Wednesday, November 16, 2005

My 3-month anniversary

Was yesterday! I can't believe it's already been a quarter of a year since I left Rochester for the road.

Taking stock, I have done A LOT so far. In no particular order:

I have fallen in LOVE with an amazing man, and he loves me back.
I went to Burning Man.
I had my first co-ed naked hot tub soak. It was fun.
I have driven approximately 7,000 miles.
I fell in love with an art bus that had fur and a mister inside. Wow.
I saw Apocalyptica in concert.
I ate Ethiopian food for the first time.
I went to Fulsom Street Fair.
I had the most amazing massage EVER.
I skied the Rocky Mountains... for a minute or two. I'll try again.
I met a bunch of new friends, and said goodbye to some old ones.
I visited the center of the contiguous United States outside of Lebanon, Kansas.
I went on a motorcycle ride through the Sierra's.
I jumped naked into the Pacific Ocean.
I tried Uni, possibly the most disgusting sushi ever. (Sea urchin, ewww.)
I bought a teal wig.
I learned to love my ass.
I stayed in the Home of Foam.
I saw an underground punk show in Kansas City and got my toes smashed.
I sexually propositioned Tom Robbins, one of my FAVORITE authors. I also heard him read from his newest book and had him sign copies for me.
I made a kick-ass costume for decompressions.
I visited Lake Tahoe.
I told a friend I couldn't be close anymore.
I soaked in a natural hot springs for the first time.
I visited the Continental Divide.
I ate Kansas City bbq.
I read "On the Road."
I bought a t-shirt that says, "Fuck You. I have enough friends." I think that's a lie. I love making new friends.
I walked across Golden Gate Bridge, climbed an urn at the Palace of Fine Arts, visited the Sutro Baths, explored the Exploratorium, and walked down Lombard Street.
I went to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Fest, and ate dim sum in China Town.
and, and, and... I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff.

But reading it now, I've had a great three months filled with challenges and adventures. And I know I'll have lots more in the future. Hurray!
Happy anniversary to me, to me!


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At November 17, 2005 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's kinda sad how all you talk about is how you are having a great time. I wonder how your family would feel reading that "awesome" shirt you bought? I would have thought this site would have some more substance to it.

At November 17, 2005 2:11 PM, Anonymous Dash said...

It seems to me that if you are going to offer criticism to the creator of this site then you should at the very least not do it under the posting of “anonymous”. I promised myself I would never write any derogatory remarks about people via Elliotte’s site but come on…she is having fun, gaining valuable life experience, and really not hurting anyone in the process. Personally, I couldn’t be happier for her. But that doesn’t even matter because this isn’t about me; it’s about Elliotte who is having the time of her life and is being kind enough to document her travels so that the rest of us can read about them and know that she is having fun and staying safe.
That said; congratulations Elliotte on your 3 month. And get back out there and tear those slopes up because I still have yet to see snow here. Although I did see that your Rochester got a bit of snow last night.

At November 17, 2005 10:01 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

Hey, if you're having fun and not hurting anyone, I say go for it! Meanwhile, be young, have fun, drink Pepsi :) Happy anniversary--here's to many more fun-filled months of travel!

At November 19, 2005 1:01 PM, Anonymous Ed said...


While I won't pretend to know you, I am familiar with your "journey." To some of us it's a simple matter of intraspection, to others, it manifests into a literal journey of experiences. I think it's wonderful that you have this amazing opportunity to connect with different people and different places...but even more so, the rare opportunity to connect with yourself. Few people ever achieve this.
However, even fewer recognize how to absorb these experiences appropriately, and put each of them into the right perspective.
Based on the content of your writing, I fear that you're putting too much stock in "the now," and not giving the past the respect it deserves. After all, the people and places in your past have shaped you into the person you are today, not the other way around.

There was a lot of self promotion in your last posting - almost as if you were trying to assert or prove something to the world.
I learned a long time ago that, at the end of the day, the world won't care...only the people close to you will.
If you continue to leave the past behind, with whom will you share all these fantastic memories?

At November 20, 2005 10:17 PM, Anonymous trask said...

Sometimes, I find, happiness is the saddest thing of all.


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