For The Times They Are a-Changin’

I returned home Tuesday morning a few moments before 3:00 AM.  The past two weeks consisted of over 3,400 miles behind the wheel, 10 states, and one plane ride.  During the course of my vacation(s), I learned three important things:

  1. 30 hours in a Penske box truck is not the ideal way to spend a Sunday, yet we did it on 1.5 hours of sleep.  Luckily there is no shortage of Hooters and Waffle House locations to offer a break from the monotony of a vehicle limited to 65 MPH and leaks water from behind the cab.
  2. 3/4 of the booth operators on the West Virginia Turnpike are not amused when you decide to pay the $5.00 fine and blow through the tolls.  Apparently, they didn’t understand that ATM fees are a thing.
  3. Spirit Airlines is absolute garbage and should be avoided at all costs.  The LAST thing I want to hear at 7:00 AM is how I could benefit from their credit card.

Despite these struggles, I truly had the time of my life.  The Revs Institute was worth the trip alone, I found myself hyperventilating as I walked through the halls and laid eyes upon some of the most beautiful vehicles ever produced.

Charleston is absolutely gorgeous.  I got completely caught up in the moment and neglected to take any pictures until my final day there.  There was simply too much to see in that town than we could ever fit into a long weekend.  I can’t wait to go back.

By the end of the weekend, I was ready to get home.  Rather than following my original plan to stop overnight in North Carolina and drive the Tail of the Dragon, I had decided to drive straight home Monday night.  I got stuck in massive traffic backups in Virginia, blasted through the mountains, and clicked off sleepy miles on Ohio’s turnpike.  Spotify and my Valentine 1 provided the soundtrack to my drive as I rolled with the windows down from the VA/WV border to my doorstep.  When I turned into my driveway I was exhausted, physically and mentally.

30 hours alone in your car is ample time to work through any of life’s problems.  During my drive, I had finally come to terms the fact that my life would forever change over the next few weeks.  I am proud to announce that I will be attending Ferris State University this fall to finish my Bachelor’s Degree.  Furthermore, I am enrolling in an accelerated program to obtain my Master’s the following year.  By the time you read this, I will have put in my two weeks notice at The Senior Alliance.

The past few years have been a period of personal growth enlightenment, and I cannot wait to see what lies on the road ahead.  Thank you to all the family, friends, and coworkers who have supported me as I made this difficult decision.  I could not have done it without you.


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