That's what you must be wondering. Well, I'll tell you. The internet ate it. I posted last night from my laptop, using my cell phone to connect to the net. Unfortunately the fastest connection I could get was 9600. Yup, just like to good old days, when modems cost $500. While trying to post over this really *s*l*o*w* connection the program I was using died. It died every time I tried to post, but the others got through, just not day 2.
With that said... Day 2 we spend driving through the rockies. It was really nice, except the whether. We went from sun, to rain, to sleet, to snow, to hail, and back to rain. It rained the rest of the trip, until we got to Illinois. We got well above 10,000 feet and it is true; it is hard to do anything if you aren't used to the thinner air. We ended up spening the night outside of Denver.
And that's the story of day 2.
We made it. Four days and 2000+ miles later.
We ate breakfast in a little town in Iowa, Walnut (population 897), at Aunt B's Kitchen. Vicki finally found someplace that has peanut butter for her pancakes. It was a nice little town.
From there we moved on though Iowa to Illinois and to Huntley, the end point of this journey.
My Jeep survived quite nicely and I'm glad to be done driving.
We left Denver and got into Nebraska rather quickly. As soon as we entered Nebraska my cell phone lost it's signal and didn't get it back until we were just about out of the state.
If you ever have to drive across the country do yourself a favor and go around Nebraska. There is nothing to see there. Really. Unless you like cows and tumble weeds.
We got to Iowa and spent the night in a little motel in B.F.I. (Bum Fuck Iowa). We have about a half a days drive left. We've covered at least 1500 miles so far.
Last night I had a 'Country Apple Ale', It was kinda good. I say kinda, because it was a bit odd, but not entirely bad.
"... for tomorrow you may be in Utah."
We stopped for the night in St. George, Utah. The trip has been good so far. We stopped in Las Vegas to go on the Star Trek ride at the Hilton, and to get a Warp Core Breach at Quark's Bar. Yeah, we're nerds, so what? We even got our picture taken with Klingon at the bar, who I ended up talking to in Klingon. He said my pronunciation needed work. Heh.
Of course, being in Utah, I decided to drink a couple of the beers Lare gave me as a going away present, just to spite the locals. The 'Downtown Brown Ale' Was really good, but the 'Jack Russle Porter' was way too carbonated.
That's all for now...
Today's the day, I'm off to Chicago! I'll be keeping notes on the trip and I'll post something when I get a chance. Bye!
I bought a little memo pad today to keep notes on while I'm on the road. It's about a three day drive to Chicago, so I thought it'd be good to take notes on things so I can blog them later.
Here's what I wrote today, and why:
"Spent the day waiting on Mat"
I went up to to Tarzana to drop off the keys to my apartment. While I was in the area I was supposed to go to lunch with Mat, since who knows when we'll see each other again. This was all worked out a couple of days ago, over the phone. I was near Mat's place about 11:30AM, so I called his apartment and cell; no answer. So I go drop off my keys in Tarzana and head back down. I call Mat on the way; again no answer. Sigh. I get to Griffith Park and find a parking lot. I use the time to put CDs into the CD case thing I got (I finally have a decent CD player and speakers in my car) and wait. Mat finally calls, but says he has to do some work at the school he teaches at but will be done within an hour. I say I'll wait at his place. I go to his place and wait. And wait. And wait. An hour and a half later he shows up and we go to lunch (at 2:30PM).
"Why do I have the feeling that my change of address card is not going to be processed soon enough?"
When I got to the apartment I checked the mail one last time. The change of address card was there. They circled the 'start date' that I forgot to put in. I filled it out with yesterdays date. I hope that works. I just get the feeling that I'm going to miss some important piece of mail. Oh well. Fuck it.
One thing I noticed today: Traffic is much more bearable if you have good, loud music.
I love it when I get a nice simple, elagant solution to a problem. I had to add a feature to a project for a client and was not sure if it could be done easily. I woke up this moring and had a nice simple and elagant answer. *poof* Problem solved, feature added...
The cat that we thought that we thought got eaten by coyotes showed up today, just fine. It turns out she was living with a family down the street. I guess she's got two families now. The slut. (Kidding!)
Today I spent a grand total of 6 (yes, 6!) hours in traffic. Not just any traffic mind you. Real nasty L.A. traffic. People in other parts of the country just cannot conceive of the horror that is bad L.A. traffic. I have been breathing diesel fumes all fucking day.
Add to that the fact that I managed to get every last bit of stuff from my old apartment (no small task) and you can see why I bought myself a bottle of whiskey and a cigar when I got back to Santa Ana.
It's been a long day.
One bright note: I had Chili John's for breakfast. Probably the last time for a long time. And since that was the case I had a slice of yellow pie, too. Mmm, yellow pie...
I'm sitting on the back porch of my Mom's with my laptop, a glass of whiskey and a cigar. I worked on a bug fix for a client, caught up on the days email and news and am now posting this blog entry. Oh, and I'm listening to streaming music from the last show at the DNA Lounge. All via an 802.11b network and the DSL line here. That's a really good thing. I'll miss that.
Moving sucks. Thanks to Brendi and Lare for a lot of help. Moving sucks, but having friends help makes it a lot easier.
I've been packing stuff most of the day and have come to the conclusion that I own way too many books. At the same time I don't want to part with any of them.
I'm heading off to Chicago (for good?) in about a week and a half. I have decided that I'm only going to take one box of books. Maybe two. But that's it! For now.
I've also been looking into broadband access to BFE Illinois (which is where I'm heading). So far it looks like I'm SOL. Satellite access costs WAY too much. If I had a job I do it in a second, but I don't. It's a horrible thought, but I might be stuck with dial up for a while... I get the creeps just thinking about that. Maybe I'll get lucky and find an open wireless network nearby. Yeah, right.
I hate moving.
1. What was the first band you saw in concert?
My brother's band, 'Shades of Gray'. I was 9 or 10.
2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?
Citizen Fish? Conflict? GBH? Propagandhi? Flogging Molly? I don't know...
3. What's your favorite song?
Right now it's Citizen Fish's 'Will Swap'.
4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
Kevin Web (Conflict) or Jock (GBH). I've always wanted to play/sound like them.
I made a DVD of the video shot by Tim of the last show (EVER). I want to do more with the two videos. I'm hoping I can edit them together so that I can make one video that uses shots from each camera, but I'm not sure how to do that just yet.
I'll make copies for the band and the rest of the LG family as soon as I get more DVD-Rs.
I have finally finished what was supposed to be a two day contract. I started last Thursday and finished today at 1:00PM today. There were a couple of technical snags that held me up, including a rewrite of the main functional interface of the program. All I can say is: be damned sure of your production environment and the available libraries/modules before you begin working. I assumed that the production environment would be like my development one. The dev environment had a module that I figured I'd use in order to make the management and configuration of the program as easy as possible for the client. It worked really well, until I put it into production and found the module wasn't installed. Argh! I ended up having to rewrite the main interface in a hurry. It all works, and has all the same functionality, but it will now be a lot harder for the client to configure and manage.
Still, it felt good to not only work with people I like and respect but to also do some interesting work. The pay check will be especially welcome as I have just learned that all I can expect from unemployment is $146 a week. They calculate how much you get by looking at the previous years wages. Guess who didn't have a job last year? Yup. Fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck...
To make things worse there is nothing on except some really bad anime movie. Bah!
Still, the past few days of work were nice.
I've been in a funk all weekend. I have a few things on my mind and (the worst part) I can't do a thing about any of them right now. Some of them I can't do anything about at all, so there is no reason I should sweat them, except that I may have some bearing on things should certain other things take place (which are even further out of my control). The things that are under my influence I can't do anything about any time soon, which sucks, because I get to sit and wait. I hate waiting. On top of that I worried about someone and there isn't a damn thing I can do about that, either. Seems like I can't do much about anything, huh? Yeah. Well, I have always managed to have an backup plan or two up my sleeves in the past, and now is no exception. I just hope I don't need them. Blah.
1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life?
Umm. I think 8.
2. Which was your favorite and why?
My Mom's house in Santa Ana. It's home.
3. Do you find moving house more exciting or stressful? Why?
Stressful. Because moving sucks.
4. What's more important, location or price?
Both. Neither. I dunno.
5. What features does your dream house have (pool, spa bath, big yard, etc.)?
Multiple gigabit ethernet jacks in every room. Wireless networks are cool, but it's nice to have super fast network access to move lots of data. And a server room/computer lab.
My sister's boyfriend has been flying to Puerto Rico lately (he's an AA pilot) and he got me a bottle of my favorite rum: Barrilito. Vicki delivered the gift last night (I missed the Subhumans but at least I got to spend time with Vicki, which is just as good if not better).
The Fernandez family has been making this stuff for a long time (since 1880) in Bayamon. It's like alcoholic candy. Smooth and sweet.
I predict that this bottle won't last long.
I have a 2-3 day contract that will help my financial position tremendously. At this point every bit of work I can get helps.