Shortest Way Home and Relatable Nostalgia

Upon light political discussion with one of my friends, she let me borrow her copy of Pete Buttigieg's book, Shortest Way Home. I'm only up to page 23, but am happily understanding and enjoying his writing - he was born in 1982 in South Bend, Indiana. I was born in 1985 in Toledo, Ohio, a mere two and a half hours away. We got the same weather, same technological advances and understanding, and I related to his explanation of where his parents lived before Indiana - they were in El Paso, Texas and worked in nearby Las Cruces, New Mexico. My grandparents lived in Santa Teresa, New Mexico - just over the state line, and worked in El Paso and Las Cruces.

There's a comfortable cordiality and hilariousness listening to someone speak about how they grew up when I can relate nearly 100%. How the snow wouldn't melt for weeks in the winter and the cloudy days drag on. Indiana is on the very western edge of the Eastern Time Zone, meaning the sun wouldn't rise until well after 8am in January. At least in Toledo, the latest that the sun rose in the winter is 8:01.

So far, I'm really enjoying the book - a welcome story after reading about habits and SQL! I also took a 2 mile walk and relaxed. And I think I might do about the same tomorrow.


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