Sunday afternoon I boarded a plane bound for Seattle. It was difficult to leave, reflecting on some of the great memories I made as well as some of the wonderful people I was able to reconnect with and new ones I've met. Calgary is an interesting city, to say the least, just not a city for me at the moment. I'm sure my journey will take me back to Calgary but as for when I just can't say.
The universe reaffirmed my decision. For starters, my bag weighed 68 pounds, 18 pounds over the weight limit and therefore I was expecting to be charged an additional $50. I got to the counter, told the woman my bag was well over, put it on the scale for her, she looked at the weight, looked at me, smiled, and charged the regular fee. Sweet. Second, complimentary wine on the flight. Not such a big deal but a little reassurance goes a long way. I really feel good about making this decision and moving forward with my life, or laterally, or some direction other than the one I was currently headed.
There are a few pictures from Calgary and the rest are of Momo, Joel, and their new son, whom I'll refer to as MJ. I feel very fortunate to have people like Joel and Momo who willingly take me into their home. Not but a year ago I called Joel the day before Thanksgiving, explained my situation, and without hesitation he told me to fly in to Portland and he could pick me up. It was a 3 minute conversation and although it was a big deal, he didn't make it into one. I also feel honored to have been bestowed uncle status. Again, very blessed to have great friends and family in my life and I'm extremely happy for Momo and Joel and their new son!
(The final hold out)
(My final sunset in Calgary)
(The Friedrick Clan)
(Momo and MJ)
(One of my favorite parts about coming to Seattle and staying with Joel and Momo is the Asian influence. I've been here 2 nights and had Japanese food 3 times already in addition to kimchi and Makguli)
(I think it's the first time I've had Korean Rice Wine since last year)
(Oh yeah, hanging with MJ)
(Another one a little closer. Big doings in my life, I changed a diaper with the help of Momo.)
(Momo, myself, MJ, and Buddy the Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix of a dog all went)
(Momo asked if I could take MJ because the baby holder doesn't sit very well on her. I did and we finished the walk. I love his eyes in this photo.)
(Here's buddy looking for something in the grass)
(Buddy has not gotten the attention he needs from Joel or Momo lately due to the little one. So, we've become pals as of late. He jumps up and will sit between my legs, take naps with me, and we usual go for a walk. Buddy and I are buddies.)
(MJ checking Buddy out)