Greetings from the Burgeoning Metropolis of Metropolis, Illinois

I feel like I wait my whole life to make bad jokes like that.

The weekend in Boone was pretty good. I got to spend time at some of my favorite places with some of my favorite people. I had a Philly at Cafe Portofino and a mediocre sandwich at the worst bar in the world, Macados. There were places I didn’t get to go and people I wasn’t able to see, but that’s life and overall I got what I think I needed during my visit.

It’s creeping up on 7 AM here in Superman’s hometown (no, seriously, they claim that title, but more on that later). I left Boone yesterday morning and not long after that the Eastern Time Zone as well. The drive was pretty uneventful. People in Tennessee drive fast, but generally aren’t dicks about it. The roads in Kentucky are not that great, but I did get to cross the Ohio River. It was pretty big.

I also ran parallel to a large thunderhead moving across the relatively flat landscape of western Kentucky and was quite struck by how awesome it looked. Big, billowy clouds of white ending in varying layers of dark grey to almost black sheets of rain. I don’t know why it left suck an impression on me, but it did. I almost stopped to take a picture, but then realized the camera on my phone wouldn’t have done it justice.

Today I head to everyone’s favorite island, Manhattan, KS!

Wait, there aren’t any islands in Kansas….

Oh, Manhattan, KS in a university town.

And it’s probably nothing like it’s big cousin in the northeast. Not that I have much experience with NYC.

I guess it’ll have to do, though.

Before I head further west, I’ll head to downtown Metropolis, IL and see this “Super” Museum. Like I mentioned earlier, the city of Metropolis claims to be Superman’s hometown. Even though he was born on another planet. And landed in Kansas. And I think the comic book city of Metropolis was supposed to be based on Cleveland or Chicago or something.  But, hey, there’s a museum that opens at 8 AM and there’s a big statue and it’s only like 15 minutes from my hotel, so I’ll stop by. I’ll take some pictures that you can check out on my Instagram @murrayme89

Speaking of university towns, quirky, small cities, and Instagram, here’s a picture of one of my favorite places in the world, Boone, NC:

How man pictures on my page are from Howard's Knob? One last look at my favorite little city.

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It’s Not Raleigh, It’s Me or Why I’m Making This Trip and What This Blog Will Be

I’ve left Raleigh. It’s done. I’m now sitting in a house on a mountain above Boone that’s apparently owned by some dude who owns a recording studio where the likes of Shakira and Juvenile have record gold records.

Why did I leave? I’m not sure I can give you a comprehensive and coherent answer to that. I just felt that it was something I needed to do. The simplest and shortest answer is probably that I felt I needed a change and that I have a place to crash outside of Seattle. So I figured, why not? I packed up what I could in the ol’ Kia Soul and started in that direction. This weekend I’ll spend time in Boone for the App vs Wake Forest game with some good friends then get back on the road.

What can you expect from this blog? Well, over the next week or so, you can expect almost daily update on my drive. My musing from the road and thoughts on the cities I’ve visited. After that the goal is to write an update once or twice a week about adapting to life in the Pacific Northwest.

So, there it is. Half an answer and a brief outline of what to expect here. What? Were you expecting more?