My Journey

I'm not Handicapped, I'm Handicapable.
(and no i didnt get that from due date lol)

I left home and drove from nj to california in search of an independent life and safe access to my medicine* so i can live. It's been an interesting journey, lots of ups, lots of downs, and even though I am now weaker than ever...nothing will ever stop me from living my dream, regardless of how long I get to live.

Life is too precious and short to waste time. And I'm Ready.

The three videos below are before and after i left nj, an interview with the Washington Post during my road trip, some audition, and one other one hahaha idk i didnt set up the web site, im kinda lost there :P below that are blog entries! thank you!

Feel free to contact me at all times: mike@mikeywheels.com


Help to save Mikey's life

As you know, Mikey has always been able to smile through the pain, no matter what, until recently. The pain in his stomach is now worse than ever and has led to an inability to eat, causing rapid weight loss. At 6'1", he's a meager 75 lbs and dropping fast. It's getting more difficult for Mikey to smile through the pain and fear.

One of the only places where Mikey can get help is the MAYO clinic in Minnesota. There, a team of specialized doctors will work together to figure out how his illnesses affect each other and can be treated to restore health and balance to his body so he can keep living his incredible life.

All of this obviously comes with a large amount of costs, which can only be covered with the help and donations of as many people as possible – even if it's just a dollar. Please click on one of the two following links to access the crowd funding campaigns that will help Mikey get better. Thank you!











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so i get asked a lot, what is mikeywheels, why do you have a website, why is it on your car, why a group, why why why. so what is mikeywheels? i have no idea! Honestly.

The website went up because my father didnt fully understand the medicinal benefits to marijuana and how important it was because i needed to move to cali, and i think the concept was just a little too tough for him to understand as well. So because of his non support (fear) i made the FIRST video for a news network, to see if i could get some media support for gas or something, because with no money, i couldn't go anywhere....i never had intentions of what my life has turned into now, but then, how could i have seen it coming?

The networks cried...haha which is all well and fine (not the intention) i didnt edit it, i just talked to myself to a camera like a crazy person for a half hour before a friend edited it.....However tears don't start up a Ford E250. So back to being on my own, Also, before the networks, some friends (professionals) were going to make a documentary about my trip cross country, however because they needed to finish editing the film they had already started working on, which i understood...(that film (CATFISH) they finished, won at Sundance, CONGRATS GUYS!!!) I although honored couldnt wait for them, it was getting too cold. Besides I'm impatient :).... so on thanksgiving "08, i drove into NYC, and bought a camera thinking to myself what the hell am I doing!? I called my friend Travis who knows 1,000,000 times more about computers or websites and anything between, and in 3 hours make this group, put up www.mikeywheels.com, the one fail video (with the networks), and a donate button.

Then, magic happens. The group grows, i received over $2,400 in 3 weeks..i had to take it down due to SSI fear.. (which to the dollar paid for the whole trip for me my friends helping out, and gas) THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!! I COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!!, I do the Washington Post interview, things grow even more, ignore TIME magazine hahaha they wanted me to email them. I told them to call me lol screw it! So now im driving south to get warm and then its like ok now what...

I had to video myself (not a fan lol) edit, upload, manage a website, correspond with people through facebook, emails, phone, it was madness. I was drivin by a strange energy that only i carried. My two friends, Mat and Pat, couldnt keep up with me.

Moral of the message, if there was one, im more trying to explain how all this looks from my wheels... Is that somehow the Universe, pulled and forced me into this beautiful situation of being public. But under no circumstances was any of this ego driven, which sadly a lot of people believe. I dont think Im the guy that should be online, on youtube, or in newspapers, documentaries, interview after interview.... its all attention, that, for anyone who REALLY knows me.... I HATE attention. Hard to believe maybe, but it doesnt make it less true. I'm just the dude in the chair. BUT!!!! The universe unveiled to me its plan, my lesson, my purpose, the reason why everything happens the way it does. For some reason SOMETHING happens, i dont know why!!! one of my videos has over 12,000 hits! are you kidding me??!! lol thats nuts. I never had a plan for what i do online, or in life. I bring up that video as an example, because I maybe thought the usual 100 views would result, based on youtube subscriptions and facebook, i mean I look like shit in it hahaha i didnt shave, didnt care or think anyone would watch, but no. It found a way of reaching thousands of people and helped to inspire them somehow, from what they write me. Isnt that awesome? I literally didn't do anything for anyone directly (mikeywheels stuff), unless im with them, but people thank me all the time. All i did was put it online because the universe put the camera in my friends hand that morning and told me to just put it up as part of my Vlog Blog thingy. In other words, im not driving. metaphorically speaking. I am not doing anything more than trying my best to survive as a Mike. My body is weak, my soul, is relentless. BUT for me, Mikeywheels has been my connection to love. I had met so many people because of it. Some people even recognize me from youtube ( i dont know how haha my average video has like 130 hits) but its not about the numbers as i said before. ALL THIS HAPPENS NATURALLY, I have surrendered. And its beautiful. So beautiful.


Why am i sick, why do i need weed all day, why did I break 100's of laws to show NJ and the world the truth about marijuana by driving 3/4 of a LB from Cali to NJ for the Star Ledger, and making risque videos, why do i have 82 websites waiting for the right moment, why doesn't my body allow me to sleep, why do i keep to myself a lot, why do i insist on living alone, why did i meet Hugh Hefner, why is Blair, Danny Carey and peepes now friends of mine, why do things happen in such a weird way in my life, why is everything synchronized, why? Who cares!? It is what it is, I am Me. Born, Michael Joseph Oliveri. Now Mikey, or Mike. I have a way of thinking that doesnt always match up with others hahaha some people say im CRAZY! which is correct. Im out of my mind. I have seen so much in this world, i have no tolerance for excuses, hypocrisy, or people who complain. I have a website that keeps leading me down the rabbit hole, this facebook group ( thank you all for giving a shit!) and if ya dont i love you anyways, except you Kat. I have had Alien experiences, demons, angels, spirits, God, the Universe, all throw me around this planet in 26 years. People tell me all the time that i am in their dreams, from around the world haha its surreal!!!

how would you feel?

what would be your next move now that potentially thousands of people are watching and waiting to see what you do?? Well it puts one in a unique place, especially since I Never expected things to turn out this way, i never thought i could be googled, nor would i have wanted to. But it is what it is! And THAT is what mikeywheels is, it just is what it is. It has a life of its own, as far as im concerned it doesn't do any bad, so i will let it exist because it is beautiful, and its a VERY SMALL part of my life. It has just been one aspect within the last year and a half. Im writing a book with the whole 26 years in it. quite an adventure.

Granted i cant write back usually in emails or even facebook, this alone took me 4 hours to type out. Its very hard to have direct connection to the people that somehow cross paths with Mike Oliveri in some way or another. And that is something that is hard to just adapt to, I usually only like to be one on one with people, not through various mediums like facebook, youtube, or email. But all i can do is do the best i can, which is what im doing. Life aint easy over here, its not all fun n games. I live a very privileged life, I dont know why I have been chosen, but i will not let myself down, nor my creator, or past life. I have this short life expectancy so i can emphasize the importance of life to others who take it for granted. My illness has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It keeps me on my toes, metaphorically speaking ;)


I am a man with the dreams of 100 men, and the strength of a child, but the drive of a love crazy, hypocrisy hating, music loving, travel bug, sick, insane, happy, Mike Oliveri.

I dont know why i am what i am. But just like popeye said. I AMS WHAT I AMS :)

looking for answers will sometimes make us find more questions. as a wise man on an airplane told me once. So just Be, Live, Love, and be happy :) its easy :)

c ya soon

Big Love

1 comments :

Anonymous at: May 24, 2010 at 3:57 AM said...

thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life. sometimes it feels like I'm you and I am talking to myself through you to me from the future.
thank you

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