Archive for October, 2006

On the Lists?

Posted by len on 10th October 2006

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Just a few days ago, Sue and I both got the most thorough searches we have ever experiences when trying to get through LAX. Could it be our final destination, Morocco, has set off some Homeland Security alarms? Intriguing…and a little disconcerting.

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Moon Pie or Cow Pie?

Posted by len on 10th October 2006

Iowa Cow Patty
On the farm in Iowa….
Excitedly remembering a basic rule of photography I quickly got my foot into this photo for scale. I later walked around the farm a little more and these babies are everywhere. Imagine the backpack of baggies you’d need to lug around if they applied LA dog-curbing rules to Iowa farms? Iowa farm fact: When cow pies (or patties) dry they are called ‘cow chips’.

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Where Do We Go From Here

Posted by len on 8th October 2006

Compelled partially by a seize-the-day mentality brought home by my father’s unexpected death two years ago and partially by Sue’s desire to study something very hard and potentially lucrative, my wife and I have sold most of what we own, moved everything else to her parent’s house in Iowa, rented out our house in Los Angeles, and are moving ourselves to Morocco. Our adventure began Oct. 4th, 2006. Our first stop is in Merrill, Iowa (see song lyrics for an introduction to this farm area) for a few days. Then we fly to Denver to visit my brother Michael’s family for another few days (and viewing of the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica). Then we fly to Ronnie Reagan airport in Washington D.C. and visit my mom and brother Matthew (Winnie) and family. We are then boarding a train at Union Station and heading into New York City, a mere 3 hour ride away. In NYC, we are kicking around with my mom and old friend Sandra for a day or two and capping everything off with the most appropriate way to bid farewell to the West: we’re seeing Spamalot, the Monty Python musical based on the Holy Grail. The evening of Oct. 19th we board a Royal El Maroc jet and fly throughout the night, arriving in Casablanca at around 6:30am Morocco time. We then find a train that will take us to our new home of Fez.
Spamalot

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Escaped Gravitational Pull

Posted by len on 6th October 2006

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 at approximately 11 hundred hours, two days behind schedule, our vessel accelerated to escape velocity and broke free of the gravitational pull of Los Angeles, hurtling us into the cosmic void. The very long-awaited moment of departure finally came after staying up until 5 am trying to get our house prepared for our groovy new (and first-ever) tenants Mark, Ellen and kids. First and foremost we want to acknowledge and smother with gratitude our elite flight crew, heroes of the journey. On task last Sunday were Heather Goguen, sister Meredith Goguen, Sean Gannon, and Jeanene Carvajal working all-day to help clean house, paint mouldings, sweep, chuck, polish, etc. They worked like dogs helping us get our house looking purty in a very short time. Without you there would have been no launch. Also we want to thank our good friends Lil and Gary for lending us their spare car for months, helping clear out our house, using their house for storage, and last but not least hosting and throwing us a fantastic farewell party. Thanks to all others who contributed by buying (or taking) some of our belongings.
Empty House

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