A day of travel.

Yesterday began at 4:30 am (EST) and concluded 22 hours later. Flights were easy, but sleep eluded me. However, The Small Room by May Sarton kept me company, and there was the laptop, of course. I flew from Indy to San Francisco and from there to Portland. The Portland-bound plane had an “electrical issue,” which kept us on the plane and at the gate for two hours–longer than the actual flight. Safety first. While most people on board were wholly grumpy about this, I found it a good opportunity to learn about Plants vs. Zombies and Minecraft. Seated in seat D, to my right were two small brothers, totally consumed by an iPad. [Their mother, seated one row in front of us, kept telling me “Thank you for your patience.” I kept nodding, smiling, and saying, “They’re fine.” Is that phrase a midwestern thing?] They were lovely, interesting, and boisterous kids, but I felt badly for the littler one who never got to touch the iPad–despite his pleas–and then later fell asleep, his head dangling all over the place. Kids are so bendy! Also, the iPad dexterity! I felt old and kind of jealous–will my hands ever work that way?–and needed Dramamine with all the Minecraft 3D movement or whatever. Anyways, this observation of iPad gaming called to mind Dungeons and Dreamers, a book I read a few months ago and recommend–beautiful storytelling and written by Ball State’s very own Brad King. I don’t game, but I find games enticing. Alas. (Alas? Yes, alas.)

Upon arriving to Portland, I hopped into a rental car and began the route to Walla Walla, WA. Wow. Heading east out of Portland on I84 is stunning. I was quite happy to have the Columbia River to my left the whole time. The scenery was too beautiful for music, so I drove along in silence commenting on the sights–aloud–to myself every so often. There may or may not have been soft swearing. See photographs below; you’ll understand.

After making a quick stop on I84 in Hood River, OR and peeking into the Full Sail Brewing Company, I continued on to Walla Walla, WA. Apparently I rented myself a whole house (really–I planned this trip sort of hastily, so I was genuinely surprised), and it is lovely. I may not return (okay, yes I will). After getting settled, looking all around the place, and going out for some basic groceries (coffee), I called it a night.

This morning I wrangled with the home’s wireless connection for awhile, and then I gave up. Walked to the downtown area and plopped down at the Coffee Perk. And now that the email’s caught up on, here I am. The rest of the day will likely include reading, writing, J&J Vintner’s, grilling, and fire (the backyard has a fire pit!). More in time.

Sunrise at IND.

Sunrise at IND.

All my bags were packed; I was ready to go.

All my bags were packed; I was ready to go.

Went looking for a bathroom, found this instead.

Went looking for a bathroom, found this instead.

Goodbye, Oregon. Hello, Washington!

Goodbye, Oregon. Hello, Washington!

Where I am in the world.

Where I am in the world.

About aolatz

Associate Professor of Higher Education and Community College Leadership at Ball State University

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