Ryan's Journal

"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" — David Mitchell

Sweet Home Alabama

Posted from Culver City, California at 11:20 pm, May 20th, 2007

More than likely at some point everyone struggles with the realization that they like where they are, but they miss where they’ve been. If given the chance to go back to any point in my past I don’t think I would want to take advantage, but at the same time I miss the college days of daily runs with the team and all-nighters with my friends in the dorm, or the high school days when we all leaned on each other so heavily for support that calling someone at 2 AM or dropping everything when someone needed a person to talk to was a weekly event. Or when I was a kid in New Hampshire and the block on Summer Street was the entire world, and my mom and dad were superheroes. There were also the times just after college when the work world was a brand new adventure, and the friends that started with me all had dreams of greatness that seem to have been mostly laid aside over time.

I miss all of those times – people and places have changed since then, and it’s sometimes painful reconnecting with someone from years ago only to realize that one or both of us is different. But at the same time, while working fifty hours a week in an office may not be life-changing, these days aren’t without their charm, and the road ahead seems like a good one. Ten years ago I would have never guessed at all of the amazing things I’ve gotten to do, and the incredible people I’d meet, and one can only wonder what the next ten might bring.

Skip and Ryan, Glacier Bay

My dad and I in Glacier Bay, Alaska, September 1999.

3 responses to “Sweet Home Alabama”

  1. Hi Ryan,

    I saw something on the news this week and I want you to take a look at it. Maybe you already know about it. It’s at http://www.wkyc.com/video/ and it’s #2 Water to Fuel. I think you will like it. Say “Hi” to Aaron for me when you see him.


    Aunt Ret

    1. looks neat – i was curious if he was getting more energy out than he put in and found this site, which has a few more details.

      in slightly related news, jb says they’ve now sold over 400 electric roadsters, and the waiting list extends well into 2008. a prototype of his next car is supposed to debut late this year at one of the auto shows, which should be cool to see.

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