Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Going On a Walkabout"

The new logo, officially in use!

A man sitting here at Starbucks, who supposedly walked here from his house, just called the airport (through an airplane miles rewards program) and confirmed his flight later this evening (around 11:30pm) to Los Angeles, and then the connecting to Honolulu.  He also confirmed that it was a one-way.  He pulled out a wad of cash, flashing more than a few 100s... 

From what I have overheard since we've been here, he has sold all of the cars he owns, has paid the home-owners dues for a year, and is waiting on someone to come and pick him up and take him to the airport.  He is going to give his laptop to his sister to give to his niece, who has been using his iPad.  His sister has his backpack, checkbook, and is meeting him to take him to the airport. 

He mentioned that he was going there for a few weeks, and that he would then figure out what to do from there.

Pardon me for eavesdropping, but if you need to have a private conversation, take it to the bathroom.  Otherwise, I will gladly listen, watch you fidget as I glance at you over the top of my laptop, and wish you well on your journey.  Hopefully you will find peace and a plan of action, and may whatever caused you to flee in the manner, nought bother you any further.  You seem rather at peace, and despite the 3 phone calls you made in a matter of minutes, and your incessant foot tapping and minute sigh, I wouldn't guess you were on your way to Hawaii, and on were on the verge of a seemingly major life-change.

Oh, and by the way, you speak (I'm guessing) Arabic, and the guy on the other end of the (4th) while interested in your plans, still has not decided to come with you.  He appreciates your use of the word "walkabout" to describe your hiatus, and is gladly listening to you describe your plans to visit some friends, and maybe see your grandfather.  By the way, if he comes back, he will come live with you.
He adds with a chuckle.  And has also mentioned Morroco as another step on his journey... (which made me assume that the foreign language was Arabic)

He is giving the deed of the house to his mom.
Has a lady friend who will sell it.
The Jaguar will be sold at auction.
And you can have the money for it.
He gave away the new tv, the bedroom sets.
He's given everything away... there are no ties left.
And nothing else to leave behind.


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