Scotomaville Trilogy
 
 

Long Beach Veteran Meetup Event

 

Long Beach VETERAN MEETUP

Come share your story, sign my campaign flag, and discover with new eyes the meaning and value of your sacrifices.

I'm Daniel Comp, the author/curator of Scotomaville. I'm a veteran, an explorer, an entrepreneur, and a father. I believe the greatest expedition you will ever undertake is the journey to self-understanding. I invite you to join me in the public debut of Scotomaville, November 19-20th, at the Glendale Civic Center, outdoors, under the canopy of our expedition Airstream.

An expedition is a journey with a purpose. I've cycled across America three times and towed an Airstreaming more than 40 thousand miles confirming that the best outcome of an expedition is not in discovering new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. I spent decades exploring to understand why we do what we do. That is point of Scotomaville.

 
 





AWARENESS

Our brains are as soft as easy spread butter and can be injured by a soccer ball or a bomb blast. Until recently, Long Beach veterans we sent home with invisible battle wounds that changed their lives. Awareness of our vulnerability and lifest...

When you look down, do you see a belly or your shoes? Do you see a gut or laces? Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe? There's a coup underway. It's 100 trillion microbes against your intention. By feeding our gut, rather than our ...

We are regularly bamboozled, hoodwinked, mislead and biased from either side of an issue. Most people know nothing about blind-spots. We literally can not see some of what is right in front of our face. That vulnerability is leveraged by magicians an...

People are hording toilet paper, hand wipes, frozen and canned food. It's as if they fear the end of the world. Abundance and scarcity are concepts. You can't pick them up. You have to imagine those concepts in your mind. The problem is... our emotio...

Welcome to the reflection video for episode one of volume one. That's near the very beginning of the Scotomaville book and video series. In episode 01.01, I presented quite a few new ideas. In this reflection video, I want to give you a perspective o...

Why do I get so emotional? What can I do with false beliefs? These are reasonable questions. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel shares a mental tool that has helped a great deal. Learning to peel back layers of your beliefs to root out t...

Most of us are unaware of how often stories mislead us. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel demonstrates how storytelling is a super-power. Using Hieroglyphics and a likely tale of the power of leadership, you'll experience how easy it is...

In this Episode and Chapter, we combine a simple illusion with a questionable story. This can be done at any Long Beach Starbucks. You'll experience what it means to be 100% wrong half the time. You see, when a simple story is processed by our...

Learning to accurately communicate our emotions is nearly impossible without a decent emotional vocabulary. Most guys ignore, excuse, or just stuff it as being too tough. The Scotomaville series proves that old dogs can learn new tricks - and an emot...

Untangling fact from fiction, beliefs from truth, and getting traction on your Personal Everest is far more certain with this nifty tool. Using a simple principle from navigation, you can calm your fears and spouse with much more certainty and commit...

If you've watched other episodes, you recall that I frequently walk to the dumpster. Yes, I'm taking the trash out, physically and metaphorically. I've missed doing this during the pandemic lock-downs. I'm purposefully doing it now because I was sett...

Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe? There's a coup underway. It's 100 trillion microbes against your intention. By feeding our gut, rather than our taste buds, we can culture our microbiome to crave healthy food that leads toward...

The aim of self-reflection is to discover fundamentals about our journey in life, specifically Why We Do What We Do (WWDWWD). Looking back a couple of years at Episode v1.02 on Pattern Recognition, I feel that I barely covered the topic considering h...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

We are pattern recognizing beings. We learn by building on memories which form patterns. These eventually become habits. Some are good. Some are not. Some habits come from numerous and long-standing patterns. We drive across Long Beach demonst...

Today is May 16th, 2020. 50 years ago, I clearly remember looking at the Porsche 911 that I had put together from a plastic kit on my shelf, and watching model airplanes slowly spin on their monofilament while imagining this day. It seems that life i...

In music, a 'hook' is an intentionally addictive set of lyrics and beat. It sticks in our mind and plays over and over and over... It can be maddening. It's a fabulous thing to be able to get noise out of your head and be inside a place that is quiet...

"We don't see things the way they are. We see things the way WE are." The problem is that we see Long Beach and the world with a messed up slate. Other people have chalk-lines and lies scrawled all over the chalkboard of our memories. We forme...

Living in a 19' Airstream during a global pandemic will focus your attention on the tiny stuff. A simple focus on keeping clean easily turns into fixation. The attention required in every direction becomes emotional. The 'fix' list causes stress. The...

We're surrounded with abundance, yet few people speak about it. That's because it's NOT the normal circumstance for our history. Famine, plague, war, disaster... these were our normal, so our biology betrays us in an age of abundant food, health, pea...

Most of us are known for talents and skills that we have honed over decades. Many of our strengths are direct outcomes of childhood wounds. We're experts at our top coping mechanisms, with tens of thousands of hours practice. Our NORMAL offends other...

We grow up with dreams. We work hard to ensure we qualify for opportunities. We imagine an outcome. We mentally slice up the journey with milestones. We make good effort, and we blow up with emotional squalls when life happens between our plans. It's...

The landscape of Badlands National Park is the perfect location to reflect on abundance and scarcity. Thousands of similar landscape facets blur into each other forming a horizon of colorful contrasts that bookend episode memories. The park is fantas...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

EXPEDITION

Living full-time in a 30' Airstream Globetrotter has great leverage sometimes called PURCHASE. The advantage is that you are faced with challenges that trigger emotions, amygdala hijackings, squalls, eruptions, and the sort of melt-downs that one sho...

Untangling fact from fiction, beliefs from truth, and getting traction on your Personal Everest is far more certain with this nifty tool. Using a simple principle from navigation, you can calm your fears and spouse with much more certainty and commit...

Storytelling is a superpower. The story you tell yourself determines how much effort you're going to make. Therein is the superpower - the story you choose for yourself is super-powerful. The facts you align with your worldview determine the effort y...

Author and Curator of 'Scotomaville' for Long Beach Explorers shares the background and purpose of the book and video series. "Know Thyself is no longer a luxury - it's a full-out competition." If you are willing to leave the garbage in your b...

Most of us are unaware of how often stories mislead us. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel demonstrates how storytelling is a super-power. Using Hieroglyphics and a likely tale of the power of leadership, you'll experience how easy it is...

In music, a 'hook' is an intentionally addictive set of lyrics and beat. It sticks in our mind and plays over and over and over... It can be maddening. It's a fabulous thing to be able to get noise out of your head and be inside a place that is quiet...

You don't need to explode when your plans go south in Long Beach. Having a strategy is superior to having plans. Strategy will get you to your outcome while plans will get you in a Long Beach corner. Dreaming of mobility, freedom and va...

Learning to accurately communicate our emotions is nearly impossible without a decent emotional vocabulary. Most guys ignore, excuse, or just stuff it as being too tough. The Scotomaville series proves that old dogs can learn new tricks - and an emot...

Today is May 16th, 2020. 50 years ago, I clearly remember looking at the Porsche 911 that I had put together from a plastic kit on my shelf, and watching model airplanes slowly spin on their monofilament while imagining this day. It seems that life i...

What you can expect about expectations is that they are strongly linked to your strengths - which are your coping mechanisms from your childhood wounds. Therefore they are absolutely strong indicators of patterns and habits that are ripe for adjustme...

Welcome to the reflection video for episode one of volume one. That's near the very beginning of the Scotomaville book and video series. In episode 01.01, I presented quite a few new ideas. In this reflection video, I want to give you a perspective o...

Following 6 months of waiting, Daniel and Angelina acquire and move into their 5 year goal - a 30' Airstream Globetrotter. This episode is the first of six episodes catching you up with all that has transpired over the half-year of their personal Eve...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

Learning HOW to learn will accelerate skill and life mastery. This episode demonstrates the process of becoming self-aware with examples from wind-foiling in the Columbia Gorge. Becoming consciously incompetent requires courage to accept failure in o...

Full-time Airstreaming is a dream for many people. For decades, Airstream has perfected the sale of the dream - to explore when, where, with whom you wish. You can experience freedom and independence at any time they promise. The truth is, you are bu...

In this Episode and Chapter, we combine a simple illusion with a questionable story. This can be done at any Long Beach Starbucks. You'll experience what it means to be 100% wrong half the time. You see, when a simple story is processed by our...

We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar rea...

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

If you've watched other episodes, you recall that I frequently walk to the dumpster. Yes, I'm taking the trash out, physically and metaphorically. I've missed doing this during the pandemic lock-downs. I'm purposefully doing it now because I was sett...

Once you fully commit so you can't turn back, then all sorts of manner of things occur that we never would have expected. In the most wonderful ways, people and resources, and events turn up. I finished the first Trans-America believing that at the r...

Why do I get so emotional? What can I do with false beliefs? These are reasonable questions. In this episode of Leaving Scotomaville, Daniel shares a mental tool that has helped a great deal. Learning to peel back layers of your beliefs to root out t...

Most of us are known for talents and skills that we have honed over decades. Many of our strengths are direct outcomes of childhood wounds. We're experts at our top coping mechanisms, with tens of thousands of hours practice. Our NORMAL offends other...

I really want for you to become more than just self-aware - you know seeing what it is you do. I want you to become understanding - knowing why you do what you do WYDWYD. Better than that, I want for you to have ambition and discipline to mature, and...

We grow up with dreams. We work hard to ensure we qualify for opportunities. We imagine an outcome. We mentally slice up the journey with milestones. We make good effort, and we blow up with emotional squalls when life happens between our plans. It's...

Preparation demands that we act 'as-if' long before the evidence changes other people's thinking. In order to speak to people about our beliefs we build confidence through evidence. Experiences can be tested by trying the situation repeated times, as...

CHALLENGE

This is the reflection video for Episode Three of Volume One which was on illusions. This is the third video on my YouTube channel about illusions - on physical things that we don't see - but it's the first included in the Scotomaville series. Why is...

The landscape of Badlands National Park is the perfect location to reflect on abundance and scarcity. Thousands of similar landscape facets blur into each other forming a horizon of colorful contrasts that bookend episode memories. The park is fantas...

We can learn about our character and convictions by thinking back on our reactions to life experiences. This memory is from the early years of the Vietnam War when I was a pilot flying combat missions over North Vietnam. I'll bet you have similar rea...

When you look down, do you see a belly or your shoes? Do you see a gut or laces? Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe? There's a coup underway. It's 100 trillion microbes against your intention. By feeding our gut, rather than our ...

Preparation demands that we act 'as-if' long before the evidence changes other people's thinking. In order to speak to people about our beliefs we build confidence through evidence. Experiences can be tested by trying the situation repeated times, as...

There's a saying; "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." The street version of this goes; "great opportunities always show up looking like hard work." The banner image is from a year before shooting/writing Scotomaville. Full-time tent...

Did you know that we are only 10% human and 90% microbe? There's a coup underway. It's 100 trillion microbes against your intention. By feeding our gut, rather than our taste buds, we can culture our microbiome to crave healthy food that leads toward...

The landscape of Badlands is a half surrounding circle with many fabulous facets. It resembles my conversation with Steve yesterday. He let me do a complete panorama of Scotomaville. I learned it's not considerate to stuff that much information into ...