Much like a year ago, I'm at the apartment clubhouse, hammering out a blog post with no Internet access at home.
And yet things are quite different.
The movers come on Wednesday. Things are not quite ready but very close.
I have really felt the love from all corners in the last 2 weeks. I've had dinners, lunches, parties, etc. It has been a terrific send-off; far more than I ever imagined.
The people here in St Louis are really wonderful. I think I knew that beforehand, but the outpouring lately has been profound.
I was happy to see the core Dinner Club gang at a recent party. That was fun, and the ending was surprisingly overwhelming. It was the inevitable Big Moment where I realized this was all really, truly happening, and combined with moving vagueness and stress, it was intense. I could write 5 different blog posts about that evening and the people there.
Today was better. I had a final lunch with the nefarious Jim G today. Saying goodbye, the grizzled ex-Navy man was pretty choked-up until we joked that we'll race a 1/2 marathon together at a vacation event, which naturally led to me saying that "I'll be fit again by then, and you'll still be eating Moonpies and Twinkies".
It is to laugh (lest we cry).