7.07.2010

Iowa rule #2: Make a new friend.

Spot someone who looks friendly at orientation. Sit next to her. Ask her where she's from. Realize you don't know anything about Singapore. Enjoy her stories about being a dating coach. Make coffee plans, attend extra-curricular lectures together, read each other's work. Make a pact to buy a copy of whoever's book is published first.

Leave Iowa four weeks before she does. Try not to feel jealous.











3 comments:

Edith said...

"I thought about what it would be like to keep to myself during the workshops, to not make impromptu cafe dates and rendez-vous in the local bookshop with new and quirky people I think I'll like. Thinking through that scenario felt weird, very unlike me, but then I started wondering what it would be like to take a break from being me for 8 days in Iowa."
i guess you failed? lol i love meeting new people and discovering their stories and experiences. for me that's what life is about, discoveries!

Jen said...

Haha! You got me, Edith. :)

But I made it safely through a week with the most simple social interactions! Believe me, there were many solitary hours of the day.

xo J ;)

PS New York trip soon? Ever?

Edith said...

i'm plannning a trip to NYC for sure because i am also planning a trip to Montreal to see my sister (she moved to yellowknife,canada with her boyfriend last january, they are now moving to montreal in august) so i will definitely stop in NYC on the way!
but first i have to save money for a project i have, i am leaving ireland in january!!! yes i need new adventures and i don't think ireland is a country where i want my children to grow up so i'm moving to spain (canaries island first, barcelona is the plan B)
so excited :-)))