Thursday, June 26, 2008

Are you OK?

Feeling worried? A bit overwhelmed?

Thinking about the impending end of western civilisation and all good things? Worried you're going to end your days in a gulag for your Christian beliefs? Worried that you won't have a pension and will end your days in a scene reminiscent of a particularly grim Philip K. Dick novel?

Thinking about the ozone layer (remember that?), the rising ocean levels, the mass extinction of cute furry animals?

Worried about the demographic collapse and the inevitability of civil war in Europe over who gets to keep Chartres Cathedral? Wondering if your children will live a long happy life in a free society with lots of cheap Spanish oranges to eat or if the Peak Oil crisis is going to plunge us into a global economic tailspin that will launch us all into a permanent state of third-world misery and perpetual want?

Well, take a look at this. It will cheer you up.

Matt Harding is a regular guy who made a video of his travels in Asia and got very very lucky after that.

Matt reminds me a little of me, especially the part about being a bad student, but except for the part about living with his girlfriend in Seattle. I don't live with Matt's girlfriend and I live in England.

Matt lives in Seattle, Washington with his girlfriend, Melissa, and dog, Sydney. He hasn't had a real job since Stride [the company that pays him to travel around and make videos] called him up. Matt doesn't mind working, but he doesn't much care for having to show up at the same place every day.

Matt is not rich. Matt also doesn't have some magical secret for traveling cheaply. He does it pretty much the same way everybody else does.

Matt thinks Americans need to travel abroad more.

Matt was a very poor student and never went to college. When he got older, he was pleased to discover that no one actually cares. Matt doesn't want to imply that college is bad or anything. He's just saying is all. There's other ways to fill your head

I love the internet. I truly do. I'd live in the Matrix in a second.

If I could get it implanted directly into my brain, I'd be happy to pay the price,

even if it meant my brain getting taken over by aliens.

As it normally does.

H/T to John Jalsevac,
who told me about it via Messenger
and who also loves the internet.


Anonymous said...

Really delightful. Thanks, Hilary, for linking to this.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, the European ones have no children. - Karen