I really, really wanted to write a blog post before I headed out tomorrow morning, but did you know that packing is really tiring?So I’ll just offer some thoughts:
- If you’re one of those people who has talked to me and thought,
“Hey, I have to make small talk with Jonathan. He has a trip coming up, so I should probably just ask about that. Should I ask him if he’s excited? No, wait, everyone he’s talked to for the past three months has probably asked him that question, so maybe he could use a break. Plus, I don’t really care that much, anyway.”
thank you for making the world a better place, and for proving that restraint is a sublime quality. As for my general thoughts about excitement before travel (if you actually do care that much) I’ll refer you to the inaugural post of my first blog.
- This is the first New Year’s that I’ve actually enjoyed hearing the song “Auld Lang Syne.” I owe my rediscovery of the song to one of my favorite podcasts, RISK!, which included a great version of the song by Andrew Bird in one of its holiday episodes. I went to a live showing of Swamp Radio, this Jacksonville-themed variety show, with my parents last night, and the show closed with a bluesy rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” that was also really moving. As we left, I looked up the tune on Wikipedia and found that it’s pretty well-known throughout the old British Commonwealth. I won’t be in Malaysia for New Year’s 2017, but if I were, I wonder if I’d hear the tune there. And if I did, would I think of it more of a great, worldwide phenomenon or a terrible vestige of colonialism?
- In spite of my solitary nature here in Jacksonville, I think that when the plane takes off tomorrow, I’m kind of going to miss it here. I was just starting to make some friends and learn where the good bars are. I still don’t think I’ll come back to Jacksonville long-term, and it’s going to be hard to maintain these friendships, but it is nice to know that I’ll have a better understanding of the city where I grew up for when I visit the family in the future. Should old acquaintance be forgot…
- I have space in my luggage for the first time in, well, ever. I don’t know if I’m growing up, underpacking, or just benefitting from being able to take two checked bags this time. It’s probably a mix of the three.
That’s all I got. Next stop, Kuala Lumpur!