Made it into meat country

Trip Start Mar 11, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2009

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Vancouver | Austin bound

I had a brief stopover in Salt Lake City, and had a fantastically early touch-down. For a North American airline, Delta Airlines was really pretty decent. I'd fly them again. (The same definitely can't be said for United. Phoof.)

I also had the pleasure of being seated beside an older man flying solo for the first time since his wife died in October. After an hour-long chat, he confided that it was hard to lose his best friend of 43 years. And then he cried.

I don't know about you, but seeing a man's tears really shreds my heart; in this brief time knowing him, I could tell that this woman meant the world to him. I started crying soon after, and though I couldn't do anything more than rub his shoulder, deep down inside I wanted to take him under my arm and let him know everything would be all right.

He then straightened up and said, "Do what you love to do now, because you'll never know what will happen tomorrow." He said it with such conviction, such firmness, such empowerment. The advice was so incredibly simple that it astounds me why more people dont take it to heart.

Anyway, I'm here now. I had my first Welcome to Austin Tex-Mex taco of 2008 at Torchy's, a fantastically tasty taco shack on South 1st. Top that off with this coming week of free booze and barbecues at the SXSW day parties, AND having not eaten meat for a year, this is going to be one tough week to devour. But it will be done. Oh, yes, it will be done.
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