Home is where you rest your head

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

I was once told that home is where you lay your head.  Over the last few months...I think that those words have made more and more sense to me.  When I first moved to Chicago...my home was still New Jersey.  The longer I spent in Chicago the more the line was blurred.  If you ask me now....now that I have been living in Chicago for over a year....I would tell you something similar to the title of this posting.  My concept of home has changed...As I feel it will once again change when I start traveling.  I no longer only consider New Jersey my home.  In every sense of the word...Chicago is very much "my home".  Chicago being my home does not detract any from the feeling i get from sitting in my parents house...my original home.  I guess the word home instills some sense of belonging.  This is my home, these are my friends, this is how we live, these are the local sports teams we rally around.  I enjoy that feeling of connection.  But who is to say that a traveler cant get that feeling as well?  Infussing yourself in a culture...be it only for a couple days  or weeks.  Can one really get a feeling of what its like for those people that call where you are visiting home?

I hope from my travels, that that question will be answered.  I want to experience what its like to call a place a home....despite the fact that I am a visitor.  As I start to build my itinerary and think about the places I would like to go,  I want to also think about how I can get the most from my brief stay in each location.  As a result, I am avoiding the "I am on vacation" attitude that most tourist have...in fact I would love to think of myself not as a tourist but instead a traveler.  At this moment I have and idea of what I believe the difference between the two is...but it is vague.  I am sure once I am on the road...things will become much more clear.

Speaking of home...I am back at my parents house for a long weekend.  I took off from work starting today and will not be back until Tuesday.  So far this trip has started out very well.  Last night on my flight from Chicago to Philly...I was delayed because of a weather advisory for both Chicago and Philadelphia.  However, thanks to the help of my friend Lenard who is an air traffic controller, the delay was much shorter than it could have been.  I touched down in Philly just after 10 and was home just before 11.  I slept unbelievably well last night.

This morning I woke up a little early...answered a few emails from work and then....went back to bed for a little.  I can't tell you how good that felt.  I have been needing a vacation for quiet some time now.  Later, I met up with some friends, Uri and Josh, to have lunch.  Things seem to be going well for the both of them.  Uri interviewing for a job in Philly and Josh heading out west to California for an internship with a legal firm.  We also talked a little about there plans to start a production company.  I liked their ideas and approach and hope that they do well.  It was also good to catch up with the guys...its been a while since I had last seem them.  I will see them again over the weekend in Baltimore at Preakness.  After lunch Josh and Uri dropped me back off at my parents house...as I am without transportation.  From my house they left to head down to Washington D.C. to have a little meeting regarding their production company venture.

The plan for the rest of the day is more relaxing...and then a BBQ with the family.  Tomorrow around noon I will be heading down to Baltimore to have dinner with my friend Joe who I will be staying with.  And then Saturday morning...early Joe, Uri, Josh, and a few other of my friends will be heading to Preakness to watch the horse race.  This will be my first time at a horse race...although I understand it to be more wild party with horse racing on the side.
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