There's a very big anniversary for me tomorrow: the 10th anniversary of the first cross-country trip I took to Los Angeles.
For those who don't know, Ithaca College has a program for students in the Communication School to study a semester in Los Angeles. In either your junior or senior year, you can spend a semester (or summer) in LA to take some classes and work internships in the entertainment industry. This was a major reason I went to Ithaca.
I was going to spend the spring semester of '97, my junior year, in the LA program, and I was planning on driving across country, but wasn't sure who else was going out. Dave was also going and knew a bunch of people who were planning on doing the same drive. So I hooked onto their group to join the massive caravan of 12 people in 6 cars.
I had never been west of Ohio in my life, so this was going to be a huge event for me, and I decided to keep a nightly journal of our trip. This is a habit I've kept up on nearly every big trip I've taken since then.
Around this time of year, I think about the trip and pull out the journal I kept and skim through it. I've threatened a number of times to read the journal aloud to those who went on the trip, but a few people have recently suggested that I actually transcribe the journal and send it out. Well, I'm going to transcribe it, but instead of emailing it out, starting tomorrow, I'll be posting it up day-by-day, and if you were on the trip, I think it'll bring back some very amusing memories.