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Adios Madison

leaving people & places behind

It’s hard to leave a place you love.

Obvious statement maybe, but true. Hell, it was hard leaving Vail/Denver last week, and I was only there for 6 days. Leaving a great place like Madison after getting to know the people and places for 3.5 years is a whole ‘nother kind of effort.

I know that I should be rejoicing for my freedom (from work) and my upcoming adventures, but it is really hard when I know what I’m leaving behind, but don’t yet know what I’m looking forward to. I remember feeling the same way before leaving for college - no doubt that the future will be awesome, but what I have right now is pretty damn great too.

I expect that this is not the last time I will feel this melancholy excitement (or is it optimistic regret?) over the next few months. I know from experience that I will form a special sort of bond with many of the places I travel to, and no matter what is next, a part of me will want to stay in that place with those people I meet. Such is the fate of us travelers who want to see the world.

This is not me trying to illicit pity or anything - I know I’m extremely lucky and hope that great experiences will be coming soon. But anyone with a heart can see how it can be bittersweet. Madison will always hold a special place in my heart and my history. I was friends with a lot of very cool people and together we did some awesome things. Now follows a nostalgic “pat myself on the back” account of a fraction of those awesome things. I hope those who knew me in Madison will see something that we shared together and smile. I know I always will (as will my right calf :)).

Great parties thrown at 304Loko and on various boats and lakes around Madison
Badger FOOTBALL, basketball, and hockey games
Beer (and wine) festivals - Great Taste, Dells on Tap, Wine and Cheese, Beer and Cheese, Bockfest
MUFA games followed by the Dane (Mini G’s and Twerkaholics holla!)
The City Place porch (did this never have a proper name?) - BBQs, Beer Die, parties, a boxing match (1 - 0 baby!)
Tyrol Basin - site of learning to snowboard and my 1st concussion
Frisbee tournaments all over the Midwest (especially Hallowinona, Sandblast, CHC) and outside the Midwest (TiV - GET ON MY LEVEL)
Tailgating at Brewers and Packers games
Trips to Chicago (Lollapalooza, NYE, St Patty’s Day, Book of Mormon, North Coast)
The Union Terrace
Farmer’s Market
The mysterious forgotten nights, only 1 of which ended with painful injuries
FFC
Biking into work
The Case of the Missing Pumpkins
GoT and Settlers (keep it up NERDS)
The U.P. for snowboarding and backpacking
Laying out on the soft sand of volleyball courts (Go Sandy Clams!)
Trampoline Dodgeball
Camping trips and solo keg stands
Sky Diving with 25 BALLERS
The Lake House :)

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That’s about all I’ve got for now. Please add comments with other incredible times I might have forgotten, or what your favorite is. They all have crazy stories attached - buy me a beer and I’ll tell you all about them.

For a quick life update I am currently in a car driving east thru Indiana. My wonderful parents flew into Madison after a cruise to help me clean and pack up my apartment. And I needed all the help I could get :). Also thanks to those Madisonians who came to help - special mention to Jessica Gulliver who teamed up with my mom for the cleaning the remnants of 3.5 years in that apartment - Jess: “I wish I could unsee some of the things I’ve seen”. My Dad and I spent most of the day becoming real life Tetris masters while packing the car and storage unit. Within the week I will be in NYC for a wedding, and then will bounce between there and Boston until I fly to Stockholm on March 19th. Can’t wait!

Be well and spread joy!

PS - I think I need to come up with some sort of signature way to end these things. Something like “You stay classy San Diego”. Failure on the 1st attempt :)

Posted by danza 22:22 Archived in USA Tagged driving friends leaving madison nostalgia

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