Friday, July 14, 2006


Anxiety gone wrong

I actually wrote this post this morning right after "the incident" but the darn spell checker done gone and erased the whole thing. I don't think I can recreate what I had written previously but I'll try. It's hard to get back to the same place...esp. when that place had barf breath.

I was really sure I was over the queasy stomach thing. It has been about a month now that the mention of "San Francisco", "airplane" and "passport holder" hasn't caused my stomach to flutter and lurch. Today is my last day at work. After which I have 10 days to sort, pack and store my things. So it really came as a surprise to me when after brushing my teeth and tongue, as I went to rinse the minty goodness that is toothpaste away, my belly started to heave. I stood at the sink waiting for it to pass but it only got stronger to the point when I upchucked a little bit of acid. But that stomach juice sacrifice did not satisfy and my diaphragm continued to spasm, so I disrobed - I was actually wearing a robe - and jumped into the shower again. This may be TMI but you see, the convulsions my middle goes thru also weakens the valve to my bladder and a little pee escapes. So I had to jump in the shower to "cover both ends".

Don't get me wrong; I am not generally a nervous person. I am not afraid to step foot on an fact, I should do it more often. I am not dreading this new adventure. So what gives you ask? I can't say for certain why but I can tell you who. My ex "J".

My relationship with "J" was tumultuous. It was also mostly long distance and it all ended very badly. For those of you who don’t know the story, I’ll have to tell it another time. Anyway it was during the long distance part that I discovered that when it came near to the time when I would be flying to see him or he was coming to see me, anytime I neared the airport my tummy would do flips. When I brushed my teeth in the morning, just as I was finishing off and brushing my tongue, my paunch would punch…and not just a couple blows. I’m talking a full 10 minutes of me trying to calm myself down lest last night’s dinner made a reappearance. I guess that should have been the biggest clue that the relationship was headed south.

I didn’t get much sleep last night either. It’s gonna be a tough 10 days

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Dorm Life

Well I'm on the cusp of leaving. I have only a couple days left at Auto Air, 10 days after that I leave to Hawaii and on August 9, I arrive in San Francisco. I was certain that the only thing I'd have to worry about was packing up...not so.

Yesterday I received a call from the housing office. They tell me that an error was made when I was told I could move into Napa Hall on the 9th. I am told the earliest I can get in is on Aug 11. Moreover, Napa Hall is basically full of 18 & 19 year olds (aka you are old) and there are other properties I can choose from.

Hostelling International - City Center

Vantaggio Suites - Turk Street

At Hostelling Int'l, they have a community kitchen, with food lockers reseved for CCA students as well as a CCA only refrigerator. Napa Hall has no such community kitchen. It is also two blocks to over and one block up from the CCA campus.

Amenities include:
Internet and WiFi
Laundry facilities on-site or nearby
Self-catering kitchen
Lounge and TV room
24-hour access
No curfew or chores
Luggage storage
Individual lockers
Free/low-cost tours
Free linen

Vantaggio Suites - Turk Street was the second recommendation from Praveen, my admissions officer. Napa was her first recommendation. It is two blocks down and 1/2 a block from Jefferson Square and Margaret S Hayward Playground. The neighborhood is supposed to be good.

Service includes weekly housekeeping and complimentary breakfast. Now with free DSL line in every room!

Other Vantaggio properties are available (click on home) but they are further away from the school.

Both properties are on a month to month basis so if I am unhappy, I can always change.

FYI, meals are served on Campus as long as you are in uniform and carry your badge-thing.

I haven't changed my airlines tickets. I already know that getting into Napa Hall is a no go. I had thought about not committing to any property until I am able to look at each one personally. This would mean I would be getting a room for a couple of days at Hostelling Int't while I had a looksee.

Any advice?

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