Day 35

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End Dec 25, 2007

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Today we had a stargazing party in honor of the Equator crossing. Unfortunately the weather was cloudy as usual and there were no stars to be seen. Well, that's a bit of a cheat; I found two. At different times. We ended up having open mic night instead, but first we had to wait for an hour and a half while they tried to get as many lights as possible turned off even though there were no stars to look at. When we finally got going, some people read poems and a couple people sang. Gabriel and Vanessa came over and said they were going to get Heather and Sascha and we were going to do Part of Your World, so I waited for them for another hour and didn't see them, so I finally just went up there and did it without them. Liz and Ricky came and sang with me, and it was actually really cool. Then the next day when I asked Gabriel and Vanessa where they'd gone and told them I did it anyway, Vanessa was mildly offended and Gabriel called me a traitor. Whatever.

Some people played guitar or keyboard and some sang with canned music, and actually everybody was really quite good. I was surprised. Ricky and my IRC Amanda both read poems they had composed, and both of them were amazing. I actually want to get Amanda's but I keep forgetting. They played a slideshow of galaxies and constellations in the background but it didn't really have the same effect as looking at the stars; it didn't help that the slides looped through about six times. I had actually planned to do some mime at the open mic, and even put together a little skit, but it was way too dark to do anything. Maybe next time. It was cool to hear everyone sharing, and I wished I'd had something to share that was a little more personal. I missed the first open mic on the Atlantic crossing, and then was sorry I had; I heard nothing but great things. So I hope they have a few more so that I get a chance to hear everyone and share a little myself.

We didn't actually cross the equator that night at all; it would be the next day. We had all gotten a memo about some sort of initiation - into "shellbackhood" - that we could only assume had to do with the equator. We were all anxious of course but we had to wait, so, so do you. Ha!

It started getting cloudy when we left Panama, and stayed that way all across the equator, and actually, to cheat a bit and get ahead of myself, all the way through Ecuador. It is so strange to be on the Equator and have it be cloudy, and in fact cold. I've been wearing long sleeves. That just doesn't seem right somehow you know? Panama was so hot, and it's so near the equator, but on the equator it's cold? So weird. I've been getting some updates from Gunnison especially and apparently there's snow on the ground, especially in Crested Butte. Mom and Dad have been going for fall color drives and Jake's water bucket is probably freezing some nights. All this has made me incredibly nostalgic actually, and a little more homesick than what I've come to consider normal. I'm missing the snow and the fall colors and I've missed it all; now that we're in the Southern hemisphere it's getting on toward summer. A full year of summer is great and all, but I still miss autumn and winter a lot. It's going to be winter when we get to China though. Does that mean there will be fall colors in Australia? I really have no idea.

Somehow I have very little to say. There was very little of interest on this particular day anyway, but I promised I would reflect and I find myself without things to reflect on. I know there is plenty, I just can't seem to get into a reflective mood. Huh. This might be my shortest entry yet. I'll just get it posted before they kick me off the internet to reset everything for the new system.

Wait!!! I just noticed the numbers of views to date. We're over 2000 views, guys! You are AMAZING! How many is that a day? We're on day 45 now, I think (yeah, that's how far behind I am...) and we're over 2000 hits. 2000 by 45 is... hang on. Almost 45! I wonder if it counts me in that number... well either way the site has had an average of over 45 hits a day. That is incredible! Mom... have you been hitting it a dozen times a day again? :D I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! How am I possibly this lucky? You are the best ever. Thank you so much!
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