I should probably write more on here about returning to America. That's the purpose of this blog, right?
Frankly, for the first eight months, I was in deep shock, so I couldn't really comment intelligently.
I do feel like I'm finally getting some distance.
I see signs of life: building my business actively, unpacking a few of those boxes from my shipment, making new friends.
So how do I like it here?
Interestingly, now that I'm going on more dates and meeting new people, this subject comes up a lot.
When people ask, I'm usually pretty honest. Sometimes, I feel like I should have nicer, more Pollyanna-ish things to say (especially on a date), but when I operate that way, I start to get really annoyed and want to strangle myself.
So I'm pretty honest. My answers to the 10 most common questions:
1. So. Are you happy to be back?
2. What did you miss most about the US when you were away?
After the first two years away? Not much. Family and certain people.
3. What do you think about Fort Collins?
So small. So young. So ... white. I'm used to a city of 20 million people. What I'm used to doesn't even exist in the States. Though L.A. might be close.
4. Where do you see yourself in a few years?
I'd like to split my time between Asia and the US.
5. Do you want to move back to Asia for good?
Hell no. It's absolute torture coming back when you've been away a few years. I really don't want to go through this again.
6. If it's so great there, why'd you come back here?
Temporary insanity (just kidding). After six years, I was really looking forward to hanging out with family and old friends, and that's been great. I also thought it would be easier to execute a career change, but I think that part would have been just as easy (and less expensive) if I'd stayed in Asia.
7. Don't you like having good food again?
The food in Asia is better and cheaper. And it gets delivered to your door. And someone cooks it for you. And then someone does the dishes for you.
8. Don't you like having TV?
They have English TV in Asia. Which would be great if I ever watched TV.
9. Why don't you talk about it more?
If you've seen as many pairs of eyes glaze over in your life as I have ...
10. What's the best thing about being back here?
**sound of chirping crickets**
The question that rarely gets asked but that I actually like to answer is ...
So what do you miss most about Asia?
I could talk for hours. But see #9 on eyes glazing over.
So there it is. Status update at 10 months stateside. Maybe I'll answer all those questions in six months again and see what's changed.