Getting my life in order so that I could be away for two years, check
Finishing up my ESL teaching, check
(LanguageEtc in Washington, DC)
One last academic conference to make secure some connections, check
(CTSA in St. Louis)
Quality time with friends and family pre-departure, check
(A drive to Pittsburgh to see my friend Ed)
29 July: Washington Dulles to Los Angeles for a day of registration and orientation at the LAX Radisson
I was thrilled to be making a start to the two years, and I finally got to meet my fellow China 18s (the 18th group of volunteers to serve in China) -- in particular, my first roommate Jason McConnell, a novice guitar player redhead from the South overflowing with personality.
Prior to departure I had to shave my beard (China Peace Corps requires you to be clean shaven), which I had sported for several years. ...another discombobulation to add to the list.