Friday, April 1, 2011
April 1st Departure Day
In a perfect world we would have spent months preparing for a departure like this, but as with most similar endeavors the constraints of everyday life have intervened. Apa and I are getting on the plane in a dozen hours whether we are ready or not. On the other hand, we did have 50 days to prepare so that’s 49 days more than many people have had to make much greater escapes. I think of Ioan who works in our shop and who escaped from Romania during the cold war. One night 35 or 40 years ago Ioan and a friend made a mad dash for the wire fencing with bolt cutters, and Ioan was shot in the back by a border guard with a dog who spotted him when he was almost to safety. Lucky for Ioan, and for us, he was still able to wriggle through a hole in the fence and survived. Ioan will run the shop until Mike gets back from his trans-Alp ski trip. Mike’s plan is to cross from Switzerland into Italy on skis, and then back again. He flies out today as well. Our shop has quite a bit of adventure going on: Mike flying to Europe, and Apa and I to Asia—all in one day. That’s pretty exciting for a small group like ours. Having said that, the credit goes out to the guys who are staying behind and who make all this possible by working so hard. Today happens to be Mike’s and Apa’s and Terrell’s day to stretch our wings and take flight, and we hope all the rest of the guys get to take their turns later on.