Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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other developments in the life of Neal include the gathering of a second job that starts in a few days. this should put me at about 90 hours a week which will be enough to allow me to afford a few luxuries while also pushing me into insanity....i think of it as the bonus package. who really wants to work THAT much? in the end i suppose the rewards will be sufficient to dull the pain of the sacrifice. whats my ongoing mantra....."its only 3 months, its only 3 months" repeat ad nauseum. All bullshitting aside I'm doing OK up here and am keeping a pretty positive attitude towards work. if nothing else, its great to see a bunch of familiar faces though i have to admit a worrying growing trend of Jehovah's witness' and various other bible aficionado's as co-workers. if nothing else it limits my conversations to very pg rated topics which really sucks the life out of me.
so i have made a definitive decision to forgo my annual trip to Chicago this year and instead, just head straight out onto the road for further adventures. i have been going back to Chicago for years now...first from college (uni for you English fuckers) and now before i head back to bangkok. what i have noticed is that all the people who i go to visit in Chicago...all the friends and family who i felt it my responsibility to go and keep in touch and make an appearance....all those people never once come to visit ME. whether i am in Carbondale or up in Alaska or all the way the hell over in Thailand no one ever takes the time and invests the money to come see me and lets face it, the places i am at are usually a helluva lot more interesting then Chicago. i figure i have spent a couple of thousand dollars to visit friends and family and to what avail? last year i got to see my brother all of one time in the 3 weeks i was home. Sister? same......Grandmother? same....ex girlfriend #1 same......ex girlfriend #2 same. whats the point of going out of my way every single year if not one other person will do the same for me? its going on about 10 years since i have left the chicago area and im tired of making the trek back "home". if anyone wants to see me this year, you know where i am