Here I am, sitting in my perfectly in tact apartment without a box packed or a picture off the wall, after a fantastic night of martinis at the Russia House with friends. Just another D.C. Friday night.
It makes me wonder a little bit about what my Friday nights in Colorado will be like. I make it sound like it's another planet or something - like there will be no place to grab a nice dirty vodka martini on a Friday night there.
I do think it will be different, however.
I imagine all my Colorado martinis will be drunk by a crackling fire with snow swirling outside (regardless of the season) while herds of elk bugle in the evergreens beyond...
Ok, that might be a little over the top.
But a more realistic vision of where and with who I will be drinking those martinis is a little harder for me to conjure up.
Truth is, despite living in Denver through junior high and most of high school, I don't really know the city that well at all. And even though I know of a lot of old friends and acquaintances who live there, I certainly haven't kept in touch with most of them enough to be able to invite them out on a Friday (or Monday, or Thursday) night for a drink.
The knowledge that I have really no friends that can just meet me for a drink, or whatever activity, at the drop of a hat is exciting and a little disconcerting at the same time.
I'm looking forward to meeting new people and building new friendships, but what about my old reliables? The ones I can call on to do whatever, whenever? And, as I explore my new city and get to know all it's nooks and crannies, who will I be able to share my discoveries with?
For a while, it will be my best friend in Vail who, for an unknown amount of time, I will be living with at first. But there will come a time when (she's thanking her stars) I will have my own place, perhaps in Denver, and then what?
I'm not really concerned, I guess, just curious.
There's no way of knowing what will happen until I actually get there. So, until then I will continue to enjoy my packed schedule of goodbye happy hours, dinners, coffees and lunches with my D.C. family and will keep looking forward to the new and unknown.