I've been meaning to promote a new healthy obsession of mine, even if the relation to my broader work for Pelting Out seems tenuous. I'm a big fan of Atlas Obscura. If you're not familiar with what they do, you should poke around their catalog of over 10,000 places across the globe. The unique locales and stories they collect are right up my alley. In addition to the website, AO has plans for world domination. Or at least hopes of opening compelling "Societies" in various cities. Such as NYC...where they began. LA. Chicago. You get the idea. Thankfully, Seattle's also launched an Obscura Society. And I'm starting a new gig with them as a Field Agent, developing local events that will offer some unique insights into Seattle's quirky awesomeness. Stay tuned for details related to my first events in early 2017...a walking tour of Seattle musical influences in the '90s...a dichotomous tour of the Klondike Gold Rush influence on Pioneer Square and the site of the Alaska-Yukon Expedition originally meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that rush. The history I've found in putting these ideas together fascinates me. Odds are it might have the same effect upon you.
I've been somewhat remiss in posting here the last few weeks. Grand plans delayed not derailed...in part because of my AO thinking...along with the prep work needed to head out on my current trip. My current struggles with the in-flight WiFi over Wisconsin are just part of the journey to NYC. I've got equal parts research and running lined up. Running-wise, I'm doing the TCSNYC Marathon on Sunday. Research-wise, I'm also neck deep in plans for a few busy days of interviewing and exploring. Check back for some shared fruits of those labors. I promise.
Here's hoping your own gig also currently fills you with great promise.
Now that I'm up and running here, the time has come to kick the tires a bit. At the very least, I hope you are here to do the same. There's a lot of ground I want to cover. This will be a new blog that takes the energy I've contributed in the past and strips it down considerably. Connected to that simplification is my desire to get this site out there before I begin shopping around the book I'm writing. So look for faster content. More mobile contributions. Images. Less polish - if that's what I should call what I did in the past. More brevity. Yes, that is an oxymoron. Sue me.
To start, I spent a hearty hunk of my day in Brooklyn at the Navy Yard. The good folks at Turnstile Tours offer a few different ways of seeing the history that's out there. Today was a World War II-era tour that perfectly coincides with an obscure origin story angle I'm pursuing. I can't say enough good about what they do out there. Check back for some photos, too.