Right about now in a country far, far away
Western Australia has been an amazing place to visit. We began in Perth, and immediately set out for the southwest coastline. I have never seen so many amazing beaches all in a row, and the magnificent, tall, white barked karri trees made me feel like I was in a remote elven forest. We then traveled to the Margaret River Valley, and dicovered that the Australian wines we can buy at home are no where close to the decilious varieties they do not export to the US market.
We also went to the extreme southeast tip of Australia, to a place called Leeuwin Point, where the Southern Pacific and Indian Oceans meet. We felt like we had traveled to the point where the world ends (or as the lighthouse guard cheekily put in, "where the world begins, from our point of view." I can never be this far away from home again without leaving the planet. (OK, to be technical there is a point in the ocean that is the true antipodal point from Chicago, and there is a land mass that is closer to that point, but all that is there is a French meterological station. I don think they have, much in the way of quarters for tourists.)
On the way back to Perth, a song by Moby played on the radio. Jen P had given me a copy of this album when she split with me back in 2001. Hearing that song reminded me of how far I've come since then. I saw her last July to return to her something I'd found of hers after all these years, and when I told her the Big Plan, she said it sounded great, but she could never see herself doing that. It was a odd eye opener as to how far the two of us has drifted on our new paths.
In a similar vein, Jenni and I were very lucky to get tickets to see Philip Glass in concert in the Perth Concert Hall. We are both huge fans of his work (for me, thanks to Nina at work), but I'll bet most of my old friends have no idea that I like Glass, and it is possible many of then do not even know who he is. I was able to fulfill a dream that just two years ago I would not have even had.
All of this makes me realize that I am nowhere near the person I thought I was going to be back in 2001, when my life took it's first major course alteration. I now want to live in a small apartment in the urban setting of Chicago, travel as much as possible, and own as little as I can. I am on the antipodal side of myself.