West Meets East

A Western man travels East in search of love, opportunity and happiness.

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Name:Michael Strickland

This blog chronicles my adventures as I leave my native California and travel east to northern Virginia to start a new life. I can only imagine the funny stories I'll recount here as I experience a wildly different climate, culture and way of life.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Preparations and Reflections

After I received a job offer from AOL, things started moving very fast. I had to give my current employer notice, pack up my apartment, see friends and family for the last time, drive across the country, and find a new place to live in Virginia. All this and more not by mid-October, when I start at AOL, but by early October, in time to fly to the Bahamas for a scuba diving trip CJ and I planned months ago. The timing of that trip couldn’t have been worse, but I don’t expect much sympathy for being inconvenienced by a tropical vacation.

It’s been an exhausting process so far, packing up my apartment. On the surface, it seemed that selling almost everything and taking only what I can fit in my Xterra would make the process much easier. In fact, going through all of my belongings, deciding what to keep and what to give up, has in some ways been much more labor-intensive. Continual distractions challenge me: coming across my junior high school yearbook, discovering my baby pictures, looking at old Navy medals. Last night, I closed my eyes for a moment while browsing through a journal full of notes for my first screenplay, and when I opened them again, it was 3:00 a.m. and all the lights were still on.

A week from today, I’ll put California in my rear view mirror for the last time. The next seven days will be a blur, as I prepare for that journey. During the few moments when I’ll have time to think, I’m sure my mind will spin with conflicting emotions. Other than a few years spent elsewhere, I’ve lived most of my life in southern California. My roots here are not deep—after all, this is flaky, shallow California—but I have many memories. Despite the excitement I feel, this relocation will surely induce a lot of reflection. Which in itself will be an adventure.


Anonymous said...

"Flakey, shallow California?" How quickly we forget. Dad

3:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

Todo lo que buscas esat dentro de ti!!!!!

8:06 PM  

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