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  Californian turned hoosier
Post Date : 2016-01-23


San Francisco, California
Dec. 10, 2015 - Jan. 5, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec. 24 - 27, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sep. 4, 2015

San Francisco has always my adopted home but for a trip that lasted for about a month from December 10, 2015 to January 5, 2016, I had to re-evaluate that position. Possibly caused by old-age, I started to feel that although it is one of the best cities to live in the world, provide that one can afford the highly gentrified city, smaller cities are much more my type of town now. Sailing from New Albany, a city in Southern Indiana that I called home since converting my California driver's license in August of 2015, this Californian is feeling more and more hoosier-like. A sense of belonging was further reinforced when I became a home owner in record-time of 46 days from research to the big day on November 25, 2015, when key to the main door was placed in my hand. I had no plan for this major decision to happen, especially after just relocating for a contract-based job that I have yet to evaluate. However, it became a reality when the landlady gave me the option to break the 1 year lease. Everyone that heard my story felt that she has control issues especially when she needed me to lower the blinds in my rented little lower level cottage house all the time. As far as I'm concerned, if it is not in my lease, she has no right to tell me what to do in my rented space. It all started on October 10, 2015, the day after my birthday after my virginal visit to Indianapolis. I was having a tough time dealing with the death of my 22 year-old student called Cheng from a car crash and the trip was much needed as a way for me to re-evaluate the meaning of life.

While in San Francisco, other than having the time to catch up with some old friends, my buddy, Tony and his boyfriend, Scott also visited Las Vegas. The trip took place on Christmas eve and for the next three days, we watched three Cirque del Soleil shows, ate buffet at the world-renowned Bellagio Hotel and Casino and for Tony, dragging both Scott and I around while he shopped at those over-priced luxury goods shops. The nincompoop at the discounted ticket sold us tickets for Zarkana instead of the racier Zumanity so we were just trying to correct the mistake by spending more money. It didn't stop there as we opted to watch Michael Jackson One which I thought was the best show of them all. The trip also started my new found habit of collecting Starbucks mugs that feature cities on them. The last time I visited Las Vegas was 20 years ago when my brother visited in 1995 and I never missed it a bit mainly because everything about the place was a simulacra and in my quest to search for meaning in life, falseness is what I am least interested in.





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