Minnesota is fading quickly into the background as I immerse myself in preparing for Asia. Oh yeah and then there’s also work—long hours because of evenings managing the theatre for renters; preparing my apartment for a stay by the bro and Marsha while they search for their Albuquerque winter apartment, and the minutia of daily life such as putting gas in the car and doing the laundry and watering the plants—the boring stuff.
Really though, my time is being consumed by something far more meaningful than all of that. Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War is available for streaming in its 18-hour entirety on PBS. I’m through the third episode and find myself alternating between wanting to weep; wanting to rid the world of all politicians, and simply giving up on the idea of humanity altogether. Those years were my formative years in so many ways—all the major stuff of my life happened with Vietnam and Dylan and JFK/Johnson/ Nixon/ McGovern as soundtrack and wallpaper.
I’m very anxious to write about all of this as the series goes on and as my trip planning, especially to Vietnam, moves forward.
First though—the Minnesota Road Trip Wrap.
Leaving Rob and Marsha’s summer home in the Minnesota wilds.
Heading down the road to Albuquerque…for ‘beans and jerky’?