June 30, 1998 – Tuesday – 10:39 p.m.

I wrote a bit this morning, and then I left for the beach to go ahead and get the tourist in me out of my system.  It worked.  I feel like a resident now.

I bought a beach towel and everything and tried to play the part, but it just wasn’t my thing to do.  I took a walk.  The waves were beautiful, but I couldn’t really see them due to all the people being in the way.  I couldn’t really see the sand either since that too was covered in people.  Folks were just putting themselves in a baking oven; I couldn’t believe.  I saw white folks today who were darker than Marcus.  I walked to the end of the boardwalk and had a perfect glass of lemonade, but then I got out of there as fast as I could.

I cooked hamburgers and fries this evening.  Matt and I watched Citizen Kane, and then I went for a walk.  I took a new sidewalk that ended up leading to the far side of campus.  I walked through the campus by the CBN Headquarters.  There was so many giant satellite dishes, I just stood in amazement.  Then I found another trail that wound through some trees and ended up behind the library, which I had never been to before.  There was a sculpture of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it was so beautiful.

I enjoy walking.

Now that I actually have a car, I do drive it, but there is just something about walking.  It feels like the land is yours when you take the time to walk over every inch of it.

Banner Elk and Lees-McRae felt like mine, but they belong to others now.

This place will be mine very soon.

June 24, 1997 – Tuesday – 11:50 p.m.

After work I ate a sandwich, worked out, showered, and then went on an evening stroll through the mountains.  I discovered a new path, and a new special place.  It was so peaceful.  I followed a road that went through a nice neighborhood.  I saw no one on the way up.  Once at the top, I prayed and sang songs to my one true God.  The road I was on was named “Crest View.”  Just like the town Emily lives in, but the words are farther apart up here.

On my way down I said hello to two Asian gentlemen and a couple walking their dog.  I said hello to a family from church that was walking in the park.  The grass was so green this evening.  So many flowers are blooming.

When I returned to my apartment, I worked on character sketches for To Fly.  I changed the ending and am turning it into a screenplay, instead of a stage play.  I’m working on it slowly and it’s a lot of fun.

I saw Kate today.  She seems to be doing great.  Charlie is utterly pitiful.  Weird.

And as for me…

Well, it just turned the 25th day of June in 1997.

And I’m still smiling!!