I would like to stop being Angry and Frustrated

Everyday of the week, I receive about 100 e-mails, these e-mails make me angry, frustrated, and yesterday I hollered a "Boy Genius from India." for no good reason, I have little patience, my nerves are tattered.

Why am I angry --- 1 to 6 ?

1. I am frustrated after leaving a country I love "Ivory Coast" because of stupid violence and being force to flee to Senegal that is not my cup of tea.

2. Doing my USA Income Taxes for 2010, and wanted to club one accountant over the head. However, fortunately I found another one to help me file a 2555 form. Note, I truly do not pay taxes, which are not the problem; it is the preparation I do not like to prove I do not need to pay taxes. Form 2555

3. Patience, my patience is worn thin with many people in my life. I write or say something, and they do not read or listen, and I need to repeat myself.

4. Paying 30 Dollars per night for a Hotel room that is worth 14 Dollars in a global market, it never feels good to pay too much for something and to be forced to do so because I cannot find and acceptable alternative.

5. Google changed their algorithm, my traffic decreased 10-15 percent, and my income will decrease the same. I got a cut in pay, and my cost of living increased because of the Hotels in Senegal, a country that is not that great.

6. No where to walk that is interesting, Senegal only is about a one-half hour per day curious-to-look-at-country, and I am quickly running out of things to look at. If you monitor the number of photos I publish daily, you can see it has dropped dramatically since I left Ivory Coast, Ghana or Togo.

"Asked to leave the Island."
I am making a list, of who, when, where, what, why or how to say,
"Leave the Island."
"You have been voted off the Island."
"We are asking you to leave the Island."

Dakar / Yoff / Senegal, West-West Africa --- Thursday, March 10, 2011


To Mom.
I think my Mother is the only person who reads 100 percent of my post.

Mom, I think I am referring to the show "Survivor," I think the show is insanely stupid, therefore, I do not know the phrase correctly. Nevertheless, it is something like this, people in the show are voted off, or asked to leave the island because they are not wanted, more or less saying.
"We do not want you."
"I do not want you."

I am not able to watch USA television, I do not live in the USA, however, I do download the "Action Soap Opera" called 24 with Kiefer Sutherland.

Nagging that is Temporary versus Continuous

1 to 6 are temporary, these are nagging problems that will go away. I am in complete control of my who, when, where, what, why and how much, so I am free. I know these nagging problems will end, the Google thing is just normal business, it is permanent, but I am not going to "Jeté."

Hmm, I am in a Francophone country, sometimes the first word that comes to mind is in French, an intriguing analysis of my brain.

Which one is a continuous nagging problem in my life?
---- E-mails ----

I can read these e-mails quickly, effective and efficiently, the time is not the problem, it is the quality.

List of Problem E-mails

1. Comments Moderation on the Blog
a. I dislike about 1 in 8
b. Black hole, about 1 in 20 and never allow readers to read.

"I do not enjoy starting to read crap comments, it is not possible to just ignore a negative, I must think for a second, this is too long."

2. Submission to HoboTraveler.com directory that are spam, our site allows people to submit links and comments
a. I delete 80 percent of them, I must read maybe 25 per day, it is not fun to know that reputable sites and businesses will spit out crap in the hope of earning money.

3. Questions asked on site:
Please understand, 90 percent of the questions asked are not people coming from the Blog, they are question asked on the main site of HoboTraveler.com
a. I ignore about 80 percent; they are not even close to knowing why they wrote.
b. I reply to about 20 percent.
Index page of HoboTraveler.com

Secret to Happiness Formula
My long-standing secret to happiness formula is this, to remove all un-happy things from my life, and what remains is happiness.

This takes a lot of work some days, it is not easy to work with people, live with people, to be a human that exist and just avoid all stress. I like Adventure stress, I enjoyed Ivory Coast up to a limit, then after that, it became over the top, and I declared "no joy."

Possible Solutions to Moderation of Blog Comments

1. Stop all comments on Travel Blog.
(Note, I am not positive they make money for the site or me.)

2. Find two to five people to use as trusted moderators who receive all the comments by e-mail and moderate so I do not need to read some of the annoying comments… I would receive the comments that are good.

3. Require readers to log-in before they comment, this will allow us to vote people off the Island almost completely.

OK, enough of this rant.

GPS and Google Maps Disagrees
I have a Magellan GPS toy in my backpack, I have been taking a longitude and latitude readings, I enter the number into a control panel and it answers the question:
Where is Andy?

Strangely, I kept telling Boy Genius, his coding was bad, and he proved to me his coding was correct and that somehow my GPS and Google Maps disagree. The longitude and latitude coordinates do not agree, they point at different locations. This means that either my GPS is not correct or Google Maps is not correct.

My Best 2 Dollar of Travel Money Spent
I purchased a can of insecticide; I do this often, and sprayed my room in Senegal to kill many mosquitoes that were hiding during the day. It is amazing how two dollars worth of insecticide can take a room that has some annoying feelings and remove them. I have been doing this now for about 4-5 years. There is no better investment in comfort than the cost of a can of insecticide to kill something.

You do not even know how many things are crawling on your body, whether it is mites, ants, no see ums or just big old cockroaches. Cockroaches are scary, they seldom truly cause a problem and they eat bedbugs, but mites and no see ums need killed.

Truly, a great travel tip, spray downs your room prior to living in it, and your quality of life will truly improve.

Bending Steel for Construction in Senegal
A couple of nice construction workers allowed me to make a video of them bending rebar or steel that will go inside concrete columns and joist here in Yoff or Dakar.

Standing on Bridge Video
Me standing on a sidewalk overpass, over a four lane highway and explaining Senegal.

I would like to stop being Angry and Frustrated


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DITTO! for me I feel the same even I receive less than a third of your 100 emails a day. Usually managing such mood swings and anger and frustrations is done by "ACCEPTANCE" of the basic "laws" of human nature. People's most important NEEDS and DESIRES are SIMPLE and their wish to enjoy receiving them FREE is nearly universal as is their HATRED of those of us who provide these basic needs for a price. There is a thin line between people's admiration and inspiration of mentors, inventors and "gurus" like yourself and their negativity or casting of stones attitude as people like yourself remind them of their failures in their own lives.

When I first read your header I thought, "but of course Andy" your left Bah behind instead of organizing her joint escape with you or possibly at some upcoming date that was doable. But of course that's a typical example of judging others by our own character having a loving companion is one of Bill's more important "joys of life" . Each of us are ALWAYS divided internally as to some of the decisions we make and though one side KNEW we made the RIGHT choice the other side of us is SCREAMING and SHOUTING and CALLING NAMES at our inner self who made the choice. Such is Life! C'est la vie!

The mosquito spray looks like a GREAT deal for 2 bucks I bought something half the size without the spray can for nearly as much but haven't had to use it yet.

Most forum webmasters have chosen # 2 moderators but I never liked the idea myself so occasionally my yahoo group gets ATTACKED but then I deal with it in a few minutes. The trouble with limiting "spam" is most people with experience and can be content providers themselves as addition or enhancing part of someone's blog have ulterior motives. #3 the LOG IN idea might work and be the best because the WORST of the TROLLS may shy away from making the worst and most annoying of the comments. My common frustration is that our guests making bookings do NOT READ when all they need to do is SCROLL DOWN like I advise them in the first paragraph. But I remember researching mail order businesses and it said reader ONLY read the 1st sentence, the last sentence and anything which says FREE and opens the envelope 10 times more if address is hand written.

ANDY, you are a REALLY GOOD GUY and interesting stellar individual with some great karma flow going your way. I've skimmed through your pages of deleted comments and see how many spam attacks, A- -HOLES making EVIL accusations at you and various other more boring off topic comments are sent. So I guess IF removing the "comment" section will NOT take any money OUT of your pocket and ENHANCE your JOY of LIFE then it's probably wise for you to do so. Should that be the case so long and all the BEST to you. Bill

Soon we will require people to log in to comment, so that is guaranteed to happen. I suppose i will just wait and see what happens.

Generally, inside the password area is easy to moderate, however this will make the disliked or deleted area boring, but not important, we are selling happiness not the ugly.

I enjoy human nature, except when I have to deal with is up close and personal, then I want to walk away from some people. I sold Real Estate for years, and it was sad listening to the corrupt suggestions or desires from people I thought at first were nice people.

I do not want to know what is inside the inner thoughts of many people.

your mom is not the only one who reads all of your posts.

I will write directly to my Mother and Father. I am forever grateful to them for being two of the best parents on the planet, and to help make me the man I am today.

There are too many children who disclaim their family, I do the opposite to lobby for people to accept and reward their parents.

Also an indirect way of writing that allows me to tell readers what the phrase meant without them thinking I am talking down. There is a balance, too high or too low, there must be clues to explanations. Allusions are fun, except when you lose everyone in the process.

Maybe I missed this- are u waiting for something there, in Senegal? If you weren't I assume you'd have left by now...

I am arranging all my visas for "West" West Africa, from here in Senegal to Liberia.

I like to give all countries and locations at least 10 days, so always go slower than tourists, I feel as if I just arrived.

I went to the Ghana Embassy yesterday, I hope to get a five year visa to Ghana so I could fly cheaper to Accra. I can get a six month visa for 200 Dollars, but I must enter Ghana in three months, so of little value.

I think I can will get a Guinea visa here in Dakar, and then can get the remainder in Banjul, the Gambia where the language of business is English.

it is very confusing to map out the visas, and the guidebook does not do this, the assumption is you only visit one country. I am sure somebody has done it, but I have yet to come across if for an American. The visa requirement for Europeans is different than American here.

Andy, the thing about Google Maps is that your GPS will nearly always be more accurate than their maps. I'm struggling sometimes with the same thing w/ my GPS tracker.

To map tens of thousands of flat images onto a spherical surface Google will stretch and manipulate the image to make it blend with others. Using Google Earth I can move forward and backwards in time (looking at how a satellite image evolves over time) and note the sometimes large jumps in building locations.

This might not be your problem. Your map might say you're dozens and dozens of kilometers from your point, which isn't right. The distances I'm talking about are commonly shifts of less than two or three dozen meters.

Here in West Africa it appears the GPS marks a location about 10-15 kilometers Southwest of the location on Google Maps. This time we was in the ocean so pursued the answer.

Readers assume that I am the problem, so we now are using Google Maps to retrieve there long and lats so we agree, even if not correct by GPS.

Thanks for the opinion, I support you that my GPS is accurate, but I suspect readers would assume Google Maps is correct, so a Catch 22.

Yeah just get people to log in.... your true followers will keep following!

Hi Andy. I can understand your frustration. But it is just one more fact of life. I love reading your blogs and visiting your website. I am an intensively curious person and love travel and adventure. So reading your blogs and enjoying my morning coffee has become a regular morning routine. I have a new website. My nephew discontinued sailtoadventure. So I now have topsailadventures.com. I need to do some more additions to it and I am going to post Hobo Traveler as a link if you do not mind. And I will do a blog about how much I enjoy hobotraveler.
One of the nice things about reading your blogs and visiting your website is that I know you are honest. I never feel like you are gas lighting me or blowing smoke up my pants. As my Aussie friends so colorfully put it in their quaint, loveable idiom, yours is the "straight griffin" or " the dinkum oil ".
Andy, when your gps does not agree with a map or chart, the map or chart is in error. By its very nature a satellite gps has only two choices. It can work or not work. If it is locked on to satellites it has to give an accureate latitude and longitude. We frequently see errors on charts when plotting a location with a gps coordinate. Usually the gps can give you a location within just a few yards. Lots of nautical charts are innacurate. Especially the ones of western Mexican waters and some out in the western pacific. The navigational charts produced by Captain James Cook, NOAA, and by the British Admiralty are really the straight griffin. You can bet your boat on it.

Do you know about the datum setting? You have to set your gps to whatever standard datum is used on the map. It is printed on a paper map, you set your gps setting to that datum, a cute little nameand number.
I didn't know what google uses. So [in real time] I have googulated a bit and found this:
Typically, the data you import into the Google Earth application is created with a specific geographic coordinate system, such as a Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection and a NAD27 datum (North American Datum of 1927).

How about using "You're fired!" from The Apprentice, Donald Trump's reality TV show? That seems to apply pretty well.

I also think that the solution of hiring a handful, let's say 3 trusted moderators would work really well for you after training and providing guidelines. No?

Nothing in the world like one's parents. It's a good reminder.

Keep on truckin', Andy. As they say, life's a bitch, and sometimes I quite agree!

pff, before you kick me out with registration (I hate that, but understand the case)...

Marry in every country you like a girl, tell her you give her a bunch of money for that and then go and she can look for the next one ...

Uuups, not Christian style, but very effective: You get right to stay everywhere. As long as your paper marriage goes on. Pay back with the same how they do it here.

I know a European man he did that with an African girl. One very beautiful one, never understood why that guy let her go ... He got about 5000 bucks. Plus some tax reduction because married ...

Not a real tip, just cross thinking ...

My wifes twin brother came from the north down to see us, in an African country, no need to tell where. He came by luxery bus. Then he entered a yellow cab, this common public transport.

That was bad: They started beating him, took all his property, beat him again and, thankfully, throw him out of the car. They did not kill him. He was not looking fine, I see still his wounds. He did not recover well and a year later he died.

He died for sparing a few pennies, living cheap instead of taking a good taxi.

White people live longer there because they fear us, it would be too troublefull to beat a white one down. Don't think that makes me feel safe, that believe is an error. You where only lucky till today.

We where in a hotel, having sold a truck. So, 30000 bucks in the bag. There came rumors up that strangers found out our hotel ....
We had to run to the airport and my wife was white in the face because of fear, ready to expect any second someone stopping our taxi or killing us...

You can die for no reason anywhere by human hand, no exclusion.

Life is good, but the world is bad ....

I love that you write whatever you're feeling! I feel like I'm reading your diary- especially in the title- and appreciate your honesty about the fact that you're not necessarily enjoying Senegal. I think a lot of travel bloggers skim over the same information (i.e. 'a charming little treasure' etc.) and it gets really repetitive. This post was like a breath of fresh air! I especially loved the section dedicated to Mom. Thanks again for a great post!

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