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K-Day: T-minus 1 hour and 7 minutes

I don’t really know how to start this post. We’re here in the airport eating $12 breakfast sandwiches. HCB is sitting across from me, babbling from delirium. All of our earthly possessions are either on our persons, on their way to the belly of a pale blue 777 or waiting in a warehouse in the port of Oakland. In the past five weeks, we have managed to plan and implement an international move. The blog-blackout of late was a necessity. I could either write about moving to Korea, or I could move to Korea. The relentless compulsion to talktalktalk for the first couple weeks of this blog’s life was inflected with more than a little neurotic avoidance: “It’s my job to inform the masses, but we’re leaving so soon! I suppose I don’t have time to sell my car or order a new passport… Oh well. I should probably write a blog about it!”

It’s been a crazy couple weeks, but as I said, that was the boring part. Standing on the precipice of the exciting part, I have very little to say. I know that both of us are going to miss terribly all the people we’re leaving, but we’re ready. And if we aren’t ready, oh well! This whole thing has been like that TV show about ladies who don’t know they’re pregnant until they give birth on the toilet or in the ball pit at a Chucky Cheese. This thing is happening, so it’s time to just let nature take its course. Would it have been nice to have a little more time to get everything right? Definitely. But that would have only prolonged the leaving, which would’ve come with its own host of hassles and heartaches. What’s there to do but be grateful?

In the coming days (and hours), I’m sure I’ll have something more interesting to talk about but for now, nothing has been metabolized yet. I’ll just end by saying: we love you all and we’ll be back soon.

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  1. Shannon #

    Wishing you both easy travels.

    February 15, 2012
    • Thanks, Shannon. Goodness, being here I have a much clearer picture of your life over the last couple years, and that’s just after the ride from the airport…

      Do you think being an expat is like giving birth? Women who give birth sometimes say things like, “You know, you just can’t really UNDERSTAND what it’s like to bring a life into the world until you EXPERIENCE it.” I don’t think I can, in words, transmit the feelings I had on that drive to our new apartment. Surreal. I suppose expecting instantaneous perspective is a bit of a tall order, but do people who haven’t done this get that feeling? I don’t think I did until I was actually sitting in the taxi.

      February 16, 2012
  2. Anna #

    Best of luck and so much love to you both!

    February 15, 2012
    • Hey Anna! Thanks for the well wishes. This is a crazy thing, man. Totally crazy. But, God knows I’ll have good stories to share…

      February 16, 2012

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