Want to know who you are? Do you want to know your hobbies? Simple, stop working 9-5 and give yourself enough time, what you do all day is who you are...
I am Andy Lee Graham, founder of HoboTraveler.com and 100 plus sites, all part of the Hobo Travel Community.
This is an "About," page, to help you understand the site(s) etc. and the people
"This page is a frustration, the life of an inventor, same as I see myself."
- Andy Lee Graham
My life is free of distractions, and what the hell does that mean? It means, very few people knock on my door, call me on the telephone or interrupt me when I am thinking.
Why? Go figure, today I am in Kara, Togo West Africa, I ran far enough away from home to escape all the never-ending distractions inside the USA.
(I escaped the USA 15 years ago.)
Almost nobody can force me to listen to them, with a few exceptions:
- Mom, Dad, Andrew my partner, and a few stray women who do actually knock on my door. I am not married, but that is whole other story, I am something of a rogue.
I took off traveling, or maybe I escaped, whatever the reasons, whatever my motivations, at the end of the day what my mind needed was space. I needed the free time to think, so I could invent object, ideas, thoughts, etc,
“I enjoy solving problems.”
As of March 1, 2013, I have travel for 15 years, and visited 90 countries. That is is 15 year of no distractions and a mind that is not idle.
This lifestyle has allowed me to answer the question,
“What do you do, when you have nothing to do?”
Or, the more important question, is what will you do my friend, what do you do when you are not working? Will you work 30 years of your life, the retire with no hobbied, no passion, no reason to live? Is your only reason to live your work? Or your family, or am I just lising out the distractions in life.
When the mind is free of distractions, we stop the reactions to life and our actions tell the story of us, who we are…
Watch how I act all day, do not listen to me, what I do is who I am, what I say, is who I want to be. STOP - What I do is who I am, no more, no less.
AN INVENTOR’S STORY - APRIL 17, 2013
I am going to explain what I did yesterday, it is a typical day for me, but the stakes were higher, I was working on a new muse, a new invention, and on this one is worth doing.
Look at that photo, I had a frustrating day, I feel like the look on his face.
It was one of the best days of my life.
"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."
- Thomas Edison
The Meaning is:
"Genius is largely the result of hard work, rather than an inspired flash of insight." Phrases.org.uk
Ok, so I woke yesterday, and studied French, wrote about it, posted it on the Blog, and went to breakfast. No, I did not go to breakfast, I was obsessed, distracted in a good way, I keep thinking about my "Bird Cage."
Somwhere during the melee of thoughts, I posted one of my inventions, or novel ways of looking at a problem, with a solution onto Instructables.com.
But, my brain refuses to seize up and stop, it is a rambling train driving at a wall, it is really out of control yesterday.
The Problem on my Mind? And an Invention Solution...
Malaria, or Paludisme here in Francophone Kara, Togo West Africa.
This is the killer.
What the hell is the solution to Malaria? A good one could save millions of lives, and this Malaria things is personal, I had Malaria a couple of years ago in Lome, Togo, easy to stop, curable, then why doesn't the world stop Malaria?
I mean, I was scared of Malaria, until I had it, and learned how stupidily easy it was to cure from my body.
In the 20 days I have been in Kara, Togo, I have heard these comments:
Nicole says she had Malaria. (Togo girl.)
Bienvenue said, I have Malaria. (Togo girl.)
Yes, when I am Togo, i hear many stories of people who say they have Malaria, or "Palud" (Pah - LEW) as they say here, it is short French, I think.
Ok, I was tested at the lab in Lome, I am 100 percent sure I had it, and maybe I had it also Niger, but who knows, I was not test, just the cure that time.
Serum or Pills is the cure, prevention is not getting bit my mosquitoes.
I am hanging out in Kara, Togo West Africa, which is infested with two aspects of life.
1. Beautiful Togolese girls, with big smiles.
2. People who say they have Malaria.
I am trying to make that thing above. (Read Instructables.com )
It is my belief, that innovative ideas, with very little money can stop malaria on planet earth. The solution is to do many things at the same time.
There are 2100 Languages in Africa (Wiki)
And... I am angry at the Non Governmental Organizations, USA AID, Doctors without Medicines, and all the others save the world, get nothing done groups, and do not forget Peace Corps.
The NGO"s throw money around like water, and drown in their own lack of empathy."
People in Kara, Togo do NOT speak French, their first language is Kabye, maybe Cotocoli, and if you push, Ewe.
Putting up a signs in French is lack of empanthy, the sign is good, and it works for about 10 percent of the people.
The solution to Malaria is alway known, the problem is how to tell people, then how to get the 7 dollars into the hands of a mother with a baby who is dying from Malaria.
A woman with a small baby tied to her back is forced to know what that sign says.
Pay in advance, of no lab test!
I hope you are frustated, this is why I call myself an inventor, and nothing frustrated an inventor more than watching simple problems not being solved.
1 dollar, 500 CFA for the test, and 6 dollars for the cure, and one less baby dies.
Andy Graham Inventor
Andy, I know you have a low opinion of NGOs, but if you really want to do something with this (i.e. install these informational speakers widely) you are going to need to team up with somebody.
The first organization I would go to with something like this would be Engineers Without Borders. I was briefly a member when I was in college getting my engineering degree.
I am more than willing to allow them to team up with me, LOL. And, I went and looked at the USA one of "Engineers without Borders."
I have been in business, self-employed for 30 years, and there is a push/ pull problem in all organizations, a fun read on that it here:
I am an entrepreneur type, so I tend to push, more than wanting to be pulled. I am 100 percent wanting NGO's to do what is their mission.
And, yes, I just put an idea up, an innovative, inventive idea, with the mission of creating cross cultural, cross language communication. And, as normal, anyone can steal it, that is why I put it up, hoping they will.
I do not need an organization to stop Malaria in Kara, Togo, I need roughly 1000 per month for 12 months, or 7 dollars per incident of "Palu."
Instructables is helping me debug that device above, and you do not have to an engineer to have a brain that works that way.
I am extremely excited to say, that "Instructables.com" is quickly becomeing my hope to solving real problems.
Please point me at the direct, drilled down URL that I can give them real problem from here in Africa. I can be reached at +1 260-624-4414. Please have them call me, if they want some good challenges, both in engineering, and also cultures.
Andy Graham in Kara, Togo - April 18, 2013 - Time sensitive.
Andy, I am getting in touch with one of the members currently active in EWB at the university where I got my degree. Here's a copy of my email text with the name of the recipient and the institution redacted.
My name is Michael Robinson. I graduated from ___ last year (I took some classes from your dad). I was one of the undergrad EWB members, and that's why I'm writing to you.
I haven't been active in EWB since I left UVM, but recently I started communicating with an American living in West Africa. He has an idea for a project to disseminate Malaria educational information to illiterate West Africans. Just to give you a little idea of the project it would, in part, involve kiosks broadcasting audio announcements.
This man has extensive experience in third world countries. He has traveled for many years and visited 90 countries. He doesn't have large resources of his own or connections to NGOs that would enable him to pursue his project of malaria education. When I heard his ideas, I immediately thought of EWB.
I'd like to bring his ideas to the attention of EWB. I will probably be coming to B____ at the end of April or the first few days of May, when I will be able to attend a meeting. In the meantime, I would appreciate hearing from you or someone else in the EWB organization about the possibility of exploring this idea for a new project.
"Palud" is a contraction of the word "paludisme", which is simply a synonym for malaria in french. Never heard it that way, but since I live in Montreal, we don't use that word that often!
If and when I travel to Montreal again, I am sure my African French is going to open some ears. The locals almost always say "palud," and I need to remember to include the D.
I was looking at an apartment here in Kara, Togo, it is so cheap, that I could rent it by the year, and just come back one time a year for a month or two. Well, I was sitting here thinking, I am not going to put up with this problem of Malaria in my back yard. 1 in 10 babies that get is I heard die from it, this is hearsay, I am still fact checking, but whatever it is still too many. I started this site today, to help the city.