One
    I recently realized I’m probably going to die alone…and I’m actually okay with that. Well, as long as I get another 50 years or so. After all, dying isn’t what life is all about, living is…and with that in mind, I made the decision that I will compromise as little as possible during my time on this planet. I guess I’m writing this because a question I get about my grand global adventure on a fairly regular basis is some variety of “don’t you ever get lonely?” The short answer is “no"...but
  4. Writing and the Wall
    26 Jan, 2017
    Writing and the Wall
    It’s been about a week since the sky fell or whatever. I’ve thought about it for a while, and now I’m going to say pretty much everything I have to contribute on the matter. I once thought racism was pretty much limited to America's Deep South and toothless cousin couples who liked to dress up as pointy ghosts on the weekends. Now, this isn’t to say that everyone who contributed to this result automatically harbors some kind of deep-seated hatred toward any class of persons. Hell, that’s the
  5. Making of "The Freeman" Part I: A Stroll on the Malecon
    24 Dec, 2016
    Making of "The Freeman" Part I: A Stroll on the Malecon
    *this multi-part series will detail just how a person ends up owning an oil painting of himself, because that’s the type of shit that happens to me on a consistent basis.* -yes, this is the first thing I thought of too.- Yaknow, all I really wanted was a badass painting of Jimi Hendrix. This timeline began to unfold months ago when I was having a lovely seaside constitutional along the boardwalk that connects downtown Vallarta to the Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The standard
  6. UMTJ VI: Why Puerto Vallarta?
    24 Dec, 2016
    UMTJ VI: Why Puerto Vallarta?
    (the newest excerpt from my upcoming book examines just how the hell someone scientifically selects somewhere else on the planet to live.) Coast to Coast Considerations ...This isn’t to say that was the moment I decided that Puerto Vallarta, Mexico would be my new home. In fact, Mexico was one of the last places I considered departing to, in part because of widespread misconceptions about Mexican life perpetrated by American media and Taco Bell. However, that was the moment I decided that I
  7. Untitled Mexican Travel Journal Excerpt I: Freepatriating
    24 Dec, 2016
    Untitled Mexican Travel Journal Excerpt I: Freepatriating
    (The first of many excerpts from a book still writing itself) I never felt quite at home back at home. The eerily similar and uniformly gray cityscapes that saw the unfolding of my formative years never fulfilled me in any real way, and the inherent pride lifelong residents of large American cities like New York (and its analogues which distinguish themselves chiefly by their major landmarks and signature foods) feel based on their unintentional geographic designations never quite resonated

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