With this suitcase I will take two buses from my apartment to the Pittsburgh International Airport, then two planes from there until I arrive in Des Moines. This is the unofficial beginning of the end: my time left in the US is now short enough to be comprehended tangibly, my remaining items-to-accomplish clear, the final monetary situations and storage of goods established.
I’ve been mentally preparing myself for this series of adventures so explicitly over the last several months that surprisingly I don’t even feel too anxious, which is a change of pace. Instinctively however my brain really wants to be worried, because that’s what it’s most used to. “Shouldn’t I be really uncomfortable?” The upcoming events seem now less like semester-end essays and more like going to work: something I simply must do, damn the torpedoes.
I’ll be spending a week there that will be kicked off by a drunken evening with siblings and pals, and followed up the next noon by lunch at my most favorite restaurant in the entire world, Thai Kitchen. To say that this is one of my most anticipated future-highlights of this trip is an understatement, shamefully: shouldn’t I be more excited about seeing my friends and family? Of course I am, but they exist on a different plane. Pad Thai is a sensory enhancement, a new form of awareness! Family is Important, but you cannot chew them.
With this I begin to pack the laptop bag and prepare for the trek to the airport. Watch the Twitter feed over there –>
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