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Stop 11: Portlandia – The Land of Rain

By : December 10, 2021 Comments Off
When one door closes another one opens. In my case, these doors are whirlwinds. After the craziness of the conference I mentioned in October and Sydney’s visit, I had a wedding-palooza with 3 rescheduled COVID weddings in 8 days. After wedding-palooza, I stayed in San Francisco for a week to orchestrate my Dad’s (COVID-protocol following) 79th birthday party. Needless to say, after all 3 of these things, my body was completely gassed by the time I got to Portland.  Like Seattle, Portland has never piqued my interest as a top spot to move because of the rainy weather. More on that below. At this point of the trip, I could definitely feel myself running out of gas. As a perpetual creature of habit and homebody, I’m surprised I lasted this long.
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Stop 10: Sleepless in Seattle

By : November 1, 2021 Comments Off
When putting together my itinerary for this - 12 Cities in 12 months - I tried to make sure that two suitcases could handle the climates I’d encounter. Outside of hell freezing over when I was in Austin, my plan was working out pretty well. I had a small tote with my winter clothes, rain boots, and a long but light raincoat that I lugged around all year solely for the Pacific Northwest, aka Seattle and Portland. After living in 70+ degree weather, Seattle delivered a serious shock to my system with the cold and rain all around me.  Admittedly, my month in Seattle was never set up for success. I was running point for one of the Signature Events at my day job, StartOut’s Equity Summit: 45 speakers, 10
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Stop 9: Denver

By : October 4, 2021 Comments Off
When planning a trip you can always expect the unexpected and run into last-minute changes. The original plan was to travel from Chicago to Denver via train with a pit stop in Lawrence, Kansas to see my grad school roommate. Unfortunately, she started a new job that required training in New York. My plan to see the middle of the country would have to wait. Or so I thought, but more on that later.  After splurging for the train accommodations from New York to Chicago, my wallet wouldn’t let me justify repeating that decision so I did the 21st-century thing and took a plane. *sarcastic facepalm moment* Denver almost didn’t make the original itinerary. When I laid out all the cities for consideration, I found myself at a crossroads. It
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I’m Sorry Too

By : September 10, 2021 Comments Off
i’m sorry too.  this is my formal apology to all lgbtqia+ youth.  i’m sorry that you have to grow up in a society that has created a war on your bodies, a war on your minds, a war against your freedom.  i’m sorry that the society you live in has put your existence up for debate.  i’m sorry that you can’t trust your safe spaces due to fear of them being infiltrated. i’m sorry that you don’t know who you can trust.  you live in a world that takes something deep and personal to you and airs it out like dirty laundry. as if it isn’t completely normal. as if your existence is problematic. as if it’s taboo.  i cannot imagine the pain that some of you may feel. nor
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Pronouns: The Power of Words

By : September 10, 2021 Comments Off
While some answer in haste, others have to stop and think about the magnitude of what is being asked. For some it is a simple tag; however, for others, it is an emblem of acceptance and belonging. When I think of the concept of pronouns in society, I recall one incident that stays with me. Some time ago I worked at a school and was asked to assist a group of high school students with a group project. Prior to the session, the teacher pulled me aside, pointed to a female-presenting student, who I will call Alex, and explained that she wanted me to address them by “he or him.” I nodded. Alex was small in stature, had short hair, and was dressed in masculine clothing. The students began their
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Stop 8: Chicago

By : September 1, 2021 Comments Off
July flew by. I found myself feeling sad to leave the Big Apple but I was also excited for a special part of the trip: an overnight train from New York to Chicago.  The travel time was 19 hours so I splurged for a roomette. It was way more expensive and longer than if I’d flown but this trip is about new experiences and making time for those experiences. It also meant that I would be able to experience the new Moynihan Train Station that was just finished. It was fabulous. Easily the nicest train station I’ve been to in the US.  When you book a business class ticket in a sleeper room you get to go to the VIP lounge. This is the rich life I mentioned in my
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