12/14/2005: "I Did I did I did the Iditarod Trail"
If you've ever lived in Alaska you know the Iditarod song. It's a huge thing here, people really do get into dog sled racing so that's one Alaskan cliche that turns out to be true...though I've noticed it's less popular in Southeast Alaska. Anyway, this is another photo that Rod sent me today, of Rick and I on the Iditarod trail (in the summer of course) Rod must have been on that hike with us, my memory is full of holes. For example, I don't know why I'm hiding behind Rick in this photo or why I appear to only have one leg?
I do know that I've been thinking about Rick a lot lately. Maybe because we haven't talked in awhile, maybe because he had invited me to go to London his treat (which is an incredibly rare offer as anyone who knows Rick could tell you) over Christmas break. And then getting photos which remind me of how inseperable we used to be.
This summer was great because he came to see me here in Juneau and I got to visit him in DC, but sometimes getting to see a person more only makes you miss them more (how long has it been since we've seen eachother Rod? 5 years I'd bet! That's why I hardly miss you at all- JOKING!)
Speaking of which, Rod also sent me a scan of the going away note that I wrote him the first time he left Alaska in (what year was that? 1993?...btw, this has been edited due to the morality police so there is a very clever bit I had to leave out...see, they went and ruined it for everybody)
God, what awful handwriting I have...any handwriting experts out there want to give me a free personality profile? Oh, and Rod even remembered that our "love child" Harold was a baby cactus that apparently he couldn't keep alive even though he moved from Alaska to the desert.
Maybe I'm just feeling weird because I'm leaving for "home" tomorrow, and travel makes me stressed out, and getting there from here is a whole nightmarish adventure of nearly missed connections and bad roads. I do plan to bring my painting materials home with me this year. My dad has commissioned me to do a painting for him. I hope that oil paints aren't considered toxic materials. Does anyone know for sure?