[Title from Rag'n'Bone Man's Human.]
You know those friends who you don't see for 6, 12, 18 months, but when you finally see them again, it's like no time has passed? Let's see if it can be like that with this blog.
What has happened since Carnegie Deli's went down for the long nap? Honestly - and not surprisingly - a lot. It has been six full months so plenty of time for some good and a whole lot of bad. The late January through early May period of 2017 was the longest, most defeating experience of my life. And at the end of it, I have less trust for my peers, less respect for some of the behemoths in my field, less surety about who I should be when dealing with other people - and two finished masters degrees (with straight As, natch), glowing supervisor evaluations, and in my more cynical moments, thoughts that none of it seems to have counted for much toward where I want go in the long-term.
So where am I going to go in the short-term? Israel and Jordan for two months.
I was supposed to go last summer. My foot intervened and instead I revived the Best Of The West tag. In the vein of Alanis Morissette's definition of irony, two weeks ago I woke up and my foot was unhappy again (after 6 months of fine-ness and running). Back in the boot and back on the hot-seat of do I go or don't I.
This time, I'm going, boot and all. If things become untenable, I'll come home early. For no more important reason than I really, truly need to get out of here for a while.
Let the Hummus Tour begin.