Outside!!! by Ezra Hilyer
Outside!!!, a photo by Ezra Hilyer on Flickr.

It was finally warm enough to get out on my bike yesterday. I took my iPhone with the Geocaching App and went looking for Caches, all I cared about was getting outside and riding my bike again.
There is no feeling quite like it.

Why I Drove 140 Miles For A Cup Of Coffee.

Daily take by Ezra Hilyer
Daily take, a photo by Ezra Hilyer on Flickr.

This is not typical behavior for me, but after a long day at work, and the pent-up stress of life; I decided to drive the 70 miles from Warren, to Erie for a cup of Starbucks.

There is a closer Starbucks, (25 miles to Jamestown, NY) but I needed the drive to unwind from the week. I needed to pick up a re-supply of coffee as well, and so I bought a pound of their Espresso Roast Beans.

I have heard about their new instant coffee ‘Via’ (which is supposed to mean ‘road’ in Italian), but had yet to try it, so I gave in to temptation, and well designed product promotion, and bought two boxes of Via; Italian Roast, and Columbian.

I only saw one other kind in the store: and that was decaf. I am not sure if there are other flavors, but the two I bought were decent; good for instant, but not show stopping. I also picked up a travel carry case for the Via. It is a plastic (feels like Silicone) that is very clingy to the packets (which I found annoying) and comes with four stir sticks (that seemed overkill, two would have been quite sufficient)

Naturally, I also bought a cup of Mocha, and enjoyed that most of the way home.

For me; I need something to break the monotony of daily life, and to give me a reason to push the boundaries aside: to be more than I am. Perhaps the drive didn’t accomplish all of those things; but at least I got some coffee out of the deal.

-Ezra Hilyer

Originally Posted To http://www.ezrahilyer.com


MacBook In Library by Ezra Hilyer
MacBook In Library, a photo by Ezra Hilyer on Flickr.

I do not absorb; I radiate!

I do not consume; I create!

This is my motto; it is my creed. I spend hours each day forcing my mind to follow that path. The majority of the hours in my day are not under my control; between my job, and the work I do on the house, I have perhaps 3 hours a day to spend as I wish.

I choose to spend that time in creative endeavors, not in fruitless consumption of mass-media, I choose not to have a TV for the simple reason that the time spent in-front of the Television, is wasted.

The time that I would spend there on the couch, I put into other things: this blog is one of those. I carry around a notebook, and write down ideas, that would otherwise evaporate; and in that time after work, and before bed, I take those ideas out, and expand upon them.

I would not be able to survive otherwise; I am not content to live my life as a bio-mechanical machine, to work my life for the pursuit of ‘Things’, I wish to experience life to a fuller extent than I have been able heretofore.

When I pay my bills, I do not pay them with simple dollars, but with hours of my life, each penny spent, is a part of my life that I have sold. When will the hemorrhaging of hours end? Will I forever be stuck in this perpetual circle of life from one paycheck to the next?

I refuse to accept this; I refuse to acknowledge even the chance of a life spent in this way. I wish to have my time free to create. To make this world a better place, and to explore all the avenues of thought.

There is precious little time to learn all that there is to learn, and to visit all the places in this world that hold beauty. Why spend all my life behind a desk, in a dark cellar? Or to weaken my eyes with the flickering images on a small screen?

I am going for a walk.