Well, it is about a month later, and time for a pre-trip update.

–Wedding: the wedding went off beautifully, almost without a hitch (ha!). All except for the fools at Gary’s Tux Shop. All 10 tuxedos we rented had at least one thing wrong with them (wrong size, wrong color), one of the tuxedos wasn’t even ready until hours before the ceremony. Aside, from that, I think a good time was had by all.

–Ryder truck: after the wedding we spent the next seven days packing all of our belongings into a 10-foot yellow Ryder truck. Once full (the truck, that is), we drove across the country. That too, was, fortunately, uneventful. Here are some of my observations: Nebraska is really, really long, Iowa smells like the inside of a pig, and when a hotel has the word “Limited” in its name (as in Ramada Limited) you should take that at face value (our room smelled and felt like the inside of a cat litter box). Our belongings had a great ride to New Jersey and are becoming accustomed to their new home for the next year.

–The Trip: Tomorrow we start our around-the-world trip with a JetBlue flight from New York to Oakland. I heard JetBlue has little TVs on each chair; good entertainment but no food. I’ll let you know how it turns out.