Aug 5th 2017 by RainbowDoc • 49 Questions • 1198 Points
Hi I'm Brian Baumgartner. But most of you call me "Kevin from The Office" when you meet me on the street. I like golf. Chili. And watching and talking about football. (Please note: I do not actually PLAY football. Though I could. Easily.)
I recently teamed up with the NFL Media and Amazon's "All or Nothing: A Season with The Los Angeles Rams" where I host a special recap podcast of the show with Dave Dameshek.
Ask me anything. ANYTHING. I am particularly interested in questions that presuppose this is the year the Dodgers win the World Series and the Packers win the Super Bowl.
Also be sure to check out this parody training video I made, where I help guide referees on the new ‘do's’ and ‘don'ts’ of touchdown celebrations: https://www.facebook.com/allornothingtv/videos/vb.1038379322893238/1491373087593857/?type=2&theater
Check Out the All or Nothing Podcast: http://dameshek.libsyn.com/ddfp-581-behind-the-scenes-with-the-all-or-nothing-director
EDIT: I'M ALL DONE FOLKS!!! THANKS THAT WAS FUN. LET'S DO IT AGAIN SOMETIME. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL OR NOTHING: A SEASON WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS NOW STREAMING ON AMAZON VIDEO PRIME AND THEN GO LISTEN TO THE RECAP PODCAST I DID ON THE NFL NETWORK. HAD A GREAT TIME TAPING THAT WITH DAVE DAMESHEK. ALSO, FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO BRUSH UP ON THE NEW TOUCHDOWN CELEBRATION RULES OR JUST A GOOD LAUGH, IN GENERAL, PLEASE GO CHECK OUT THE CHAD FLAGS VIDEO WE DID FOR THE SERIES - PEACE- BB
Have you ever considered an endorsement deal for the Milano cookies made by Pepperidge Farm?
Why are you responding from a separate account than the OP?
I remember your last ama! I was the store manager at the Dollar General in Adams MA, you bought cookies, and we shot the shit outside for at least 20 minutes. It's good to see you're doing well. What is next your next adventure?
Hi Brian! Thanks for doing this AMA.
In The Office, where did your character's "cookie season" song come from?
Sorry, I accidentally logged myself out and had to log back in when I refreshed to see if there were more questions, sticking to JamieGreubelPoser now. My bad.
See? This is what I'm talking about!
I'm on my next adventure now! I quit the office job and tell stories. I can't top this.
genius writers. I couldn't possible have come up with something that strangely stupid and yet made sense character wise.
Do you think it's about time for a Commando sequel?
Who's your favorite brakeman....? 🤔
What got you into bobsledding in the first place? What made you decide this was something you wanted to do at the highest level?
Have an old friend on it right now. Been out for 4+ months.
Who decided to make the Kevin voice evolve from what it was in the early seasons to what it ultimately became?
I wasn't ready to be done with sports after college, but nobody encouraged to continue with track so I didn't even know it was an option, but I always felt like I had more. A teammate suggested that I try out, it never would have been on my radar otherwise. I am super competitive so I have always loved sports and it was the perfect fit.
It was a process. As kevin had more and more to say- I discovered exactly what his voice was.
Is driving a truck as free as it seems, where you can stop whenever something interesting catches your eye, or are you expected to drive for much longer than 8 hours a day to meet difficult schedules?
Any tips and tricks for amateur photographers/videographers in getting the best shots of the Eclipse?
Can you share your favorite photos or video moments of the Eclipse that you've captured?
Alyssa, about 15 years ago you came into my bookstore with your boyfriend and bought a book. You asked for it to be gift wrapped but while we were wrapping it you left the store and forgot the book. It stayed on the shelf behind the register for years (the store is out of business now), with a note that said "For Alyssa Milano" in case you ever back to pick it up. We never unwrapped it. And I've wondered for years.
What was the book?
What goes through your mind when you're racing down at 80 mph? Or do you let your muscle memory from training take over?
My brother hiked just past Pennsylvania on the AT a few years back. He tells me that one day he just thought "What the fuck am I doing here?" then called me to come get him. He doesn't have kids or a wife, but he had community responsibilities and a dog that he left behind.
That being said, what drove you forward every day? Was there a day where you realized how much it had changed you - not just physically but emotionally?
I'm looking forward to reading your book - when my brother left I read quite a few trail books. They do read like diaries lol
Hey Mr. Baumgartner! You delivered one of my favorite moments in The Office, where Kevin has just won back the parking spaces and says "it's just nice to win one". As far as the show goes, that's one of those little moments that solidify how real the characters are. What were some of your favorite "little moments" over the course of the show?
Was actually not expecting a response so thanks for taking the time to ask :)
It really depends on the load/dispatch schedule, time is super crucial in the type of freight I haul, so I can't always 'just stop'. Also the matter of fitting a 75' vehicle in some spots can be tough!
As for hours of driving, truckers (in the US) are governed by specific Federal Regulations (called the FMCSR). We can drive up to 11 hours within a 14 hour period following a full 10 hour break. We cannot drive more than 70 hours in an 8 day period. There are some other rules governing Hours of Service but they can be a bit confusing.
The software Solar Eclipse Maestro is, according to the Exploratorium's amazing educator Ron Hipschman, "excellent" to help you photograph an eclipse. http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/Solar_Eclipse_Maestro_Photography_Software.html
OOoohhhhh! I love this story. I have no idea what the book was or who it was for.
I just try to remember the few cues that I are important and trust my program and not overthink what I am doing or become to mechanical with my driving.
what drove you forward every day?
It was something different every day.
My insane love for living outside is what got me out there in the first place. The people are pretty amazing too. I was a 44 year old computer engineer making friends with humans I never would have encountered under any other circumstances. A retired machinist who foraged for edible plants and played the fiddle. A young lady with a brand new anthropology degree, an Israeli cartoonist, a Japanese swordsman. The year I hiked we had an astronaut on the trail with us.
You develop this huge extended family that's stretched out over a hundred miles or so, and you know where everyone is without asking. It's almost like a pack, and that pulls you along. The trail becomes your life. You don't even think about "the real world" for days.
If you do quit, you have to go back to your job... Gross.
Thanks. I liked that one too. OR the moment Kevin finds a girl he likes and might like him back (Lynn.)
One I just watched. When Michael drives across the country to move Holly to her new home, thinking they will commute every weekend to stay together. And then- after the full day. He leaves. Hugs her and leaves. The little things that show so much.
Knowing that James Gunn has a crush on you, how do you plan on using this to get a part in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 ?
What does "training" consist of? Nordic skiers will spend tons of time running (in the off season) and skiing to build their cardiovascular systems to cope with more training and the actual races. They'll do a lot of strength training, some quite general and some very specific to their sport. And they'll practice technique a lot too.
What do you do? It seems to me like some squats and similar leg strength exercises are a good idea. And probably a lot of short sprints, probably with some weight to push. How do you practice the actual riding? What's off season like?
We train like weight lifters and sprinters in the offseason. We do have a bobsled on wheels that we can push to practice the start and the load distance, but I don't work on my riding position or driving in the offseason.
Have you ever had any close calls with the inconsiderate drivers who want to cut you off?
How nerve-wrecking is it to drive in bad weather and bad traffic?
How long will a viewer in the path of totality experience the eclipse from beginning to end, and how long will the sun be completely in eclipse?
Hey there was a recent rumor that Holly Marie Combs eventually said wasn't true that Charmed was gonna get a reboot or continuation on Netflix or was at least in talks to. Is that something you'd be interested in?
My sisters and I used to watch Charmed every morning while getting ready for school so we'd all really love it.
Netflix's White Rabbit Project did a really interesting episode about bobsledding as well, if you'd like to check it out.
Hi Brian, just wanted to let you know that I watched the office at least six times all the way through and it gets funnier every single time. I was wondering if any of the scenes were just you guys riffing with one another trying to make each other laugh as opposed to pre written lines? I Also wanted to add that I'm very proud of you for keeping Oscars secret for so long, I couldn't have done it.
I have had lots of close calls but I have over 650,000 miles accident free :) and plan to continue on that course, I drive very cautiously and try to always leave myself an 'out'
As for bad weather, respect the road, respect the weather. Drive speeds appropriate for conditions. And you should not have too many problems
The eclipse will last 2hrs and 40 mins. Totality, the complete covering of the sun by the moon, will last roughly 2 minutes at most locations in the path. At our expedition site in Casper, Wyoming, totality will be 2min 22sec.
We have all said we would be interested in exploring a reboot. CBS Studios has the rights and is continuing to develop. I'm unsure of what their take would be or if we would be included.
Will do, thanks!
I'll come back in a minutes and type up a list, but for now, here's a video answer. This is me on the trail, right after resupply:
Meals On Trail: I want something light, cheap, and full of calories. Notice that flavor does not come into play.
Breakfast - Pop tarts or Honey Buns. The ones that have that thick layer of "icing" that you can peel off in one piece? Yeah, save that for tent repairs later. Seriously though, you want big calories and carbs early in the day. 700 calories in one of those bad boys. I also add Carnation Instant Breakfast to my instant coffee just for the calories and vitamins.
Lunch - No such thing. I used to stop in the middle of the day and cook up some ramen, but that's time consuming and in the summer it's too hot to eat soup anyway. Instead, gnaw on the ramen brick while you walk. The crunchy bits brush your teeth while you eat, so it's two for one. But for real, I kept my pockets stuffed with Clif Bars, jerky, dried fruit, snickers, a small jar of peanut butter, nuts, berries... pretty much munching all day.
Dinner - Knorr pasta sides. Throw in a packet of tuna for protein. Maybe thicken it with insta potatoes too. Mmmmm. Gruel.
Meals in Town: This is a whole new ball game. You've been operating at caloric deficit for days. Time to binge.
- If I could time it right, I liked to get into town around lunch time. I'd start with a beer, a salad and either a cheese burger or a large pizza. Just for me. After a second beer and a few scoops of ice cream, I'm ready to (a) do laundry and (b) start thinking about where I'll have dinner.
Kinda answered above. re: Improv. But thanks for the compliment. Unfortunately I could;t keep a secret like that in real life.
is it at all possible to live a healthy lifestyle on the road and not gain weight and if so how would one do it? do truck stops sell enough vegetables/protein snacks meals etc for it to be viable and could you get enough exercise each day in your routine?
I read somewhere about gossamer strands. What are they? Are they visible to the naked eye?
Besides the diamond ring & the corona, what are some other things to experience/observe during totality?
Hi Alyssa! What was it like to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a kid?
What was it like to be raised in Philadelphia? Did you frequent the playground?
It is possible, but super hard, I haven't always been successful, I have finally started to get my weight undercontrol and down, I've lost 30 pounds so far, but we live such sedentary lives behind the wheel. The truck stops are full of garbage, I wish they would carry produce, but I have a refrigerator and shop at a Walmart once a week. I've got some cooking supplies and try to cook for myself as much as possible.
Nicole here-When I saw the eclipse with my own eyes in 2008, I did see silvery gossamer strands around the edges, which looked like they were moving-super cool! But I think it is different for different people, with your own eyes.
Other features to look for during totality will be Bailey's Beads, which happen very quickly as totality starts and ends, and are created by the sun's light peering through the craters of the moon. It's a beautiful effect.
Yes! LOVE Philly. I'm there a few times a year when I'm not on the road for bobsled.
How do you feel to have a ship named after you in Guardians of the Galaxy?
Thanks for the AMA! I've always been curious how anyone gets into bobsledding. How did you start and then realize you were actually good at it?
How much money did you need saved for this whole thing?
Brian! How do you play Dallas?
I tried out because a college teammate suggested it. Athletes and coaches in the sport told me I had potential, I would have never known otherwise. I realized when I just missed making the Vancouver Olympic team as a brakeman that I had a chance to go. I got really motivated and decided to switch to driving and give it a shot.
Everyone's answer will be different. I already had all my gear for example. But I also had bills to pay back home. To normalize this, we'll make the following assumptions:
- You have all your gear. (That cost varies wildly... give me time)
- We're not factoring in costs back home.
The whole thing can be done for $5k. If you don't stop in town too often and don't drink too much beer when you do, $5k is about a grand per month, or $250 a week, and your only expenses are food, rides and laundry. Plus the occasional hotel/hostel.
That's pretty lean though. If you want to enjoy a few zero days (you hike zero miles and enjoy town life instead) and sleep in a few more warm beds, $6-7K is easy to spend, too.
My dad is a huge fan of your show, Charmed. He watches the reruns on TNT every morning. However, my mom teases him for watching it. She says he is losing his man card.
What price of advice/message do you have for my dad? His name is Mike btw
I don't mean to offend, but are you insane? What causes you to keep going back and doing it again?
What was the effect of a beer on your body with that intense energy output?
Also, what you say about pop tarts really puts who should and should not be eating them into perspective.
Are you surprised by the shows second life on Netflix? I think i've seen it 7 times start to finish.
Does he watch it with the sound on? I'm kidding. I kid. Tell Mike it takes a man totally secure in his masculinity to watch the show and your mom is secretly more attracted to him because of it.
Debatably :) I love challenging myself and I want to be the best at what I do.
I could get hammered from 2 beers. Hell, fresh bread gave me a buzz.
Loving watching it right now
Is the 'truck stop hooker' a reality or just a legend? If real, are they as scary as they are on TV and movies?
I'm in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Will the skies be noticeably darker this far out of the totality zone?
I never watched it when I was younger, but my girlfriend in law school was a major Charmed fan when she was a kid. We picked up all the seasons on DVD and would watch them almost every night. Great show and fond memories for me.
Hey Jamie, Some sports (looking at you gymnastics and ice skating) involve people training from as young as 3 years old. How long have you been training to bobsled and how easy is it to get into?
Do you or have you tried using protein bars instead of the honeybuns?
Hi Brian! Who is the least like their character in real life? And who was basically playing themselves? I feel like the answer to both is Creed, but am I wrong?
We call them Lot Lizards, they are real, not as common as they used to be but are fairly predominant in the southwest. And for the most part yes they are terrifying. They can also be super young, I volunteer with an organization called Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) which works to report underage sex trafficking and bring those involved to safety and those responsible to justice.
Rob here-Speaking of seeing the moon's shadow, I was blown away by the images/video clips from NASA's EPIC (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera) of recent eclipses. This camera is one of the instruments on NOAA's solar observing satellite called DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory). Check this: https://epic.gsfc.nasa.gov/galleries/2016/solar_eclipse/video
I have been bobsledding for 10 years now. Anyone can come try out for our team. It helps to have an athletic background. You fill out a form on the USA bobsled website and get in touch with the staff. You can compete in a combine which is a physical test to show the coaches if you would have potential in the sport. After the combine you would get invited to a push camp to learn how to push a sled and then possibly get invited to our national push champs and national team trials to try to earn a spot on the team.
Yep. When my weight got dangerously low I switched. They're about 5X the cost though.
Least like. Me.
Most like. Probably John/ Jim.
Though for most similar and least similar I would indeed go with Creed.
There's been talk of dangerous counterfeit eclipse glasses being passed around. They even have the ISO rating that we're being told to look for, but do not offer the protection of genuine eclipse glasses. This got me to thinking: I have a number of old eclipse glasses that have a safety rating. I have no idea where I got them from, so I can't check out an approved vendor list. How can I be certain that these glasses will be safe to use during the partial phase of the eclipse?
The scariest moment you've had in bobsledding?
Green Giant! It's Wolf Kisses from the shrimp gang saying hey and congrats on all the success. Who's log entries did you appreciate the most?
Not Kevin but I think Angela, looking on her insta she is a loving caring person
Two thoughts-do they have the the CE symbol, which is the British Standards safety symbol? Secondly, check here to see if yours are on this approved list: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters
Hope that helps
I jumped into the sled on one of the hardest tracks in the world and realized there was a pin holding my 2 steering arms together, so I had no control of the sled. I reached my hands to try to pull the pin out, but my helmet would let me reach far enough. Luckily between the first and second curve the vibration of the ice and the cornel wiggled the pin out and I could steer, but my heart was pounding and I was about a blink away from crashing.
You had the coolest log book logo for sure. I'll see if I can find one. But for pure WTF, you gotta love Lemmy:
She easily fools you, Little One.
What is your opinion on regular drivers flashing to say it is clear to get over? How did you come up with your thank you light show?
Hi! Thanks so much for doing this AMA! My roommates and I love binge watching Charmed while female bonding. Your character is so inspiring! Kicking ass, fighting evil, being a loving sister, and all that. My question is: do you have a particular person in your life or a fictional character that you really look up to?
What song is your favorite to play?
Please please please do it and do it often and more. Yes thank you it is SOOOO HELPFUL. My thank you light show is Morse Code for TY - -.--
My daughter is fearless and funny. She inspires me daily. And my mother is a strong, smart, woman that gives me strength when I don't feel so strong.
Blackbird by the Beatles.
I'm not sure where all you drive but based on where you've been in the US, what are the top places one shouldn't miss in their lifetime (go vacation / drive there)?
I saw u on 'Tanked"...are your fish still alive?
What's the best game of golf you've ever played? 9 or 18 holes.
Moab Utah, The Vale Colorado, and the South Texas Gulf Coast. All stunning.
Yes! That would be so cool! Lake Placid, NY on November 9th (my birthday :)!! ) and the next week, not sure what day but I think November 17 or 18 in Park City, Utah.
I destroyed four pairs of sturdy hiking shoes. I put the 5th pair on my feet for the final mountain on the last day. So, four or five depending on how you count that last set.
At Marshall Faulk's tournament (So no gimmies/ everything putted out.) I shot 74. (Par 71.)
The southern gulf coast in Texas... Corpus Christi, some amazing charter fishing.
They don't know yet! I'm not sure they would care. Thats the beauty of kids. I'm their mom and nothing else matters. (As it should be)
I have had a teammate slip at the start and I went down by myself. I also crashed and my teammate kicked out of the sled and the sled popped back up and I also drove down by myself. Both times I had to hop in the back seat and pull the brakes by myself.
What Olympic sport would you compete in if not bobsledding?
Can I see a photo of you now?
Did anyone get to try the chili before it was dropped?
Truly a great trip
No. Nobody got a delicious taste. But it was only one take (obi) Had to replace the entire carpet in the front of the office before the next day to get rid of the stains.
Coloradoan here. Its just "Vail", Colorado, aka "where all the rich people ski." Its is a beautiful place, summer or winter!
My middle daughter is named after you!
When my wife and I were discussing names I threw out Alyssa...(because I was thinking about beautiful strong women)...and yours is the one she agreed upon.
In bed about a year after she was born, while discussing out current "top 5's" I mentioned you and she looked over at me and said, "wait a minute...did we name our daughter after Alyssa Milano?"
I just smiled.
At what point in life do you pick up bobsledding, and what is the thing that brings you into that world? Also, what's the competition like once you hit the Olympic level? Is it a large community?
Why did you do it?
Well, well, well, well, well, well.
Congrats on being the Jamal Crawford of The Office cast.
Which one of your fellow actors do you feel should have had more lines?
(Bonus: if you had to recast Kevin?)
I will keep that in mind thanks for the correction
Most people get into bobsled in their 20s, after they have had careers in other sports (unless you randomly grew up in Lake Placid, NY or Park City, UT). It's a very small community but highly competitive within the community. The US has some of the top teams in the world.
It was always one of those bucket list things, you know? I love backpacking and camping, and every time I go out, the one thing I wish I had was one more day in the woods. So as soon as I found out there was a trail that takes months to hike, I was all about it.
Unfortunately, I was fresh out of boot camp at the time, and the Marines don't give you time off for bucket list stuff. So I kept it in my "someday" file for a long time.
Too long. I was in my 40s when I finally started taking my dream seriously. I moved it to my "plan" file, started saving up and researching and by the time I was 44, I hit the trail.
It was nothing at all like I expected either, and when I was done, I was completely spent. (See the before and after pics...) But it felt amazing to give myself totally to a thing I'd wanted for my whole life. To some, it's a vacation or a trip into the woods. Playtime. But it's serious hard work and a mental challenge too. Finishing it put me in a place mentally where things that seemed impossible before now just seemed hard. That's what I was after. I'm glad it worked.
Wow. Love the reference.
Fun tidbit. I was given a gift from the casting director at the end of the show- it was the original piece of paper from the casting session which had the 3 names the producers were considering for Kevin. Eric Stonestreet. Jorge Garcia and me. Either of those guys would have been great.
If there is no brakes why is the guy in the back called the Brakeman?
Hey man, thanks for doing this. So it looks like your early story kind of resembles mine. I got out of the Marines in '06, but instead of going straight to school I went to work for an orthopaedic surgeon for ten years, and now finally I'm one semester away from graduating in mechanical engineering. My question is since you mentioned being in computer engineering, how did you handle the hike professionally? I'd love to do either the AT or the PCT but life just always kind of figures out how to assert itself over those kind of dreams. Were you at an age where your coworkers or company could recognize the need for an extended leave or what? I'm just kind of curious about how you made that aspect of it work.
Hello Mr. Baumgartner! As an actor in college, I was wondering who you looked up to the most as an actor and what advice you may have for a young actor? Thanks!
Being that you've seen it though I think you'll agree, scenery wise, it's one of America's jewels.
The mermaid episode! Even though the scales we a bitch to take off.
There are brakes for after the finish line, so they do brake then, but everything I do to control the sled in the track is only with the steering. (hence no brakes while we are in the course)
how did you handle the hike professionally?
About as poorly as humanly possible. I had been saving and planning for a few years, but REASONS happened and I simply quit, pinning all hopes on the likelihood that I'd find similar work when I returned. I'd had a few offers and backup plans. What the hell, right?
Little did I know all this would happen...
Yes I will absolutely be your mentor.
Advice- joking aside- is watch/ read/ know as much as you can. Watch TV. Watch movies. Know genres and how shows are being produced. Quick example: imagine going in to read for the Office and all you knew was Big Bang Theory. Knowledge in this business is power.
What's your pay? I'm curious if you have money in savings due to no housing cost or buy things associated with houses.
Hello Alyssa! What is your favorite adult beverage?
I make about 55,000 a year currently I'm due for a raise that will bump me to about 59,0000 with the way my miles have been running. I have a nice little nest egg, diverse investments, and Plenty of money set aside for my travels. I don't use credit cards, and have poor credit to start with I'm planning on trying to build that a bit in the future. But as I'm single and have no home I can be fairly liberal with my money... But I'm not.
Best- traveling the world, competing, being part of a team, going fast, going to the Olympics, competing for Team USA
Worst- crashing, the freezing cold, jet lag, sanding runners to get ready for a race
Hi Brian! How was it like directing on The Office? Would you ever do any more directing in the future?
I am subbed I'm looking at options currently
Cool Runnings and Miracle on Ice! ;)
Hi Brian! How surprised do most people seem like when first meeting you realizing you don't talk like Kevin?
MANY reasons, it's a good place to stop, if that weighstation is opened they could be chase card for any trucks that might try and pass the scale. Also the scale house is operated by the cops, so how else did they get out there?
Michael Ian Black! Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is on Netflix right now!!!
I have a masters degree in elementary education, so teaching!
The time I saw a bear get captured in a trap outside a shelter.
Got video of it too. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEeonNFM2aU
I can always tell by the look in their eyes. They are looking at me- but really only thinking in their head "I can't believe this is the voice coming out of this guy." I have restarted meetings because it was clear to me people were NOT hearing the content of what I was saying.
How is your health? Do you worry about things like blood clots?
In what way has the show charmed shaped your life and what are their impacts? (Phoebe was my fave character btw)
Also whats you're favourite piece of advice to give to people?
Another question : if you weren't acting what other job would you be doing right now?
When you finished your journey what was the first meal you were able to give yourself? Was it as glorious as I assume it was.
Hi Brian. When you came to Tahoe for the celebrity golf tournament you went to a burger place Called Lucky Beaver. I was the cook who made your burger, and when i recognized you i started freaking out a little bit because im huge fan. I wanted to ask if i could get a picture but didnt want to disturb your night. Does it get annoying when people recognize you and ask for pictures? Also did you enjoy the food?
I'm overweight but other than that fairly healthy. They are of course a concern I've started exercising more and have lost 30 pounds! Only about 100 to go :)
- Charmed created lifelong friendships.
- I'm the one that usually asks for advice.
- I probably would have hoped to be a pediatrician but may not have had the tenacity to make it through all the schooling.
Birthday cake! http://i.imgur.com/2wBoUSn.jpg
I turned 45 the day I reached Katahdin. My wife met me and brought that and homemade sausage biscuits with cheese, and tons of hard vegetables. I was craving broccoli and cauliflower for some reason. Probably some nutritional deficiency that my body understood more than my brain.
I FREAKING LOVE THE LUCKY BEAVER!!!!!
I'll be in next year. At least once. If you are there- come say hi!
2 questions for you: Did u freak out at all IN my burger? Cause that would be weird. And 2) You could have bought my food for me, no?
Before the AT, had you done any "shakedown" hikes of a week or more? Just to see if you could handle it, if your gear was on point, test out logistical issues, etc.
Kevin is my favourite character! How did you maintain a persona like that when you are so different in real life??
I sure did.
I'd been backpacking for years already, so I kinda knew what I was doing. Turns out you learn the whole way, no matter how long you've been at it.
I shot a little video on my shakedown. I show my tent and some other gear in it. I had no idea that moments later I'd run into a bear. That actually became the opening scene of my book.
I kept a blog the whole way, and I started making entries ten days prior to starting, so some of my shakedown stuff is in here:
Sounds dumb- but I went to school for it. Some people learned math and science and stuff... I learned how to pretend to be someone else.
I've been wanting to hike the AT for some years now. Being a young single female, safety is my largest concern. What advice do you have for me?
How do you feel about being known as "Kevin from The Office"? Do you wish you weren't only known as that, or do you feel like John Krasinski does and like being known as "Kevin from the Office?"
My friend Allyson did it. Here's her excellent post on solo hiking and safety:
I don't mind. At all. But if you ever see me in a crowded place- I would prefer you not YELL "Kevin! From the OFFICE". I am wearing a hat and sunglasses for a reason.
I don;t mind it - but I also am not one who loves or needs attention constantly.
What's your go-to technique for blister prevention and care?
Were you happy with the ending of The Office? Would you have changed anything?
I couldn't login to my account! And then I logged in and there were no questions and I thought no one cared. Which may be true but I'm glad there are questions.
Growing up too poor to drive, having a paper route, carrying a bass drum in marching band and then spending ten years in leather combat boots.
If this option is not available to you, make sure your shoes fit. Your feet will grow half a size or even a full size from all that walking. Some people like liner socks, like toe gloves. They keep your toes from eroding each other, which can be a bloody mess.
Also, if you're new to hiking, start with short days and take frequent breaks. Take your shoes and socks off after 3 miles and air out those piggies!
If you DO get blisters (you will) learn to care for them. An infected blister is the worst. Keep them clean and covered. Duct tape works wonders. For real.
EDIT: Okay Tarantino... can't get enough feet? Fine. Here's more: http://www.wheresthenextshelter.com/stories/2014/7/15/day-67-luray-va-937-miles
Nothing at all.
Hi! Thanks for doing this. I've thought about hiking a trail at an admittedly much more leisurely pace than an average trail warrior, since I'm admittedly in terrible shape. Two questions:
1) What's something you're just sure I'm going to forget to bring?
2) What's the best advice for a lifelong non-athlete / perhaps partially disabled person who wants to enjoy the outdoors on a trail (past of course getting in better shape)?
Hey Brian! Thanks for doing this. Do you see a future in sports media? I've noticed your podcast and you swung by NFL Network last season to be a guest on Fantasy & Friends.
You forgot to bring enough toilet paper. That or a handful of condiment packets from the fast food joint in town. A little extra fat (and flavor) goes a long way on the trail. Mayonnaise in foil pouches trade on the trail like cigarettes in prison.
As long as you have the ability to leave your house, you can enjoy a trail. Google what's in your area, you'd be surprised. Grayson Highlands on the AT for example actually has ADA compliant wheelchair accessible trail through some incredibly pretty terrain. Bike paths are great for enjoying nature on wheels (or however...) Check out your local hiking clubs. I found local groups via meetup dot com.
Heck, If it's all you can do, go around the block. A little bit of wind and sunshine are always a good thing!
I love sports. Love. Love. Has been incredibly fun for me to be a part of ALL or NOTHING with the Rams this season and to do a podcast with the incredible Dave Dameshek. Anything having to do with sports I will almost always say yes. Cause whats better than being able to do something you love. As for future- we will see.
We were just driving at 3:30am two nights ago and saw about a dozen trucks lined up on the shoulders of the highway. Lights were off. This is the first time I've ever seen this. Was this a makeshift truck stop and common practice?
Hello! How did you like working with JulianMcMahon? Do you still talk?
What was, hands down, your absolute worst day on the trail?
Approximately how much of the show was improv?
Parking is one of the largest problems in the United States. There is just not enough of it. When your hours run out, then you gotta stop, regardless of where. It's fairly common, but not recommended.
He was so fun to work with. I haven't seen him is a long time but I'm sure if we ran into each other we would pick up right where we left off.
It was a surprise emotional breakdown about 1800 miles in.
I had already wrecked my feet and overcome that, contracted Lyme disease and dealt with that, separated from my friends, been rained on and delayed by bears and snakes. I was feeling pretty tough, nigh on invincible. At least physically.
I was in Connecticut and suddenly started missing my wife. I'd talked to her on the phone that day, and had even seen her on the trail a few times back when I was closer to home. But for some reason on that day I just started missing home and I sat down on a log and cried.
I wanted to go home so badly that I felt like all that harsh stuff I did to my body had been for nothing, and it made me feel stupid for even having tried this.
I called her and she told me that it was okay to quit, and somehow, that was what made me feel better. Good enough to continue. And it was gone as quickly and unexpectedly as it came on.
varied by episode. Everything was written and had to be approved (It was NBC after all.) But also every scene was then messed with/improv- ed. Hah! Improv-ed is IMPROVED. Side note. Sorry.
Depended on the episode how much improv was in.
Wow! Very bold and inspiring. Good for you.
What is one piece of advice or a statement you'd like to share with everyone?
Hi Brian, thanks for this AMA!! Kevin was my favourite character on the office!
What was your favourite Kevin moment?
Also- how many takes did it take to shoot that broccoli scene?
What is one piece of advice or a statement you'd like to share with everyone?
Everyone? No pressure...
"Whatever you do, don't do nothing."
I didn't hike the AT all at once. I had to wake up every day and do a little piece of it. At the start, down in Georgia, Katahdin seemed a million miles away. Impossible!
Every step I took, no matter how insignificant if felt, got me closer to that summit. As long as you're doing something that gets you closer to that dream of yours, you're better off than if you'd sat there dreaming about it. You might not be there yet, but you're closer. Keep stepping.
Favorite Kevin moment- again something to do with the storyline with Holly. And also the turtle moment is so incredibly out there I loved it.
Don;t remember how many takes for that. BUT ONE FREAKING TAKE FOR THE CHILI. AND ALSO ONE FREAKING TAKE SHATTERING THE VENDING MACHINE WITH A CHAIR DURING THE FIRE. Proud of that if you can't tell.
Some quick fire questions, no need for detailed responses, one word responses will suffice but feel free to expand with anything interesting:
Last time your truck hit an animal?
Last time you saw a dead body?
Describe the unhealthiest truckie you've ever seen?
Ever gotten a free blowjob from a Hitchhiker?
What common illicit drug is widespread amongst truckies?
Will you die an old man still a truckie?
Who would win a bunch or truckies or bikies?
Ever feel like swerving into oncoming traffic?
Is Trump doing good for truckies or bad?
Coolest vacation in another country you've had?
AAA+++ AMA Thanks
So Teen Steam, did you ever let it out?
Hey Brian! I'm a huge fan, thanks for doing the AMA.
Kevin's character development from S1 to S9 was always so funny to me. In the beginning he's a seemingly normal dude, and by the end he's dumb and childishly loveable. How did this development come about? I'm particularly interested in how you went about finding a character voice for him that was quite different from early seasons. Thanks!!
Last time your truck hit an animal?last live animal was a deer two October's past damn near totalled my truck, jumped out, nothing I could do to stop it, I think I ran over a dead possum earlier today.
Last time you saw a dead body? Three weeks ago fatal accident shut the freeway down two casualties.
Describe the unhealthiest truckie you've ever seen? Man must of weighed 400 if he was a pound, had a disgusting club left foot. Like his right leg was normal his left was just terrifying to look at .
Ever gotten a free blowjob from a Hitchhiker?Yes What common illicit drug is widespread amongst truckies?honestly? Probably pills of some kind, I'm not sure I don't do drugs I'm a recovering addict 6years clean
Will you die an old man still a truckie?I will die a trucker doubt I'll be old though
Who would win a bunch or truckies or bikies?hmmm tough as I'm technically both, but the bikers would probably take it.
Ever feel like swerving into oncoming traffic?Jesus yes
Is Trump doing good for truckies or bad?bad like awful, the fucking worst. Worst thing that's happened to this country too. People are too gulible.
Coolest vacation in another country you've had? Last year I went to Thailand and visited Angkor Wat
For shoes I go with Salomon XA Pro 3d. Not everyone will like 'em though. Merrell is very popular too.
I personally don't wear boots because they're too heavy. I get my ankle support from my trekking poles. Think about it. If I wobble or roll an ankle, I already have something in my hand to "grab" as I'm falling. 2000 miles, never sprained even once. Fell on my ass a bunch, but my ankles are fine.
I do have a pair of Vasque Breeze's with a thousand miles on 'em. Some places you just gotta have boots, and those are mine.
Darn Tough makes the best socks. If you wear a hole in 'em, they'll send you a new pair FOR FREE. Socks for life, can't be beat. Donate some to your local homeless, please.
In the very first episode Michale describes him as "thinking he is a comedian" as Kevin tried to get Oscar to laugh by using a piggy bank pencil as a pencil.
Not sure how much he actually changed character wise- but as he had more and more to say- the sound of his voice evolved a bit.
Do you have a favorite state to drive through? Do you have family at who's house you ever crash?
I admire your stamina and will power to walk the trail! I've been fantasizing a little bit about doing it myself, but I'm not in the financial or physical position to do so. At 390 lbs, it'd be a struggle for me to get moving in the first place... I was at 332 less than a year ago, and fell off the weight loss bandwagon when I injured my shoulder lifting... I was down a total of 102 lbs back then, but the injury took the wind out of my sails and I started eating comfort foods again...
I'm just getting started again with cardio, and I've been thinking that a long distance multi-week hike would be the perfect way to get started again... I have the strength and a lot of stamina due to the weights/cardio in the gym, I just don't know if I can afford to do it.
Any suggestions on how someone like me could do what you did?
Does it feel weird to watch yourself on television? Or are you used to this?
I love driving in Utah, especially the southern part by Canyonlands and Moab, although the prettiest stretch of highway in the US is i70 east leaving Utah going through the Colorado Vale
My license lists my parents address I pop in and say hi every now and then but for the most part it's just me and my rig.
It sounds to me like you're on your way. Just stick with it!
Here's what I like to tell people who are thinking about doing something like this, but are worried about physical fitness: As long as you can carry your pack seven miles, that's all you have to do on day 1.
The first shelter is 7 miles from Springer. If you start in April, you have almost 12 hours of daylight in which to accomplish that task. You could walk a mile, even taking a full hour to do it. Then rest half an hour. Then walk another mile. Then rest a FULL HOUR. And so on. If you can do that on the first day until you've done 7 miles, you win for the day. Eat some noodles and go to sleep.
If you can do that for 3 days in a row, you've made it to your first town. Now you get a real bed and a hot shower.
You don't need to hike 20 miles on that first day. You can do the whole trail without ever hiking 20 miles.
I say, find trails near where you live. Bike paths, even the track at a nearby school. Whatever you do, don't do nothing! Get out there and walk, even for half an hour every other day. It gets easier and it gets MORE FUN. Don't ever quit!
I don't really like doing it at all. I am currently going back right now and re-watching The Office for the first time since the episodes aired originally. And that's been fun to re-live so many of those moments. But unless I am going back to work more/ shoot more episodes of something- I often never watch stuff I have done. I know how good it was.
Hello Mr. Baumgartner! Can you tell me now how paper is made?
When I find it I'll let you know :P i do alright but I'm not rolling in the dough. From what I hear Over size and Heavy Haul is where it's at.
Kinda annoying sometimes, but TERRIFYINGLY HORRENDOUS for about two weeks in August.
You'll get 'em bad anywhere if you're there during mosquito season. For me it was Massachusetts. It was 90 degrees and I had on long pants, tucked in to my socks, long sleeves, gloves and a head net and I was still getting devoured. One of them bit me through my shoe.
Then, a week later, a cool breeze blew them all to Ohio I guess, or somewhere. They just... poofed.
trees I think?
Can you tell me a joke? That way I can tell people that Brian Baumgartner once told me a joke... Also, Go Packers!
I tried teams for about a month, I just couldn't get used to putting my life in the hands of another driver.
I read Monkey Wrench Gang about a decade ago and remember being super inspired by it. Like, I wanted to buy a chainsaw and go cut down billboards and shit. I no longer condone this exact approach, but I think that a lot of that spirit is still in me.
I get pretty upset when I see beer cans in a fire ring, or graffiti on a shelter. I go to great lengths to "Leave No Trace" when I hike. I talk about it in my classes a lot, and I'm not afraid to call someone out for hurting our wilderness.
The state of Maine has some good ideas for preserving their wilderness, I like to use them as an example for doing it right.
I don't type well enough for a full joke. But just tell people I told you the one about "Dirty Johnny having sex with his grandma" and laugh real loud and they will think you are cool.
Do you ever pick up hitch hikers? If so is it out if boredom, company or the randomness?
Monkey Wrench Gang, though very popular, is not a good synopsis of Abbey. Other writings are much deeper and less deliberately absurd. This was the quote is was referring to:
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
I do but only rarely, and usually out of boredom/loneliness
Are you worried your job will be taken by self driving trucks?
Gary, do you have any plans on doing another long trail?
I don't know what a Dodger or a Packer is, but I was wondering if you could give me any tips on tidying up my collection of decorative bathroom soaps. I was thinking I should invest in a lazy susan, but that just seems weird sitting on the back of a toilet, doesn't it?
I see them as a thing that will be but is not yet, I doubt that they will be fully autonomous anytime soon cars will be first trucks after, the trucks will need a lot more in depth infrastructure to be viable.
Desires, yes. Plans, no. At least not concrete plans.
I'm section hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail (700ish miles when complete) but only because I can practically see it from my living room.
Parts of the PCT appeal to me, especially the northern sections. I've done parts of the Sierras before and dream of going back . I hate the desert though, and that alone will keep my name off the Triple Crown list.
The CDT is my top choice for next trail. A lot of it is "make up your own route" which I love.
But my heart will always belong to the AT. I love the green tunnel. I find it and the people who surround it infinitely fascinating. I might do the AT again, slower this time.
Great questions. I think that anything that moves in a circle in the bathroom is generally a bad idea.
That's about where I am with it.
The people. Oh my goodness the humans out there... When you go up to 6000 feet seeking company you find exactly the same kind of eccentric weirdo you were looking for.
And not just the hikers.
I met someone on the trail in Pennsylvania who was semi-retired and spent his days delivering "Trail magic" to the shelters. He'd show up at random with candy, pop, and even shared his weed with those who were into that sort of thing. (...raises hand)
He gave me his number and said "If you ever need anything as long as you're in PA, call me. Once you're in New Jersey, you're someone else's problem. But here... I got your back!"
Okay, cool I thought. 3 days later, when I came down with Lyme disease (didn't know it yet, just felt like shit) I took a chance and he answered. He came to fetch me and gave me a trailer on his property, with AC, TV, Wifi... It was heaven. He took me to a doctor and let me recover at his place. He refused every attempt to pay him back.
The AT is surrounded with people like this. Something about that thin strip of dirt attracts the kindest of the kind.
What was your trail name, and how did you get it?
Hey Brian! If each of The Office accountants were forced to fight each other in a cage match, who would end up victorious?
Just wondering what I did to piss in your Cheerios? Its my house if I wanna jerk off I will!
Angela would play dirty. But I would still take her down. And Oscar?!? Come on now.
Have you ever crashed a gate doing ninety-eight since you didn't have a doggone dime?
Big fan of the Moth!
Can you give us some idea of what happens behind the scenes? How much of the story did they help with?
Etc.., just curious how it is to be on the Moth, bucket list item for me!
How's working with Steve Carroll? And how did it feel when he decided to leave?
No thank goodness for EZPass! Also I'm in a truck governed to 65 mph.... 98 just isn't an option, though it sounds terrifying
The process is simpler than you'd think.
The Moth records in a few major cities (and for some reason a few small ones, like mine...) Once per month they host a "Story Slam" which is basically a high budget open mic. If you want to tell, you put your name in a hat and if they pull your name, you take the stage. No help.
You get 6 minutes with a hard cutoff, your story has to be true, and you can't use notes. That's it. You stand up there in the lights, completely blind to the audience and you just go. It's nothing at all like telling stories for friends at a party, unless you have 400 friends.
When you're done, a panel of judges gives you a score and the winner advances to something held once a year called a grand slam, and then nationals in NY.
As far as getting on the air, you don't have to win, the producers just have to like your story.
I did a lot of public speaking for my job prior to this and loved it. I come from a family of teachers, so I guess I have whatever makes you not fear audiences, so I'm one of those nuts who goes out in search of stuff like this. I tried open mic comedy for a while too and I'm terrible at it. Totally different format, but it gave me tons more respect for actual comics.
First- you misspelled his name. And I'm gonna tell him.
Second- He is an amazing man. Gifted, obviously. But incredibly loving and GOOD as well. It was incredibly difficult when his time was over on The Office- but I think we all were f-grateful for the 7 years we got to all work together.
Curious, what type of rig do you drive? Dry van, reefer, flatbed, etc? Do you run independent for bokers or with a company?
Hey man, I'm going to be doing something similar in November, trekking the Te Araroa the length of New Zealand.
What was the best thing that you took with you? How did your body adapt to the demand you where putting on it?
Hey Brian! You were my favorite character on the office since episode 2! Any ways, You're a Dodger fan right? You excited for Darvish's start on Friday?
I run for a mega carrier and have since day 1. Currently I'm in a '16 Freightliner Cascadia, I haul dry van, I'm dedicated to our automotive division, I haul mostly MOPAR parts. I have done reefer in the past
Who is your favorite up and coming young golfer out there and what is your opinion on Brett Favre?
Fuck being an O/O the miles are shaky, and there is way too much overhead. No thanks I'll stick with my carrier job. Money I'm making isn't half bad and I love comfortably, I'm not trying to be rich and I don't need much, most of what I make funds my international travel, I haven't got much else besides bills :)
I flicked a lot of ticks off of me before they bit me, but alas, one got me. I have had Lyme disease, and it wasn't that bad. Only because I caught it early though.
I never got lost, but I did get confused and hike south a few times.
Bryson DeChambeau (SMU GUY!)
I'm a Rodgers guy.
In the UK it's very busy on the roads, but we only have flat front cabs unlike you guys, do you have pictures of you living space in your lorry?
If you could go back in time to before you started, would you do it again? Why or why not?
I'll post some later today. I was sick all last week so my house keeping went a bit shit:) I don't mind the cab overs (you called them flat fronts) the extra manuverability would be amazing. The living space in a conventional tractor is a big bigger I think though. As for traffic, I've survived LA, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York, nothing scares me.
I'd rather go forward in time and do it again, so I can have twice the amazing memories!
Things I would do differently: Go slower.
yes. and no. Had a dinner later that night at a fancy restaurant and all I could smell was chili. Even after a good shower and scrub.
I love gaming. But internet OTR is expensive as balls, check out AT&T'S jet pack services. Be careful with that gaming out here though friend. When you're done for the night you should probably spend time exercising. Then going to bed to do it all again, I know it sounds awful, I love to game too, but it's just a word of advise.
As to down time. Some drivers have more some have less. My account keeps me pretty busy, but I generally burn my hours weekly so I have to shut down for a 34 Hr. Reset, which they will teach you about in training.
One more piece of advise. Learn what you need to in school pass the test get the license. Then throw everything you learned in school out the window. Cause it's got dick to do with actually truck driving. YOU KNOW NOTHING learn, pay attention. Seriously that licesne doesn't make you a truck driver. :) Once you go to train feel free to message me with any questions you may have.
What skills did you learn that were the most useful?
Perseverance. The ability to look at a monumental task and take it apart in my brain, breaking it down into doable steps, rather than being intimidated by the whole thing.
Is there something you wished you had learned before the hike?
I wish I'd considered my nutrition more. I fell into a cycle of eating cheap lightweight garbage in the woods and high price tasty junk in town. Look where that got me. I would have made the weight sacrifice and actually carried an apple or something out of town besides sugary goop and carbs.
obviously. Even little-er now.
Thanks for the free ebook and thanks for sharing your interesting story!
Was there ever a time on the trail you thought you might actually die? I imagine you encounter plenty of wildlife, but also potentially dehydration, starvation, exposure, or possibly ax murderers?
Mt Washington, home of the most severe weather on earth.
It was 54 and drizzling when I began my climb. Halfway up it was 45 and raining sideways, 60 MPH gusts. I decided to turn back and on my way down the wind knocked me over. I thought someone tackled me, but I was on belly sliding across wet rock toward a drop of unknown height. I grabbed a root at the last second like some kind of cartoon character. I watched my pack cover get ripped off by the gale, and saw it sail, flapping into the wet. Not an offering to the storm god, but a sacrifice, taken against my will. At least it didn't get me.
Hey Brian, huge fan. Other than football and golf is there any other sports that you're interested in? For all us Canadian fans please say you're a hockey fan lol
Nah, because of how long I'll be gone I'll have to clear my stuff out and let someone else take the truck. I'll get assigned a new one when I get back.
My wife and I ran some Tough Mudders and few half marathons a couple years ago. Not much into it anymore though.
Nice pic! You go!
Love hockey as well.
1) What did you use for maps?
The AWOL guide. Each page is an elevation profile since you don't have to worry about turning left or right ever. There are tick marks corresponding to points of interest like water, shelters or road crossings. Lists of phone numbers for each town too.
2) Did you ever use the mail drops for resupply, or did you buy in town?
All of the above.
3) What what your daily mileage in the South, and how did that change once you hit the new England mountains and 100 mile woods?
I hiked 7 or 8 miles my first day. That was as far as I needed to go. By the time I got to Virginia, I'd been hiking long enough to get my "trail legs" and the ground flattened out, so I was cruising 20s. That was the norm until the Whites (New Hampshire).
They told us for weeks in advance, "Watch out for the Whites! You'll cut your milage to a third!" Of course we didn't believe them. We were invincible.
My first day in the Whites, I hiked 7 miles. The next day, 3. And the day after that, zero because a freak storm pinned us down. The Whites are no joke. Everything north of that is like running a Tough Mudder every day for three weeks.
And just for fun, what is your trail name, and how did you get it?
Green Giant! Tall guy, green shirt. Sometimes I say, "Tall guy, low carbon emissions" but that just goes over their heads.
1) The best ever. (Like I'm gonna say anything else.) But truly the best professional experience of my life.
2) Having a deep bench full of talented people is way better than just having a star. (See: Dodgers.) My first Dodgers reference of the freaking day!!!!
Are the sleeper cabs on the trucks a comfortable living/sleeping area? They seem very small, but they don't look that bad in the pictures, but I wouldn't know since I've never been in one.
Hello! I just busted out laughing hard enough to scare my dog after looking at that sweet mullet, but I do have a question:
What were your favorite parts/views of the Appalachian Trail? Where are the spots that just take you aback and make you appreciate our glorious planet?
Do you ever get tired of people asking you questions about The Office? Especially if you've got something new coming up I imagine hearing about the old stuff can get tiresome, but everyone seems to have a good attitude.
What's it like working with Shek?
Also did you ever get to see world?
They are what you make them. Mine is very comfortable. I have a purple mattress, which I love. I have my bobbles and odds and ends. I find it very cozy
It is what it is. And I am a fan of The Office as well. So I get it.
Shek is incredible. Very smart. Great at what he does. But don't tell him I said that.
See the world? As in SEA WORLD?
Best random place that you have stopped and it surprised you, not what you expected it to be good or bad?
Thanks so much for the free book! Very kind of you.
Odd question, but something I'm curious about. It's easy to get online and find lists of mistakes to avoid on the trail, but are there any you know of (or made) that may be uncommon or not talked about much?
Hey Brian - huge fan man. Does the Office crew ever meet up still? Do you keep in touch with anyone in particular? What's your favorite vacation destination?
Loretta Lynn's Country Kitchen, thought it would be some second rate tourist trap dinner. Turned out to be an old school world class southern/soul food buffet. God it was good.
I had read that my feet would get bigger, and when they did, I was in denial. I should have bought bigger shoes, but didn't, so I damaged my feet. Took a long time to repair themselves too.
We still do meet up. Not as much as a group anymore but occasionally there will be an important event that a bunch of us attend.
Dodger Stadium or Lambeau Field. Or Tuscany.
I've always wondered what is it like living in a truck? What do you do in your free time?
Also what model is the truck? :]
Very inspiring story. I'd like to go out to the wilds aswell but I'm scared that in the future I miss the old life, and can't i wont have the opportunity to get back to it. What would you say to all of us who are in this position?
The trail goes near a town every 3-5 days. You have literally hundreds of opportunities to quit!
Yes. A few. The "Kevin Malone" name plate is on my desk at home. And I still have the M & M jar on my desk as well.
I don't have a problem with Class A RVs idk about other drivers, I find it a bit concerning that you don't need any special license to drive those monsters. And there are definitely some people who shouldn't be driving them.
I did bad things to my feet.
I knew in advance that my feet would grow half a size, or even a whole. Somehow, I ignored that when it happened, I guess I was in denial. Anyway, I damaged the main nerves in each foot. It took me a year to get normal feeling back, and even today I have to wear metatarsal pads to prevent re-damaging them.
This is not normal however, so don't take my case as typical.
Can;t think of the name right now but it's AMAZING for watching football in PB. You can see the ocean and games at the same time!!!
Was there any episodes of The Office where actual alcohol was consumed and not fake prop stuff?
- I have a cell phone?
- I get paid per mile driven
- I sleep in the sleeper birth of my truck (there is a living area in the back of a semi tractor) I take care of my personal business at truck stops, for emergency pee on the road a wide mouthed bottle.
- I have incurable wander list I have no intention of stopping what I do, this is the only job I've ever loved.
- God no, the thought is horrifying.
Just downloaded the book.
What was running through your mind when walking?
You're about to find out. ;)
Not being sarcastic either, but kinda the whole point of my book is that I want the reader to get inside my head. When you're done reading it, you'll be just as nuts as I am.
Remember this when you get to Chapter 15, "Everyday." I used it to take a break from the story and try to capture every minute detail about a "typical" day on the AT. (There's no such thing, but I tried!) This is the one that'll get you into the long distance hiker headspace.
I'll never tell.
One episode. You can guess which one.
What's the one thing you never imagined you'd eat on the trail?
Was there any food you wouldn't eat before the trail, that you found yourself eating out of necessity?
What's the one thing you never imagined you'd eat on the trail?
A half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.
Was there any food you wouldn't eat before the trail, that you found yourself eating out of necessity?
But seriously, shots of olive oil. Just a little sip with dinner for fats.
Your username... Is it hard to not drive Fri night through Saturday night? The company accommodates this?
My username is a movie reference not a reality for me personally
Thanks for doing this AMA!
I've thought about driving a truck "part time". I'd be working at one job that takes me away from home for a few weeks, but then leaves me with nothing to do for the rest of the month. One idea I had was to get a truck (and all the appropriate licensing) and do short haul jobs in my down time.
Is this a practical idea? Is there a demand for short haul truckers that are only available half of the time? Maybe some kind of network of jobs that can be taken on an "as available" basis?
Truck Driving is more than just a job friend, it's a lifestyle, there isn't a whole lot in the way of short haul driving that isn't run or contracted through a local carrier.
When you start our you'll need to go full time OTR as that is what local companies want to see OTR experience. At least a year... Most want to see 2-3.
I'm not saying don't do this, but I am saying don't do this with our full thought to the commitment driving ruined my relationship, I happened to prefer my career to my former partner. Communicate and be open with your S/O you will be gone for several weeks at a time, most companies require you be out for at least 3 weeks in order to be home for 3 days.