My name is Andrew Greg Mitchell Clemence Kirchner(Yes I know, apparently my mother already knew I was trouble when I was born.) My friends call me Andy, my family Andrew and my mother “dolo’i kabes” (Papiamentu for headache).

Re discovering myself through a lens
Re discovering myself through a lens

I was born on the island Curacao, November 21st 1976. (For the astrology lovers among you that makes me a scorpion and dragon not that it makes much difference but it fills the page nicely.) It also makes me 38 when I write this (2014.) For the young stars that makes me old, for the old moons that makes me young, for me, it makes me ME!

I was raised travelling between Curaçao and the Netherlands. Making Dutch my prefered speaking language, close followed by Papiamentu and English. I think in three languages but mostly write in English. You’ll probably notice, this will make some funny spins in my mental vocabulary but I’ll try to make sense.

I’m not sure yet why I’m writing this and what the goal is with this blog other than wasting my time talking to thin internet air. Spit some fury of love, promoting my products, hoping to inspire and get touched by beautiful souls. It was a long time coming I guess. I’m writing since I was 12. Stood on several stages proclaiming my poetry until the voices in my head went silent.

About 6 years ago I started tweeting but didn’t get much satisfaction until 3 years ago. Instagram was almost the same 4 years ago. And then a year later my life changed drastically and social media became almost my only contact with the “outside” world.

In this period I had to learn to walk again, realise I was going to be a “disabled” person for the rest of my life and dealing with the loss of my girlfriend, Debbie (I’ll write several blogs about this in the future.) As an attempt to keep my sanity I re-discovered social media and embraced it as I was looking for a new identity. Twitter was my outlet, Instagram my motivator and Facebook my question mark. I created a Tumblr and another blog account but I had lost my writing spirit other than the brief messages I left on Twitter and Instagram. My online family grew as they motivated me to pick up my digital pen more often.

Lately many things are changing and I’m letting this wind of change guide me to where it goes (again). I hope I can interest you enough to come visit, share our stories, learn from each other but mostly I hope to learn from myself as I guide myself through my thoughts on here. It’s going to be a wild beautiful ride!

I’ll write blogs about my random thoughts, explain how I came to 2ndLife Curaçao, what and how I recycle, how life is as a “disabled”, why I love beards (duh), why I call myself a pirate but also to give others a platform to orate and reach a different podia than we normally would.

I welcome you to join the ride along, I, Andy Kirchner, The Recycled Pirate, salutes you and wishes you good morning, day and night.

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Music of Choice: Pink Floyd – Shine on you crazy diamond

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

You were caught in the crossfire of childhood and stardom.
Blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter.
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!