286 days until the summer semester in 2013.
I was pretty excited earlier, but now I have to start acting on my commitment. This is where things get scary.
I'll start with what could go wrong.
Short version: Everything.
Detailed version: I could end up 286 days from now exactly where I am right now, sitting on the sofa with my laptop getting ready to start a new class with no new memories of making new friends. That cannot happen, and won't because I've already got plans to meet a new friend. I will fill all of you in after the event. I need to save these topics so I have more to share on different days.
New experiences. Check. Going to the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow on August 12 with said new friend. I have long wanted to attend one of these events and didn't ever think that it would be in Indiana. So, something new about Indiana.
Here's something you may not know. First, an anecdote. Orange Mt. Dew (Live Wire) first hit the scene in 2004. What's that, you say. I have the wrong year, you say. I say no, I don't. It was available in Indiana in 2004 and I quickly decided it was a rank favorite of mine. Then, I moved to Gainesville, FL where, strangely, no one had ever heard of Orange Mt. Dew. They quite frankly thought I was nuts. Until it hit the shelves a few months after I had moved there. You may be asking why it was available in Indiana before it was available in Florida. After all, Florida is a bigger market with more opportunities for revenue. The reason is this: Indiana is ranked as one of the most average states in the nation so we get to be the test market for new products. If they pass muster here then they are rolled out for the rest of the country. Did any of you ever get to try the raspberry M&Ms? They were delish.
Ah, I'm feeling upbeat again. Quirky details about Indiana are inspiring. Indiana also publishes a Festival Guide, which is available online, too, and I have a copy for this year. It can be a crap shoot, finding a festival worth driving two hours to get to, but I see where we have competing arts festivals the weekend of Aug 18- 19, situated about 4 hours apart. There is no interstate going straight through between Indianapolis and LaPorte. And another one in Noblesville that same weekend. How to choose? Indy has 120 vendors, Noblesville 80, LaPorte unknown. Taste of Kokomo will have 20 restaurants and eight bands. WAMM Fest is microbreweries and wineries. And the Wabash Herb Fest rounds out the weeekend.
I think I'll wait until the 25th to venture out on my own and go to the local Uptown Jazz & Blues event. I don't recognize any of the bands, but maybe I'll get lucky and like one of them. Stranger things have happened, and I'll get to meet local people. It's time to give them another chance.
And, I need to figure out how to campaign for town council. I really want to win that and class and the patio distracted me and allowed me to put off concentrating on that. I have an idea for a yard sign, which is a start, but it needs some work.
This song has been in my head all day. Good sentiment to end with.