Humanity

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Sean, 1977-

“It is not just the kindness of the dollar, but the kindness of her noticing.”

I see kind moments all the time. That’s one of the beauties in living the way I do, you’re living off of humanity. Just fifteen minutes ago, before you walked up, I was sitting here, scraping a bowl, and this lady comes walking up and says, ‘I’ve seen you around, I love how you treat your dog’, and she handed me a dollar. It is not just the kindness of the dollar, but the kindness of her noticing.

There are also unkind moments. People yell at you, ‘Get a Job!’ People are not always too polite to the homeless. But the thing is, when you come to live the life that I’m living, you realize that even if people want to say something unkind like that, they often don’t, so you see more kindness.

There are more ‘God bless’ or ‘Good luck’. If people aren’t actually giving you something physically, they are giving you some type of encouragement. A word of mouth, or a hug. I can’t say that there is more kindness, but when people are kind it is more noticeable, it shines brighter, that’s for sure.

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A Grateful Dead Traveler

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Sean, 1977-

“I don’t understand going to work every day and working for somebody else, working for a paycheck. Then that is what your life becomes, that’s why your heart is beating. So many people are unhappy because of it, because that’s not what they really want. ”

I have been traveling for the past 21 years. One of my best childhood memories is traveling with my family. We didn’t have much money, but my father saved up for a trip every year. One year, he wanted to do a whole lap around the United States, a month long vacation. I must have been 12 or 13 years old, maybe a little younger; it had a huge influence on me. I still remember going down to Florida, in a little Chevrolet. A tiny, tiny car, and there were the five of us, crammed in like sardines, forcing us to get along. I loved seeing how different America is, seeing how different each state is, the cultures around the country. The U.S. is really a melted mixed pot of so much, and everywhere you go is different. Even just crossing a little border from Vermont to NY State.

After I started traveling by myself, I saw Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and discovered a whole other culture that is outside the box. They are a band from the 60’s, psychedelic rock, the original jam band, with lots of folk influences. But it is a whole subculture beyond the music, bringing us all together. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, or a homeless guy, he smiles. Since Jerry’s passing, it is no longer the Grateful Dead, but sub-bands that broke off. Right now, Dead and Company are touring back east. They start in Tennessee, where I am heading next. That’s what I love most, being inside a concert, inside live music that I enjoy.

When there are no concerts, I’m traveling anywhere. I don’t stay much longer than a month or so. Because of this lifestyle, I can’t have a place. I won’t pay rent here, when I want to be there. I never had a job in my life. I’m a glass blower artist, I work for myself, I guess. I spin glass, I blow glass, I make functional glass, as well as artistic pieces. I don’t understand going to work every day and working for somebody else, working for a paycheck. Then that is what your life becomes, that’s why your heart is beating. So many people are unhappy because of it, because that’s not what they really want. I see that and I don’t understand it, that’s why I’m off and about doing my thing.

I’m 38 and feel I’ve already achieved everything that I wanted. I am a rambling man, I gotta’ keep moving. If I had to give a title to my life story it would be The Wondering Ways of a Wandering Man.



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Family Ties

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Sean, 1977-

“I am also still close to my siblings, though we don’t talk as much as we probably should, but it’s not that we don’t love each other.”

My father passed away, unfortunately. My biggest regret is not spending more time with him, without a doubt. He always inspired me. I’m very close to my mom, and she inspires me as well. She’s a pastor in upstate NY. I am also still close to my siblings, though we don’t talk as much as we probably should, but it’s not that we don’t love each other. My sister is getting to be ordained as a minister as well, she has four kids. So she has her hands full. And my brother got recently married and is doing great now. He does carpentry, he’s got the wife now, a family man. He’s always strived for and finally got it. I know both of them are happy.

I also have my dog, the most important thing I have with me. His name is Papadog, he’s 14 years old. He was born late June or early July, so we consider July 4th his birthday. He’s going to be 15 in less than a month.


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A Better Person

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Sean, 1977-

“I found ways to be out here and have a good life without stealing or cheating.”

What I am most proud in myself? Wow. . . I guess changing and trying to be a good person.

When I was young, I wasn’t very nice, I don’t think. I was young and foolish. I stole, didn’t treat my parents well at all, and wasn’t always the kindest person to others in school. I stuck up for the little guy, but I was also a bully. Those are things I don’t like about myself then.

But I changed. I found ways to be out here and have a good life without stealing or cheating. I’m proud for not being a thief or a liar. Be a better person, even if you are already a good person. Do better.

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The 100-Year-Old Man

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Sean, 1977-

“Eventually, his past meets to his present, basically at the end.”

I haven’t read many books in my life. I am not keen on reading, especially after my motorcycle accident, but when I was in solitary in jail, detoxing, I came across The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared .

A large novel, but it took me only two or three days to finish it. It’s about a guy, on his hundredth birthday, a Forrest Gump type of story. He climbs out his window and walks away. There is adventure, but he also goes back to his life when he was younger. He goes into a lot of history, met all kinds of famous people, being influenced by all kinds of different wars. Then his past meets to his present, basically at the end. That was an intriguing book.

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