Monday, June 22, 2009

Back in the US

We are now back in the States (as of about 48 hours) and I finally have internet access. Last Thursday (or Friday? the days blur) we got the call that the contracts had indeed fallen apart and Lithus needed to return the helicopter back to the US. So we pushed hard and got her back here this weekend. Mind you, "here" is Sparks, NV which is quite a change from where I've been recently. LOL

There is so much to say and I can't put any of it into words. We have done so much ~ and really not all that much beyond flying in a helicopter. But Lithus and I have:

flown over the jungles of Mexico
flown over the oceans of Mexico
landed in major airports and tiny airstrips
lived in fleabags and 5-star hotels
learned to communicate enough in Spanish to get through a security check
had our sex toys found by VERY EMBARRASSED customs agents
sat on the beaches of Playa del Carmen and Acapulco and Cancun and Tulum
confirmed I don't like tourist areas but love local spots
slogged my luggage through 105+ degree weather
and so much more... and am LOVING every minute of it.

It feels so much like everything I've ever wanted. Everything makes me happy. And not just the beaches or fine meals. Delays are a good time. Customs searches are fascinating. Walking the 5 miles/day through and around the airfields to get all the paperwork handled in temperatures ranging from 95 to 110 is an adventure. Neither one of us can imagine ever going back to lives we were living before ~ and we were living more interesting lives than many people.

So, we're here in Sparks this week. Lithus will make a one-day jump down to Sacramento or somewhere to get the helicopter certified to fight fires here in the US and then we'll go...somewhere else. Probably CA or OR for the fires there. Meanwhile, his company is still trying to work out contracts with other companies in Mexico so we're hoping to get back there. Plus, he is continuing to apply for jobs overseas (the Caribbean, the Middle East, Malaysia, Hawaii [not overseas, I understand, but a very different culture than from the mainland]) and lots of contract work so we can either be based in somewhere interesting or keep living like carnies and travel. Even Sparks, NV is fun and an adventure when it's one stop on a long list of stops.

This is far from the end of Pobble Thoughts. Yet I get the feeling that posts may be a little more sporadic and even more stream of consciousness than usual. I'm still around, though. It's just gotten interesting. Why would I leave now? ;) Pictures soon as we have a cord for the camera. Until then,

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


Pharmyard said...

Sounds like you are really in your element! I don't have to tell you to savor every moment of this because I know you are. I am very happy to know you are happy, well, and enjoying life!!

Cam Pike said...

Oh to have been a fly on the wall with customs. : )

Krystal said...

Wish I were having just HALF your fun!!!!

Playtoys will teach customs to go through people's bags... :)

CrackerLilo said...

I hate the idea of you posting less, but love love love the idea of you being happy. You sound soooo damned happy! So I'll learn to live with quality over quantity. :-)

BostonPobble said...

Pharmyard ~ I'm happier than I've ever been ~ and you've seen me pretty damned happy so you know what a statement that is. I love you.

Cam Pike ~ It was funny to watch their ears get red. They made sure Lithus watched them so he knew they were being as appropriate as possible, while I just sat there, smiling enigmatically. LOL

Krystal ~ And we ended up having to spend a lot of time at that airport over a couple of days so these poor guys kept having to look me in the eye. It was GREAT! And yes, I am having more fun than should really be allowed. :D

Cracker Lilo ~ You know how to reach me if you need a fix. And vice versa, of course! As someone who's read so much of the bad stuff over the last few years of my life, I'm really glad you're around to hear the good (Best Ever) stuff, too.

Hermes said...

It all sounds pretty fun. You know there are plenty of fires to fight in British Columbia every year. There's a an air tanker base 10km from here. Think about it.

2 Dollar Productions said...

This should provide plenty of material for future novels & I'm glad you're loving every minute of it - even if it means more sporadic posting. Ha. And the customs agent story really demands its own post. ;)

Gay Soldier's Husband said...

Oh Sweetie, we're happy for you! Enjoy.

(I have friends that put sex toys or porno mags right inside their carry-on suitcase just to see the expressions on the faces of the people who search the luggage...)