Surprisingly, there is still some room in the Uhaul truck.
and I depart Long Beach for home (SF) in about
an hour. Spending time with Erik and the rest of our friends on his
birthday was nice. I’m glad it worked out that I was able to come
down to collect my belongings AND see him on his birthday.

I’m looking forward to having my bed, computer, and a few other things
in my new home. I’d been sleeping on a futon in the living room for
the past few weeks, which is okay, but has made it difficult for me to
feel like my current apartment is “home.” I’m also looking forward to
hanging art (photography) on the walls again.

Speaking of which, we looked at some slides that were recently developed
from my trip to the east coast. I was pleased to find several that will
be worthy of printing. What can I say, I *love* to photograph waterfalls
and sand dunes!

I had a great meeting with BoRyan on Friday. I’m really pleased to be
working with him again. I really do have a lot of admiration for him,
and always enjoy the time spent together. I’m moving forward on a few
pending projects, and am excited about the prospect that I’ll have a new
phone by month’s end (Samsung i730).

I’m going to see Royksopp perform live on Wednesday night. Friends have
told me they put on a great show, so it should be a good time. I invited
Nick to go with me, so I’m looking forward to seeing him again as well.
It’s still too early to say much about him, but let it be known that we are
dangerously very much alike and he makes me smile for no good reason.
Also, “fuck you, !

Now that I’ve fully recovered from my travels and I’ve had a chance to
reflect on my experiences, I find myself filled with the strong desire
to travel beyond the US border. A few places on my list include:
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru, Chile, India, Turkey. Since
my goal is embark on this journey by Winter Break, I’ll need to figure
out some of the details rather quickly. In the meantime, I should at
least work on getting a passport.

School is kicking my ass. Physics is digustingly dripping with Calculus,
and the History of Photography class I’m taking is disappointingly boring.
Thankfully I’m only taking 8 units, and I suspect this semester will be
over before I know it. In the next month I need to work on an essay for
my transfer application to SF State and UC Berkeley. I think I have a
good shot at my first choice school (Berk), assuming I can explain away
my poor performance at NC State 9 years ago. 9 years!!! And I’m only
half-way done. At least from this point forward there will be coursework
directly related to my Geology degree, so I’d like to think that it is
all downhill from there.

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