“The story is always better than your ability to write it.” — Robin McKinley
I’m convinced that no matter how hard you try to get away from your hometown, the place you grew up or the most significant areas of your life, the less likely you are to succeed.
This is not a universal axiom, of course, which makes it a relatively inconsequential theory of everything in terms of actual use. No matter parsing through the specifics. If you move far enough away from it, near everyone can find something similar.
Case in point:
We just met a woman on our train from Cincinnati. Indian Hill to be exact. Which is about 10 minutes from where I grew up. And she used to train her horses in the Paxton Woods area, which is the subdivision I lived.
Oh, and she goes to Miami (OH) University, my alma mater. She is meeting 60 Miami students in Prague today for a 6-week study abroad program.
Maybe I’ll bring that up with Tim, a videographer who worked on my team at Varsity Television in Austin back in 2004, when we have lunch on Wednesday.