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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:OMG, I can't believe it finally happened.

And I can hardly believe it's over.

The last five weeks have been every bit the amazing experience I hoped they would be. I've met so many wonderful people who I've always wanted to meet. I've had a wonderful experience during my travels and you are all AMAZING and INCREDIBLE people!!

Thank you to everyone who offered me a bed or sofa. Thank you to everyone who put up with my crazy demands to swim every day. Thank you for those of you who held parties in my honor (or just by random coincidence while I happened to be in town).

And thank you to Malcolm, most of all. Because without you, this trip would never have happened.

Everyone I met is invited to come and visit me in San Francisco, or to camp with my camp at Burning Man if you so wish.

My flight leaves tomorrow afternoon. But time, unlike my month in London, I don't leave with a heavy heart. I'm going home to a place I love and cherish. I could never be sad to be on a plane to SF.

But I look forward to seeing all of you again, my new-found, old friends. grouphug


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Mother_Natures_Son
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

Total posts: 2418
Posted:Glad you enjoyed your trip, Doc. Sorry that I didn't make it along the week before to meet you properly. I suppose a hello and a hug will have to do for introductions in real life.

Have a great trip home.


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Rozi
SILVER Member since Jan 2002

100 characters max...
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2996
Posted:smile Travel safe...

It was a day for screaming at inanimate objects.

What this calls for is a special mix of psychology and extreme violence...

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pineapple pete
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 5125
Posted:good to see you again mate.. enjoy california once more

hug


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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Brenn
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2004

Brenn

Will carpal your tunnel in a minute.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 3286
Posted:Safe travels smile hug

ॐ

Owner of burningoftheclavey smile
Owned by Lost83spy

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali, Australia

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Swimming every day isn't insane!

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3289
Posted:Lots of love from your mates in Adelaide! smile

J


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Help! My personality got stuck in this signature machine and I cant get it out!

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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:was awesome to have you stay bro...

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:I'm home. The flight was awful, as 14-hour non-stop flights are when you don't have a sleeping pill. The guy next to me had a hacking cough and kept me awake the whole, everlasting, eternal, interminable flight.

It's all a bit surreal right now, probably because of the absolute lack of sleep and the fact that I haven't been horizontal in over 24 hours... and yet it is earlier now than it was when I left. Woot, time travel!

Anyway, I'm still just sort of processing it all. It's strange to be back. Good, yes. But strange. Maybe because it all feels so normal. Like I'm doing laundry now. How banal!

It's 3:05 here on this winter Sunday in San Francisco. I left yesterday at 5PM on a summer Sunday in Sydney. It's foggy and 50F/10C. The light is already fading, as we are in the western part of the time zone and the winter solstice is in two weeks.

But it all happened. It really did! weavesmiley

And you ALL lost! duck


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Pogo69
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo, Australia

Total posts: 3764
Posted:YAY for getting home safe and sound...!! even if the trip wasn't all it could have been...
bounce2 hug bounce2

twas lovely to meet you, doc; and I very much hope to take you up on that burning man offer one day... or san francisco, for that matter... I rather like it there, and you have the most fabulous classical guitar shop, ever... well, used to anyway; dunno if it still exists.


--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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Parafinfairy
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

Parafinfairy

old hand
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Total posts: 845
Posted:Was awesome to finally meet you after years of seeing your name on hop! It was an awesome party (cheers Josho and Kateo) and the meal you cooked the day after was really really good. All in all an excellent weekend. And I can now cut onions properly wink. Will definitely get to SF one day....

Big hugz hug hug hug


Slicing the Loaf as we speak.

I need it..... Trust me!

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Brenn
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2004

Brenn

Will carpal your tunnel in a minute.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 3286
Posted:Originally Posted By: Doc LightningI'm home....

And you ALL lost! duck

You arse tongue2

Glad to hear you made it back home safely smile hug


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Owner of burningoftheclavey smile
Owned by Lost83spy

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali, Australia

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Lost what?

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Bek66


Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place

Total posts: 4728
Posted:Doc, I feel your pain about the long flight...when myself and my daughter were on our way back, we had a couple in their 50's in front of us that dropped their seats back the moment they sat down and if we so much as bumped into their seats, we'd get dirty looks...they even complained to the flight attendants!!! Brandi started crying because she was so exhausted but it's impossible to sleep with someones seat in your face...neither of us can sleep sitting up and had used our trays on the flight over to lean on and sleep...the attendants had to tell these people repeatedly to raise their seats when they brought meals...I think they just wanted to be a pain in the arse!!!

Once we got to LA, since we were continuing on, we were on the same plane and it was almost empty...so they let everyone move to different seats...both Brandi and I were able to stretch out full length and finally get some sleep...

I won't go into the horror story of once we got to New York, but suffice it to say that I hope I never set foot in that infernal place again...rude is too light a word for it...

Umm...sorry...rant over...I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and I'm just sorry I couldn't have been back to meet you, too...make it back some time and we'll team up to do that Thanksgiving dinner...


"Absence is to love what wind is to fire...it extinguishes the small, enkindles the great."
--Comte Debussy-Rebutin

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Ade
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

Are we there yet?
Location: australia

Total posts: 1897
Posted:Originally Posted By: Doc Lightning
And you ALL lost! duck

Thank you, thank you very much rolleyes

ubbrollsmile


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Ade
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

Are we there yet?
Location: australia

Total posts: 1897
Posted:Oh, and if it's any consolation - it was really really foggy here this morning! unseasonably foggy

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Originally Posted By: Bek66
I won't go into the horror story of once we got to New York, but suffice it to say that I hope I never set foot in that infernal place again...rude is too light a word for it...

Imagine this: I lived for three years and only escaped to San Francisco in July. OMG what an awful place.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Mother_Natures_Son
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

Total posts: 2418
Posted:Are lived and survived synonymous in that context?

hug

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keyarghah
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2007

keyarghah

Woodford is Goodford..!
Location: Sydney at heart., Australia

Total posts: 241
Posted:you didnt come back and visit us! well fingers crossed ill find you at burning man sometime.. eventually..... grin
was good to hang but love have fun back home smile smile


'FREE HUGGIES!!'

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:MNS... think "endured."

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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