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Ready to go

A friend in college once told me that I reminded him of a homeless orphan. I often forget to tie my shoes, my socks never match and I’ve never encountered anyone as bad with directions as I am. It’s not that I don’t know which way to go, it’s that I’m convinced that the wrong way is the correct way.  My father used to say that he couldn’t believe I ever made it out of the country when I can’t seem to find my way out of central Jersey.
So packing and organizing isn’t exactly my forte. Just like I prefer to let a bus driver deal with directions, if I don’t have a patient woman by my side while packing, all is lost.


I persevered and after packing and unpacking three times I ended up with what I think are essentials.


  • Shirts for a week, two pairs of jeans, nine days worth of underwear and socks, one dress shirt and tie, and a flannel jacket for clothes.
  • Swimming gear (including a red speedo) just in the hopes that I’ll find a good pool to swim in.
  • Big obnoxious headphones.
  • Travel toothbrush/toothpaste, a loofa (how can I not?), extra deodorant, penicillin, anti-diarrhea meds (see previous post) for toiletries.
  • Copies of essential documents.
  • My three favorite books:
    • Ender’s Game
    • The Power of One
    • King Richard II
  • Some Mandarin workbooks.

And thats it.  I’ll get anything else I need over there.

I’ve said my goodbye’s


93 and owning it!

And had a great party last night with friends to send me off,


in which I made them all gather round and watch a video of myself.

So here you go, I’ll see you in China.


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