"Faith is the antithesis of proof." Update (9/23/12): I bet you didn't know I'm one of the most knowledgeable and versatile pizzamakers on the planet. Yeah, so I decided to start a pizza blog to share my knowledge with anyone who wants to know the secrets of making amazing pizza: http://ryanspizzablog.blogspot.com/. Update (6/24/11): On February 14, 2010, I started walking east from the Pacific Ocean at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. Over the next 211 days I walked about 3,463 miles, finally finishing the walk on September 12, 2010, when I dipped my feet in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. There will be a book about this walk. But first there will be a book (or two) about everything that led to this walk. (Disregard what it says in the next sentence. That's from two years ago.) Update (7/7/09): I'm not too worried about writing that book anymore, at least for the time being. Right now I'm just glad to have my health and my mind back after months of misery (http://aimlesscandida.blogspot.com). I'm gonna hit the road again in mid-July and probably stay on the road until about Christmas because nowadays the road tends to feel more like home than home. Each new expedition is so much different than the previous ones because the world always changes, I change with it, and then I learn from my experience while my brain recuperates in the months between treks. Last year I went a little crazy on the road, but now I think I know how to prevent it from happening again. I feel like I'm looking for something important this time--the rest of my life or perhaps the end of my life--and I don't necessarily have to try to film it or write about it. I'm lucky enough to be able to watch as it happens, and it's the best entertainment I've ever had the privilege to watch. I wish I could share it with everyone exactly how I experience it. Early 2009: I recently spent over a year traveling the United States--walking, hitchhiking, trainhopping--with a large backpack and no source of income. Taking a camcorder with me on the road, my original objective was to make a documentary called Aimless, based on a theme of "bum with a camera." However, as it was impossible to visually document everything that happened during my travels, I eventually realized my story could best be told in a book. So now I'm writing a book. As of February 19, 2009, I have written over 10,000 words of my book Aimless: The Adventures of an American Vagabond, yet I've barely started.February 25: 26,000 words.April 25: I've been stuck at 32,000 words for about 8 weeks, partly because I've been distracted by the possibility that big things may be happening with Aimless. I joined Protagonize mainly to have a place where I can post early drafts of passages from my book as I write it; where hopefully people who know nothing about me or my travels will provide brutally honest critiques of my stuff and help me turn pieces of my amazing story into an amazing book. Don't bother reading any "poetry" I've written here because it all sucks. If you're wondering, the sign in the profile pic says: PLEASE HELP AHUNGRY TRAVELERTHANK YOU This pic is from September 7, 2008, near the intersection of Franklin & Vine in Hollywood, California. (Note the Capitol Records building behind me.) It was my first time flying a sign for money, sorta. Thanks in advance to everyone who provides feedback.