I’m actually going.
Holy crap, I’m actually going.
That thought’s been playing in my head for the last week or so. I’m actually going to see places that I knew in my last life. I’m returning to my roots in the Bay.
Such a strange mix of emotions right now. How will I feel when I’m on the ground in Point Reyes Station, or Berkeley? How will I feel when I see the houses I lived in, the record store I used to work in, the high school I went to?
Maybe it’ll prove to me once and for all that I wasn’t him. I’m kind of hoping that’s the case. The whole time I’ve suspected I was Phil I’ve been vexed by what exactly that means, if it’s part of some bigger Divine plan that I’ve been returned to this earth or if it was hubris to think I’d be whisked away to some heavenly Palm Tree Garden when I died, and what if anything I should do with myself as a writer. But if I wasn’t him, then I have none of his baggage and that can only be a good thing because he had way too much of it.
Graduation gives me a good pretext to go… as far as a lot of my friends know that’s my reason for this trip. I’ve admitted publicly that I’m a fan of Phil’s work but only a few friends know the real story, and that’s how I want to keep it. I sure as hell won’t say here where I’ll be staying or what my exact itinerary will be, on the off chance someone more unhinged than me might think it was a good idea to confront me. Even if I meet someone who knew me in that life, I don’t feel like I want to bother them with it. This is about more than just answering selfish questions. Even so, there is someone I really would like to apologize to for how I treated them back then, and if I say anything, it will be by way of apology.
I’ve still got a few more weeks for this to really sink in. The trip will be in late June. I’ll be driving, which will bring me right through the Humboldt Redwoods and some perfectly majestic stretches of the Pacific coastline.
The place I’m staying will have WiFi, so there will probably be updates. Also, I got a new camera, so photos are likely and video is a possibility.
Until then, updates here will be sparse as I finish up a grueling term at Portland State. I’ve had some great success with the research I’m doing on that old medieval manuscript, including discovering things about it that the library didn’t know. That project is eating a good bit of my spare time though, and probably will until the middle of June.
Until my next update, stay tuned… this story isn’t over. Not by a long shot.