where will the luck of seven take me...

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I've been sitting on my inaugural post for too long. It's been over a year since I first conceived of this, and despite all of my work on paper, I still can't think of an opening. Time and time again, I mention the same words over and over... seven, seven, seven...

Over the past year, every sip of air takes me away to a foreign land. Over and over people tell me this is a good idea, and yet I can't seem to materialize a majestic opening. Then again, why am I to feel the pressure of a great novelist? Wait this is my first novel, and therefore great. Don't worry, I am just like you and scared to death of the concept.

My life started on the 24th of May in 1978 in the arms two US Air Force officers. My father describes the day as if it was yesterday, and in the scheme of things, no time has passed. Over the years, and through a few moves, I "matured" into an non-employed gentrifying hipster living in the Kingdom of Slackers most call North Brooklyn. Unlike most, or maybe more like the rest, I have tried to do new and interesting things with little or not-so-notable success. On my path, I have laughed, loved and lost.

Through the bumps and bruises, I have wondered what's next. Not in the sense of the afterlife, though I have pondered that too. I have wondered where this world is going. Will the rivers dry up first and force people to live along the coast? Are the oceans going to rise? Are the great cities of the world going to drown? Or will the great experiment we call Democracy become so bloated with liberty that we blindly walk into fascism? Or worse, will we slowly drown in a world of greed and power while never seeing we had a chance to experience the world before its failure?

Our existence is only temporary, but our impact is not. I would like to think I am not a fatalist. I like to think that every day we have an opportunity to make our own salvation. Maybe it's the many years of religious exploration, or maybe it's my genetic disposition to think about positives, but I know we have the ability to make this world better. The past year has shown me we have much to learn.

On 07 July 2007, a little less than six months from today, I will depart my apartment for a journey around the world to learn from you. For seven months, I will stand on seven continents, sail the seven seas, visit the seven wonders of the world, and offer you one blog post every seven days. For this project to happen, I need 700 people to pledge US$11.11 for a total of $7,777. In return, you will have a special place in my book. Not only will you receive an autographed copy, but, time willing, I will also visit and we will add our stories together. Are you ready to place your luck on the number seven?

Will you chip in?

thanks eric and scott!

as for sponsors, i'm up for it. as long as you don't mind that i'll be absolutely transparent about the products that have my name attached to them. frankly, i think the apple iphone would be a great all in one gadget. i could see doing the whole trip on that one device! i'm not kidding! it's got a two megapix camera, 8 gigs of storage, wi-fi, full web browser, and "OS X." shesh! it makes my macbook dated.

seriously, i'm looking for sponsors and content distribution partnerships... who's askin?

There's so many things about this that are compelling. I'm looking forward to reading along as you go and sharing in everything you learn. If I have my druthers, we'll also get you set up with some sort of portable video/podcasting rig, so you can share some multimedia snippets as well :)

Good luck! I think you're off to a amazing start!

Will you be considering taking any sponsors along the way, or are you hoping to go with all personal support?

-Eric

What will Brooklyn do without you for seven months?!

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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