Happiness is a really good story
I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1994 and very soon after I met my friend Chad. He’s a likable fellow and as such I immediately liked him. However, what Chad would come to be in relatively short order is one of the most interesting humans I’ve ever known. He’s a brilliant guy and the special part of his brilliance is that Chad doesn’t see things the way you or I do. He considers angles we often miss. It would not be unusual at all to roll into the brewpub in town and find Chad at the bar with some found object. Not some crappy little item but some map or piece of art or something else that should utterly not have been on the street. I always loved just talking with Chad, smart, positive and a generally happy fellow who is thoughtful and kind. Now, 3000 miles away I miss our chats.
One day at the bar Chad said, “I wonder how far it is to walk to the ocean from here.” It’s an interesting conversational topic and for most that’s all it would be, not for Chad. Shortly thereafter my friend Chad and his dog Sally was in fact going to walk to the ocean. I had not known the answer to his initial question beyond the fact that is was really, really far. The link below, shared with his permission is my friend Chad’s travelogue of that trip. It will take a few minutes to read, but it’s fantastic. The story is interesting, a little suspenseful, utterly insightful about our fellow humans and will restore a bit of your faith in humanity. Give it a read, and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane
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