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December 20, 2012 - David Alexander
My plans to go to Michigan have failed.
Not only has the storm cancelled my flight, but even if it wasn't cancelled the roads to the airport in Waterloo are likely to be so treacherous to make getting there impossible.
I guess I can be thankful that since my flight has been cancelled there is a good chance I will get part of my flight cost refunded. Thanks goodness for small favors I suppose.
While anyone who reads this blog knows I am not the “holiday” type of guy, I was looking forward to having an excuse to see my friends and family. Since moving to Iowa, I have made but one trip to my home state, and without any friends—or anyone except my wife really—here, I relished the idea of being able to play video games, watch movies, eat pizza and burgers and drink beer and coffee at my old haunts and just generally do what one does when they don’t have to work.
Loneliness is not an emotion that overtakes me often. I always have something to do; most of it doesn't require another person around to entertain me. All the same, some things one simply can’t do alone. For instance, I enjoy both playing pool and drinking beer. Both of these activities, to be worthwhile, must be done with another person. Plunking balls around a table alone can only hold my attention for so long and drinking alone in a bar where you don’t know any of the regulars or employees is just sad. I know. I have done it.
But I suppose I will have to wait for another time to catch up with all my old cronies. It’s a little deflating. I was looking forward to this trip the way most people have likely been looking forward to Christmas. Now, it’s just another weekend. Meh. Such is life I suppose.