Sunday, September 11, 2005

Separation Anxiety

Bangkok to Trang Train - Thailand

The OC is dividing to conquer. Jason flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia with Ben G and Jarah E earlier today with an eye toward visiting Angkor Wat. Janelle and I are presently heading to the far south of Thailand to enjoy white sand and blue water and pump some cash into tsunamitized areas. The core OC personnel will likely not be reunited for 7 days. This is by far our longest period of separation since long before leaving LA at the end of May.

It has only been a few hours, but It already feels strange to not have Jason within taxi distance. It is not like we are married or a gay couple or business partners or anything. To be honest, I do not really even like Jason that much. Still, when you share almost every decision with someone (left or right? noodles or rice? cholera or typhoid?) for a couple of months, you can not help but miss their presence.

I reckon the best reason to take a trip around the world with a friend is so you can laugh over beers with somebody else not only about individual incidents, but also about the nuances and patterns of the entire journey. This week will be filled with experiences that are not shared and are therefore much more difficult to think about as episodes in a larger story. I would not be taking this trip if Jason was not taking it with me. I look forward to coming back together like Voltron sometime soon.


Blogger jason said...

When we form like Voltron, I'm the head, and Mike's the codpiece.

9/18/2005 2:13 PM gmt


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