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the scoop on hawaii

so, i booked my flight this morning. thursday morning, may 4, i'll be departing on my most grand adventure yet.

i really can't explain how excited i am about this.

i'll be living on a farm with darkwax and a handful of other kids on the big island for at least three months, driving tractors, clearing trees and pulling weeds. i like the idea of not being a city girl for at least a little while in my life.

you can bet your sweet asses my first purchase on the island will be a surfboard. learning to surf has always been a dream of mine and i will not leave hawaii without doing so.

my second purchase is going to be a decent road bike. we only work three days a week on the farm, so i'm going to have a lot of time to explore. so, not only am i going to have a sexy, natural tan, i'm also going to be buff as hell!

i don't know if i'll ever really come back home again to indiana. sure, i'll have to visit, but this is not the place for me anymore (if it ever really was). however long i stay on the islands, san diego is the next destination for me.

of course, there's still a lot of other places i still need to see. first and foremost, i need to visit monnggee, cupcakes21 and juniper_praska in NYC. i need to see san francisco and new orleans. and i'd love to visit my friends down under too. and europe. and japan.

you get the idea.

i'm a wanderer. i'm a lonely hear searching for something. god only knows if i'll ever find it, but i'm fine with enjoying the journey. maybe that's all i'm really looking for.

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elizabethford
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
that is truly, truly awesome. i'm so excited for you!

and when you come to new york, don't forget to visit me!
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
deal!
fetha
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
darkwax = Sean Lory?
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
yes. you know him?
tararee
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
If I move out to Bangkok like I'm planning, you'll have a place to stay there. Cheers to leaving the Midwest, adventures are the way to go.

And my word of advice is to exercise your arms as much as possible, surfing is freaking hard. For your arms. The first day, the surf was definitely taking me in to the shore about ten times as fast as I could goddamn paddle. But I'm sure farm work will more than compensate.
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
i'd love to come to bangkok too! thanks for the invite! (i hope you do make it out there!)

and thanks for the surfing tip! i know absolutely nothing about it, so that will definitely help me prepare for the first day!
c0al67
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
I wish you the best of luck, the whole thing must be so exciting. i couldn't imagine. I could of at one time had a job with the honolulu metro police dept, at least i had a good shot but i didn't even try. that's way to far from home for me.


Did you graduate ? or are you just taking the time off?
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
thanks! i'm just taking a summer off for once.
c0al67
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
Awesome, sounds like it will be a blast.
tell Sean i said hi and i hope he's doing well!
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
will do!
dorso
Apr. 10th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
its a great feeling when you buy those plane tickets. now theres no turning back

good luck and keep us posted!
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
yep. it's really real now. god it's an awesome feeling!

thanks, i will!
juniper_praska
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a fantastic trip. And, yes, you surely must visit us in New York!
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
oh i will make it to NYC, damn it! i just hope you guys all stick around long enough for me to visit you there. ;)
seabreezefeet
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
jealous.

i cant wait to get back to the whole 'beachbunny' thing.
ive lived inland for far too long now, 21 of my 23 years.

i know that virginia doesnt compare to california[birthplace] OR hawaii...
but atleast theres sand and crashing waves.

goodluck
&
letloose
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm all about the waves, no matter where. i hope you find yours again soon!

thanks!
rebot10
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
this trip sounds really awesome
i had no idea sean was in hawaii?! i thought he was in cincinnati??

working at that farm sounds really cool

i hope you have a lot of fun and say hi to sean for me
and keep lj posted
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
thanks, i will!

seans been out there for a while now. you can read his blog here to stay up-to-date.
wheninhell
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
have fun. it sounds like a great trip. make sure to give me a good old fashioned drunk dial sometime.
shakewell
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
will do!
alli26152
Apr. 11th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
have fun :) i wish i could take off a summer like that!!
auzzy
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
If you decide to check out the western rockies & san juan mountain ranges, hit me up! I hear there's awesome snowboarding to be had over here..

Have fun on your adventures! :D
beejay_core
Apr. 13th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Congats and Good Luck!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 13th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Just keep in mind Hawaii is very expensive. I hope you have fun and the Thurs wish you all the luck in the world.
shakewell
Apr. 14th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
thanks!

if i had your new address, i'd send you a post card from the island.

i know its expensive, thats why i'm going to learn to love sushi, which is very cheap there. =)
sou1cancer
Apr. 20th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Bon Voyage!
I hope you still plan on writing in this thing. Have a safe trip and HAVE A GOOD TIME!
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