Saturday, January 5, 2008

ARGH!! Just Give Me a Departure Date Already!

I am going stark, raving mad. I am leaving behind everything familiar, leaving the COUNTRY, and I have no clue when! All I have been told is to "be on countdown to leave by mid to late January." (Direct quote from an e-mail)

I know that dates and times aren't all that important to Koreans and that I've got to get this American time obsession out of my system, but sheesh! Can't I just know the week??? I feel like I'm juggling five things that are on fire, while on rollerskates on ice. There is so much left to do, and I have no idea how long I have to do it all in.

I need Starbucks.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"