With another of life’s new chapters upon us, Bernie and I reflect a little on the past while we look forward to the what the future brings.
It was almost 4 years ago on the same weekend I was moving in with Ken when Bernie had his spinal cord injury. I was in Los Angeles packing up my apartment and Bernie was having fun with Ken in Aspen. Ken and I already knew we would be moving to China in the next year so we wanted to spend some time living together before throwing ourselves together into the frying pan of Shanghai living. Instead, I spent the next 4 months working with Bernie in getting the use of his legs back while Ken commuted back and forth to China getting things set up for us. Bernie eventually got the use of his legs back where we then put him through the travails of getting to China, added a Chinese rescue dog to the mix, Niu Niu, and then two years later put them both on a plane back to Los Angeles (all of this carefully and sarcastically documented in the archives from Sept. 2009 – Nov. 2011). We’ve been enjoying the sun and the fun of the California lifestyle for 6 months but now it’s time to move on again.
July 11th marks the day Jenny and I pack up the rental car, Bernie and Niu Niu, a case of good wine (we can’t take our chances on the wine lists in Glenwood Springs, CO or Cambridge, OH) where after a week of driving across country in the worst summer heat, we should be landing at 42nd street in Manhattan. For the sake of our marriage and Ken’s personal sanity, he’ll be flying directly there.
The new website will be up before we leave to document the time when my sister and I were still on speaking terms and not existing on a diet of Cheetos and Subway sandwiches in 105 degree temperatures.