June 30th, 2009

It was 20 years ago today...

Twenty years ago today, Tim and I took our loaded 1984 Ford Thunderbird out of the Bay Area and left California for good. Our trip started off with a little fender-bender, but the pre-disastered trip was pretty good.

We took our rabbit, an English Angora named Louie Louie the Rock 'n' Roll Bunny, and as much as we could shove in the trunk and the back seat. When it came time to make a decision between the case of wine and the television, the wine won.

That day, we drove to Winnemucca, Nevada where we gambled away our life savings of seven dollars and twenty seven cents. We had been saving it in our change collection for just such an occasion.

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Back in Oakland, we left a storage space full of stuff we thought we'd come back for some day. The Loma Prieta Earthquake flattened the Nimitz freeway that was a few feet away from our storage building just a few months later, rendering our china and crystal shards, and except for some books that a friend mailed to us (several cartons of which were lost in the mail) we never did bring the rest of the stuff to Pennsylvania.