I am sorry to say that I will not be making my little great circle trip by train and bus at the end of the month. The conference of writers in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, has been postponed until late June, because the university is on strike, and already in spite of diligent searching I can see that there are no discounts onboard Amtrak like the one I had found for the 28th of May. The summer travel season will have begun in earnest, I believe, and my sweet little price of a sleeper from Los Angeles to El Paso for only three hundred and eleven dollars simply cannot be matched.

Checking around I find the nearest I can get is almost four hundred and fifty, and that is, frankly, just a little too much for my budget. Oh well.

The big project we might be working on would never pay before then – hell, we won’t even be finished working on it until later this summer – so I cannot count on that. But, maybe I can put the money aside and use it for a trip later on this year, say around the time the calendar changes from 12.9.9.9.9.9 to 13.0.0.0.0.0 on the 20th of December 2012. I would very much like to be in Palenque at that time, gazing at the pyramids and listening to all the crazy gnostic new age types with moons tatooed on their buttocks. Wink.

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