16 July 2008

The Day Has Finally Come!

This is our last 20 hours in the United States before Erika, Zoe and I hop on a plane for Buenos Aires. In the last week we have:

1. Packed everything we know into 5 piles:
a. Argentina-bound
b. Headed for Storage
c. To-be-sent-to-Argentina-when-the-time-is-right
d. Buffalo Exchange-bound,
e. Maybe-our-parents-can-use-this
f. Salvation Army/Brown Elephant-bound

As it turned out, the Buffalo Exchange pile and the Brown Elephant pile were the exact same pile since they didn't want to buy any of my shit, including my black Diesel Sweater and blue bowling zip-up, those fuckers

2. Took a gazilion trips between Oak Park and Erika's Dad's apartment in Wrigleyville to deposit stuff we hoped he'd either use, or hide for us: a blue Ikea lamp, books of CD's, buddha statues, clothes we refuse to give up even though we never wear them because we're in hardcore denial

3. Marched Erika's ass in bankruptcy court, where she practically flirted with the judge who asked her odd questions like are you hiding money in your underwear drawer and did you recently win the lotto?

4. Packed our entire lives into 4 suitcases, 2 carry-ons and 2 backpacks. If United doesn't overcharge us, karma will show up in the form of severe back-pain I'm sure

5. Had a social marathon with our families and friends, all of whom we wanted to see before we left, which ended up being unusually stressful, and financially disastrous

6. Closed our bank accounts with Chase and Bank of America

7. Opened a Citibank account that, as it turns out, is still going to ask for blood plasma everytime we withdraw money in Buenos Aires

8. Linked most of our immediate family to skype and did test-drives to makes sure everything was in working order

9. Got in a series of ridiculous arguments about everything from me not helping her out enough with the packing, to Erika not sticking up for me when her mom grills me about the replicating problème du jour, which is usually a transparent projection of her issues with Luis

10. Obtained Zoe's International Health Certificate with a USDA seal that costs $25 USD for a lousy stamp we didn't even want, but the Argentine Government required so they know our pouch doesn't have African River-raft disease. I'm not making that up either

11. Hit our fave restaurants one last fucking time, just to feel that much more homesick once we've settled in in our new apartment in Palermo

12. Picked up vegan soul food at Soul Vegetarian in the South Side

13. Went to a Tchaikovsky concert in Millenium Park and had a pic-nic with her family

14. Shut off our cellphones, electricity, gas, cable, internet

15. Watched really bad 80's movies like "Less Than Zero"

16. Ate Tapas in Logos and drank friendly sangria

17. Strolled down Michigan Avenue

Now, it's finally time for us to fly to D.C., and then Buenos Aires, to start our new life in Argentina. I'm so damn excited I could pee on myself. Instead, I'm going to take a shower and collapse in bed


Sleuth said...

Good luck! We're making the move in less than two weeks...

Katie said...

Best of luck to you both!!! Have a safe journey. :)

Leigh said...

So excited for you both.
crunch time-
time to just -do-
far too much.

just get on the plane already.........


JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

I know what you mean, Leigh. I'll be writing all about this soon enough. Love you, talk to you soon.

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

Thanks Katie. You'll be happy to know we arrived safely. I'll be posting a new blog about our arrival soon enough. But now it's time to take a shower after our 13 hours of flying. Stay tuned!

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

Gracias Sleuth. I'm looking forward to hearing your adventures in getting here. Even the plane ride can be something to write about if the passengers are interesting enough. More on that later. Safe travels!

Mandy said...

You're going to find your favorite restaurants here too. A couple more veggie-friendly names:

Sudestada (spicy [hot] Asian choices)
Arevalito (all vegetarian Argentinean style)

Suerte my friend!

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

Gracias Mandy! Sos tan simpática.