Leaving Los Angeles

Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
Trip End Sep 16, 2006

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

This has been a long time in coming.

For years now, I've wanted to do something like this, but I didn't have a clear idea of how it would take shape and form and certainly not when it would happen.

I remember telling myself when I graduated from college that above all else I did not want to have an ordinary life. Although I did not know myself back then as well as I do know, it is a telling note that this one core belief has remained consistent and prominent in my mind. Those who know me best also know this to be true-- and those who don't, only want me to be safe, dodging gunfire in the streets of Los Angeles instead of dodging child beggars in Cambodia. I understand their concern, even if they are wrong.

The preparation for the journey were a staggering combination of the surprisingly easy (finding Diana, my sublessor, within hours of posting my advertisement) to the profoundly difficult, as the stress of preparing for such a large trip inevitably put strains on my relationship with Eva. In addition, there was the great question of whether or not her family would accept me, and Eva has prepared me for what impact my profound non-Chineseyness may have upon her father in particular. For those who know my family, you also know that this theme is not altogether unfamiliar to us.

Right now I'm fighting the last of a terrible sinus infection which has made me intensely dizzy over the last few days, battling extreme fatigue from having only 4 hours of sleep in the night leading up to our flight, trying to remember all last minute details, and hoping I do not fall asleep at the wheel on the way to my friend Arturo's house, who will be taking us to the airport.

It will be interesting to see how this all works out.

Wish us luck!

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