While transitioning back to America has it's challenges, it's been nice spending more time with the people I care about. Like my father.
Shortly after landing in Philadelphia, I met my Dad at the airport. I hadn't seen him in over a year, and the first thing he said to me was "Get in the car Erik we're going to State Farm."
So after 40 hours of traveling and a visit to State Farm, I returned to my house to find a 19 year-old kid named Nolan living there. I wanted to ask Nolan why he is living with my parents, but I was afraid he'd ask the same question to my 27 year-old self.
But you know guys life is all about how you choose to spin it, and while I might live in my parents' basement I like to think of it as my parents living with me. And I don't mean to brag, but at 27 I think it's pretty remarkable to be supporting my two parents and one Nolan under the same roof.
You'd think living with my roommates would be wild. It's not. I mean sometimes my mom switches up the salad dressing we use with dinner, but otherwise I've had a lack of excitement and an abundance of free time. My mother thinks I should use this time to start dating on "christianmingle.com," but I've found other ways to fill the void.
For example, I've been applying for jobs. Which jobs? I'm applying for all of the jobs.
Sometimes I'll take a break to work on projects that have absolutely no use for society, like a new game called "Ajumma Stacker." Keep an eye out for this one. I won't give it away, but your hint is 90 degree back angles + Tetris.
Another product of my spare time was turning this blog into a book. I'm not a big fan of self promotion, but if you don't buy it I'll kill you. In all seriousness though the proceeds will go towards Nolan moving out.
12/10/2012 10:25 a.m. - "A man seems to be camping near the river at the Cedaroak boat ramp."
1/5/2013 3:17 p.m. - "A child was reported being rude to another child.."
1/9/2013 10:16 a.m. - "Door to door solicitors made one resident feel "weird."
1/15/2013 4:10 p.m. - "A bundled up blanket along northbound I-205 south of 10th Street was just a blanket."
1/16/2013 4:45 p.m. - "A man at Oil Can Henry's was very upset because he did not receive a coupon."
1/22/2013, 4:13 p.m. - "A caller was concerned about an elderly woman leaving West Linn Public Library with her grown children.."
1/24/2013, 10:39 a.m. - "A sick or injured raccoon scurried across the 800 block of Marylhurst Drive."
1/26/2013 1:54 a.m. - "A group of boys raised suspicion when they purchased eggs."
1/30/2013 1:09 a.m. - "A man entered Shari's to make a phone call and hadn't been heard from since. He was found at home."
2/6/2013 5:12 p.m. - "A man on a bicycle near Sunset Avenue was seen throwing his hands in the air."
2/16/2013 3:55 p.m. - "A man is threatening to break his ex-wife's "stuff" in the 1700 block of 16th Street."
2/20/2013 6:44 p.m. - "A man peeking into windows in the 2000 block of Tompkins Street is also selling steaks."
2/21/2013 9:49 a.m. - "A dog was digging holes along the beach at Mary S. Young State Park."