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I have arrived in Chiang Mai.

Local time is 8:54 AM. I slept well on the plane and am ready to combat jet lag. Because I am finally with Laura again, I feel up to the task of facing the soul lag as well. In my final days in the Boston area I had many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Now that I’m halfway across the world, I’ve gained some perspective as to just how incredible those last days were.

On Monday, I turned in my thesis. I plan to podcast it in sections over the upcoming weeks and I look forward to sharing Home and Garden with you. I agree with my teachers: it is the finest work I have done during my year at Boston University. It was the perfect capstone for me. A few months ago, I interviewed a friend, Miles Brandman, about his first feature-length film, SEX AND BREAKFAST. I asked him how he felt about his “master piece”, and in typical Miles fashion, he was very humble. He said he was very proud of his work, but that he hoped it wasn’t his magnum opus. Now that I’ve had the chance to finish a major project, I understand what Miles meant in a new way. Home and Garden is my best work to date, but it won’t be my finest ever. I feel one of the greatest things I’ve taken from my MFA experience at Boston University is the knowledge of where my weaknesses are, and new understanding of tools that can be applied to strengthen them. I look forward to further honing my craft in Thailand, where I can do so without freaking out about the bills.

What else has happened in the past few days? Roger and Val allowed me to conduct their wedding at the Museum of Science. It was pretty rad and I’ll be using their wedding as a model of sorts for my own. Oh, speaking of which, Laura and I decided to get married on the 29th of this month at the US Embassy. We’ll be hosting a major celebration on August 29th, 2009 in South Carolina, to celebrate our one-year anniversary. The wedding here will be very simple. Quite a bit like my own parent’s wedding in Indonesia, come to think of it.

Laura and I met at Coastal Carolina University where we took two of the same classes: African American Literature and Literary Theory. How dorky is that? August 29th is a special day for us. In 2006 we had our first date on the 29th. It lasted seven hours. The rest, as they say, is history.

So that’s cool.

I start my new job soon. I’ll be tutoring college-bound Thais for the SAT and the GRE. It’s a part-time gig, in the afternoons, which will allow me to spend the mornings writing and developing content for this website. I am very excited to be at a point in my life where this is a possibility.

A dear friend referred to this next part of my life as a new chapter. It really does feel like that. Is it a coincidence that I’ve arrived in Chiang Mai in time for the full moon? I think not.

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