Tag Archive: notes to self

The Problems with Living in Pittsburgh

Here’s the short version: the roads, the weather, and the blue-collar mentality. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? Everywhere’s got at least three problems… Long version: As ever, I know that once I move, I’m going to eventually start thinking about how much easier life would be if I were only back in Pittsburgh. Preemptively countering that inevitability, I present this list of reality-checking realities. Winter, in particular: snow-melt-freeze, snow-melt-freeze. Perpetual gloom….
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The 48-State Road Trip: One Year Later

Labor day a year ago, I was waking up at 4:30 AM and heading out onto the Nina Moose River with a rented canoe, heading toward Lake Agnes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This year on Labor Day? I’m writing blog posts in order to avoid doing readings for school. What a difference a year makes. Labor Day last year. Labor Day this year. I miss that trip like I assume…
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Remaining Life Goals

As if I’ve ever made a list before. The list is kind of restricted to stuff I feel like I control well enough to make happen also. Just FWIW. The three-month, 15,000-mile road trip. Become functionally fluent in at least one more language. Spend at least a(nother) year living in a foreign country. Get five novels published. Not sure it’d be at all beneficial to get more than five published — maybe…
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One Final Kauai Vacation Bring-Down and Advance Planning for Future Bring-Downs

Just FYI, there were a couple days of my Kauai vacation that looked (and felt) like this: Even better: it’s at Wal-Mart. Saw this pic again looking through my photos today. Made me feel slightly better about being, you know, not there. Similarly, any time I think about my Utah house, I try to remind myself of the sound of the 2 AM air conditioners on top of the [fetch]ing Cabela’s in…
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Notes to Self: A Vacation Post-Mortem

Given a choice, never take the red-eye again. Changing planes in HNL probably isn’t that bad a thing. Look at the directions for how to get to the hotel/condo you’re staying in before getting into the rental car. And check to see whether the rental car has a dome light before driving off. Because if it doesn’t, it might be worthwhile to get your flashlight or headlamp out of your suitcase before…
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