So my life here on the West Coast has just about come to its official end. One more week and I and all my things—including my Amazon parrot, Vinnie—will be traversing the interstate highways out to NYC. Since my trip to Colombia, I have spent my time here in San Diego straightening some things out, such as figuring out how to deal with my grandfather’s gun collection, determining that I want to go to graduate school for public policy, remembering why I would never want to live with my parents ever again, and babysitting my adorable niece Sophia. It’s been a long month and a half, and I’m looking forward, desperately, towards change. It remains to be seen just how long it will take to acquire a job in the big apple, so my fancy new resume that I spent a couple of weeks working on will be put to the test.
I will be staying under the auspices of my girlfriend’s family in NYC, and even though it will be tight in terms of space, I’m 100 percent certain that it will be decidedly more positive then the experience of staying with my parents. It’s never easy to up and move out to a new location—at least this way we have some kind of a base and network with which to begin.
Along the way we’ll stop at the Grand Canyon, since my girlfriend has never seen it. Other than that, however, it will be a long 6 day trek in a rental truck, with the only other pit stops being urination stations and cheap motels. I hope Vinnie the parrot holds up OK—this will be his first trip pretty much anywhere, other than when he was smuggled in as a wee babe through Mexico, somehow escaped and flew over to my mom’s friend’s mom’s house (got that?), and latched onto the windowsill, whereupon she scooped him up with a spoon and gave him to her daughter who already had 5 other parrots, who then gave it to the young Me. I’ve never been in a living situation stable enough to keep him with me, so he’s been sequestered with my parents until now. Here’s a picture of him eating my cereal:
Hopefully I’ll be able to post a travelogue of the Budget truck adventures across the nation, but I don’t know if I’ll have the energy nor the wireless connection to do it. In any case, I’ll keep my anonymous readership posted as well as I can. Until then.