Hitchhike to L.A. or New Jersey


“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build wings on the way down.”
Ray Bradbury

I love Ray Bradbury’s quote about jumps because it is ridiculous (think Icarus) and this year I’m living it.

I have quit my current carnival in San Mateo and committed to leave in the morning – after breaking down the carnival (leaving after slough is a tradition, leaving before is dirty stuff).

However, it is Sunday morning. My contact has not replied in three days. Do I leave for L.A.? Do I start hitchhiking to another possible carnival in New Jersey? I would have a week of hitchhiking to arrange something there.

I have been depending on a carnival contact via the cell phone and still believe in him. But may be walking out of my trailer in the morning – with two book bags and a sleeping bag – not sure of whether I’m hitchhiking to L.A. or New Jersey.

Highway 101 is a 40 minute walk away.

I’ll have to jump and find some wings on the way. Ridiculous.


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