Andy Trattner

November 18, 2021

A Year in Ecuador

It's my one-year anniversary of moving to Ecuador! I remember very clearly this day last year, busing from Guayaquil to Machala in the morning, eating a chicken sandwich and drinking hot coffee in a little plastic cup as I insulted all the locals complaining about the loud music and explained to the lovely grandma lady next to me that ...
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November 17, 2021

A Clandestine Visitor

We have a mascot at Sukkha Wasi! Today Reiman named him Clanny. Clanny has been visiting for months now. He comes down from the neighbor's place in the back to enjoy our public water bowl along with a generous food source in Maya. For the past few weeks, I've been trying to lay down some rules: no jumping or barking or begging, the kit...
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November 16, 2021

Embracing The Practice

I want to commit my foreseeable future life to a single grand project: excelling at a job, developing a romance, running a restaurant, or writing a book. The ambitious part of me says, "Let's do something super big and important!" I also want to re-evaluate my life priorities on a daily basis. The neurotic part of me says, "We should p...
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November 11, 2021

Advice on Starting a Blog

1. You should do it. If you haven't ever considered it, then consider it. If you have considered it, and thought—even for a split second—that it might be worthwhile, then trust will be! Proceed to step 2. 2. You should merely do it. You could spend your first writing session googling "best blogging platforms" or you could spend...
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November 6, 2021

Precarious Propositions

After drinking and spilling this morning's coffee, I washed the dishes. Clearly, the coffee had yet to kick in... Given the design of our little corner wash station and the limited elbow space available, perching a glass mug on the outer rim of the sink was not a good idea. I paused my washing and took a step back to admire the situati...
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November 4, 2021

All-In on Sukkha Wasi

In my last post, I mentioned owning a business would be the next step to keep my funemployment going strong through 2022. A few people asked what business I was talking about... This is Sukkha Wasi, la Casa de Cultura! It's a tea house + pottery studio + tai chi dojo + restaurant. My adopted Korean-Ecuadorian mom, Maya Choi, started Su...
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October 9, 2021


I'm in a liminal phase, between my anniversary of leaving tech work last September and moving to Ecuador last November. I'm contemplating what form my future funemployment will take. Ideally, I'd like to have more creative output. Pragmatically, I'd like to have more customers. The biggest thing holding me back has been my land. Althou...
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October 6, 2021

A Move-in Mango

I'm celebrating! Not only did this ripe deliciousness come 3 for $1, but also I finally feel happy and comfortable in my new home today. Here's what it looked like on August 1: Thanks to my excellent maestros, Angel and Monfilio, here's what it looks like now: On the first night, I accidentally locked myself in the bedroom. No matter h...
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September 2, 2021

Loving Hey

I woke up to this inbox in gmail: And this one in Hey: My blog was previously built using Jekyll hosted on Github Pages and some google forms. Images had to be downloaded and moved to a specific folder, then embedded in the code. That code had to be tested locally then pushed to production via command line. I enjoyed total control, but...
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September 1, 2021


One year ago, I stepped off the tech work treadmill and opened myself to opportunity. I was flaring after a year of focused labor to better understand my professional identity. I’m pleased to reflect on my year of funemployment. It was difficult and ambiguous in many ways. Especially that first month, after accidentally resigning (i.e....
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September 1, 2021

Waking Up With Love

Love is unconditional generosity. When you cry with profound joyful gratitude in the act of giving and receiving. More than emotion, love is action. Over time it compounds into goodness. Seth Godin tells us how to "make things better by making better things." With our precious little time here, why not turn to loving more deeply? Make ...
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March 4, 2021


Seems like a cool thing thing. Thanks Jason and DHH and co.
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