We (Mike and Lauren) are happy to announce that we have a new team member who will join us for the 2010 Mongol Rally! We asked Bill to write up a little announcement and some information about himself for our site. We have also posted some information about him on our Mongol Rally Sponsorship page.
Bill (Verbatim from Email):
I am from the deep South; Huntsville, AL to be exact. Up until the age of 23, I never really left the country (the border towns in Canada and Mexico not really counting). But then with my job as a mechanical engineer with a pulp and paper equipment design company, I started leaving the country and visiting far off locations, a lot of the time, on my own. This is when the travel bug really bit hard. I had always liked the idea of going new places; I went 1000miles away from home for college at RIT in Rochester, NY.And I was always going on road trips and traveling around with my buddies in high school. But I never knew how much fun experiencing other cultures in other countries could be. Also, the challenge and adventure of figuring out a new place and exploring…sans guidebook…is exciting. It’s almost like being a secret agent. Especially when I get phone calls in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning asking me to run out to China or Brazil or Russia, or any other number of countries on just a few hours notice. Which is what my job entails now. Now I’m a a mechanical engineering consultant that specializes in supervising the erection, commissioning, and startup of mill equipment.
So all I do now is travel for work, and luckily my wife Jacqui works through the internet so she travels with me the majority of the time. The only problem is that for work, I end up going to a lot of the same places over and over again and only get to see a new place occasionally, so I need vacations like this where everything is different and there is constant movement. As my wife says, I don’t relax well…
I try to live life by the mantra “Nobody says you have to order an entree in the restaurant of life, you’ll only be here once! Order the sampler, try as many as you can before you’re full; odds are one of the items on this menu does more for you than you ever thought. And if I’m wrong, tell the waiter that his menu sucks, throw the cook aside and invent your own masterpiece. Just pour ’em all in, all your favorite ingredients. With enough imagination, any combination will work — there are no recipes for the paths still awaiting discovery.”
We are very happy to have him on our team. Thanks Bill and welcome to Abandon the Cube and the 2010 Mongol Rally. See you in London!