As I’m about to finish up the chapter in my dissertation on Athene and the Iliad, I will soon move on to the Odyssey. At the same time, should I continue to write as I have done these past two months, I am preparing an odyssey of my own, though much different from that of the wily Ithacan.
His epic has more to do with his return home than about the current connotation of the word based on the book about said return. According to dictionary.com, an odyssey is also “a long series of wanderings or adventures, esp. when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.” I don’t expect mine to be filled with hardships, I expect it instead to be filled with friendships and family.
Because my niece’s Bat Mitzvah (in New York) in May is just a few weeks before my college reunion (in western Massachusetts) in June, I intend to make an adventure of it, driving east and then visiting friends, family and “sacred” spots along the way.
Right now, the route has me passing through Vegas, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Pittsburgh.
From New York, I expect to head down to D.C., Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, then back up through Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and on into New England. The return route is yet to be determined.
Drop me an note if you’d like to help arrange a gathering for GayPatriot readers along the way.