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Becoming a Texan, Part II 
19 April 2011, 11:03pm

So it's been just about a week since klcomp and I drove down to Houston from Chicago, making the 18 hour voyage through heavy rain (thanks for driving, ma!), jet lag (thanks for driving, ma!) and a few hours of perfect driving weather (good timing, peon!).

It's been quite a whirlwind, really, getting stuff together in Chicago, getting drunk, staying up late, and chatting — as has become our routine — with my dad, setting up my AT&T account and grabbing my ankles, making the drive down, and spending the next several days running in circles handing over my credit card to anyone who asked.

I'm not sure if any of you have really made a leap to having an apartment from nothing to everything, but let me tell you if you haven't — it's unbelievably complicated and expensive. Sure, there are the obvious things: couch, bed, TV, chairs, coffee table. And then there are those things that somehow cost hundreds of dollars even if you never think of needing them: dish towels, surge protectors, cutting boards, shelves, shelves, and more shelves. I can't believe how much stuff is involved in living!

So anyway, that's been my life for the last week. I love this apartment, I love this neighborhood, and I really love being back in America. I can walk to just about anywhere (except work, which is 25 miles away), there's a Whole Foods across the street (literally!), lots of wine bars nearby, etc etc. And the internet! Oh dear Jesus, the internet is so bloody fast here!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted last, but I've barely had the time to do anything, between work, this Oracle class I'm in, getting furniture, and sitting on my lawn chairs eating dinner off of a cardboard-box coffee table. Now I just need time to go faster so my wife can get here!

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