Happy New Year World Travelers! Welcome to the 2020s! Decade of Vision.

I can’t believe we’re here already. What a fucking trip.

The 1990s don’t seem so long ago. Discovering the internet. Becoming an adult. We didn’t know just how great the 1990s were when we were in them – but they were. They were soooooooo good. But maybe that’s how it is when you are in your twenties – no matter when it is.

I remember all the Y2K madness of 2000 like it was yesterday. In the 2000s – I learned about relationships, went to University, moved to Hawaii, and started to travel the world. I remember all the chaos of terror attacks in 2001, the war in 2003, the financial crisis of 2007-8. None of that seems so long ago. The world was a totally different place. Pre universal smart phone, internet access, and social networks.

For me, the 2010s were the decade of becoming an adult. I got married in 2010. My daughter was born in 2011. We emigrated as a family from Morocco to the USA in 2013. I started and sold businesses. I taught my daughter to read, do math, ride a bike, and many other things. I moved my family to Hawaii. I feel like the 2010s were an ugly transition decade for humanity. I’m pretty sure we enslaved ourselves as a species to the technology we’ve created and the people who control it. We went from hope to despair in America.

I’m an optimist at heart, but a pessimist when I look at the reality. I think the 2020s offer us the last opportunity to choose a path for our species. We can keep doing what we’ve been doing or we can radically change things – it has to be a radical change. Baby steps won’t work.

I’m not going to write about all of that here. It’s not the place for it. I’ve created an archive site for all of my various rambling, writing, ideas, and mistakes – it’s a political site – so be warned – but it covers my time writing stuff on computers and the internet from 1996 to the present. That’s where I’ll keep all this stuff from now on. If you’re brave, foolhardy, or curious – here’s the link http://www.antichrist2020.com – I’m not proud of everything there, but it’s all there and it is what it is.

As for this site – well – who knows. I think blogging died in about 2013 – but I just keep going. I no longer make any money with this site. It was good while it lasted – but that’s not why I do it.

I’ve got a couple of trips planned in 2020 already. I’ll be going to Australia and visiting Sydney and Tasmania at the very least. I’ll probably also do a bit of island hopping here in Hawaii and at least one mainland jaunt. I’m seriously considering a visit to Cuba and if I can figure out how to get to India – it’s high time I do so. We’ll see how all of that goes. I’ll write about my travels and keep updating and refreshing my  past posts here on Vagobond.

Hard to believe this site has been going as long as it has. Thanks for sticking with me.

Happy New Year from Vagobond! 2019 is the YEAR OF CHANGE

VagobondAloha My Friends!

Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be an amazing year where the only constant is going to be change!  I have declared this theme both to prepare you for the unbridled pace of innovation and global change – as well as to prime the pump for all of us to make the most healthy and beneficial changes we can in this brand new year.

My Hat’s Off to You in 2019! I’ve freshly shaved my head for 2019 so the answer to the question that no one is asking “What does a vagobond keep under his hat?” Is now revealed – “Nothing!”

I am making a number of personal and professional changes this year. As a part of that, I will be making some changes to Vagobond too. I will be keeping my focus on my home island of Oahu and the State of Hawaii but will be easing my editorial schedule a bit. There will be new articles and blog posts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Fridays will continue to be ‘Flashback Friday‘ and Saturday will continue to be the Saturday Slideshow. Flashback Fridays will be looking back at my  past global travel adventures and Slideshow Saturday will be a mostly visual post focusing on pictures I have taken or will take in my travels. Friday and Saturday posts will be all over the globe. Monday and Wednesday posts will be focused closer to home.

Also, even though I have mixed feelings about social media – in 2019 I will be putting a renewed focus on Vagobond’s social media. I’ve neglected creating a decent YouTube channel for over a decade now and I’d like to correct that this year. My podcast Vagobond Podcast Adventures will continue with more of a travel focused theme. I will also try my hardest to give some energy to Facebook, Pinterest, and whatever the newest social media might be. My Instagram (@vagobond) and Twitter (@vagobond) accounts are way too far gone as personal accounts for me to be able to reign them into a tight niche – so you’re stuck on those with my art posts, political commentary, and whatever else I might want to throw up there. I will also be making some aesthetic changes to the way Vagobond.com looks – so don’t be surprised if the site looks different from time to time.

One more note about the year of change – this year, I am going to be taking all of my spare change and putting it in my daughter’s ‘share’ bank. When the bank is full, she and I will be deciding how to donate it or use it to help others. This is a bit of an experiment on my part because I want to see just how much a little change can actually add up to over the course of a year and whether it is enough to do some serious good. Welcome to the  YEAR OF CHANGE and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Sincerely and wishing you happiness and joy in 2019,

Christopher ‘Vago’ Damitio
Founder and Chief Balderdasher, Vagobond.com
1/1/19 5:00 a.m.
Honolulu, Hawaii

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