Project Dissertation

I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Red Eye

I did not think twice about traveling via red eye today.

Everything about traveling with America West was pleasant. From the abundant ticketless kiosks, to the streamlined baggage check, and even security was hassle free.

After four years of consistent flying I travel in security friendly clothing most of the time, to expedite the process. I remove my jewelery, place my shoes, purse and extra layer in the bin and smile as I walk through.

It wasn't until the pilot greeted each of us as we entered his plane, I saw a flight attendant in what seemed to me an oddly patriotic tie, and the onboard video screens oozed soothing music and images that I realized what today is.

It was the most convenient flight back to town: Las Vegas is a very difficult city to leave. Yes, I am wide awake at 3am but that never stopped Michael Ventura from writing.

At landing I thought back to the day and smiled. Un cafecito con mi mami y tia, taking in the sun, family dinner, and enjoying the view while catching up with a good friend.

There is nothing like spending time with loved ones and telling them you love them.

In a few hours I will start to tackle this weeks scholarly deadlines- I think, my 48 hour respite will more than fuel it. Buenas noches.

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