To add stories or send pictures please email me - I will get a bulletin board up soon so it is easier to write at the site.
September 28: Mike recovers Happily Homeless and the Casio Files and sends it in by email!
September 13: Jews, Arabs join as 'blood brothers'
First week of September: hitchhikemike.com message board
August 14: email@example.com
July 11, 12: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first time I saw Mike Gitelman was in Israel, sometime
in the 80's. I was on my way to becoming a rabbi but i had a lot of counterculture
stuff in me that made me different from the rest of the pack. I would
go to the local Israeli record stores and look for old albums like the
who and black sabbath and the dead....as i turned the corner one day on
ben yehuda street there was a guy playing a guitar for money. he looked
wild and impervious to what most people would think. Mike was playing
neil young. I said, wow, there is a fellow canadian (I was born in vancouver)
I have got to invite this guy back to my house. I gave him my address
and then went out to do some errands... .when I got back to the apartment
he was sitting in my living room....he had figured out a way into the
building and the flat. This was the beginning of a long and strange journey,
which would take me eventually to santa cruz (the first time ever I defied
my parents and head out on the road), to my first grateful dead concert.
mike was about to open my eyes......... more to follow.
June: Happy phone call
Mike just bought a cheap pickup and a $1500 piece of land with a small house that needs lots of work. The town is about an hour out of Edmonton in a farming area and is so small there isnt even a police station. He was amused that the town has the same name as where the animals live in Animal Farm. He drives garbage trucks for good money in Edmonton after getting his large vehicle certificate and thinks it would be fun if his friends joined him to set up a moshav in rural Alberta!
April 7:Email from Mike
jono! way to go bud! I'm in Edmonton driving garbage
truck without an e mail adress. garbage truck is fun! I'm so sorry I missed
your wedding; I spent many days trying. Thanks for the beautiful site!
I got my truck driving licence and can now travel with pay. I spent time
back at the tree house and took more pictures but they were all too dark.
Find neat stuff in garbage. Love you lots; your dear friend and website
March 10-18, 2001 Put The Happy Trails Of Hitch Hike Mike! on the web and scanned some pictures for the gallery section. Digitized Weird Homes TV segment about Mike's treehouse (that's going to take a while to get on the web). Installed AXS 2.0 web tracking scripts to see who visits. Started submitting to the search engines
Checkout who is visiting at ax-admin.
September 5, 2000 - started a simple home page.
Summer, 2000 Saw Mike in Toronto and got a copy of floppy disks and the Weird Homes TV special on his tree house.
This site is a gift from me to you Mike for all the adventures and life lessons. If anyone wants to add pictures or stories, please email email@example.com.
Peace and love to all ~ Jono
"I believe that mike's friends should give their full accounts of their friendship with mike so that the full picture emerges."