Not Broke, Not Even Broken...
A blog about...a motorcycle trip from North America to the tip of South America, but about So much more....Life! If you are between age 45-whatever and you thought the financial chips would fall in a different, more lucrative way, then you just may find this enriching, refreshing and inspiring!
It is about how to define or redefine our sense of “purpose”, “happiness”. In our world, when things appear to be upside down, even twisted; there is a great “purpose” for each and every one of us. Our “purpose” and “happiness” is needed!
Fruitage from my late friend’s book, Keith’s Incredible Journey”. Who rode his bicycle in 1974 from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina…still so inspires me!
One of my favorite statements Keith wrote (and there are many) was this:
"I pray not to be foolish but at the same time not to fear a good challenge."
This to me really hit home, because this was my motto as I rode across that border at Tijuana, Mexico with echoes of my Mom and “friends” haunting words….”You are asking for it! This is nothing more than a suicide mission! You are crazy! That is Russian roulette between a motorcycle and the most dangerous countries in the world!”
I knew I was going with a child-like mission to bless others and with a thirst to learn of their culture. ONLY by being on a motorcycle or bicycle would I be able to open my up my soul and senses to these dear people and feel their grit of life! What a blessing to be mounted on this tool, that gave me a clearer perspective of “their culture”. I would not find that within the confines of four metal doors and a roof! I knew this from my 1972 coast to coast bicycle trip. That bicycle was the tool that enabled me to feel, to breath, to live the gracious humanity of our nation…mile after mile….county line to county line…state after state…ocean to ocean!
Who are the QUACKS and who are the DUCKS?
Referring to the latest drama with Duck Dynasty, who really got goosed? Humans are a funny group. We try so hard to be politically correct and Hollywood takes such pride that they are always right or leading the pack regarding human rights.
But it’s not at all about who is right and who is wrong or maybe it is about who is right or wrong? Yes, I totally know who is wrong!
Is it wrong to be against gays or to be gay?
Is it wrong to be a conservative fundamentalists?
Is wrong to be a liberal?
The other day I was at a farmers market and as I approached this one particular vegetable booth, this young woman asked me if I was a vegetarian. I said no I’m not, kind of wondering where she was going with her question. After about another two minutes into this one-way conversation, I felt like asking her if she was a fundamentalist vegetarian? It always amuses me when someone is new to or passionate about a cause, they feel as though they have to convince EVERYONE around them to change over to their ways. Is that insecurity on their part? In their mind, they are trying to SAVE US! Well that’s okay, it’s kind of entertaining to sit back and watch them wind up. If we were all the same, it would be one boring world.
I have some very dear friends who are fundamentalist Christians, but they believe it is their mission to convert those they come in contact with, as to their interpretation of The Bible. They have actually been trained or taught that is part of salvation…converting others and so on and on it goes…self-perpetuating the great Christianity propaganda machine. The wonderful thing about this couple is they are totally sincere….from the bottom of their hearts. So even though we don’t see eye to eye, I love their sincerity and I truly love them for who they are! They are actually some of my most sincere friends. SO we have a little agreement that they let me be out in my own pasture.
So lets visit this idea the Bible speaks to of being SAVED. Why now…let’s ruffle some feathers. I am convinced we can solve this thing…just kidding…just a little joke…relax! Another great friend of mine, who use to think like a fundamentalist, but has a different outlook now, poses these sets of questions and it goes something like this….So how many people have lived on this planet? Shall we just say billions? Out of those billions of souls who have lived on this planet, how many of those people thought like a modern day Christian Fundamentalist…maybe 1%? So are saying that only that 1% got saved and got to go to “heaven”? (And by the way, as my friend says, sitting around all day and playing instruments just doesn’t sound like a big time!) No! We are totally smarter than that. I am just going to have to believe it all works a little bit differently than that and quite frankly it is a waste of time living for the here after. I mean we have no clue about the here after and we can’t control the here after…even as much as our egos would like us to believe we can.
So let’s circle back around to The Duck Dynasty ordeal. It doesn’t really matter who is right or wrong. We are missing the whole point! Isn’t this REALLY about freedom of speech? If old Phil Robinson wants to hate on guys, because they won’t get into heaven, so be it! Let Phil have his beliefs! Don’t we live in a country where we have freedom of speech Hollywood? I don’t think Hollywood is being very liberal? I think they think they are being so open minded….their brains have fallen out.
Who is being controlling here and what is A&E being controlled by? I know the answer to that question! There are actually two answers.
1) Being politically correct
A&E is so tripping over them selves. If they want to be politically correct, then be neutral and support freedom of speech. But the big one is the MONEY. It all and always does, comes down to $$$. So A&E don’t try and come across as this liberated, politically correct Hollywood network that has its act together, because you totally stuck your beak where it shouldn’t be. If we truly believe in FREEDOM OF SPEECH, then believe in it and stick to it! America, we can’t always have our cake and eat it too! It’s not always easy to have freedom, but it beats the alternative…CONTROL!
You are so letting Hollywood be the tail, that’s wagging the dog. Or in this case maybe we should say, you are letting the quacks have the last duck call? That’ll ruffle some feathers……
THE JOB SEARCH TRIP
Craigslist.com, Careerbuilder.com, Linkedin.com, Monster.com
Yep these are all of the sites to find your JOB and plenty more.
I read these job descriptions that make me want to fall asleep.
I ask myself…
What do you want to do?
I want to design clothes.
I want to lead adventure motorcycle trips.
I want to write creative ads.
I want to brand businesses.
I want to take failing businesses and give them face-lifts.
I want to….blah, blah, blah
I want to create, make better; contribute uniqueness. Not the norm!
black & white
Okay so let me be perfectly realistic here. There is no way a corporation is going to want to take me over a 30ish year old with an MBA, where they can get a good 30 years out of him/her. Okay fare enough! Now I can be free to get that REAL job I have always wanted. How about fixing up a house and turning it or creating an adventure motorcycle touring business? All I know is that we are never left without the options we are suppose to have and be doing. Isn’t that nice to know!
The U.S. News is being critical of Obama and Bush taking selfies with other world leaders at Mandela’s Memorial service. First of all, what could better represent everything Mandela stood for! Second of all, how are we going to EVER begin to achieve world peace, if we can’t put down prejudices, old thoughts, and judgements? Obama was heavily criticized for shaking hands with Raul Castro. Bush was heavily criticized for shaking Bono’s hand. I say, I celebrate these acts of love; these acts of forgiveness! Let’s extend memorial service behavior to every single day behavior. And for all of you who are being critical about these acts of kindness, maybe think before you pick up that stone. Now get out your mat…it’s now nap time!
So this job I applied for was answering an ad that was written as if we were on our first date. So my answer is in that same spirit. This is a creative marketing company. They were very creative and playful, so I was in return. My goal was to be me and not let them forget my application…
Hi! My name is Donnie MacKenzie and I live right here in beautiful Santa Barbara. I’m probably not defined as a “bad ass”, but my son says I walk like a multimillionaire, so that is good enough for me!
My expertise? My expertise is being Donnie MacKenzie. When we love being who we are, we love sharing our happiness and joy with others and that IS what it’s ALL about!
I enriched my soul last winter by irresponsibly taking off on my adventure motorcycle and riding by myself all the way to Panama, Central America. People told me I was crazy, stupid, committing suicide, asking for trouble, being irresponsible, being wreckless, not wise! You know what I said? Do you have a passport? I did it! It was the most epic experience I have ever had! My blog tells it all and tells you everything and more
you would like to know about me, on our first date. borderblender.tumblr.com
I just hope this is not our last date!
Ohhh…I am suppose to tell you why I am a good fit for ZeeBlu. I just did! And if you don’t get me, than we must not be a good fit. But for me, I am definitely feeling the first KISS coming on!
Why will local businesses connect with me? Why wouldn’t they? I am a fun guy to hook up with and everybody wants to be around the party! And no one REALLY wants to go home without that KISS!
Why do I believe in digital marketing? Duh!!!
Call me! I think there is a connection here. I can feel it…yes…I can feel this!
P.S. Thank you ZeeBlu for allowing me to be so feisty in preparing for our first date! I didn’t realize foreplay could be this much fun with a company!
P.S.S. Can I call you for this date? I mean waiting around by the phone is a bit uncomfortable for me. I have never been asked out before. I have always done the asking!
The following is what the employees of ZeeBlu fill out. So I figured I might would fill this out just in case I got ZeeBlu pregnant.
1. What’s your life’s theme song?
“I left my heart in San Francisco” Tony Bennett
2. When I surf the internet you will find me on…
On the same page and paragraph as Richard Branson
3. Secret ambition
To get paid to travel the world on my adventure motorcycle and write about humanity
4. Why I joined ZeeBlu
Because they are GIVERS! Because they’re all CRAZY creative and so not normal…breath of fresh air!
5. Friends describe me as…
“Donnie lives his life like ART.”
6. What’s one thing you could never live without?
My children…my wife passed.
7. What’s the one thing no one knows about you?
In 5th grade I carved my girlfriend’s name on my hand.
8. Best trip or vacation
Riding my motorcycle solo to Panama, Central America
9. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I thought I was going to be just like Bob Barker
10. Who is your doppleganger (celebrity look-alike)?
As I’m sitting here on a Sunday afternoon watching NFL Football, I’m realizing that most all of the players wear gloves. So you’re thinking, “ya so what, what’s so interesting about that?” We’ll here’s what is so interesting about that…when I played high school football, we had a guy named Kevin McCarter who came out for the team. Kevin was the last guy I would have expected to suit up. Kevin was a very talented Mozart type of guy. He was a very pale ginger with a beautiful voice in choir, a talented composer and could make the ivories dance! But something none of us realized was, Kevin was a trend setter…he wore gloves! Nobody wore gloves back then! But something we “athletes” admired and quietly respected about Kevin he was/is true to himself. He didn’t care how he came across or what things looked like.
He didn’t wear the gloves to better catch the ball, but to better protect his piano hands. The ONE guy on that football team, who was least expected to be out there, turned out to be a TREND SETTER…before his time!
I salute Brandon Marchall, Chicago Bears receiver! This is the way Brandon characterized the latest Dolphin locker room controversy…
“Look at it from this standpoint,” Marshall said. “Take a little boy and a little girl. A little boy falls down and the first thing we say as parents is ‘Get up, shake it off. You’ll be OK. Don’t cry.’ A little girl falls down, what do we say? ‘It’s going to be OK.’ We validate their feelings. So right there from that moment, we’re teaching our men to mask their feelings, to not show their emotions. And it’s that times 100 with football players. You can’t show that your hurt, can’t show any pain. So for a guy to come into the locker room and he shows a little vulnerability, that’s a problem.
"That’s what I mean by the culture of the NFL. And that’s what we have to change. So what’s going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it’s time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the (longer) it goes untreated, the worse it gets.”
This is not the 50’s anymore where men bury their emotions. I played college football and can tell you the game is all about emotions. It’s physical, it’s hot and humid, it’s hard hitting, it takes one to their limits, not only physically, but emotionally too. Jonathan Martin might be 6’5” 312 lbs, started all four years at Stanford and was an All American…he is only 24. He is just a young guy getting out in the real world or maybe not the real world. The NFL is hardly the real world. When you are physically and mentally worn out from the day to day, two a day workouts and on top of that, you have a Richie Incognito hammering slurs at you, I can see where it would wear one down.
Disrespecting, demeaning or degrading a guy has ZERO room in our world. I don’t, nor do any of us know all of the details and we probably never will, but no matter, Richie Incognito crossed a few lines and needs to make a few adjustments…personal growth. I hope that both can get the assistance to heal and I hope we, as the public, will afford them the room to grow and open the doors for them to walk back into the NFL and play ball!
WHAT IS WORLD PEACE TO ME?
To me, the whole premise of why we don’t have world peace comes down to fear. A fear that there is a lack of good and then that is followed by greed. But wait, it’s not on a national or government level. It’s so easy for us to point our finger at different countries and say they shouldn’t be that way. We all do this! If were on the highway and someone cuts us off, we drive up next to them and give them a piece of our mind or finger. Instead of backing off, forgiving and letting it go.
So what is the answer? We all need to individually grow up, learn what REAL grace is and then eventually that will reflect on a national and world level. I don’t want to limit the potential for good, so I won’t venture to say how long this will take. All I know is it has to start with ME.
Below was a response to a friend in Portugal.
Yes, I think that if we are excelling and breaking barriers in life, we will always come up against prejudices, rules, old thought, wanting to hold us down. I think even more so in your part of the world, where thought is not as liberated, especially for women.
I have always tried to educate my children to just know that when they are breaking barriers…doing something new, innovative, wild, crazy, creative; things that haven’t been done before…you will ALWAYS face resistance, envy, jealousy, etc. But we need to be confident, willing to be unusual, different, unique and willing to stand alone. It’s lonely by yourself, but if we love ourselves, then we don’t mind our company, because we appreciate our passion and individuality. Because after all, we were made to express our individuality…So isn’t that our point!?!
The following was written by an 18 year old as he pedaled his ten-speed in 1974 from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Keith Jackson was a fellow classmate of mine. He tragically passed on a few years after this incredible journey. What a privilege to have known Keith. I really feel Keith’s writings need to be made into a movie so that all can enjoy and feel just 1% of what Keith endured and witnessed.
Almost 40 years later, my adventure motorcycle trip essentially follows Keith’s route from the U.S. through Mexico to Central America and to South America. Even though I am basically retracing by motorcycle Keith’s route, I feel like I am cheating a bit, because I have an engine between my legs, instead of a chain. As I read Keith’s book, I know these places and, almost 40 years later I feel his pain and delights. I also realize people have not changed…both good and bad. Keith was a gifted writer and to think these thoughts came out of an 18-19 year old, just shows what a gifted “old soul” I had the privilege of knowing…truly an honor! Excerpts of Keith’s writings are all throughout my book I am writing, “Not Broke, Not Even Broken”.
“I feel as though I must be one of the very few who experience the sensation of a dream unfolding into reality.”
“Each day I live I see a reason to live one hundred more. There is much to learn and much to see. How will I ever be content? My eyes are tireless to see the wonders about me, my mind always questioning.”
“Traveling about the United States and Canada, I thought I had seen the world. I now know that I have only begun……my feelings sound childish and simple. I do not claim my manhood. My mind is virgin to many things.”