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PHOTOS: Jeff’s Birthday in CS / Brooklyn Bridge w/ Larry

Here’s where I am putting all my photos still although my main journal stuff will be found on my Livejournal blog page. Highlights from here will be put there.

I have a few weeks worth of photos to put up!

First up on the agenda, my trip back to Colorado Springs to help celebrate Jeff’s 30th Birthday party. What a great time that was, from flying out there on Friday and having a get-together that evening at Susan’s with everyone to the next day on Saturday where we had an all-day fun fest. It started out with the bike ride down Pike’s Peak (the same thing I did with my Dad in June 2007 (scroll to the bottom of the page) ) wtih a good group of folks to then strolling around Territory Days and finally the Disco Down party in the evening. Everyone committed very well to the party theme and had a discolicious time. Yours truly was a very convincing Construction Worker. Just sayin’. The next day I hung out with Jeff and Susan, re-doing some of the things that I used to always do back then, hitting up Old Chicago’s, Best Buy, and then catching a movie (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls). Ah, the good ol’ days! And then the next morning, a quick breakfast and then it was back to the East Coast – and amazingly, all my flights went as scheduled. I’m sure that means that all my future flights are going to be utter disasters!

Anyways, here are MY pics from the Colorado Springs weekend back from the weekend of May 24 – there are literally a ton more pics but seriously, I don’t have the patience to put them all up. I think they’re all on another website whose link I have misplaced….but there’s a TON more. Like I said: My patience is not THAT extensive! 🙂

May 23, 2008 – Jeff Turns 30 in Colorado Springs!  BBQ at Susan’s!

Susan and KD are happy I'm back!
Susan and KD are happy I'm back!23-May-2008 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
See, we're all so happy
See, we're all so happy23-May-2008 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Even Melissa, who's like "Why the hell is he leaning on me? How much has Hobie been drinking??"
Even Melissa, who's like "Why the hell is he leaning on me? How much has Hobie been drinking??"23-May-2008 18:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
 
Eric, KD and me
Eric, KD and me23-May-2008 18:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-May-2008 18:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Grilling and drinking - a Southern pastime for the ages
Grilling and drinking - a Southern pastime for the ages23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Me and Jeff - the over-30 members of the group
Me and Jeff - the over-30 members of the group23-May-2008 19:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
Melissa and Chips - a Southern pastime for the ages
Melissa and Chips - a Southern pastime for the ages23-May-2008 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
23-May-2008 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
23-May-2008 19:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

May 24, 2008 – Jeff Turns 30 in CS!  Pikes Peak Bike Ride!  Disco Inferno Party!

24-May-2008 06:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
The next day (Jeff's Birthday!) - here are KD and Jeff at the office for the Bike Ride
The next day (Jeff's Birthday!) - here are KD and Jeff at the office for the Bike Ride24-May-2008 06:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Is Melissa cold or is she just a fan of self-hugging?
Is Melissa cold or is she just a fan of self-hugging?24-May-2008 07:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
24-May-2008 07:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 238
24-May-2008 07:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
24-May-2008 07:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
24-May-2008 07:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 176
Susan with a helmet - she wasn't riding a bike. That's just her fashion accessory of choice lately.
Susan with a helmet - she wasn't riding a bike. That's just her fashion accessory of choice lately.24-May-2008 07:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Here's as high as we got that day - the wind was REDONK
Here's as high as we got that day - the wind was REDONK24-May-2008 08:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
You can see the road keeps going while our van was not.
You can see the road keeps going while our van was not.24-May-2008 08:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
I got out for a quick pic. If I had backed up two feet I would have been blown off the mountain
I got out for a quick pic. If I had backed up two feet I would have been blown off the mountain24-May-2008 08:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Jeff at the beginning of our ride
Jeff at the beginning of our ride24-May-2008 08:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Laura (with KD behind her)
Laura (with KD behind her)24-May-2008 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Eric and KD
Eric and KD24-May-2008 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Keladora and Me
Keladora and Me24-May-2008 08:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 

So the next batch of photos is from this past week – the first two below are for the fans o’ Arielle – but the rest are of my trip out with Larry to go do some touristy stuff. We ended up heading out to Brooklyn to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of those things I’ve definitely wanted to do since coming to NY. Of course we decided to do this when a ridiculous heat wave came to the East Coast, but c’est la vie. We subway’d it to Brooklyn first, as I really didn’t want to walk the bridge back and forth, which was a good idea, all agreed. But before leaving Brooklyn, it was recommended to go to this famous Grimaldi’s Pizza place, and that we did…. and waited in the nice half-hour line outside just to get inside. But it was actually worth the wait, as the pizza was amazing. Having refueled, we explored a little bit of the Brooklyn side of the East River before crossing – and taking some pics of the great view. There’s also this cool thing called the Telectroscope, which looks like something out of the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea set (aka Steam Punk style). You go up to the viewing panel and look into it and what you see is a view of people staring back at you from London in front of the Tower Bridge. And what they must see is us in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s really cool. Here’s a ‘site’ about it:Telectroscope. We then found our way to the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian level and began the crossing. It’s a great experience and amazing view to undertake. You can see the Statue of Liberty, Downtown, Midtown, the Manhattan Bridge… it’s all pretty amazing. And this was something that Larry hadn’t ever done before too, which is surprising but maybe not so much, as I bet a lot of native NYers probably haven’t bothered with this trek either. Anyways, it was a cool experience with lots of pics taken, as seen below. We then spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around Chinatown and SoHo – and I contained myself from spending lots of money, which is very possible down there. We also went to the Apple Store, where I strangley now want to get a MacBook. Those things are slick!

June 7, 2008 – Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

05-Jun-2008 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 783
05-Jun-2008 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 476
Under the Manhattan bridge - Larry starts to see my touristy nature knows no bounds
Under the Manhattan bridge - Larry starts to see my touristy nature knows no bounds07-Jun-2008 13:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Pointing at an unrecognizable part of the Brooklyn Bridge
Pointing at an unrecognizable part of the Brooklyn Bridge07-Jun-2008 13:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Me (at military attention) and the Manhattan bridge in the background
Me (at military attention) and the Manhattan bridge in the background07-Jun-2008 13:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Larry in a much more relaxed pose - doesn't he know photos require military poise?????
Larry in a much more relaxed pose - doesn't he know photos require military poise?????07-Jun-2008 13:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
A sign setting up the fact that you're about to see Brooklyn Bridge pics!
A sign setting up the fact that you're about to see Brooklyn Bridge pics!07-Jun-2008 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
And there it is - I love this pic of the Bridge
And there it is - I love this pic of the Bridge07-Jun-2008 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.002 sec
Larry looking cool - and a clone of Catherine in the background
Larry looking cool - and a clone of Catherine in the background07-Jun-2008 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 
The Bridge really is an incredible structure
The Bridge really is an incredible structure07-Jun-2008 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.002 sec
And here's the Grimaldi's Pizza place you have to wait to get into - but it's worth it
And here's the Grimaldi's Pizza place you have to wait to get into - but it's worth it07-Jun-2008 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Inside Grimaldi's - Larry's happy
Inside Grimaldi's - Larry's happy07-Jun-2008 14:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
 
Me - the demonic smile should say it all. Me likey!
Me - the demonic smile should say it all. Me likey!07-Jun-2008 14:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec
It's not a tourist attraction unless I'm pointing at it
It's not a tourist attraction unless I'm pointing at it07-Jun-2008 15:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
07-Jun-2008 15:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 

 

I’m a Perfect Match for Myself

At least according to Yahoo Personals, which says that I am a total match….to me. <sigh> Is this what it’s come down to???? Just kidding – but I keep chuckling every time I see that when on there.

Hey, guess what? I went back to Colorado Springs and it was awesome. I flew out on Thursday and got in there around 6:30 or so at the airport, and while walking through towards the front of the airport and expecting to see my friends…I saw no one! A little annoyed – to be honest – I look a little bit more around the area out in the lobby area and all of a sudden this crazy woman is running at me from behind a pillar! She’s shrieking in some Xena-Warrior-Princess language when suddenly I realize it’s KD! She attacks/hugs me and then I see Jeff and Susan also emerge, and they reveal that they had decided to hide in the airport lounge and surprise me. I’m sure there were a few nervous airport security personnel, but who cares, it was awesome to get that kind of welcome! And so began a very fun, albeit passing-quickly weekend of fun spent with my best friends in Colorado Springs. That first night back (with Melissa, Eric, and Heather also coming over after we got to Susan’s house) we hung out at Susan’s just hanging out, eating and drinking, while laughing and catching up and telling stories. The next morning on Friday is when we proceeded up to Keystone and the two-point-five hour drive there, which went by easily as Friday isn’t a very busy day on the highways to there especially in the late morning. That first day was great as we ended up skiing at the very end of the daylight part of the ski-day and then we night-ski’d, which is always a blast. Keystone definitely is a lot of fun to ski at because it has ridiculously long runs that you can really get into and not feel like you’re already at the bottom again waiting in line to get back on the lift. That night I passed out pretty early due to a combination of messed-up body clock, altitude adjustment, and just being tired from skiing. The next day, breakfast was consumed and then we were all back out there on the slopes, getting over to the backside of the mountain and eventually chilling at the bottom of Mozart as we tend to do. It’s just a nice place to relax and enjoy the day and watch a lot of crazy skiers. We sort of ended the day early and then headed back to the lodge to chill, which is a definite nice thing to do after a day’s worth of skiing. I ended up wiping out twice (the only time I did wipe out this vacation) one time right after the other at the very end of that day because I was just tired as hell. First fell backwards and slid down the slope….got up, skied about twenty feet, then fell forwards and slid down a bit more, filling up my jacket with a nice layer of snow to keep me frozen…

Even though it was fun to ski, the main attraction for me of this trip was just getting to spend time with my friends. It made me realize how much I’ve missed being around them, that’s for sure. As more time goes by I know it’ll be harder and harder to recapture that energy we all had when we were all there, but for now it’s wonderful to be able to still all get along like we do.

On the last day, I rode with Melissa and Susan back to CS in Melissa’s BMW (nice!) and then after a lunch at Noodles (God I miss that place – of all cities in the world not to have this particular chain of restaurants, why does NYC NOT have these????) they dropped me off right at the airport for my flight to Dallas….which unfortunately I found out got delayed 2.5 hours! I already had a huge layover in Dallas but that layover was actually only 2.5 hours too, so basically I began to realize that my slim chance of making my flight was very very slim indeed. While waiting for my flight to go to Dallas, I kept checking on my iPhone (thank you, iPhone web browser!) the flight status, willing it to show me that the flight in Dallas to Newark would also get delayed – as all I needed was like 20-30 minutes of delay to ensure I had time to get off the plane and run to whatever gate I had to go to for my flight….and about 30 minutes before we left CS, the Delay I hoped for showed up! So I had hope of not spending the night in Dallas…and sho’nuff, when I got to Dallas, I made my flight to Newark….but of course I didn’t get home until about 2:30 in the morning on Monday, and I was going to work that day… and I couldn’t sleep yet, so when I finally passed out at 3:45 I got to wake up about 2.5 hours later to get up for work. Ugh. Monday was a long day.

And so here I am now. I have a slew of pics to put up from work and from my trip back to Colorado Springs, so click away and enjoy!

Jan 23, 2008 - Evonne’s Last Day in our Office

23-Jan-2008 15:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 295
 
23-Jan-2008 15:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
23-Jan-2008 15:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
23-Jan-2008 15:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 15:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 16:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
23-Jan-2008 16:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 16:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Jan-2008 16:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

Jan 24-27, 2008 – Back in Colorado for SnoFest 2008!

Laura as we got to the condo at Keystone - yay snow!
Laura as we got to the condo at Keystone - yay snow!25-Jan-2008 03:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Jeff and Laura
Jeff and Laura25-Jan-2008 03:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Me and Susan after skiing
Me and Susan after skiing25-Jan-2008 05:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
25-Jan-2008 05:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Smiley Susan and hardcore me
Smiley Susan and hardcore me25-Jan-2008 22:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
25-Jan-2008 22:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Hardcore Susan and Smiley Me
Hardcore Susan and Smiley Me25-Jan-2008 22:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Don't know what...
Don't know what...25-Jan-2008 22:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
KD and Melissa (peeking in the background)
KD and Melissa (peeking in the background)25-Jan-2008 22:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
26-Jan-2008 00:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
The ever-popular self-shot, this time by Melissa
The ever-popular self-shot, this time by Melissa26-Jan-2008 00:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Eric and KD at the Beach area at the bottom of the Keystone back
Eric and KD at the Beach area at the bottom of the Keystone back26-Jan-2008 00:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Me, Jeff and Melissa
Me, Jeff and Melissa26-Jan-2008 00:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
26-Jan-2008 00:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Hells yeah, bitches
Hells yeah, bitches26-Jan-2008 00:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

And that’s pretty much it for the latest. Been back at work and while for some reason I was hesitant to go back, that was needless stress, as it’s great to be back and now I’m on to some new projects! I get to work on translating some aspects of our current 30 Rock automation system (the system that is responsible for making sure that the national shows and commercials make it to the world) from its current SD (standard def) incarnation to the HD1 (high def) one. It will actually be pretty cool and I’ll be learning even more once again!

And oh yeah, if anyone has some other pics from SnoFest this past weekend and of certain other folks (you know who I’m talking about), I would definitely appreciate a copy! 🙂

Greatest Hits 2007-style

I did this last year and it’s kind of fun to reminisce and really think about what happened in my life this past year. ESPECIALLY this year.

I guess before I begin – and this may be a long post, so you have been warned, I’ll post my holiday pictures up from my trip back home to Los Angeles for Christmas. It was really wonderful to see the whole famn damily after 3 years of being a no-show at the typical Christmas festivities. It was definitely a brief trip and accordingly exhausting as I left here on Saturday night and got to LA about 2 in the morning on Sunday. We had Stacie and her family over that evening so there was really no rest for the wicked to be had. It’s always a blast to catch up with stister Stacie and it’s like things are always the same between us. Then the next day was Christmas Eve with the Sperskes, which has been a tradition as long as I’ve been alive or at least as long as i remember. Again, seeing the whole family with all the young generation around is crazy. I used to be the Baby of these gatherings – but I guess when the baby is now 31, that title has to be passed on eventually! I am really glad I went home, if even for a short time. Just hanging out at home with Mom and Harv was so nice. But this was a short trip and after spending Christmas day pretty lowkey with going over to the Jensens (my first time partaking in EB’s fantastic Christmas Prime Rib – awesome!), I headed back to New Jersey the day after Christmas. And so this week at work was a whopping two days but they were fairly busy for me as I’m trying to teach myself Oracle Reports based on other completed results and while that is a very good place to start (cue ‘Do Re Mi’…), it doesn’t quite get me up to the speed I need to be at. So my work laptop has been brought home to continue the working/learning. Anyways, that’s a brief recap of this week. You are free to leave at this point if you want as the rest is basically pics of family that probably only family will enjoy and then a long recap of this year that I’m sure will leave some asleep at the keyboard and others going WTF? and some going, “well, did he Really need to say that there?” And to all of that, I say, ‘this is my page and I can write pretty much whatever the hell I want!’ (For you Arielle fans, I’ve got nothing more for you either!)

 23 & 24 Dec 2007 – Christmas in Los Angeles

23-Dec-2007 13:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
23-Dec-2007 13:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.004 sec
Mom and Harv are nuts. Here's next year's Christmas card photo....
Mom and Harv are nuts. Here's next year's Christmas card photo....23-Dec-2007 13:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.005 sec
 
Stacie and her son, Trent
Stacie and her son, Trent23-Dec-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec
23-Dec-2007 16:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Me and my stister Stacie!
Me and my stister Stacie!23-Dec-2007 16:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
23-Dec-2007 16:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
23-Dec-2007 19:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
23-Dec-2007 19:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
Stacie, Charlie's Angel
Stacie, Charlie's Angel23-Dec-2007 19:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
23-Dec-2007 19:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
24-Dec-2007 17:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
24-Dec-2007 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Uncle Steve and Auntie Helen
Uncle Steve and Auntie Helen24-Dec-2007 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Mom and Uncle JC
Mom and Uncle JC24-Dec-2007 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 

Well, I guess there’s no time like the present to begin my 2007 recap!

  • Okay, well, hmmm….I have things that I want to write about but where do I start off? 2007 felt like a very LONG year. I guess at the beginning of 2007, I was hopeful. I knew that 2007 would be the year I finally got free from the Air Force, but I’d have to put in 8 more months of it before I earned that freedom. So I put on my Determined Face and was ready to be the Flight Commander of SCB for what I figured would be at least till the summer when Melissa would take over for me once she put on the rank of Captain. Alas, that little daydream didn’t pan out as expected. Around sometime in mid-January, the squadron leadership tells me that they’re excited about the fact that I’ll be stepping up to take over as deputy sq cc for a month or so and that Melissa will take over in February…. WTF? I was so pissed. Especially when that house of cards fell apart and I basically got left with nothing to do. For the remaining 6 months. A new phrase was coined during that time: Bitch Don’t Care. You can interpret that in many ways, and you’d be right in EVERY interpretation with regards to that situation. But it was hilarious that I muttered that under my breath and Melissa called me out on it – don’t misinterpret that as I was not directing it at Melissa at all but she heard it and now the phrase took on a life of its own. It was awesome.
  • Here’s a sort of awkward one to write about, but it certainly was a big part of my life the first half or so of this year. I finally had a true best friend again: Jeremy. It was an awesome time for a while. And then of course life, being life, says things must change. And Jeremy went off to find happiness and work satisfaction, but that wasn’t in Colorado Springs. And I lost my best friend. I hope this doesn’t make any of my other friends think that I don’t care about them, but I’ve had very few true best friends. Before Jeremy, it was Jason back at Lajes. In Las Vegas I never really truly had a best friend but a few great ones. In Colorado Springs there is/was a great group of us that I consider awesome great lifelong friends but Jeremy was the one who fit the mold I guess of being in the Best category. So when he left, it was pretty sucky. And to be honest, it was one of the prime motivators for me to leave Colorado Springs. I’m sure I could have searched harder to stay in CS, but I didn’t. I decided it was time for me to get where I needed to go…wherever that was. And I’m sure that was/is flawed thinking because even if Jeremy had stayed, it would have been foolish to have aimed at staying there as while Jeremy and I were good buds, it’s not exactly likely a great guy like him is going to stay single for long and at that point, I become the ‘extra’ around, which is how I basically felt my status was near the end of my time in CS anyways as everybody had basically coupled up. And since we all know now which way I am, that kind of left me on the outside looking in.
  • I guess the screamingly obvious one for this year would have to be coming out. After the awkward way things happened in October of 2006 when Jeff and Susan found out (don’t get any bad or weird thoughts – I wasn’t caught in the act or something – but it certainly was not exactly the way I had imagined things to have gone that’s for sure) I really had no clear idea of what was going to happen next. Turns out that Oct 06 while stressful was exactly what needed to happen for me. In April when my Mom and Harv came out, I told them. That was one of the scariest things I ever had to do. I can vividly remember that entire day and I’m sure I will for the rest of my life. They of course were awesome about it and that alone helped so much. I don’t know what I would have done if they had rejected me. But looking back at that time as well as basically the past few years, everyone who knows admits they weren’t really surprised and kinda figured. Usually those words exactly. It’s probably my awesome ability to dress myself which gave me away…. I’m so glad that it’s done with, but now it’s just a whole new set of things I have to learn and adjust to. I’ve never dated as an adult and so a lot of this stuff is so new I feel like a damned retard.
  • Finding a new job. Yeah, leaving the Air Force was great but I knew that I had to have my act together to make sure the transition period had as minimal unemployment time as possible as I know that I’d go crazy not having somebody pay me to be there. So this summer was definitely an exciting time of traveling the country (Chicago, San Diego, New York City) looking for jobs. Through the recruiters and agencies I used I learned a HELL of a lot on how to effectively interview and do resumes etc. I guess something worked. But I have to say that sending that one email to Rob Hemker saying I wasn’t interested in going to Houston for another hiring conference was the single-most important email I may have ever sent so far in my life. I had just come back from San Diego (which was a week or so after Chicago) and I realized that those two conferences had been major wastes of time for me (ultimately). The experience I gained from interviewing was certainly good, but the actual positions I was interviewing for were not at all anything I was interested in. So the idea of going to Houston was not appealing. I had just flown back in to CS that morning and I was at my laptop trying to be productive in my job search as I realized then and there that I had to change my hunting strategies somehow. First and foremost was being direct and honest with these recruiters who were constantly calling me with more conference invites. First up: Rob from JROfficer.com. I sent him a polite email expressing my thoughts and literally 10 minutes later I get a call from him. And the rest is history as one of the first jobs offered for my pursuit was the NBC one and well, I guess we see how that went.
  • Leaving Colorado Springs. You may think that from that paragraph a few back that I couldn’t wait to leave once Jeremy left. You’d be wrong. Jeff, Susan (my Grace!), KD, Eric, Melissa, Erin…. these are all great friends that made life in Colorado Springs awesome. A true circle of friends that I feel honestly blessed to have had as it hadn’t been since Lajes that something like that had existed for me. Once I actually got an offer from NBC and after a day or so of pondering the offer and accepting it, the realization came over me that I was WILLINGLY starting over, once again. And I wouldn’t have any friends out there nor a built-in network of military to depend on. That’s one thing that is great about the military community – you can almost always find a few in your built-in rank circle that are awesome to hang out with. And since everyone in the military always moves around, they understand where you’re coming from when you’re the new guy and don’t have established friends there. It’s up to you how good of friends you want to get with these new friends, but it’s nice to have that option there (unless you go to Vegas and your ‘peergroup’ deems you unworthy of association…. thank God for fraternization!!!!). So basically saying, okay, not only am I going to leave Colorado Springs, I’m going to go where I know basically no one. Great. It sucked to leave. Those last few days spent with my friends were really painful and sad for me. But once I got on the road, I knew I had to just look forward and not dwell too much on what I was leaving behind. I’ll always keep in touch with those guys but it certainly isn’t the same not having them around to drink with, eat with, go see movies with, etc.
  • Leaving my HOUSE!!!! I still look at pictures of my house every now and then and get bummed. I tried to sell it because I’d rather have a clean break, but with the real estate market as it is, that didn’t happen. Fortunately my property management company found a renter a few days after I left and they’ve signed a two-year lease, which is awesome. But still, my house!!! I miss having my TV room. I miss the porch out back. I miss my garage. I miss my awesome kitchen/bar area. I miss my dining room. I miss my redone bathroom. It sucks just writing this. That house was totally mine and it was pretty much just how I wanted it. But now it’s gone, all my furniture is pretty much sold and gone except that which I took with me. Now I wanna drink. <sigh>
  • Summer with my Dad and Pat. It was weird – I didn’t know what to think of my Dad and Pat coming out to Colorado Springs for the summer. I was excited but it had been so long since I’d lived within any reasonable proximity to parents. Las Vegas was close to LA, but that’s still 2.5 hours away from LA. So having actual parents around to go have an impromptu dinner with was nice. I loved having them around, and having them over for dinner on the weekends was nice, as it felt great to have company that was actual family there. And then dropping by in the mornings down at the KOA camp before ‘work’ (which at this point was merely a place that I had to make an appearance at – although I probably could have skipped that too in all reality) and have breakfast. They left about a few weeks before I did and that just added to the sadness of leaving CS. I’m glad that I got this opportunity as honestly, that was the first time spent with my Dad on that regular of a basis in… well, I have no idea. It was just nice.
  • Becoming a New Yorker/Jersey Boy. I have to pay taxes to both of them so why not claim both as heritage???? New York has definitely been an incredible experience. Working at NBC and Rockefeller Center with a great group of people. Lucking out into an incredible living situation with a wonderful roommate. Doing the tourist thing in the biggest city in the world. Dating. It’s crazy. I’m still working on trying to create a new circle of friends to hang out with here, but it’s not easy going in that regards. Dating has slowed down to non-movement so it’s been kind of a lonely month except for going home. It’s my fault I guess, but frankly I don’t know how much energy I have. And this month in New York is ridiculous with tourists, so I’m really not spending much time in the city as it’s just too aggravating. I’m looking forward to relatively calm January and February to resume my exploration of the city as otherwise I’m gonna commit murder. You should have seen the ridiculousness of this past Friday as I was going home. 49th St was literally CLOGGED with tourists – they were literally walking in the middle of 49th and blocking traffic. I have NEVER seen it this crowded yet. I knew then and there that waiting for the Ferry bus would be pointless as the bus itself wouldn’t be able to move. So I walked it from 49th St/5th Ave to 39th St/12 Ave. It was actually a great night for it as it wasn’t too cold but navigating through the area around Rockefeller Center and Times Square was ludicrous. Once I got to the 9th Ave/Hells Kitchen area, it was a lot calmer and I walked by a quite a few of the places I’ve been, remembering the good times I’ve had there. So yeah, New York has been fun and while it’s a lull right now, I fully anticipate January to resume what Oct and Nov were like.

Okay, that’s probably not exactly all the Greatest Hits but it is a fairly accurate recap of the biggest things that happened to me this year. I just finished rewatching Season 3 of LOST on DVD and when Charlie writes down his 5 ‘Greatest Hits’ in his life before he is about to die, it got me thinking that I don’t even know what would be my 5. But that led me to think smaller and at least think of what happened in 2007. So there you go. If I don’t write again until 2008, I hope everyone has had a fantastic 2007 and has a safe New Years Eve. I will NOT be in Times Square this year as I just don’t have the motivation to go by myself there and suffer needlessly. I’ll be safe and warm at home with easy access to a bathroom which is what those thousands of people will NOT be able to say. And my booze is a lot cheaper to drink then out there!

Happy New Year and see you in 2008.

Greetings from Cleveland!

This is Night #3 of my cross-country journey!

I totally lied about not putting up pictures as you’ll see below. I realized I’d not get to these in a long time if I don’t do them tonight. So if you checked this site out earlier well, my bad.

The drive across has been fairly uneventful. Uneventful because there is absolutely nothing to see between Colorado and Ohio. Truly. There’s absolutely nothing but flatlands and corn fields and then occasionally a little river or something is crossed. And lots of ridiculous truckers. Lots. But I’m here safely so I can’t complain.

Not much to report on though so this’ll be a relatively short post. I did get to hang out with Jeremy yesterday and that was a lot of fun. In Joliet, Illinois, Harrah’s has a pretty cool casino and I actually mean that. They have really upscale restaurants and a their casino, while small, at least has craps and other games you don’t see at places like Indian casinos. What I was shocked about was that the casino had $10 Minimums!!!! WTF?! This is Illinois! But anyways, it was awesome to be able to talk with Jeremy and just realize how much I’ve missed having him around. I’m trying my best now to convince him how cool New York would be. I think that’s a possibility in a year or so. How much fun would that be?

So today is boring day in Cleveland and tomorrow I’ll finally get to see the infamous Jenny Jennertons in Philadelphia. I must be ready for anything. She’s insane. In a good way, but still.

And then after that, it’s Atlantic City time and you KNOW I’ll be getting my gambling on.

And for those who are looking for the massive amount of pictures that do exist, I’m sorry but I haven’t gotten to them just yet. Patience, patience. Such a liar, I am!

14 Sep 2007 – Dinner at AI

Gotta love TeppanYaki style Japanese food
Gotta love TeppanYaki style Japanese food14-Sep-2007 19:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 192
14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Erin, Eric and KD
Erin, Eric and KD14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Me and KD
Me and KD14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Jeff is REALLY hungry
Jeff is REALLY hungry14-Sep-2007 19:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

One of the Hobie Farewell events was the group having a bbq at Susan’s house and then fun afterwards. Originally I thought I’d pop for a limo and kind of recreate what my 30th birthday was like, but then I began to think, nah, why do that again? So the night became all about rollerskating and pimping… uh, I mean rollerskating and bowling. It was awesome.

15 Sep 2007 – Bowling Goodness

Lauren and Tom ready for hearty family fun
Lauren and Tom ready for hearty family fun15-Sep-2007 19:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 168
The smallest and cutest dog ever: Linda
The smallest and cutest dog ever: Linda15-Sep-2007 19:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Bowling alley nirvana - it was Rock'n Bowl Night
Bowling alley nirvana - it was Rock'n Bowl Night15-Sep-2007 22:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 141
 
Tom fixin to bowl
Tom fixin to bowl15-Sep-2007 22:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
15-Sep-2007 22:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
15-Sep-2007 22:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
15-Sep-2007 22:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Jeff, Susan, and Eric
Jeff, Susan, and Eric15-Sep-2007 22:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Look at me - I'm a winner... at least that first game
Look at me - I'm a winner... at least that first game15-Sep-2007 22:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
KD and Erin right before making out... okay, just kidding
KD and Erin right before making out... okay, just kidding15-Sep-2007 22:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
15-Sep-2007 22:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Weird white glow on these pics - feels kinda retro film camera-ish
Weird white glow on these pics - feels kinda retro film camera-ish15-Sep-2007 22:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
Continuing the retro vibe
Continuing the retro vibe15-Sep-2007 22:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Me and KD
Me and KD15-Sep-2007 22:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Tom is NOT amused
Tom is NOT amused15-Sep-2007 22:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 

It wasn’t all fun and games though. The last two days I was in the Springs involved a LOT of cleaning up of the house. In fact, it took two days for me and Susan to get it done. And without Susan’s help, I’d probably still be there. She totally rocks and I am totally unworthy of her awesomeness. Below are some pictures from cleaning fun. Don’t be dissuaded by the pics of me sitting on my ass. It was a total random shot that does NOT illustrate how hard I was working!

16 Sep 2007 – Cleaning House

My kitchen slash office slash before Susan rocked it
My kitchen slash office slash before Susan rocked it16-Sep-2007 16:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 145
My dining room slash bedroom slash office
My dining room slash bedroom slash office16-Sep-2007 16:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Living room empty but not carpet cleaned... yet
Living room empty but not carpet cleaned... yet16-Sep-2007 16:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
 
Don't let Susan's expression fool you - she was LOVING this
Don't let Susan's expression fool you - she was LOVING this16-Sep-2007 16:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
I'm totally a critical part of the process
I'm totally a critical part of the process16-Sep-2007 16:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Seriously
Seriously16-Sep-2007 16:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Here's me using the Rug Doctor
Here's me using the Rug Doctor16-Sep-2007 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
I could totally be a sticker on the side of that damn thing
I could totally be a sticker on the side of that damn thing16-Sep-2007 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
16-Sep-2007 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 104
 
16-Sep-2007 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 

So my last night in town, my friends and I went to my ultimate favorite place to eat: Outback. I was sad to realize that this was it. As I’ve already written earlier, it is tough to leave such great friends. So what better way to make yourself feel better than to take lots of fun pictures!?

17 Sep 2007 – Last Night at the Outback

This rainstorm left a gateway rainbow behind - little did I know I'd catch up to the storm the next day
This rainstorm left a gateway rainbow behind - little did I know I'd catch up to the storm the next day17-Sep-2007 17:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
17-Sep-2007 17:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
17-Sep-2007 17:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Eric and KD
Eric and KD17-Sep-2007 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
17-Sep-2007 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 400
17-Sep-2007 19:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
17-Sep-2007 19:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 800
Last total group shot
Last total group shot17-Sep-2007 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Jeff just doesn't know what KD will say next
Jeff just doesn't know what KD will say next17-Sep-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 
Same as Eric
Same as Eric17-Sep-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
KD
KD17-Sep-2007 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Melissa returned!
Melissa returned!17-Sep-2007 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 
KD and Melissa
KD and Melissa17-Sep-2007 19:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Susan and her new hair length - I like it
Susan and her new hair length - I like it17-Sep-2007 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Me and my mentee, Melissa
Me and my mentee, Melissa17-Sep-2007 19:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 

And finally, here are some pics from my drive so far to Cleveland. I’m retarded though, and didn’t bring my camera when me and Jeremy hung out. So stupid. So all you get are scenery shots. Enjoy. (2014 Note:  I’ve also put these in their own page in my Travelogue section)

18-20 Sep 2007 – Colorado Springs to Cleveland

18-Sep-2007 09:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
18-Sep-2007 11:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
18-Sep-2007 11:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
18-Sep-2007 11:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
What my view is while driving - dice, GPS, and abso-FUCKING-lutely nothing to see out the window
What my view is while driving - dice, GPS, and abso-FUCKING-lutely nothing to see out the window18-Sep-2007 11:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Welcome to Nebraska, let the boring scenery continue unabated.
Welcome to Nebraska, let the boring scenery continue unabated.18-Sep-2007 13:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.001 sec
 
18-Sep-2007 16:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 10.0, 12.523mm, 0.006 sec
I think this bridge showed up in About Schmidt
I think this bridge showed up in About Schmidt18-Sep-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.002 sec
18-Sep-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.002 sec
 
That storm that hit Colorado on Monday - I caught up to it on Tuesday
That storm that hit Colorado on Monday - I caught up to it on Tuesday18-Sep-2007 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
And it was a doozy - it rained for the last 2 hours I was driving to Omaha
And it was a doozy - it rained for the last 2 hours I was driving to Omaha18-Sep-2007 17:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
The next day, I was driving through Iowa's wondrous scenery
The next day, I was driving through Iowa's wondrous scenery19-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
19-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
The view didn't change much except I added a cup of hot chocolate to it
The view didn't change much except I added a cup of hot chocolate to it19-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Wow, Iowa wasn't exactly stimulating scenery
Wow, Iowa wasn't exactly stimulating scenery19-Sep-2007 11:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

Farewell to Colorado Springs

This has definitely ended up as one of the hardest days I’ve had.

Why? Because I’m inflicting on myself the thing that the military gets perverse joy doing to you: leaving a place you’ve come to call home. I freely admit there have been a ridiculous amount of going-away events for my departure, but each one made it clearer to me that I’m leaving. Tonight was the last event, and it was dinner at Outback, appropriately. Jeff, Susan, KD, Eric, Erin & Melissa all came out (to make sure I left?) to say goodbye, and it was a really good time. Lots of funny pictures that I don’t have the time or energy to download right now. Perhaps when I’m bored to tears in Omaha tomorrow night I’ll do that. Anyways, I really am tired of having to say goodbye to family which these amazing group of friends have become. I don’t know why I am doing this to myself. I probably could have stayed here and found a job. But… then I’d miss out an this opportunity in New York, and that’s where my schizophrenia kicks in. I know what I want yet I also know what I want. I want both. And the only child part of me can’t reconcile that I can’t have both. So I chose. And it’s a hard choice. A sad choice. A choice that requires me to leave my first house, a great part of the country, and the best group of friends I’ve had in a long time – and this is no disrespect to any of the other groups that I still have. It’s just that here, there were people in my same situation and who could go out and drink and I didn’t have to kind of worry about hanging out with. It was just easy and awesome and I don’t know if I’ll find that again. I know that for a few months, it will be tough. Hopefully having a roommate will help, but eventually I’ll have to find a circle… or hope to.

Anyways, I leave Tuesday morning for my first stop in the Omaha area. It’ll be a long drive but it’ll be the longest and then it’s over.

And oh yeah, my stuff is all gone now. Crazy. Liberating. I’m leaving. I…. am…. so….. fucking….. scared.