Omaha sounds nice

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When I was in college (something that was over three years ago, a fact which makes me feel old), I had this ongoing joke with my friends whenever life would get me down. I was going to flee to Kansas. Just get in my car, drive off without telling anyone where I was going and making a brand new life without any history. And why Kansas? Not only do I find the whole swath of the Midwest sort of intriguing, but nobody in their right mind would go looking for me in Kansas, or North Dakota, or Nebraska. Of course, since I've now told this plan to basically everyone in my life multiple times, I'm guessing Wichita is precisely the first place people would look for me if I went missing.

Thing is, though, in college I would never do this. I had responsibilities and demands. And, I didn't own my own car or have sufficient funds to pull off such a stunt. And I had paid money for school. But now, life is just crumbling between my fingers, I do own my own car (well, the financing folks own it technically) and, thanks to living at home and working full-time, I've got plenty of cash burning a hole in my account. Oh, and I'm not that big of a fan of my job, which lessens the trouble I'd have to just up and leaving. Now, I wouldn't just disappear into the night. I'd probably quit my job and give two weeks notice and all that jazz. But I wouldn't tell my family or friends anything. Then, one day, I'd get up like I was going to work and just keep driving east (or rather drive east, as my job is technically south of my domicile).

I'm pretty sure I won't do this; I just don't have the balls for such a move. But, it's probably pretty telling that I've daydreamt about running away once every, oh, hour for the past week. All I'm saying, I guess, is if I do fall off the face of the planet, I'm probably just in a square state, working some brainless job. Don't try to find me.

5 comments:

Hildegarde said...

Should I be worried that this is a cry for help? Obscure though it may be?

Petra said...

Can you swing by and pick me up first, or does that undo the "without any history" bit?

Annie said...

I shouldn't be supporting this (as there are WAY better solutions, as we've discussed), but Kansas City is one of the best cities on the planet, and I fully support anyone disappearing to it or within range of it.

alea said...

hildegarde: there's nothing that needs helping; just time.

petra: I know your knowledge of US geography is sketchy, but you do know that California is to my west and Kansas to my east, right? Even barring that, we both know you'd only cheer me up and we can't have that.

annie: hmm, maybe I'll alter my fact checking trip plan in order to visit Kansas City and not Oklahoma.

Anni said...

North Dakota is NOT part of the Midwest. Why all you westerners think that is still one of the biggest mysteries of my life...

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