Conquerors of the Useless

A while back my friend Dustin Beatty told me to see the movie 180 Degrees South because he knows I have the sickness. The sickness of never being satisfied and always wanting to go somewhere. I’m not even sure that a life chasing the next thing is any better than staying put and finding what you like at home, but I can’t stop. I feel like I’m doing something with my life if I just have at least one thing to obsess about. The next trip, my next meal. Heath looooves obsession mode. He thrives off of it, and does it really well. So even if it’s not really his thing, if you’re into it, then he’s into it. I grew up surfing and camping, so it makes perfect sense for me to love this movie and to want to climb El Capitan. But for him, he just wants to come along for the randomness of it. I think. I’ll have to ask him.

Here’s the trailer. The best character is Yvon Chouinard. He’s this salty old guy who talks exactly how you hope you talk when your his age.

6 thoughts on “Conquerors of the Useless

  1. Not to get all new-agey but you sound as if you are a fellow Scorpio. Obsessions and wanting to do the next thing are a constant distraction/focus. Looking forward to hearing about the climb and see the pics later! Good luck

  2. If you really want to know about Yvon Choinard, read a book called ‘Let My People Go Surfng’. It will change the way you see the world, corporately, ethically, environmentally…it’s great.

  3. I am a lifelong friend of Jeff Johnson (he was a skater kid, and a good one) up in the SF Bay Area. I sent him a link to this post, he was really stoked and said to say “thank you” and “good luck on the big stone”. I guess he knows Timmy too. Jeff said this will be one of the coolest things you ever do.
    I am a Scorpio, btw. I was interested in the pull-up bar, did Timmy tell you guys a minimum number of pull-ups you needed to be able to do for him to take you up there? Good luck, I’m routing for you!

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