My life dramatically changed seven years ago. For the better. I didn't have a smartphone then. Or a blog. Or even a MySpace page.
Even so, many of the details are still very vivid. It's not exactly live-blogging. It's more like live-reflective-blogging. Then again, that's kind of what a lot of blogging is, so maybe it's just blogging.
At the time, I was living in Northern Virginia, looking forward to shedding my old life. Especially since I had a new life waiting for me in California.
Here's where I stayed that last night, seven years ago tonight.
I was too excited to sleep much, though. And I had to get up at night to go into work. My job was from 2:00am to 10:00am. I was training someone new, though my mind was on the road, over the hill and far away. Very far away.
I was exhausted but also really exhilarated. While I wasn't quite hallucinating bright blue horses and shiny yellow dinosaurs (or even hephalumps and woozles), I was constantly thinking about my stuffed Saturn in the parking garage, and my AAA triptych on the passenger seat.
I had a ten-disc CD changer in my car at the time, but didn't take any J. Geils Band with me. But I did have that player filled, and a box of CDs in the trunk, to keep me entertained.
I'll get into that music tomorrow, on the officially anniversary of the start of this trip. In the meantime, here's what shuffled out of my J. Geils Band playlist...
"(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party"
"Looking For A Love"
"Angel In Blue"
"Land Of A Thousand Dances"
"Musta Got Lost'
"Just Can't Wait"
"Stoop Down #39"
Many of those are actually quite appropriate, but that's just a coincidence.
Leg 1 of the trip starts tomorrow!
P.S. - Hi Marvin! It's all there - over the hill and far away. bright blue horses and falling leaves!