Paolo Balboa

Cincinnati via Las Vegas

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The easiest way to get home for the holidays, my mom told me a month ago, was to meet first in Las Vegas then fly to Cincinnati together. It was an absurd suggestion and I wasn’t too stoked on Vegas the first time around, but it was an excuse to drive around the desert for a few days and escape city life. Save for a whiskey night with my then-17-year-old brother (happy 18th), I mostly avoided the Strip.

In Cincinnati I saw a bunch of old friends and I said my farewells to the Southgate House. I also said a farewell to Cincinnati, because I don’t know the next time I’ll be back. Since leaving California, I’ve had to be on a plane or prepare for a long car ride  every two weeks. For all my talk of loving the traveling and transient life, it really does wear me down. I’m ready to plant some roots in DC and sign a lease that will tie me here for a year, and then I’ll consider moving. For now, though, aside from a wanton road trip to NYC or where ever, I’m resting my head somewhere in the Beltway.

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Written by Paolo Balboa

January 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

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