I got a ride to Richmond from Athens, with some damned-decent folks. After parting ways with them, I had to deal with toxic masculinity and overly-passive feminity couple. Took me to a historical place, but then walked ahead me, and didn't have any knowedgle about the area to explain it to me. He also didn't warn me that it was narrow, and some of it was ungrauded, in case I wasn't ok with that.
The would be way too bossy about what he wanted to do and whine about nothing. The guy was so toxic he defended Louis C. K. while he was drunk, than stood by it while he was sober UNTIL I told him I'm going to leave a review because I wouldn't want a sexual assaulat or rape survivor would come here. At the threat of being held accountable, he changed his tone and softened his tune so I could coherently explain to him what was explained to me about how comedy works and why L.C.K. losing his platfrom is important. The person had a problm with how much attention C.K. was getting in comparison to Larry Nasser, somehow connecting that because it was getting about the same amount of attention that somehow C.K. was going to get the same amount of punishment. I don't know how or why someone would think that. This is a white cis hetero middle-class man, by the way. Got himself a silent woman, too.
The point needs to be made that just because you invite people into your house that doesn't make you a good preson. It's also about how to treat your guests. You're not [deity's] name to Couchsurfing community just because you're letting people stay with you. You should actually be compassionate towards people. Don't dehumanize anyone. Don't berate people. Don't put them in any position forcing them to do something for you. People ar acting like people are afraid to leave a negative review, but if you're allergic to the possiblity of being held accountable, don't host or surf.
Also, Richmond has an inner city express toll road that's only 3 miles. Richmond is not bing enough to need an express toll road! There's no night life here. The bus system lacks coverage in area, freqency, and hours. VCU, what even the fuck is that? The Greyhound station doesn't have a set charging area, and the wi-fi wasn't working. It sounded like the wi-fi in that station hasn't been working for a while. I'm glad I was in Richmond for such a short time, and it would have been better if it had been shorter!
If faith is unfortunate enough to land you in Richmod, avoid Grant and Bri.
Aftermath of 2018
I'm already shopping for a new pack. I can't compromise of full back padding. The design of the pack was not compatible with the design of the sleeping bag, so I had to carry it separately. It was cool that I survived with 50+5, but a 60l would have been better. As much as I walk, I need to give in on the walking stick. A hat would have been helpful, as I lost my shades. A tarp would have been helpful, for weather. Hiking boots, for obvious reasons. And, I need to take my own service plan and wifi with me! In the southeast, they are stingy about accessible wifi. I can get away with wifi hoping in other regions I've visited, but I went to the worst places for that!
I also need to replace my phone, and laptop! I've dropped the phone enough times, and now it's doing an error message. A side of the laptop came apart (as I've talked about, previously). And, really, the tablet is annoying, too. The "t" button on the keyboard is sticking, and it doesn't handle some apps properly. I know I'm not going to get much back in taxes, and that money needs to go into settling back in. The phone is first, being the cheapest thing to replace. The tablet can wait, honestly. I'll see what I can do about the laptop, because I want a bigger one for a bigger screen, and full keyboard with a number pad. The new functioning tech will help my body mod business, and I'll be a more functional internet person - art, vlogging, blogging, etc. Lacking tech contributed to my lack of updating. Even when I did have wifi, my laptop was slow and frustrating!
I hope to get the ball rolling soon, because I already know where I want to go on my next journey!