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Nov 02, 2008

Home is Where the Heart (Disease) Is

After 16 weeks and ~11,250 miles, I'm back in the Triangle. 

I don't think I gained any special new wisdom from the trip, though I did gain back a shockingly (to me) large fraction of the weight I'd patiently lost in the year prior to the road trip.  Why is this important?  Because next week I'll be 41.  And my dad will celebrate the 14th anniversary of his double bypass surgery (at age 57). And because on my last morning in Texas, just last Monday, my otherwise-fit-looking 50-year-old cousin had a heart attack.  So I'm serious when I tell you that my family (on both sides) are heart disease specialists.  And I don't mean the kind with MDs. 

But back to other things.  I'm glad to be home in NC where I plan to stay through at least early spring.  I look forward to seeing wonderful folks I've missed here, even as I miss the wonderful folks I've seen on the road.

Good morning' America, how are you?
Say don't you know me? I'm your native son!

09:20 PM in Traveling | Permalink


Welcome back, Phil. I've very much enjoyed your tales from the road!

Posted by: Durham Bull Pen | Nov 2, 2008 11:41:02 PM

Glad you made it home safely, Phil! Take care of yourself, and an early happy birthday to you! :) (If you need a "buddy" to share mutual encouragement on weight loss, I'm glad to take part!)

Posted by: Lisa | Nov 3, 2008 1:24:03 AM

Yay you're back! Yes, Happy Early Birthday, and if you're considering joining the Y or anything, I think I'm going to be doing so shortly.

Posted by: stew | Nov 3, 2008 6:56:03 AM

Welcome home! And I'm no stranger to the weight-loss thing ...

Posted by: Lisa B | Nov 3, 2008 11:53:38 AM

Phil, I think I've discovered the cause of your Texas relatives' heart problems, and perhaps some of that weight you brought back. ;-) I know I couldn't resist this!

Posted by: Doc | Nov 3, 2008 7:30:20 PM

Welcome back to town! Let's meet for a beer...or better yet, a brisk walk. :-)

Posted by: cd | Nov 3, 2008 7:37:18 PM

Thanks for all the welcome-backs and well-wishes! I'm stoked to be here and celebrated my first full day back by canvassing in northeast Durham. Much fun and so great to really be "in community" my first day back in the community. Met lots of nice people, including the Mexican woman at Burger King who kept raving about Obama, and looks forward to voting in the US someday. (of note, she's from near the city of Matamoros, whose name has an interesting if not completely clear derivation).

Regarding Doc's video. OMFG. On Saturday I ate breaded and fried dill pickles in Georgia. But they hold nothing to the chicken fried bacon.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 3, 2008 8:25:35 PM

Welcome back, Phil. Feel free to drop by my office any old time for a hug. Any old time. I mean it.

Posted by: minty | Nov 4, 2008 1:19:52 PM

Hey man, happy birthday, and I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. Take care of yourself. Hope to see you soon. Welcome back to the Triangle.

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Nov 6, 2008 2:50:23 PM