Thursday, October 14, 2010


At the U.S./Mexico border along Interstate 5 is an extremely conspicuous road sign that reads, "LAST U.S. EXIT".  It is there so that the extremely directionally challenged, absent-minded or already-drunk will not accidentally cross over into Tijuana.  I have never missed the sign, although I do vaguely remember once in college driving perpendicular to the freeway across four lanes to reach the exit (but that's a different blog).

I have officially arrived at the LAST U.S. EXIT.  Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn I board a plane bound for...Jersey (gotcha!)  Really, I do.  I have an extremely short, slightly nail-biting layover in Newark.  In my U.S./Mexico analogy, I equate this layover with the "U-TURN TO U.S." sign that allows drivers who missed the LAST U.S. EXIT just one more chance to sneak home while exempting border patrol from strip searches and paperwork.  I hope that you will NOT hear from me in Newark, as this would probably indicate that I missed my connection and am now bored and angry in the Newark airport on standby.  I hope that the next time I post to this blog, I will be in Athens.

Haley is now at Camp Bow Wow.  The decision to take her there was cemented when I learned of the $1.99 iPhone app that enables me to watch her playing with the other dogs in real time from Egypt.

I dropped her off this morning.  She didn't seem to mind - she was too excited to go play.  I, on the other hand, bawled like a little girl, having never been away from her for this long since she first rescued me at the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter.  I have utilized my new iPhone app a few times at work today, and I have come to the conclusion that Haley's former separation anxiety has transferred itself to me.  

So, the hard part is over, right?


  1. Soooo looking forward to your Athens post! Good job with your pooch - she loves and trusts you enough to feel safe :) Safe travels Kris!

  2. I love it! My doggy day care doesn't have cameras or an app. Going to have to talk to them about that!