Hang in there. That’s just about all you can do…

11 03 2010

As I mentioned in the first post of our #wifiwhip series, this trip had very few plans. In fact, there were only two: get to Austin and stay connected the ENTIRE time. Both are coming to fruition.

But the one thing we told ourselves was that we would chronicle our whole journey as it happened, through each of our own perspectives, and that we had to live in the moment and soak everything in.

12 hours have flown by thanks to multiple cans of energy drinks, bags of fast-food and great conversations within the vehicle and with various passersby in different states.

As we entered Texas, we made a stop at a gas station to refuel and stretch, but little did I know it would evolve into a life-lesson, much like the road-trip itself. As I strolled into the surprisingly pristine restroom, a 15-second conversation led to self-meditation and contemplation.

“How are you sir?” I said to a man washing his hands.

“I’m well, sir.” he delightfully replied, “How are you doing?”

“Good, I’m hanging in there.” I responded.

“Well, hang in there. That’s just about all you can do.” the man stated, and walked away.

For some odd reason, that brief conversation struck me immediately and I began to think. The man was right.

I am beginning to realize, through this trip and life, that there are just some things I cannot control, no matter how much I want to. I may not be able to control the stock of Texas Cheesesteak Melts a Waffle House in Arkansas has on hand, the weather or the bladder size of fellow passengers , but I can control my own demeanor and attitude, among other things.

So when you wake up in the morning, don’t worry.  Just hang in there- because sometimes, that’s just about all you can do.

I owe this post to the man in the bathroom, as weird as that sounds.





Road-Tripping: It’s what I do

11 03 2010

I’ve been on many road-trips in my day and I have enjoyed them all- some more than others.  But the key to properly approaching and experiencing this type of journey is keeping the proper perspective.

It’s not about the destination, how many souvenirs you can get for a few bucks or how fast it takes you to get to your vacation spot- it’s simply about the journey.  Living in the moment, to be precise.

Whether you’re traveling a couple of hours away, or like the #wififwhip, traveling 16 hours to Austin, Texas, it’s the moments in between take-off and arrival that need to be treasured and truly LIVED.  The late-night meals at a Waffle House and the soul-spilling conversations that occur between the passenger and driver while everyone else is asleep are the brilliant moments that pump me up and inspire.

It’s during those times I don’t have a care in the world.  I’m on a road-trip, a vacation if you will, so my meetings with Mr. Worry and Mrs. Obligation will have to be rescheduled for another time, because I am at peace.

So what are your tips for surviving those road-trips and long vacations?  What moments inspire you?





1,103 Miles of Pure Connectivity

10 03 2010

1,103 miles. 17 hours, give or take.  Every inch,  every conversation and every one of those hours will be spent in a car during a road trip that will certainly culminate in public relations and technology bliss.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 2010 PRSSA National Assembly in Austin TX, so naturally, myself and four other Butler students have opted out of taking the typical, comfy plane ride. 

Instead, Robbie Williams, Maddy Barnas, Emily Elliot and I will be making the road-trip of all road-trips- a 1,020 minute adventure in an SUV that has been completely transformed into a mobile wi-fi hotspot.

Throughout the journey, all four of us will be blogging, tweeting, UStreaming and connecting to the fullest. 

We have no plans.  No itinerary.  Only a destination.

There is no editorial calendar for our posts or concrete outlines of what we would like to write about.  Instead, we will chronicle our journey as we see it, as it happens.

So follow along, try to keep up and join us as we experience 1,103 miles of pure connectivity.

Please feel free to chime in at any point in our trip, give us advice, the location of the World’s Largest Frying Pan and other oddball attractions, great food stops and PLEASE keep us awake!





Great things are #HAPPO ‘ning!

19 02 2010

Please allow me to reintroduce myself.

My name is Evan Strange and I am a 22 year-old Senior at Butler University where I am studying journalism with a concentration in PR/Advertising and a backgound in business and marketing

Aside from school, I intern at one of the largest, full-service public relations and advertising agencies in Indiana and have been able to execute community relations, crisis communications and media relations programming.

I love to write, create, strategize, connect and am looking for an environment that is condusive to my creativity and strategic thinking.

I think outside of the box and I never want to go back in. I am a writer by trade and entrepreneur at heart- put those together and it’s a potent combination.

Add some proactivity, ingenuity and a lack of complacency and you have the makings of a lean, mean, public relations machine.

I enjoy a fast-pace, thrive on deadlines and I get results.

Put a problem in front of me and I’ll solve it.

I am hoping to move out west one day and would love to live in Colorado, Oregon or Wyoming but I am open to going where ever the wind should take me. Oh, and Indianapolis, I love you.

Want to know more? Here is my resume.