The going away party was awesome. 60-some people showed up, had some good times, and returned home with a little more colour in their cheeks. Thank you to everyone who showed up, and especially to the people who brought me fine gifts of various imported fluids. It was like travelling to 8 different countries without leaving the basement.

Today I bought more stuff for my trip, including $500 worth of 4 different currencies. My wallet is now very colourful indeed – a true rainbow of debt.

As of 4am PST, Chris has left the country. He will return in approximately 12 months, assuming he is allowed reentry. And now he will stop writing in the third person. Next stop: San Francisco, then on to Singapore!