June 23, 2014
The bathroom light is flattering in my stopover LA hotel, and I’m feeling good because as I was in there creating equally flattering poses and trying to figure out what day it was, it finally occurred to me that I’m on an adventure again!
I should have realized this yesterday when the recovering victim of asphalt assault picked me up to start my journey, but I was too busy being brain dead to properly comprehend my situation. Trying to survive the last week of school while moving out of your house and planning a month-long trip to Asia will do that to you. I don’t think I’ve accomplished more in one week in my entire life.
So, yes! I’m homeless and I’m headed to the Philippines! I tried really hard to be either nostalgic about one or excited about the other yesterday, but my first flight was freezing and I was numbed right to my soul. I actually bought these ridiculous furry things that can only be described as “sockies” for my second flight, but that one was warmer and had one of those fun screens in the seat, so it worked out better and I could start feeling feelings again. I did so while watching my very first World Cup game ever.
I actually didn’t even know you could access the game until the entire plane erupted when, apparently, Portugal scored first and I thought we were having a LOST incident. When everything calmed down, though, and someone finally saw me bobbing my head around looking confused, he lent me these giant headphones that made me look like DJ FIFA fan- which I’m not because I watch John Oliver- and I got to enjoy the rest of the show. I even bought him a thank-you drink from the aisle cart, but since the stewardess was blocking me when he ordered and since she didn’t give me a receipt for what appeared to be a plethora of Canadian Clubs, I may have inadvertently paid for a province-wide franchise of Costigan’s. Costigan’ses? Ugh.
Anyway, the game was exciting, I felt all kinds of patriotism because it was exciting and SPORTS! and I finally settled into a place where I can appreciate what’s happening.
I’m getting on a plane to Manila in a few hours! I’m going to eat tons and learn tons and experience tons, including bats! I can’t possibly get rabies because the vaccination lasts for ten years! I don’t have to live in that apartment anymore when I come home!
I’m excited now. Manila, ho!