June 9, 2010 - 6:56 PM
Once the exams end, the packing begins. Getting ready to entirely change scenes for the summer is more work than I imagined. When I begin to think (in naive fashion) about what needs to be done I think to myself, "Well all I really need to do is pack, right?" Wrong. Taking my car to the shop was more of an ordeal than I had originally planned. What a shocker. I took my car to Elmira Automotive and after being informed that the work would take close to two hours I decided to walk farther down west 11th street to hang out in the Wal-Mart super center. What a blast. I walked through the meat section a few times, meandered over to electronics and finally took a rest in the McDonalds. It wasn't exactly how I planned to spend my Tuesday morning but I guess it beats sitting around at the auto center.
Shortly after, I remembered that my paychecks and all of the important (but usually garbage) information that I receive via mail comes to my Eugene address. I had to change a lot of my contact information so that I can receive mail and my hard earned cash at my address at home.
The majority of my day today was spent basically clearing my room down to nothing. What started as a room full of stuff (and lots of garbage) is now down to nothing more than my bed, my computer and my speakers. I never thought that I owned so much stuff. My roommates' rooms are full of way more than mine was so I guess they are in for it when they start to clear out. My car, also known as the Hog, is stuffed to the brim with all of my belongings that I will trek across the nation with. It was a major struggle to make sure that my boxes weren't blocking the line of sight to all of my mirrors. Safety first right?
With everything packed and ready to go now I just need to make sure that I know exactly where I am going. On my way out here in the fall I made it to Bend, Ore. and became so twisted around that I was forced to ask a drunken haggard for directions. After talking my way out of a speeding ticket (for going 70 in a 45 due to frustration) I finally made it out of town in the right direction. I am trying to avoid another situation like that at all costs. I will be staying in Portland tomorrow night and from there the journey is simple. I can take interstate 84 from Portland all the way to Wyoming, which is where I make the switch the interstate 25 that takes me right to the promised land (Denver, the Mile High City, the 303 etc.).
Tonight is the last dollar beers of the night so that is how I will be spending my final evening in Eugene. I make the holy voyage in less than 48 hours so I promise to keep everyone posted on my progress, or lack thereof.