After several months of uncertainty...certainty unveiled itself. This past Thursday I received a phone call from Invisible Children asking me to buy a plane ticket to San Diego...to fly in on the following Sunday. Yep...3 day notice. 3 days to conclude my time in Murfreesboro...3 days to say goodbye to everything that was comfortable and discovered. And, to greet San Diego into my life as a new chapter, a new season...a continued journey.
I'm a roadie for the 2008 Spring Tour...my location? So-Cal tour...including obviously Southern California and the southern most parts of Nevada (i.e. Las Vegas). And to our suprise...this year Hawaii is included. Yep...a school is flying the So-Cal team to Maui for 5 days to jump around from island to island. I'm not too sure I am supposed to know this tidbit of information yet...but it leaked. Thus far, I have only met one other guy on my team...his name is Ben, and he is from Cocoa Beach, Florida. He's currently on the So-Cal Tour promoting Schools for Schools program...that whole bunch of the roadies will be back in a week. So that means there will be a total of about 30 roadies living in one lovely home known as the Shire. Anyway...the other 2 folks on my team, the girls...will be here in January.
Today was my first day of training...it was an informational overload to say the least. Meeting all of the staff, learning about all the programs, learning of the history of Uganda (politically and pre-historical topics), discussing our intinerary, and of course having Jason Russell talk with us about IC. The week will continue with more and more information...then we will begin booking our tour. The job will begin...oh and um, I have an IC e-mail address...weird. email@example.com
I'm not wanting this experience to fly by...to be over within a wink of an eye. Instead, I want the experience to be embraced...I want to be present. I want to instill and experience community. And...I am confident that I will.