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I'm headed out in about an hour to enjoy a last round of drinking and conversation with my good friend before I head to London tomorrow.  Managed to grab a hotel right next to Gatwick Airport, so Tuesday shouldn't involve too much of a race.  And Monday is simply a straight shot down the Victoria line to the station -- a true blessing given that I have about 120 lbs of luggage.

Feeling unbelievably depressed, though, now having successfully dropped out of graduate school (failure and all that), as well as having discovered, to my own shock, that I really miss living in America.  (For all of its flaws, -- and, yes, they are many -- it's home, and I'm happy to be going back.)  But excited.  On my way to Atlanta.  Time to go to work, and to perhaps (stay tuned) even start a business with a friend of mine, if I can get something more solid out of an idea I've been thinking about for some time now.

Plus, hey, it's presidential election season.  Anybody still care to bet against me after the midterms (cough, Mig, cough)? ;)

Still, much I should've said, and a near-infinite amount I should've done.

Maybe next time.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:24:38 PM EST
Good luck, Drew.

You're not leaving ET, though, right?

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:27:26 PM EST
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Fuck no, I'm not leaving -- not until I finally send Jerome over the edge on my smoking rants and get banned. ;)  Probably won't be around much for the next several weeks, but we'll see.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:30:15 PM EST
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Oh, fear not.  It, um, seems to take something a bit more extreme than smoking rants to get banned.  Although it seems we haven't actually figured out what that is yet...

:-0 (cough. did I just say that?)

Anyway, good luck with your move and the next stage.  Keep us posted.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:34:08 PM EST
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Will do.  Thanks.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:37:09 PM EST
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I do hope you'll tell us what happened in recent weeks/months. You kinda promised you would...

As to smoking rants, flame away! We can whine past one another!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 05:06:40 PM EST
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Will do.  Actually, sounds  like a good project to start now while waiting for food.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 06:27:36 PM EST
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Hey, any plans to meet me to collect your pint before heading off?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:39:45 PM EST
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Sure.  I should be getting in at around 2.30.  Anything in mind?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:42:04 PM EST
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I just read the bit about the 160lb of luggage...

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:48:33 PM EST
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Not sure what your work schedule is tomorrow, but I'd be happy to meet you somewhere, although we'd be limited to the areas around Leyton, Bethnal Green, Liverpool St, and Westminster stations, as they're the only areas I'm even somewhat familiar with.

Otherwise, my father and I are simply going to have to drag you all over to Florduh.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:52:34 PM EST
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Mondays are really busy for me, I don't think I can squeeze in the time to go to King's Cross and back, which would be the simplest options.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 02:58:57 PM EST
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No worries.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 03:01:56 PM EST
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I suppose I could meet you for 30 minutes at the station when you arrive. Do you have a reservation for the train that arrives at 2:30, or would you send me a text message when you get on the train?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 03:03:34 PM EST
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Hey, not sure if you're still up, but I have a reservation on the 12.30 out of Nottingham, so it should get in at 2.30-2.35, judging by past experience.  Can't send texts, though.  No telefono, mi amigo.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 06:23:07 PM EST
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Hope to see you around here, once you settled down back home. Have a safe trip back.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 28th, 2007 at 05:20:32 PM EST
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Hey Drew! Just want to wish you well! And sorry to hear that it just didn't sort out for you...but then, good that you can see that and move forward. Funny, but I have lived here in Europe going on 3 years now, and only just in the last month or so have I really started to miss home/friends/etc. I have had a diary brewing in me about it all...which I will get to at some point...but anyway, I can nderstand your feelings. Do keep in touch...and good luck on your next endeavors!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon Jan 29th, 2007 at 02:48:00 AM EST
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Nothing to do with the result of the Midterm elections, I'm sure...

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 29th, 2007 at 04:11:22 AM EST
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