Going Away


  1. Merge onto I-280 W toward DES MOINES (Crossing into IOWA). 10.5 miles
  2. Merge onto I-80 W via the exit on the LEFT toward DES MOINES. 288.5 miles
  3. Keep RIGHT to take I-29 N via EXIT 1A toward SIOUX CITY. 2.1 miles
  4. Merge onto I-480 W via the exit on the LEFT toward OMAHA. 1.3 miles
  5. Take the 14TH ST exit- EXIT 3- 0.2 miles
  6. Turn LEFT onto CASS ST. 0.2 miles
  7. Turn RIGHT onto N 17TH ST. <0.1 miles
  8. End At 613 N 17th St, Omaha, NE 68102-4625
  9. Start out going EAST on CALIFORNIA ST toward N 16TH ST. <0.1 miles
  10. Turn RIGHT onto N 16TH ST. 0.1 miles
  11. Turn RIGHT onto CHICAGO ST. <0.1 miles
  12. Turn RIGHT onto ramp. 0.3 miles
  13. Merge onto I-480 W. 2.5 miles
  14. Merge onto I-80 W via EXIT 452C toward LINCOLN — 884.0 miles
  15. Merge onto I-84 W via EXIT 168 toward OGDEN. 74.7 miles
  16. Take the UT-13 exit- EXIT 376 0.4 miles
  17. Turn RIGHT onto N 5200 ST W/UT-13. follow UT-13. 2.1 miles
  18. Turn LEFT onto UT-102/E MAIN ST. 1.1 miles
  19. End At 131 E Main St, Tremonton, UT 84337-1625
  20. Start out going EAST on UT-102/E MAIN ST toward N 2ND E/N 200 E. 1.1 mi
  21. Turn RIGHT onto UT-13. 2.3 miles
  22. Merge onto I-15 S via the ramp on the LEFT toward OGDEN 676 miles
  23. Take the PALMDALE ROAD/CA-18 W exit-0.3 miles
  24. Turn RIGHT onto PALMDALE RD/CA-18. Continue to follow CA-18 W-24 mi.
  25. CA-18 W becomes PEARBLOSSOM HWY/CA-138 W.-18mi
  26. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto PEARBLOSSOM HWY.-4.4mi
  27. PEARBLOSSOM HWY becomes SIERRA HWY.-1 mile
  28. Merge onto CA-14 S toward LOS ANGELES. – 30 miles
  29. Merge onto I-5 S via the exit on the LEFT toward LOS ANGELES. – 4 miles
  30. keep RIGHT to take I-405 S toward SANTA MONICA. – 2 miles
  31. Merge onto CA-118 W toward SIMI VALLEY. – 8 miles
  32. Take the TOPANGA CYN BLVD/CA-27 S exit.
  34. Turn RIGHT onto ANDORA AVE.
  36. Turn LEFT onto GERMAIN ST. 0.2 miles
  37. End At 22300 Germain St, Chatsworth, CA 91311-7117

It’s Over

Last Day Slingin'

As of noon today, my employment at Espresso Royale is a thing of the past. It was a strange shift, half the time spent waiting on customers I’d never waited on and will never wait on again, the other half spent telling regulars who didn’t already know that someone else would be serving their coffee from now on. I even passed off my key to a newcomer. I was given more tips today than I’ve ever made in any single day—even when I pulled double shifts waiting tables at Denny’s or IHOP. I just hope that maybe I can keep getting free coffee when I come back to town, for a couple years at least!

Coffee Chris

final Sunday
nothing tugs at the heart-strings like saying good-bye while mopping the floor by the bathroom.


Elise is my biggest fan. I wonder how many Sundays it will take for her to comprehend that “Coffee Chris got a new job, so he isn’t going to work here anymore.”

Safe and Warm

Well, I’m finally uploading the pictures that I took last week on the way to and in California. In related news, I ordered a camera, as well—I’m already ready to start spending my new income, though I have no real conception of what my budget will be like living out there. Along those same lines, I was tipped off to a nice alternative to the Harley Sportster 883 that I’ve been fantasizing about for the last couple of years. Apparently Moto Guzzi out of Italy is like a Harley, but with a little more class. I’ll stop by the dealership and check it out once I’ve gotten settled in (I prefer the black one, by the way).

I also had some work done to my car for the road trip out: new tires—$315; new CV joints—$65 (down from the anticipated $280 because the Farm and Fleet guys screwed up); and new muffler and exhaust up to the catalytic converter—$377. The last thing I might need (but I think I might not need it right now) is an alignment, which could be as cheap as $30-35. More will be revealed.

Moving On

diploma from university of illinois

I got my diploma, and my job! Woo-hoo! Celebration! I intend to land in LA on August first (or shortly thereafter) and start work on the 7th. I’m so excited!

It’s funny to me that I got both on the same day—a full-moon nonetheless.

And I have to mention: when I was in LA, waiting for a meeting to start in the back room of a Denny’s at 11pm on Friday night, a song came on the radio. It was the Mamas and the Papas, I think: “I’d be safe and warm/If I was in LA…”

World Service Office
the future workplace