May 15, 2009

Starting a new map

People seem to say goodbye in one of three ways. If they meet a person with whom they have almost no connection, they might wave only. If they meet an acquaintance, they'll shake hands. But if they say goodbye to someone meaningful, they generally hug.

Of the three, I like the hand shake least.

The longest (and best) goodbye I ever received from a friend was in the form of a hug. It lasted maybe 37 seconds (though I wasn't counting at the time), and it meant a lot.

I'm finished now with my four years of undergraduate work. My family came to graduation. A friend drove up from the south. I said my fair share of goodbyes...and I gave one distinguishable hug to a friend I've grown up with for the past 10 years.

Now I have a lot of time on my hands. I couldn't be more pleased.

Here's what I'm up to:

- Listening to a lot of Daniel Johnston. So much that everything I notice has lyrics (Tony mentioned this in his last post).
- The Meat Puppets new album, Sewn Together.
- My brother learning guitar rifts (Modest Mouse, Cake, "Thunderstruck," etc.)
- The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, still.
- Google Reader.
- Reading Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut.
- Picking up Roberto Bolano's 2666 soon, a Silliman suggestion.
- Mapping my move to Arizona
- Finishing a playlist for the drive west...another flung-together list.
- Going to juggling club in Louisville.
- Getting MLB audio.
- Unpacking and re-packing to figure out what I really want to keep.

So on May 31 I'll start my drive to the Southwest United States. Here is the basic map of the journey.

DAY 1: Leave home. Arrive at Jack's apartment. Chill. Sleep.
DAY 2: Leave Jack's apartment. Drive. Arrive in Amarillo.
DAY 3: Chill in Amarillo with my friend, Brad.
DAY 4: Leave Amarillo for Phoenix. Drive. Drive. Drive. Arrive.

Three days later I start working.

The best thing I hear about Arizona, are the wild pigs that run around willy nilly in the streets. I bet someone could make a cool song about them.

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Blogger JHitts said...

Thanks for reminding me, I need to buy an air mattress.

May 15, 2009 at 11:59 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

I can sleep on the floor dude. I've been doing it for the past 2 years.

May 16, 2009 at 12:07 AM 
Blogger Tony said...

Study up on your Albuquerque turns.

May 16, 2009 at 1:06 AM 
Blogger Chase said...

Haha, left turn, right?

May 16, 2009 at 1:08 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Trust me, one of us will want the air mattress on a wood floor and old carpet.

Plus, it's just something that one should have, just in case ("in case" of what, I don't know...)

May 16, 2009 at 4:05 AM 
Blogger SC said...

Chase, I had no idea you were going to be so close to the 'Natti. Godspeed on your trip!

May 16, 2009 at 1:22 PM 
Blogger M. Perkins said...

Those javalina (wild boars) will put you in the hospital. Once when house-sitting with a friend a half-dozen of those two-hundred-pound, tusked monsters got stuck in the courtyard. They must have jumped the four-foot-fence somehow. My friend Kyle had to open the gate and run to the back door (one of the boars seemed inclined to charge him), then we had to try to herd them out from the front door.

One of my first Arizona experiences was the signs at some of the rest stops that say things like "Avoid Wildlife" and have pictures of scorpions, rattlers about to strike, and coyotes. Welcome to the desert.

May 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM 
Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

IF only I had a pair of pigs, I could name them Willy and Nilly.

May 16, 2009 at 3:38 PM 
Blogger Erin said...

What happened to the picture Tony took of us in front of the cows? It would be excellent if you could email me a copy. I would like to see it.

May 17, 2009 at 8:50 PM 

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