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49 Beds in Four Months

bed 39 - almost

A private room at a mansion-turned-hostel in Nelson

Since I left home four months ago I’ve slept on 49 different beds, couches and other horizontal surfaces. I never quite know what the conditions will be like next, and sometimes I have to contend with an unexpected absence of privacy, internet access, or some other ingredient that is crucial to timely blogging. I think I’ve mentioned this once or twice. Attitudes and moods, too, are constantly in flux, with the plot and cast of my little adventure here changing all the time.

I’m typing this post quietly on while sitting on bed #49 (a creaky bunk in a small hostel room.) A Japanese teenager is sleeping on the other bunk, and my internet connection keeps going in and out.

So that’s my way of saying that today’s post will just be a post (as in “to keep you posted”), not the article I was planning. Thursday’s article, which was to be today’s, is important to me and I wanted to give it due attention.

But I do have a few things worth mentioning in the mean time:

Experiment No. 5 is going about as well as expected. My effort to stop griping is slowly working, but I’m discovering a lot about myself, as well as the nature of negativity itself. This one is going to be interesting. My progress is being recorded in the progress log.

Thursday’s article will contain a shocking revelation (!) about myself. Or maybe it’s not so shocking. Be sure to tune in.

The deadline is extended for the The Book of Awesome contest! To recap, I’m going to be interviewing Neil Pasricha, the man behind 1000 Awesome Things, for his book release this April 15. All you have to do is send me an interesting, thoughtful, or otherwise awesome interview question, via the Contact page. If I pick your question Neil will send you an autographed copy of the book, made out to anyone you like. You don’t have to do anything else!

I’m loving the entries so far, but I would like a few more so I can stitch together a consistent tone throughout this Frankenstein of an interview. So the new deadline is March 8, that’s two more weeks. Full details are here.

Raptitude’s first birthday is coming up. March 15th was a bad day for Julius Caesar, but I’ll always remember that date as the day I launched this blog. Hard to believe it’s only been a year. Thanks so much for reading! And your emails and comments! I always love hearing from you.


Photo by David Cain

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) February 22, 2010 at 4:27 am

hmmm~ will Thursday be more about your hair me wonders…

thx for the extension. very little went to plan these past couple of weeks which has made my adventure rather exciting and exhausting~ I know I’m alive!

I have only read about the awesomeness of my bellybutton so far~

David February 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Hah. No it’s not about hair, that I promise. :)

Lisis February 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

Now I finally have a good reason to remember the Ides of March! :)

I’m looking forward to Thursday’s post, so I hope the internet cooperates with your plans.
.-= Lisis´s last blog ..4 Things You Need to Know About ALL Ideas =-.

David February 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Yeah the Ides of March has some dubious associations, but I will always think of it fondly.

The internet will co-operate, or I will destroy it!

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Tim February 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

I look forward to what your birthday post will be. I started reading in May or June of last year. Domo arigato David-san.

David February 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

You’re a veteran, Tim-san

Hulbert February 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Nice post David. That’s awesome that you’ve slept on 49 beds in 4 months. Thanks for keeping us updated with this. I also found that March 15 was funny because it’s one day after my one year anniversary of blogging. :)
.-= Hulbert´s last blog ..My Brother Got Pulled Over by the Police – Part I Interview =-.

David February 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hey great minds do think alike. I know a lot of bloggers who started putting together blogs in January and February… maybe it has something to do with winter and how it drags.

Brad February 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I started my blog Jan 23rd. I think it has something to do with new year’s resolutions.

I wonder what other crazy statistics you are tallying. Number of different cuisines? That’d be interesting.
.-= Brad´s last blog ..Impetuous Drivers =-.

David February 23, 2010 at 1:08 am

I think you may be right. It’s hard not to think about new projects in January.

I tallied the bed count last night. I remember each place I stayed. I think there were two different beds in BC, eleven in Thailand and thirty-six in New Zealand.

Different cuisines I’d have to think about because it’s not always so cut and dried. Thai, Irish, Turkish, Kiwi, English, Malaysian, Belgian, Mexican…

Lisa February 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

49 beds in 4 months? Sounds like my dream life, looking forward to Thursdays post :)

David February 23, 2010 at 1:11 am

It has been pretty dreamy, looking back. Some beds weren’t so great though. There was a tiny couch or two in there, some stinky backcountry huts, and that little shack in Thailand where I could hear termites eating the walls as I tried to sleep.

Cheryl Paris February 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

Hello David,

The title of the post “49 beds in 4 months” sounds like movie title similar to “how to lose a guy in 10 days”.
You were born the same date as 7th President of United States, Andrew Jackson.
Looking forward to the post on Thursday.

Bye for Now,
Cheryl Paris
.-= Cheryl Paris´s last blog ..To People Who Want To Get Stress Of Your Chest — But Can’t Get Started =-.

David February 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Hi Cheryl. I was keeping it a secret but I actually started this blog in honor of Andrew Jackson :)

BMI Calculator February 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I used to be able to sleep in almost any position on any surface but not anymore!
.-= BMI Calculator´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

David February 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Airline seats I still can’t manage.

Brenda (betaphi) February 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I keep running into cliffhangers. Must be a new blogging trend. Stay tuned, reader. OK, I will but I really don’t like cliffhangers. Yours sounds rather unintentional so I won’t hold it against you. Good luck with the ethers and nets. :)
.-= Brenda (betaphi)´s last blog ..Me Mom & Dad =-.

David February 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I don’t like cliffhangers either!

Nea | Self Improvement Saga March 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I’d totally love to be sleeping on a foreign bed right now. Ahhhhh travel. I’m hungry for it.
.-= Nea | Self Improvement Saga´s last blog ..Take a Deeper Look: A Lesson On Understanding and Love from Brother Bear =-.

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