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Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007, 04:24 pm
Into the breach, dear friends

This may be my last LiveJournal post from sunny Australia until next month. Tomorrow morning I am flying out to America.

I am moved to tears, thinking of the kindness so many of you have shown me already. Everyone's doing so much for me. If this is indicative of America as a whole, I know it must be the best country in the world! (Right up there with Australia.)

Here's the deal: I'll try to make the occasional post chronicling my adventures so you can keep track of me. I can't promise how often as I will be entirely dependent on the abundant kindness of other people for computer and internet access. And maybe I won't be as candid as you might like, as I have to respect other people's privacies. I'll tag them "america" so you can keep track of them and easily filter just for those posts if you need to catch up.

I hope to meet a lot of you there. Where convenient, I am sure my hosts will put the word out for furry gatherings to meet the Australian rat. I've expressed my desire to meet lots of furries. What better way to get over any lingering sociophobia?

Speaking of which, I am deeply saddened to be leaving ristin behind. I didn't realise it until today, but I'm really going to be missing him. I know he wouldn't be able to follow where I'm going. His own fear of crowds would hold him back. It's ironic, because this adventure would have been unthinkable before I met him. I've never done anything like this before, but I know I can do it. He's given me the confidence to believe in myself. It leaves me thinking I haven't done as much for him... :/

This trip is a tribute to his love.

Here's a rough (and at times speculative) breakdown of my itinerary:
Jan 14-17: San Jose
Jan 18-21/22: Further Confusion
Jan 23-28: Denver
Jan 28-31: Wichita
Jan 31-Feb 3: New Jersey
Feb 3-7: New York

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
bigkidsid

have fun!

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
darkentiger

Ah will be fine, well I lasted 2 month with Canadians you should live through America... hehe I can't wait for FC, and meet another Fur that live in Australia, have to plan to come up for a small visit hehe

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
cryoyank

Yeah, I remember flying out to London for the first time in '98. My first ever international flight and I was on my own.

But you know what? I survived! It's no big deal. Get on that plane confidently and have fun.

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Thanks, Cryo. That's the best advice I heard all day!

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
notalwaysweak

*hugs* I hope you have a wonderful time.

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
fasangel

Good luck, and have fun. You can do it, and do it well.

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
guma_kawauso

Out of curiosity, where are you stopover/layover locations? There's no way they'd fly a plane form Wichita to New York without some stop somewhere.

Also, just be really careful with Denver and expect bad weather. The rockies are getting his with lots of snow this year because of the weather pattern, El Nino.

Safe travels!

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

It stops over in Chicago, but only for an hour or two. I wouldn't expect anyone to meet me there.

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
guma_kawauso

Ya never know. I can't because Iive in podunk Ohio and I lack the legal ability to drive.

Have fun.. and always remember to "keep a little money in your shoe." Kudos to anyone who can guess where that line came from. :-) Hint: Sierra

Sun, Jan. 14th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
cryoyank: Chicago, my kinda town ... lol

So you ARE going to Chicago! Maybe you'll see the skyline as you fly in -- we did both times we went there. Such a shame to go to Chicago and not see the city though!

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
maddogairpirate

Kindness knows no one nation.

Hope to see you in a few weeks. =)

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
schnee

Have fun! :)
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Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
kendermouse

YEAH!

::huggles the rattus and the raccoon!::

wish Ristin was coming with, but as a crowd phobe i COMPLETELY understand. Tell him he is WELCOME to email as i'm MORE than happy to share my laptop and net access. (i might even be persuaded to allow a phone call or two... :: grin :: )

looking forward to meeting you, my fav aust rattimus!

peace,
the kendermouse

Sat, Jan. 13th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
patch_bunny

Oh, we're good enough folk (it's our foreign policy that's the pits). Just be prepared to explain that you're not British. Repeatedly. ;)

And dress warm. Remember it's winter here, and California does get chilly, despite what Baywatch claims.

Sun, Jan. 14th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
savant_da_rat

Wait... NJ? WHERE in NJ? I will be up there that weekend for a family event, if you have any spare time I'd love to meet you, even if it's just for a quick coffee or something! :)

Tue, Jan. 16th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Oh, wow! What are the odds? I would LOVE to meet you too! I don't know exactly where I'll be staying; a motel in Newark I think. mortonfox will be showing me around on Friday the 2nd of February. Will you be there on Friday? I will also be there for part of Saturday but I think my mobility will be limited. Email me at kangaroos@gmail.com with your mobile phone number please!

Tue, Jan. 16th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
savant_da_rat

I had planned on Sat/Sun, I could be up there Friday evening but not during the daylight hours; later in the evening actually, since the traffic to get there from DC is bad. I'll send you an email, we'll see if Saturday morning would work at all -- maybe meet up at a diner for breakfast or something :)

Mon, Jan. 15th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
aldi

Have a great time! Looking forward for those trip recaps!

Mon, Jan. 15th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
jagafeh

Hope you have lots of fun over there. :)

Mon, Jan. 15th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
jackrat

I'll be thinkin' about ya as you fly over my head...sometime between Wichita and New Jersey :)