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November 1, 2006 from Boise, Idaho

Should I write about this or should I not? Should I wrote about this or should I not? That's the question that keeps going in circles around my head. And why not write about it. Sure hundreds of people could read this tomorrow, but I should really challenge myself to break the ice a little more and throw something new out there. And it'll only be a short time before it's covered with with all kinds of fresh content.

Loneliness. I'm never alone on this trip, never! Except when I'm driving, which is a good amount of time. And I'm only lonely in one small little sense of it, and this is the only night that I've really noticed it on the trip. And yes, it's all that romantic mushy stuff, blah blah blah.

People have asked me several times... Do you have a girlfriend back home? Do you think you'll fall in love on the trip? Have you met any girls yet? Well, since Wisconsin this is really the only time I've got to hang out with people my age.

Here's the thing, it's one of my biggest sacrifices of this entire year. The tough thing is that I get to know someone really well for a week making this amazing memories and then I'm gone. I don't get a chance to build something deeper, something more, etc, because in a few days I just have to leave.

The reason I ask myself, "Should I really put this out there for everyone to read," is because of all the responses I can predict like "Awww, it'll be ok" and all that stuff. Well of course it will! (So I don't need to hear any of those things.) This is the most amazing thing I could ever imagine doing. I would have to say that for this year I'm putting parts of my personal life on hold, whether it be my best friends and family back home or a significant other.

With each visit on the trip I leave something more behind. I suppose that's true to life no matter what road you take. And with this trip I become very conscious of it, mostly because it happens so clearly and frequently. But taking a trip like this without making those emotional connections would be well... fill in the blank I suppose. And it's no secret to the people who know me well that I thrive on this stuff, whatever that "stuff" is.

Cheers, to leaving something behind, because wherever I go I know that one day I might return.


Blog Date Posted: Nov 1, 2006 7:43am EST | 454 words | comments 6 Comments
Comment by Kristi Sauer
From Hugo, MN

Hey Bugsy, I think it is a great idea to write about this kind of other "stuff". Your thoughts and feelings are all part of the journey!

Comment by lulu
From East Lansing, MI

"'Cause it's the first long kiss on a second date.
Momma's all worries when you get home late
And droppin' the ring in the spagetti plate,
'Cause your hands are shakin' so much.
And it's the way she looks with the rice in her hair.
Eating burnt suppers the whole first year,
And askin' for seconds to keep her from tearin' up.
Yeah, man, that's The Good Stuff."
-Kenny Chesney

Comment by Jen
From East Lansing, MI

keep on taking that glorious bite out of the world.
just watch out for those 1 lb burgers ;)

Comment by dad
From Baraga, MI

True, you've given up family and old friends for a year and made new friends that you don't have time to know better. But remember, you are still on free soil, you don't have to wear body armor, you could come home if you had too and you don't have to worry about your friends being shot today. Count our blessings and thank our troops for the sacrifice they make.

Comment by Barb and Lowell
From L'Anse, MI

Amen to all the comments. You all hit the nail on the head....What a ride! We are there with you.

Comment by mom
From Baraga, MI

if you didn't make those wonderful emotional connections on this trip, you wouldn't be living each day true to yourself and to its fullest potential. Be glad for each day and the part of you that stays behind in each town - life is made up of relationships, and you are establishing some that will last your lifetime! Don't think of it as putting that part of your life on hold....think of it as the potential & possibility of meeting someone special in any of our 50 states! You won't be locked up in Michigan next fall, you know! :) Something great is waiting around the next corner, down the next highway, over in the next state!