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Believe In The Power of Daydreams

Believe In The Power of Daydreams

Then turn those daydreams into reality!

These days, our lives are filled with information. Maybe too much of it. Every second of the day we open up wide and words and images are shoveled in. This information tsunami fills up a lot of space set aside for daydreams.

What we do then, I suspect, is a massive amount of filtering. Every meme, article, news clip and sound bite goes down a giant conveyor belt inside your head where the sorting team goes through the whole lot, cataloging what will be thought about immediately, and what will get filed away to wake you up at 3 am on a Tuesday six months from now.

And the rest? Well, a large majority of it probably goes out through the ear-hole garbage chute. Space is the ultimate commodity in Brainville.

daydreams become reality if you work at it - the gemini giant

Go after what you really want

Don’t ask why? Ask why not?

Knowing that we’re on full-tilt information overload, it is interesting to see what ideas stick over time.

Which of the farfetched daydreams will come to fruition? What unconscious machinations will you employ to keep something simmering until it can reach full boil?

Time and memory are at work and often we don’t even know it. The answers reveal themselves at a later date.

One of the great things about keeping a blog is that you get to re-read what you were thinking in the past and perhaps pinpoint the spark that ultimately ignited. I love that.

daydreams come true - visiting the gemini giant muffler man

In 2015, I fulfilled a daydream when I visited the Gemini Giant muffler man in Wilmington, Illinois. I don’t have any superpowers or special ability. The only thing I ever do is recognize that the happiness I will feel is worth the effort.

Now, to some people, this particular daydream might be dumb. You rode your motorcycle more than 900 miles to see THAT? But each day we’re all on a personal journey that reaches far beyond what the 3-dimensional clings to. Shiny green fiberglass was much more than just shiny green fiberglass.

Keep dreaming, keep doing, keep adventuring. Your life depends on it.

What are you daydreaming about?

Lorain Lighthouse – Banana at East Beach

Lorain Lighthouse – Banana at East Beach

With my belly grumbling, I decided to stop for a spell at Lakeview Park along Lake Erie to eat my electric banana. I didn’t know anything about the park, I just happened to see that it had a waterview.

Though my morning ride was just little over a hundred miles since leaving Napoleon, Ohio where I’d spent the night, with everything I’d seen so far, it felt like I’d already been riding for a long time. The park was a perfect place to take a breather.

After parking myself on the steps I looked out to the infinite horizon, marveling at the size of the lake. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lighthouse bracing against the wind off to the east.

The Lorain Lighthouse – Lorain, Ohio

Road-Tripping: Greetings From Illinois

Road-Tripping: Greetings From Illinois

After finishing the Void Rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia instead of going straight home, I decided to use up some of my vacation time and take a little road trip. I left Virginia on Sunday morning heading southwest. I don’t really have much of a plan other than floating around trying to absorb parts of America that I don’t usually get to see. I’m writing this post from southern Illinois.

I'm a sucker for a Lovers Lane sign - Gordonsville, Virginia
I’m a sucker for a Lovers Lane sign – Gordonsville, Virginia

While riding along all day, I’ve got nothin’ to do but think. Hopefully some of that makes it to this here blog. Watching America roll by gives you lots to chew on. What a weird and wonderful place it is.

Guess I’d better get typing.

Road Tripping: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Road Tripping: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

A few weeks ago, my friend Rosie and I took a ride to Revzilla in Philadelphia. Though I hadn’t planned on buying anything, I accidentally came away with 2 new pairs of gloves. Oopsie!

Since we were in the neighborhood, I asked Rosie if she’d mind if we made a stop off at something that’s been on my Lifelong Pursuit of Fun list for a few years now – Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. She’s an awesome sport and a curious person too, so off we went.

They’re Magic!

The incredible mosaic space is the work of a single man, Isaiah Zagar:

…trying to make a total encyclopedic vision that has no parameters and no end. My work is marked by events and is a mirror of the mind that is building and falling apart, having a logic but close to chaos, refusing to stay still for the camera, and giving one a sense of heaven and hell simultaneously.

-Isaiah Zagar
PhillyMagicGardens.com

As we walked around the space, it became increasingly difficult to take it all in. There is so much going on that you cannot absorb everything.

Throughout the sprawl of glimmering tiles it felt like you were receiving secret messages. “Did i just read…”, “..does that say..”, “where was that word, I can’t find it now.” Perhaps that’s one of the most beautiful aspects of the space. You receive from it whatever it is you’re looking for.

I thought it was absolutely beautiful.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Photos

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Road Tripping: Pit Stop at the PEZ Visitors Center – Orange, CT

Road Tripping: Pit Stop at the PEZ Visitors Center – Orange, CT

Just across the Long Island Sound from where I live is the PEZ Visitors Center. Yes, PEZ as in the candy with the cool dispensers.

When I pulled in to the parking lot I was surprised to find a line of about 20 people waiting for the visitors center to open. Perhaps I was naive to the popularity of PEZ!

There is a $5 admission charge to enter the floor. But, you will receive $2 bucks back if you buy something in the gift shop. Frankly, buying something is hard to resist. I bought a pin for my hat, a My Melody dispenser (a throwback to my childhood) and some postcards.

Check out that John Quincy Adams, below. Pretty sure my life won’t be complete until I have one of those.

pez visitors center game card

With your admission, you are also given a game card. The object is to solve a word puzzle by finding hidden Presidential PEZ dispensers in the displays. Finishing the puzzle earns you a spin on a wheel to win a dispenser. I got a raccoon. Or maybe a wolf. I’m still not sure.

fuzzygalore pez dispensers

Though the production floor was closed for a few weeks when I stopped in, you could still peer inside the inner workings of the PEZ heart. But, the dispenser displays were most interesting to me. They really bring on feelings of nostalgia.

fuzzygalore occ pez motorcycle

Did you know that OCC built a PEZ Motorcycle?!

PEZ Visitors Center Photos

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