Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Greetings From Carlsbad, California

Well, after driving 3,092.79 miles, I am finally here!! From New York to Cumberland, MD, to Bowling Green, KY, to Hazen, AR, to Amarillo, TX, to Lordsburg, NM, and the final push to Carlsbad, CA. Though exhausting, the trip went without a hitch, and as always, it was good to be On The Road Again....
So, here I am in Carlsbad, the land of my dreams, the present place of future possibilities. Upon arriving, I did as Lewis & Clark had done, and stared out in awe at the Pacific Ocean's setting sun, relishing the end of a day as the beginning of a new one.
Currently, I am staying at a Motel 6, but if all goes well with the application process, I will be moving into a studio apartment this coming saturday. With an actual kitchen, actual windows, and no holes in the walls, Waterstone Apartments will most certainly be a step up from my last dwelling.
Tomorrow morning is Orientation at the GIA, beginning at 8 am. Class will officially begin on Monday at the same time. At the moment I am so "anxited" to begin, I can barely think straight, and worry if I will be able to sleep with such anticipation for the day/year ahead.


  1. You're going to do great, Paul. Tell me all about your first day at GIA! Do they have a room full of awesome microscopes? And a gallery of spectacular mineral specimens?

  2. It's the G.I.A. Emily, the world's foremost authority on gemology... They have a ton of microscopes and a ton of gems. My favorite part of today was receiving my awesome box of tools! More to come...

  3. Glad you made it to Carlsbad safely, Paul. Looking forward to reading about your experiences at GIA!