Its a miracle, but I am alive and well in my final stop on a 12 city tour of the Southeast United States.
The material accumulated for my next book is pure gold, and the themes are set firmly in my mind.
Writing this beast is going to be a thrilling challenge.
Here are just a fraction of the highlights:
South Florida: A lot of my Italian family migrated down here from New York, and if you think my stories are wild, you haven’t heard anything yet. Each time I’m out with my Uncles and cousins, we are doubled over in laughter sharing tales of madness.
Storytelling is a major part of my family culture and why I choose to teach/write in that context–stories are a real part of how I grew up and communicate with loved ones.
One of my Uncles took me out to a swamp in the Everglades and we fed wild alligators raw chicken. Totally against the law, but the gators loved it. Have you ever seen an alligator who looked so happy?
St. Petersburg: Even though I lost my phone after a wild night in the Ybor City part of town (which involved drugs, strippers, and street musicians), I had a ton of fun and met some cool people. Its an interesting little city with a thriving art scene and some hidden gems.
Orlando: After imbibing too much on the Fourth of July, I lost my fake tooth and lost a day of travel in order to get another one made. But I did get to party with Anthony Johnson who is putting together the 21 Convention in September, and I stayed with the very helpful C, author of The Man from Brooklyn. We went out on a very normal date that ended up being very fun–I haven’t been on a normal date in a very, very long time.
Gainesville: A weird town in the middle of Florida that has a surprisingly great nightlife, even for a weekday. Met some cool guys at a mini-meetup, and ended up taking a gorgeous little 18 year old girl back to my hotel–you’ll have to read the book to get the hilarious details on that interaction.
Atlanta: Had a nice turnout at the meetup there and ‘stole’ one of the attendees dates to take back to my Airbnb cottage. Who brings a date to one of my meetups?! It was a great group of guys and I had some of the best food of the trip in Atlanta.
Chattanooga: This place was a pleasant surprise. Another city with a thriving art scene and good nightlife. It is also in close proximity to some of the best river and waterfall swimming in the country. I smoked a lot of weed while I was there.
Nashville: An American gem. Every night I went out something wild happened–plus I had two of the best looking guys in the city as my wingmen, you can’t beat that. I was invited to the finest private cigar lounge in town by a reader and was blown away by the absolute refinement of taste that made up the old mansion we smoked in.
Asheville: I was hunted down by feminists after they found out I was spending the night. It was one of the funniest/most bizarre things that has ever happened to me, and it increased my readership by a good amount. Plus I met a cool girl while the feminists were after me and hooked up with her, ha!
Chapel Hill: Passed through here quickly one night and hung out with four musicians that took me to a private lounge.
North Carolina Coast: Stayed with Kitten Holiday, had great conversation and we bonded while watching two mini-horses fuck each other. (click on the link and read the article she wrote that was inspired by some of our talks, its a good one).
Charleston: I was hosted by Dylan Madden from calmandcollected.com and he showed me a really great time while we wandered the city smoking and drinking. Then I found almost 200$ in cash on the ground.
Make sure you read Dylan’s article he wrote about our night out: 5 Lessons I Learned From Goldmund Unleashed While Hitting the Streets of Charleston.
Savannah: This was one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever been to in the US. Plus it had lots of really pretty girls who loved my style and attitude–it made hooking up with a Southern Belle easy–goddamn she had a wonderful ass.
St. Augustine: I was recognized in the street (for the third time on this trip) by a reader and he ended up being one of the best wingmen I’ve ever had. We were hooking girls like expert fishermen, and our no-fucks-given attitudes made doing whatever we wanted with them a joy.
Now I’m back in South Florida and going to spend some time decompressing and eating delicious homemade Italian food with the family.
The United States is the best place in the world to take a road trip. You don’t have to plan much, if you have game your nights will always be interesting and locals will be glad to give you suggestions on the coolest things to do and see.
The book that will be written has a skeleton of an outline and is going to be the most interesting game/travel narrative to come out this year.
Its going to be another baby of mine and I hope my readers are as excited to read it as I am to write it.
Thanks to everyone for their support and making this trip one of the most fulfilling I’ve ever had.
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