Arrival Date: August 2003
Departure Date: August 2007
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This will be the guinea pig letter to use an animal-unfriendly metaphor. Please let me know if you would like to be removed from the random-travel-update list or, alternatively, if you know of someone who should be added. Also, confirm that this is the email address to which you would like updates sent.
Thank you to those of you who came to my going away dinner, who sent very nice departure notes, who stayed up all night to help me pack, who let me borrow their car and didn't get upset when it was rear-ended in the U-Haul parking lot while I was off moving boxes to Fedex, and who woke up at 4:15am to patiently wait for me and then equally patiently drive me to the Regan National Airport in the nick of time to catch my 6am flight Wednesday morning. You guys are the best.
To those of you who wrote emails to which I never responded, my apologies, it has been a hectic week and a half. But I did read them all and appreciated all of your advice, goodbyes and random notes.
If you ever get a chance to leave DCA around right as the sun is rising over the city, I recommend it. The flight, which ended two days of nearly no sleep, was reinvigorating. I ended up in
Has anyone heard of Ronald's Doughnuts? I got lucky and found this place on Happy Cow http://www.happycow.net/ right before leaving
Next stop was
Please send me your full home address when you get a chance in case I get around to writing the occasional postcard. I don't know how much postcard-writing time I will have, but it is always best to have addresses up front rather than having to track them down while on the road. Don't forget to reply to any emails I send with the name of the email in the subject line. For example, all emails responding to this one should read, "Re: Random Travel Update 1 August 10, 2007". This way I can find them when I go to respond to several emails at once.