Phillip Wong // The Articles

Generational 2

17th November 2017

On board the Statue Cruises ferry en route to Liberty Island.

When I was in Europe several years ago, selfies were at the start of their march towards being part and parcel of travelling. Fast forward to 2017 and selfies are a reason to travel. While I found it amusing those few years ago to see a selfie stick used by an atypical demographic (good ideas are just good ideas though, right?) in 2017 it’s now essential for every age group to show proof of life to the world.

This was the subject of an interesting discussion I had with a tour operator in Arizona. He was commenting that he was getting more and more Americans on the tours that he ran to the national parks and when I quizzed him on the reasons why, he was pretty confident: social media. The desire to humblebrag demands interesting backdrops to frame the face, leading to an increasing number of visitors in search of insta-fame. Indeed, from my observations this was true. People travelling the real world to reinforce their virtual selves is a thing.

Everest

7th November 2017

Everest.

Compared to when I did the inaugural Tough Mudder at Hampton Downs, this year’s Everest looked smaller, steeper, and – with the steady rain – more difficult. The wet conditions made for a slippery ramp and a soggy run up; ideal conditions for spectating. I thank each and every one of you who tried and failed for my viewing pleasure. A special shout out goes to the gentleman that fell awkwardly and face-planted hard into the ramp. Your sacrifice was appreciated.

Electroshock.

Exiting Electroshock.