Current Location: Chicago, IL


Price of beer in a bar: US$4-6 for a pint at my local bar, The Hopleaf
Song current stuck in my head: The Jack Lahana remix of People in the City (Air)

We’re nearing the end of our prep lists: odds and ends need to be purchased for the packs, immuniities are being acquired at needlepoint, a yard sale is in the works and utility cancellations are being scheduled.

My long term girlfriend and I will board a plane in mid July and via a potent cocktail of plane, bus, foot and taxi we should be in Western Belize by day 2.

The same gorgeous, redundant, IP routed masterstroke that allows you to read this also provides me with news (http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html, http://www.economist.com/audioedition/), entertainment (http://thepiratebay.org/, http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page, http://www.hulu.com/labs/hulu-desktop, http://somafm.com/) and communications (https://mail.google.com, http://www.skype.com). If you can see the sky, then all of these services are available to you, wherever you are, at varying prices and with varying dependability. This changes things drastically, doesn’t it? My high school girlfriend spent 6 weeks tagging sea turtles in Costa Rica and our only means of communication was letters that she would send back with departing volunteers who would then drop them in the US mail. The delay was roughly 3 weeks, give or take 2.5 weeks. This was in 95. 15 years later I’m scrolling a Caturday thread on fark from “third world” buses and the coach seats on airborne planes. I’m streaming netflix to a dilapidated shack in the carribean where otherwise, out of sheer lack of stimuli, I would have already spent weeks talking aloud to the voices in my head. And the god awful broadband situation in the states (http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070810_002683.html) prepares you to be only mildly annoyed with the 2-coconuts-and-a-string connectivity that is available (affordable?) in the trops.

So look forward to a packlist, IT geekery, immunization details and all the other minutia I obsess about when I’ve got this much time on my hands before a plan becomes action. Also I hope to get around to explaining the point of all of this.

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