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As our departure date approaches, a little back-story is appropriate. About two months ago James and I found ourselves at a crossroads, in our personal lives and our relationship with each other. These are the things that have spured us into taking this trip now.

Our relationship had deteriorated to the point where we felt more like roommates then lovers; this was due to many reasons but primarily by allowing present actions to be guided by past hurt, anger, and worst of all fear. Doing this fostered an air of negativity and resentment which has no place in a loving relationship. We each know our roles in allowing this to become the norm in our relationship, and I think I can safely say we have kicked said mentalities arse. Where we chose to go from here is beautifully wide open.

The other force driving us to sell our house and get the hell outa dodge is the current state of American culture and society; sickeningly narcissistic, deluded, duped, our government routinely making a joke of democracy. Stuck in the Matrix, most Americans bump along content with their apathy so long as they feel safe. They like to think they are safe from physical harm, really they’re safe from ever waking up to the true reality that they have the capacity within them to become god and transcend this worldly bs to something much much better. People who do realize this have power, something those in ruling positions don’t care to share.

Crazy new-age left-wingest tirade over, James and I want to completely detach from this society and wash the sludge out of our brains that’s been put there by this joke of a society. That’s rather hard to do when confronted with it daily, so we’re removing ourselves from it. We hope to visit the small hamlets, ancient places of spiritual significance, and find ourselves along the way.

When we come home, the intent is to carve a niche for ourselves here, separate from but functioning in this society. To wrap ourselves up in the love of each other and the love of our friends and find away to live fulfilling lives that somehow make a difference in what comes next.

To this point, I’m calling this little blog and our trip Slade’s Elucidation.
e-lu-ci-dat: to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain; an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

~ Amanda

permalink written by  Slade's Elucidation on June 5, 2008 from Austin, United States
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This is an awesome idea, you will really gain a new perspective on life. Glad you two have the balls to do this, just pick up and go. Just remember this, where ever you are, you are there.

permalink written by  Quadrashocker on June 5, 2008

This is an incredibly beautiful, well written, and concise summary. I love both of you guys so much and can't wait to hear all the stories and continue our journey when y'all get back.

One must loose oneself to find oneself. You guys rock.

permalink written by  Wesley on June 5, 2008

I spent just shy of 10 years travelling the world with my band, I wouldn't think of denying anyone this opportunity. Take care of each other and try to keep us updated, although finding INTERWEBS in a small hamlet may prove difficult.

Just let them know you are from Texas and they will treat you differently than if you say America. EVERYONE loves Texas.


permalink written by  Sean on June 6, 2008

This sounds really exciting! I love that you guys "rebooted" the old life. I'm on a similar path. Everything is up for review and change, these days.

I look forward to checking in on your adventures. Have a blast!

permalink written by  Beverly Garland on June 6, 2008

Beautifully said! We are certainly going to miss you guys and we are so awesomely fortunate and grateful to have had you come into our lives. The beginning is the end is the beginning...

Love you both and we are looking forward to your safe and enlightened return! MEOW!

Much love,


permalink written by  Summer Buckmaster on June 14, 2008

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