Quotes to Live by
from Brian Lofland
Travel is one of my passions in
life and I’m clearly willing to go
to great lengths to pursue it!
You should gain solace in
knowing that you’re growing
older with wisdom and the
power to make meaningful
impacts on the lives of so
many people around you.
You start to be
when you take
risks in your life.
It’s amazing how
much a person
comes to life when
they start living it!
What I’ve learned is that you have to pursue your
passions in life, what excites and challenges you, and let
go of your fears of how other people (especially society!)
will judge what you do and pursue in life. You don’t
need a lot of money to be happy in life. You only need up
to a certain amount. Worship money and you’ll never
feel like you have enough. Worship beauty and youth
and you’ll always feel ugly and old. Worship intellect
and you’ll always feel stupid. Worship power and you’ll
always feel weak. Stay aware of the finiteness of
everything, pursue what excites you when you wake up
in the morning, and you’ll be alright.
(paraphrasing David Foster Wallace)
When are we going to dress up and
look at our dream homes in SF?“
Whenever I have friends in foreign countries who
say I should visit them I always ask them to make
sure they’re serious, because I’ll actually do it.“
Well that is one of my
outfits. It’s so 1975 to
only be one thing on
Usually what I do is gather
information from wikitravel
and compile my own guide
book, i.e. I’m cheap. :)
If I’m not mistaken, according to the
Republican party, Obama is now a
terrorist, baby killer, socialist,
communist, racist, boogie man,
muslim, arab, satan, marxist, and
leader of the plan to enslave the
I’ve truly experienced Guatemalan
life. I lived with a Guatemalan
family, I went hunting for turtle eggs
on the Pacific Coast, I climbed a
volcano and I got hijacked.
When i travel It’s not to take pretty
pictures and stay at nice hotels, it’s to
see how a different culture operates
and to try to learn something new
about myself and humanity.
I know this is going to sound crazy, but when I was getting
robbed I felt a sort of inner peace that almost made me
want to smile. Since I’ve been in Guatemala I noted this
unavoidable reality that I was this relatively rich
American that can come and go as he pleases in the
world. Even though I don’t think of myself as better or
more important than anyone else in the world, my mere
existence in Guatemala essentially was a display to the
people that I was. But when I was being hijacked I
realized that we all would have similar fates, and after the
robbery was over we all exchanged purely human glances
that said thank God we’re still alive! It transcended
nationality, race, and social status. It was a truly
You know that
rush from Tokyo
still hasn’t worn
I took this Chinese medication
that among other conditions was
intended to combat “the effects of
overindulgence of alcohol and
smoking.” Funny how the same
medication treats that and food
Well actually you could handle
getting murdered because it’s not like
you would have to worry about it
after the fact.
I made a deal that if Obama gets the
nomination I am moving back to the
states, if he doesn’t I’m staying away.
At this moment I can’t make rational
decisions so I’ve decided to leave it to
fate. I’m the type of person who will
make major life decisions by flipping
a coin. Heads I traffic drugs, tails I
run for congress.
We were at a restaurant the other night and this
table full of Australians were talking smack about
Americans. I turned my head and said loudly with
my american accent, you’re absolutely right!
I was thinking about this
earlier, every time I talk to
you, you are one step
closer to becoming a
lawyer. Strange. It’s like
you are transforming into
a different animal, like a
caterpillar into a butterfly,
or maybe like a sheep into
(on his friend Linda’s career path)
Did you ever see that movie where the guy lied
on his app to Harvard Law and said he was
black in order to get a full ride and he took
pills to give him a darker complexion?...maybe
I could do that.
I must have been off my rocker when
I concocted this crazy plan, but it’s
even crazier that it’s actually doable!“
I’m in Korea, surrounded
by Korean children!
Wouldn’t it be funny if
they had me picking up
trash instead? I knew my
SDSU degree would take
I just saw this horrible American movie
with Tom Cruise called Lions and
Lambs...stay far, far away. It was either
that or seven movies in Korean to
choose from. I knew it was long shot,
but in hindsight, I should have just set
my 7,000 Won on fire instead of paying
to watch a movie with Tom Cruise.
better then spending
an hour after
clubbing all night,
standing on a table
singing karaoke to
boy band songs.
It’s refreshing that there’s someone
on MTV with a bit of substance. The
article implied, however, that this
substance probably won’t be enough
to turn around the struggling series.
Back to 16-year-old pregnancies and
birthday parties it is!
Just working in an office.
The whole American
dream. It’s not for me.
What is a startup really
but smoke and mirrors
and a few brains?
I wanted to take the feelings of goodwill
and brotherhood prompted by the
holiday season (which I suspect is
strongly correlated with increased
alcohol and sugar consumption) as an
opportunity to say that you’re beautiful.
To each and every one of you.
”(from a December holiday ecard)
Did you hear about the stampede at a
store in China that killed three people…
it was a killer sale!
Oh really, you like baby elephants?
Well I just got back from providing
art therapy to distressed orphan baby
elephants in the wild in Indonesia. It
was soo rewarding. Check out this
”(on how to win over his crush who
recently reported on crying baby
Heights: Can't live
because I'm not a frat
guy, don't like NFL,
I'm gay, I'm not
married nor a
eccentric female over
the age of 35 who has
a lot of cats.
”(wisdom amidst a roommate search in
We just can't go aaaall the way to Tanzania and
not see other parts of Africa as well. We could
go scuba diving in Zanzibar as well. (We'll
probably have to hang out there for a few days
before we do that though so we don't get that
thing where your brain explodes from going
from high to low elevation) I hear Zanzibar is
awesome. Why don't we do a safari while
we're at it? Fuck it, let's do it all!!! Can't hold us
(on plans to climb Mt. Kili for our 30th)
I am confident that, at the end of the day, we will realize that
we gained some quick wins through the concepts I put into
practice during my time at this company. Going forward, I will
be on the same page with my employer – indeed singing from
the same song sheet – and be thinking out of the box when it
comes to finding the right projects to optimize. Initially, this
process be similar to herding cats and will identify the square
pegs in the round holes, but we will achieve some upside and a
paradigm shift as we reach out and break the silos by going
our separate ways. I quit.
”(paraphrasing a jab at business jargon)
Just imagine excusing
yourself to use the
bathroom and then
coming back dressed
in a chicken costume
and quietly returning
to your seat.
”(on how to make meetings more
Omg I totally just laughed out loud when I read
this. People in my office are going to wonder
why they heard the sound of laughter. It's the
equivalent to playing EDM in a library.
”(on his painfully quiet workplace)
Everybody needs a little more
disco in their life.“ ”(stating the obvious)
Brian Christopher Lofland
November 20, 1984- April 24, 2014