Four months. It took Columbus just over four months to sail across the Atlantic to the new world. Can you imagine, leaving hearth and home, friends and family and not even knowing if you will ever come back again. I think the worst bit of it is knowing that as much as you promise that time and distance won’t keep me from your mind, I will be nothing more than ghosts and gateways. Time, distance, and the adventure that will undoubtedly begin after four months adrift will certainly lead to just as many memories lost as there are memories gained. Yet one can still dream the dream, that you will never be just a memory, that friendships last longer than forever, home is where the heart is (and a piece of it will always be with you), and of course, that pirates and ninjas will always be mortal enemies until the zombie apocalypse, at which point they will team up to create an unstoppable force of shear awesome rivaled only by the one Chuck Norris.