Well it makes you feel good

Tony Robbins will go on about the 8 million people who he has conversed with in a rhythm beyond motivation. The why. What’s your why? There’s endless facets to what drives a person toward achievement and understanding of self-worth. Together with the right people some interesting things are going to happen. Instead of this vague philosophy of what is right and true, why not move forward with some drive into an adventure of the heart?

The life experience has no howto guide beyond an individual’s experience and unique point of view.

PleasedToMeetYouHopeYouGuessedMyNameFigure out the controls and see those who are there with you and harness the collective energy to make this whole game worth while. There’s no reason to go all four quarters at a jogging pace and even less of a reason to sprint alone.

The greatest feeling at the top of a mountain can only be shared with someone who was there at that moment. Why not go up together so that we can infinitely believe in what we’re capable of?

Moonlight in the Rockies 8/1/12

Low whitewater flows through the Colorado River and the Yampa is but a trickle of what it was last year (100 cfs from 9000). Well to do excitable vacationers bring their children up mountains, down river runs, and even to the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The next day request, or reservations of rafting trips, included specifications for twenty people, including four with XXXXL life-vests and two more with XXXL vests. The seasonal river guides were not sure if they had vests that big for the 300+ pound vacationers. The boats were nearly 20 years old and had made it through the most rugged of river levels. Spirits remain high regardless of the time of day, however several ‘greatest generation’ers stiffed our host after a five hour river guide experience. He is part of that gang of twenty and thirty-somethings who make up the seasonal workforce.

Some stay permanently in whatever occupation is available, even attaining the status rewarding them with ski passes for the winter, which run around $1,000 a season. Then there’s the river. An average run costs over $100 and most of the guides are simply people who made an impression during a week long $400 training run. In any given ski town or other Rocky Mountain town, hundreds of river guides wait for employment and make do with whatever pays enough to keep them going in paradise. Fishing guides, and dozens of other service workers keep the town going, at least until 10:00pm.

The common challenge is to continue the experience of the mountains. Wilderness surrounds Steamboat and wealthy doctors, lawyers, and business executives construct houses into the heights of town. The billionaires have not pushed out the millionaires yet. Locals carry pride in their community and have not accepted the newly built Walmart and CVS Pharmacy. Off the beaten path bookstore is a quaint little shop and now sells Wild Harmony.

Filled with an overjoyed sense of humor, seasonals share drinks among tourists who sip down their hurricane mixed drinks and talk loudly of their fishing expedition. The town is busier than ever and the male population is exuberant over the fresh supply of adventurous women, while locals feel some relief. Rent is not cheap and some take the further step of living up in the mountains in the wilderness to save some money. Steamboat is also home, at least in the training sense, to many Olympians who are now in London competing for the gold. Those with means have been buying up property for years, including the old ski lift which runs up the original mountain to a chateau which is now owned by some Italian. Up in the mountains away from all residential areas is one of the most amazing hot springs in the world, Strawberry, and in those heated waters, people of all ages swim around in the moonlit night.

Wild Harmony in Steamboat Springs Birthday from James Coyne on Vimeo.

revitalization

DSCF1759The big rocks out there sit unmoved by the elements because nobody has figured out a way to move them or cared to try. Most paths are obstructed by one thing or another. When shooting across the highways of the world, it’s rare to come across a stop sign. Rareness implies occurrence though and means more for hope than almost any other word. For why give up on anything if there’s a chance that it might happen?

An experienced traveler and friend of the big names of the late Sixties quotes Dylan, “he said what many of us had on our minds, that “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose…You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal…How does it feel…How does it feel…To be on your own…With no direction home…Like a complete unknown…Like a rolling stone?”

His learned years included decades that most of us will never experience. Isn’t it always neat to accept another person’s point of view? Another sage of the road said, “you’re better off going on a walk, finding some rock to sit on, and thinking for yourself what the best course of action is.” He knew from his years of the many opinions out there and seeking in others assistance to make decisions may or may not be useful. Support can only go so far. The ultimate decider, as our previous Commander-in-chief termed, has a tough task of figuring out what to do. Teamwork helps. People to people interaction is necessary, but not always available.

Sometimes those big rocks will never be moved and were never meant to disappear from where they sit. Still there’s a chance, especially if enough people work together. When alone, the only path forward is to go around what’s in front of you. It may not be appealing. It might sound a little like giving up, but it’s moving…

Why is integrity rare?

We learn to love only though personal interaction. That means face to face conversation and consistent trust in each other. This writer wrote something the other day that really freaked people out. Some found the piece to be honest and unmerciful. Others interpreted the words to be a “call out for help.” After re-reading the piece, this writer agrees that it was not well written. It was confusing, trite, and did more harm than good. Was it the wrong thing to write? No.

CoverWriting is about being right and true. If the writer believes what they are doing at the moment a thought goes from their head to the paper or the keyboard or whatever else records the words, then it does not matter how it is read. Writing is for the writer. Reading is for the reader. There will always be misinterpretations, which is why so many writers go mad. This one will not because it is no longer original to go mad.

Keep in mind, that this form of writing is not where the best works are. Anything published online is suspect to weak writing. Science has proven that online interaction is counterproductive to true relationships. If we really care about the facts and hope for a better tomorrow than today, then the only option is to get off of these computers and smart phones. They are destroying lives and we are not recognizing this aspect of a tool that was conned to us as a communication enhancement, but in reality is taking us away from each other. We come through evolution. We live through experience. We are not meant to be in constant contact with each other. But if we do care to figure out what is going on in another human’s mind, then go physically see them.

“They really lived”

Disclaimer: after receiving initial feedback from this post, the writer must emphasize that the takeaway is to live a purpose driven life. This writer does not like to write about writing. There’s nothing to it really and the technical minded individuals see too many flaws, over-think, and criticize. This writer needs an editor. All in all, things are okay.

One year down, this writer is no longer going to wait for life. Conservatism has a particular strength in terms of limiting risk. Family and friends enjoy hearing about how little is going on because it does not challenge their preconceived notions. Is that really true? I hope not. Friends have been in short supply in Cleveland. One politician said to me that he is “friends” with many people, even those he has not met. My friends are people who I can share a genuine conversation with and hopefully bring out the best in each other. I do not believe social media acquaintanceship has anything to do with friendship. It is recipe for disaster.

AmanI lost two good friends this year. One was a high school friend who first introduced me to the public school crowd and assured my confidence to be myself. He was one of the first people to be honest with me about everything. Whether it be relationships or my book, he told me what I needed to hear, which was often painful. I do not worry about forgetting about him because his spirit lives on through so much that we built. He told me that I need to write about what is relevant to the reader. There’ll be time for that. I still have a long road ahead and the greatest mountains are still years away.

moneymanI affectionately called the other friend my “money man.” He constantly would get on my case about not caring about making money. If anyone is curious, Wild Harmony was a financial failure, as was college, graduate school, the websites, and all of my travels. I had given up on it all until I became reacquainted with these friends from after the New Year. “Money man” returned from Latin America and shared his dream of relocating to his family’s land and leaving this over-the-top capitalistic system we call America. He inspired me to press on regardless of shortcomings, but still insisted that perception is everything.

These two men were full of contradictions, as are we all. They both died in their twenty-fourth year unexpectedly and have caused a tremendous shock to all who knew them. I do not know how to express myself in public about my feelings on this matter. They were both too similar and my proximity to them at the time of their sudden departures is worrisome. We were not in hostile land. We were home. When a soldier or police-officer is killed in the line of duty, there’s an apprehension that is unique to those professions and has often been referred to as honor. My friends did not die with honor. I knew them as honorable men. The myths help.

I know what I must do next and it does not concern holding on to the past. There is not negativity in this decision. Most of the people I know of in Ohio, both family and friends, are amazing people. They have allowed me the privilege to grow up in a comfortable setting. They provided me the love that inspired me to embrace relationships. I leave Ohio for opportunity and continued growth. There’s too much muddled politics in this state and not enough people are ready for the two start-up networks that JAC Communications has been part of. Not many care to meet in person anymore unless it is ceremonial. And for those that I have come across, there seems to be a significant clique quality to their interactions.

We had a fundraiser for one of the deceased on Friday. Even with incentives and extensive promotion, it was not well attended by the greater networks that co-sponsored the thing. Those who were meant to be there were there. The gathering went late into the night and included a bachelorette party that made me lose all hope of finding a soul mate in Cleveland. The fundraiser was a financial failure, but again, I do not care to dwell on that aspect because so many people had an amazing night. My friend would have approved and his spirit was there keeping the party going well into the early hours of the morning.

I have no regrets about these financial failures. Those who expect and drive toward immediate financial success often become disappointed when the increased income does not lead to increased happiness. Everyone is different and there are no consistent rules in this game of life. Balance is the word repeated in the advice part of this experience. We all need some money to get by, but not that much. We all need a safe place to rest, but not a large spectacle of a house with unoccupied rooms. Our individual definitions of success differ wildly and is a cause of misunderstandings that often leads to disappointment.

I feel successful. That is all that matters. I am happy when I move toward my dreams. I cannot share most of what I am doing for a lot of reasons. Talk to me in person and maybe I’ll give you the low down or read the next book. This internet writing is a nice little outlet for sharing my thoughts, but I have found it to mostly be infantile. On another note, if you were one of the few readers who made it to the bottom of this drivel, all of my websites have been compromised by some hacker who is hell bent on wasting my time. So, thanks for taking a time and get in touch if you want to share an idea or two.

You Don’t Know JaC LLC

You Don't Know JaC
You Don’t Know JaC, LLC

You will soon enough. In the coming weeks, JAC Communications will incorporate under the name “You Don’t Know JaC LLC” and launch a series of events in Cleveland, Washington, and New York. The first goal of this new effort will be to thread together this site, Open Door Rapport, Paper Campfire, and Wild Harmony. From there, we’ll be able to move forward with the 2013 networking plan and assist in the further development of volunteer adventurism, community service, and the 2014 triathlon from the southernmost part of Argentina to the northernmost part of Brazil.

The secondary goal is to execute on the mission statement: to assist you with the right people, places, and things. Whether it be a year-long campaign or a one day revision of your online presence, JAC Communications is dedicated to the enhancement of our interconnected communities. Network development today is available in many forms, but is also inundated with the digital overload of social media. In order to maximize efficiency and not waste your time, JAC Communications will tailor fit a public relations strategy to your specific needs.

JimACoyne.com is the personal blog of the proprietor of “You Don’t Know JaC” and documents events in Yellowstone National Park, which became the foundation for Wild Harmony.

Open Door Rapport is the host site for the “That’s What I Believe” podcast and development grounds for collaborative writing and promotion with the 2012 Wild Harmony Book Tour.

Paper Campfire, or the Campfire, is an online community magazine still under development.

JAC Communications is a full service group dedicated to enhancing your network through resume assistance, mentor matchmaking, website management, civic journalism, and public relations. Stay tuned for updates and visit some of the sites mentioned above.

PaperCampfire.com

OpenDoorRapport.com

Izilwane.org (future podcast networking partner)

Grassroots Volunteering (future podcast and networking partner)

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Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego

The Great Island of the Land of Fire is the southernmost point of the Americas. Punta Arenas is the nearest city, however it is in Chile and the 2014 cycling expedition will begin in Argentina. Isla Grande is split between the two countries and derives its name from the early explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who believed the Amerindians had lit fires in preparation for ambush of his armada. Charles Darwin visited next and took a few of the natives back to England. Cervecería Fueguina brew three types of beer that they affectionately named Beagle after Darwin’s ship.

2014 “untitled american dream” documentary project

The closing of another year opens up ideas for the people who will travel from Ohio to South America on the road circulating Paper Campfire and documenting those who plan to cycle from Argentina to Canada. The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be in the mix as well, or not. Before 2013 comes, this project hopes to have a crew outline and further information, which will be featured at the digital Paper Campfire site. Email WildHarmonyBook@gmail.com for more details. “This is a time for American heroes and we reach for the stars.” Time to show what the new generation is capable of and retake our image as the one’s who will do whatever it takes to keep the world running a little while longer so we can enjoy this wonderful life. Visit event link.

Middle America

You’ve heard it time and time again in political rhetoric about the foundation of American strength: the middle class. Both presidential campaigns believe that this group makes up to $200,000 or $250,000 a year, which is outrageous when you look at the break down of incomes across the board. In fact, there are just over five million households in America (out of 114 million) that generate an income over $200,000 a year, and that includes those making millions. Middle income is a little closer to the median of the country, which is somewhere around $50,000, with a vast majority of households plus/minus $20,000. Instead going on about the exact numbers (if you’re curious, look HERE – worksheet from the census website), let’s think about why we’re so obsessed with this notion of the middle class.

Every American can be what they want to be, right? Sure there’s enough opportunity out there for all the hard working individuals to achieve some measure of success. The perception is skewed beyond a healthy level. Believing in a better day to come is a wonderful attitude. But generalizing what it means to “make it in America” as some arbitrary financial summit probably will stunt the real growth we should be striving for. Most political points are dead-end philosophies and those who are so worried about the economy must ask how, during these awful times, is it that Americans are spending $370,000,000 on costumes for their pets?

Misplaced anger, that’s the term we must really think about once this election is over. People are screaming and crying about how one candidate will surely lead us toward an end of days. Instead of arguing over which policy makes more sense, the conversation has been reduced to mere childish remarks about how the math doesn’t add up or how government doesn’t create jobs. Federal, state, and local government employ 20,000,000 Americans and indirectly are responsible for the remaining jobs in the country. Stability, a road network for all those commercial trucks, National Parks, incentives, rebates, write-offs, human rights, libraries, bridges, and countless unseen amenities are provided without interruption. These things are not guaranteed for all time. They will require leaders who possess the ability to be consistent and a willingness to be unpopular.

Another term that encompasses a lot of this frustrating discourse is radical individualism. The game of life is not fair. Just because someone loses does not mean they have not worked hard enough. People get hurt. Droughts and floods are a reality. It only takes a handful of instances to disrupt an entire community. Crime, sickness, and frustration exist and persist because we’ve had to learn to do more with less. An entire generation grew up in a comfortable, yet volatile time. This has caused bipolar exasperation for someone to take care of business despite how much harm it causes someone else. But when they see the hurt on their end, it just boomerangs back even harder until people become so heartless that they are willing to kill for land.

So back to the middle class, to middle America. There’s no such thing, at least when it comes to income. Now, when it comes to a group of people that want to ensure a quality of life for each other, then that’s something else. It is far more interesting anyway to hear of plans that are inclusive, but for the right reasons. People easily grow out of touch with what they do not see every day. It is simply true and is not any indication of, or lack there of intelligence. Millionaire politicians cannot pretend to know how someone lives just by meeting them once, or even by meeting hundreds of them two or three times. Leading requires humility and the ability to listen. Many of them figure that if they build up a staff who can remember enough and organize efficient campaigns that they’ll win just by learning the cliff notes. The elections of today are designed to pull quick ones over the majority of people by convincing they that they have their interests at heart.

We are going through a transition. The news media is weak due to their inability to come to grip with the internet. Journalists used to create the standard and today they fact-check. Most of it, beyond any other time in recent memory, is skewed by personalities desperate to become commentary celebrities. Take this into account and believe that better days will come, but we’ll have to work for them. And it will take more than one or two four year terms.