the boxes have been packed and the truck has been loaded. some guy named dave is already on his way out west with all our stuff. tomorrow, we leave for portland. seven days of driving ahead of us-- seven. whole. days. or maybe more, we've never done this before so we don't really know. and that is the best part of all this: the not knowing, the closing of the eyes and the leaping. tennessee, kentucky, illinois, missouri, kansas, colorado, wyoming, utah, idaho, oregon: here we come.