Wander Weekly is a weekly post on what I’m consuming at the moment.
We’re hitting the dog days of summer, and I’m all about taking full advantage of these daylight hours while I still can. (Although I caught of whiff of fall in the air the other day, and I have to admit I’m excited.)
In between blasting “Perfect Places” in my car all week and getting excited for friends coming to town, this is what I’ve been enjoying.
Today is the day I admit the extent of my loserdom: I once went to a concert by myself.
It was a small-ish concert at the Black Cat in D.C., headlined by a band that I still love. (Magic Man haters not welcome.) The problem was that I didn’t know very many people in D.C. at the time, and of the people I knew, I was pretty sure none of them had heard of this band that I listened to all the time.
I’m just too hipster and obscure, obviously.
So I worried about it, and felt like a loser, and considered asking a roommate to go with me, and then I bought the damn ticket.
Because when I thought about it, why wouldn’t I want to go to a concert with the only person I knew who loved this band like I did – myself?
That’s super cheesy, but I enjoyed not having to worry about what other people thought of the music, or whether we could stay after to meet the band (which I did), or if the person I would have dragged along was having fun. I was there. I was having fun.
Rebecca Rusch is a BADASS, as showcased by this interview. Her story seems really interesting, and the way her long ride and resulting film intertwines a personal connection to the Vietnam war with outdoor adventure is incredible.
Mari Andrew is a writer and illustrator who was based in D.C. up until a few months ago. She draws simple and inspirational depictions of life that are super #relatable, and she has 509k Instagram followers. Sorry I’m not more obscure and underground with my recommendations, but she’s too good not to follow.
Mari had an event at a store in D.C. where I got the chance to meet her – here’s an awkward picture I made a stranger take of us! Adulthood, amirite??
Lighting The Fire:Wrong Turns
I am fascinated by ultrarunners. Jim Walmsley is no different (in fact, he’s the best.) From Outside Online:
“From 9MindAsylum,Lighting The Fire: Wrong Turns tells the story of Jim Walmsley’s eventful start in the sport of ultrarunning. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force and dealing with bouts of severe depression, Walmsley turned to running to get his life back on track. He moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and connected with a community of runners who helped him rebound and supported him after his infamous wrong turn at mile 93 of the 2016 Western States 100 race.”
Bonus Pro Tip:
Get a library card
Yes, I am a super nerd, but I cannot even tell you how much money I have saved and reading I have enjoyed thanks to libraries. I like to read. The library has free books. It just makes sense. Sure, my local library’s website is from circa 2003, but it does the trick of allowing me to request books from the comfort of my bed.