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February 13th, 2003

OH NEED INPUT! @ 07:01 am

gravitysdream:
I'm currently feelin: content content
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Ride Your Wild Horses

Okay kids here's the deal.

Life has gotten me really down this year so far. Nothing makes me happy anymore (other than sitting around listening to the fab irish four of course heh). So anywhso getting to the point, im gonna go on a long hike up the Appalachian Trail to get away from the urban jungle i live in. So far the plan is to hike 80 miles to the top of Blood Mountain where the trail crosses into Tennessee. From there I'll make the decision to come back or press on for more.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I need input. I want everyone to think of suggestions as to what I should take to keep me company. Since I'll be pretty much all by myself for a month I'd like to make a short list of soemthign to read, a cd of songs (u2 of course) and whatever else. Sooooo seeing how I think everyone who is a member of this group to be highly intelligent, super sophisticated, and down right kick ass cool people, I'm asking for your suggestions.

Besides the neccessary essentials, what else should I pack along with me. This could be reading material, songs to put on ONE compact disc, you tell me.

*shrugs* call me crazy but I think this will be a good thing.
 
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From:tornadoali
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:08 am (UTC)
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Well if you're going to "get away from it all," why don't you just listen to the sounds of nature? Bring a journal and spend that time in introspection...?
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:31 am (UTC)
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You know I've been thinking about that. I am taking a journal. Since I keep a personal journal of my own I figured I'd get one of those small, overpriced book looking kind with a plyable cover you see at bookstores and such.

I can't imagine not listening to U2 for a month...what would I do?! lol
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From:tornadoali
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:44 am (UTC)

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You would come back and appreciate their music that much more! ;-)
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:55 am (UTC)
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ROFL

YOU'RE RIGHT!!!!

*scratches music cd from list*

Wow. What a concept! THANKS!!!!!!
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From:tornadoali
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:59 am (UTC)

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:-)

You will have to let us know how your trip goes!!

I'd love to hike the Trail, but I've never undertaken anything of that magnitude before..sounds like it will be a lot of fun though!
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From:chelsea_energy
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:29 am (UTC)

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deffinetly bring a journal. but i also think music and books help. it's a good idea to bring those along too.

make sure you have Grace and Stuck In A Moment. i think those are perfect for you right now. they always help me out of tough places.

also, have you read Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2? i thought it was awesome, and it really makes me think introspectively.
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:34 am (UTC)
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Hey hey

Yup the journal is definately on the list. Ya know I have Walk On sitting on my bookshelf, bought out of habbit (if it has anythign to do with U2 I just grab it and go) but I haven't looked at it yet. That might be a good idea. It's small no less.
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From:chelsea_energy
Date:February 13th, 2003 04:41 am (UTC)

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and a very good read. it seriously gives me goosebumps. maybe it's just me...
but it'll make ya look at yourself just as much as it makes you want to fix the world.
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From:rocknrollbirdie
Date:February 13th, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)
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I think it is a great idea to bring a journal, and a camera, even if it is just one of those cheap one use things. It wont take up too much space and you don't have to worry about it.

As for music.. I would bring one disc. Yes the sounds of nature will be lovely but a month is a long time, and sometimes music can enhance the scenery. Song suggestions.. A Sort Of Home Comeing, In God's Country, Where The Streets Have No Name, and Heartland.

When are you making the journey?
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 13th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC)
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I will be leaving on Feb 24th. I have tickets to go see Tori Amos on the 22nd in Birmingham and since the trail gets crowded mid march to end of April with thru-hikers and such, the 24th is a good start.

As for the music I haven't really decided yet. One person said I shouldn't take the music because I will appreciate it more when I get back. I laughed at that one because they're absolutly right! I can just imagine now coming home from a month without my ritualistic, once-a-day lsiten to WOWY (my favorite song in the world; Im obsessed: ask me how). I dunno we'll see on the music thing. Just playing around the other night my "off the top of my head" CD would be out of:

Wowy, ES, Heartland, Drowning Man, Acrobat, Beautiful Day, Walk On, SIAMYCGOO, Falling at Your Feet, IGWSHA, Lemon, WGRYWH, Ultra Violet, When I look at the world, TTTYAATW, TGBHF, RTSS, Peace on Earth, One, New York, All I want is You, The First Time, and last but not least Zoo Station.

A long list yes but if I was to have one CD of music for an entire month (not withstanding the batteries) I think it'd have to have most of those songs on it. The music of U2 have always made me reflect on my life, put in better moods, make me suddenly go from sad to happy, and have generally helped me through life. As I've said before the four greatest moments in my life thus far are the four U2 concerts I've been to.

Hell I might just take a small notebook of the lyrics and spend the whole month singing them to myself hehehe then when I get home they REALLY will have new meaning. The camera is a definate must. I've got this nice, compact, light weight advantix that will be perfect; also a disposable that's never been used. When I get done with film I am going to use film mailers to just send them hoem to my parents in augusta georgia.

EESH please don't call it a journey. Eighty miles seems like just a small adventure. A journey would be to walk the entire trail, 2,200 miles all the way to Maine. Since I have school to start on May 10th in Atlanta I think one month will be enough. Then again I could always hike for a month straight (10 miles a day....2 rest days....280 miles lol!) and take the bus back home. !

This is all very sudden for me. I'm going up to Kentucky on Monday to see some family I havent seen in four years. The whole trail thing is something I've been planning for years but now I think is the perfect time in my life to just do it!

Okay nuff babbling heh. Oh and the journal is an absolute must. I may even get it published! "Outside is America: What I found beyond the urban jungle" lol



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From:zooromancer
Date:February 13th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC)
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personally, i'd run, not walk, to my nearest electronics aisle and buy an inexpensive mp3 player (that plays cds) and then i'd burn a mp3 cd of several albums (about 200 songs). i've had a rioVolt for two years now and i wouldn't trade it for anything. i could never narrow down 80 miles to just fourteen songs. :)
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 13th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC)
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If I had the money: I would! The tech market is in a tremendous slump ergo I am out of job living off investments and savings. Tis why i figure a month in the quasi wilderness of north georgia not only saves money (utilities etc.), I can come back and appreciate nature a little more and curse technology and its addictive ways OR I might just come back and fall to my knees before my computer crying from overjoyment. LOL.

Go figure. An MP3 player would be idea but...a month is a long time and unless I happen to get some of those lithium batteries which might actually last me a few hours a day for the whole month, the cd-player might just become a nuisance.
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From:rocknrollbirdie
Date:February 13th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
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Ahhh.. a dream of mine that will never happen.. walking the entire trail. What a way of seeing the East Coast. Pretty much becoming one with nature.

I agree about u2's music (obviously or I would not be here) There is a song fo every mood, feeling, crisis.. whatever. Just so many songs that lift up your spirits and make you feel like you are worthy of this thing called life. I know you will have a need for music when you return if you go musicless, but just think what a song Heatland would mean to you if the memories it brings up are of you staring at the beauty of America.

Just my thoughts..
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:February 13th, 2003 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Please don't take this the wrong way, but you should definitly bring a Bible. (whether you're christian or not.) I'd suggest the uh uh.. uh.. a bible that has a green dust flap and gold life something. It's a great bible, it reads like a book. It's heavy and all but I think it's worth it.

:)
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 14th, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
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Oh I will. Im not terribly religous but I do have my bible. I've been waiting for someone to say that. :)
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:February 15th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)

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Well I'm glad you thought of it too!
From:gravitysdream
Date:February 15th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, My mother thinks I'm going on a religous excursion....trying to find God or what not but I don't think so. I just feel like getting away from everything that I know and that's comfortble and rediscovering myself. The bible will just be for educational purposes. I'm not looking for anything im particular in it. I'll also have the separate book of Psalms with the intro by Bono. Ironically it's my interest in U2 that has strengthen my faith.

best
jonathan
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From:u2biscuit
Date:February 13th, 2003 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Joshua Tree...DEFINITELY bring The Joshua Tree... or burn it on to a CD with, in this order, Tryin' to Throw your Arms Around the World ("How far ya gonna go/ before you lose your way back home?"), Stay ("and the night would be enough"), Gone ("Goodbye..no emotional goodnight"), The First Time ("I left by the back door, and I threw away the key"), The Wanderer, Walk On ("You've got to leave it behind") and Beautiful Day.

That's my $0.02. Have fun :)

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