look homeward angel


And I thought my internet dial-up was bad yesterday… today we find ourselves at a Days Inn in Glen Burnie, Maryland, where they were proud not to have any decent internet access, as though they were “keeping it real.” Apparently they do have a Business Center where you can mimeograph your stolen Russian documents, but only if the water generator is working.

Leaving Chapel Hill today was very difficult, and not just because I kept forgetting shit under the bed. It was nearly 70 degrees, one of those glorious hints of spring that burst out in the winter months like a dandelion through cracks in the concrete. It snowed two days ago, and it will freeze again on Tuesday, but those 2-day stretches of bliss go a long way to vaccinate your tolerance against the vicissitudes of a horrible winter.

I have a very long, deep, complicated relationship with Chapel Hill, which was basically my girlfriend for 13 years. Each visit takes on another flavor of nostalgia, waves of anger, moments of ecstasy, and various hues of melancholia. This particular trip was totally awesome, as I was able to do the things I love most: commiserate with some incredible human beings, play hoops with Chip, eat BBQ pork at Mama Dips, shrimp and grits at Crook’s, watch three Carolina basketball games in person, and do a night’s worth of writing in Davis Library.

Thomas Wolfe was right, but he didn’t live long enough to be wrong

0 thoughts on “look homeward angel

  1. Greg

    You should have stayed with my wife & I in Falls Church, VA instead of Glen Burnie… The internet access is fast, the wifi free and bountiful and my 2-yr-old son would help nudge you one way or the other on the children issue. Then again, I’m sick enough that I’ve completely lost my voice and haven’t bothered to change out of PJs today, so maybe another time would be better!
    BTW – Is there a more frustrating experience than watching the Heels blow a lead and look terrible against an inferior opponent at home? I love this team, but my blood pressure goes through the roof in the second half of every game!

  2. Greg

    A late comment for the ideal living area discussion (It’s been a long week) – Certain areas in and around DC come very close to meeting all the criteria and we’re only 4.5 hrs to Chapel Hill by car.

  3. Ian

    Maybe we will have to take you up on that one of these days! As long as you can deal with an emotionally-confused 14-year-old dog, that is.


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