ABOUT Let’s Get Lost:
Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
Seize the Tuesday- Meteor showers in the desert
By Adi Alsaid
Growing up in Mexico City, I’d missed out on a lifetime of stargazing.
You can always look down at the beauty of a city. You can climb up high on manmade wonders and gaze for farther out than you ever could elsewhere, take in the sight of thousands and thousands of lives and the marks they leave behind: cars, parks, buildings, billboards, statues, lights, the lives themselves walking about, going to work, reading books, buying groceries. It’s beautiful. But if you look up in a city, there’s not much to see. Artificial lights hide the stars and turn the sky into an unappealing not-really black screen.
Credit Adi Alsaid: Albuquerque City Lights
When I lived in Vegas, after the rainy night that changed my life, I knew I wanted to take advantage of being in the desert, the stars it has to offer. Vegas itself is too bright to see anything other than a handful of stars and a constant flow of planes, but I knew that just outside the city there’d be clear skies and more stars than I’d ever seen.
I think the first meteor shower I felt the urge to see was in the winter. The Geminids happen in December, and, contrary to popular knowledge, Vegas can often dip below freezing temperatures. Nothing too intense, but not quite comfortable for hours of stargazing. However, I was on a mission to find beauty and do things I never had before.
My friends and I packed blankets, fold-out chairs, coffee mugs, iPods, and a hookah, then headed out to a parking lot by Lake Mead I’d discovered one sleepless night. A quarter of the sky was still too bright for stars, thanks to the Las Vegas Strip. I left my car doors open so that the music playing from the speakers could provide an apt soundtrack. We craned our necks and pointed out as many shooting stars as we could see, counted them out. I kept going back throughout my time in Vegas, checking schedules for the best showers of the year. Two or three cars full of friends driving thirty miles in the middle of the night, or just two of us in one car, laying down in the back of a pick-up truck. They’re a wonder to behold, those particles of dust shooting across the sky. Sometimes so faintly you can’t even be sure that’s what you saw, sometimes so brightly that they cast shadows.
Credit Adi Alsaid: Not Really Stargazing
It’s only recently that I realized that meteor shower excursions aren’t necessarily something everyone does. I’d assumed people went on them constantly. But it’s easy to take them for granted, to look at the peak hours for a shower and think only about the repercussions of breaking up your sleep schedule. It’s hard to go out of your way for them. I would know; I haven’t seen one in years.
The Perseids shower peaks sometime around August 10-12th this year. I’ll be on a cross-country road trip with my sister, helping her move to Cincinnati for grad school, and stopping for some book signings along the way. When I stop by the Twin Cities, I’ll be staying with one of my friends from Vegas who used to join me on those outings. You can bet I’m going to seize the opportunity to stargaze again.
ABOUT Adi Alsaid:
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so
it's no surprise that after graduating he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he has lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him that more places will eventually be added to the list.
Visit Adi online at http://www.somewhereoverthesun.com/
Twitter: @ AdiAlsaid and Instagram.comJUhhdee.
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To get you in the mood, here's a little seizing that I did this week:
I'm spending the week in St. Louis with my family and we went to a place called The City Museum. Don't let the name fool you, this place was an adventure playground on steroids. It's like nothing you've ever seen!! There are caves and crevices and slides that are 10 stories high, there are metal contraptions that you crawl through and pray you're not going to get stuck. There are metal things to climb so many stories into the air, and airplanes hanging in the middle of them, and a school bus hanging off the top of the building. It's crazy!!
See that bus on the top of the building? That's where I took the first pic from. Hanging out over the top!! See that ferris wheel? That's where I took this pic...
Climbing up through the roof...
Yes, you climb everything here! I had to conquer ALL THE FEARS! This (below) is about four stories high, you climb through those metal tunnels into an old plane that's just hanging there! Then you pretend you're a pilot...
This giant slide (below) is multiple stories long, and there are people climbing up it on top of the pipes while you're sliding dooooooowwwwwnnnnnn....
This was me psyching myself up to follow my son through this tunnel. About 30 seconds later I dropped my phone three stories into a fountain. :P
Being someone with claustrophobia in a bad way, I had to give myself little pep-talks before I went through the tunnels. There's even a tunnel that goes under the entire length of the floor!! And you have to CRAWL. *shivers* Here's a short clip of the caves that I climbed through. The first two floors of the building are these incredibly carved out caves!
There's no way to explain fully how amazing this place is. So you'll just have to SEIZE THE MOMENT and go find out for yourself! How have you seized the moment?
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