Jan 272012

Currently en route to San Antonio, TX for the weekend. My sister is graduating from nursing school, and Mom and I will both be there.

I’m on a CRJ900 jet, and I find I like the smaller planes more than the big ones. There are only four seats per row, which leaves plenty of leg and elbow room. The flights usually have fewer passengers, and this one seems to be only about half full. Plus, the flight attendants are generous with the snacks.

It’s relaxing not having Internet access for awhile: I don’t feel the urge to keep current with every text message, RSS feed, and Facebook update. I’ve finished The Saga of Seven Suns, the mediocre seven-book space opera I’ve slowly worked my way through since July. I hate leaving things unfinished, and I got far enough into it that I was mildly curious to see how it ended. Good books leave me sorry that they’re over. This series was more like a chore, neither loved nor hated, and with no sense of urgency to complete it.

With that, and some Tiny Tower, out of the way, I’m now alone with my thoughts.

I’ve got nothin’.

10:07pm: It feels like we’re beginning our descent, but we should have another 90 minutes to go, unless the pilot is just dropping down to get under the turbulence. It’s been a mildly bumpy ride so far, with only a few smooth stretches.

Oct 312007

Three days after coming back from California, I’m finally recharged and caught up enough to write about it. Lucky you. :oP

The departing flight left at 6am last Monday, so I was out the door at 4am. The flight was uneventful, but my ignorance about renting a car cost me $130 I didn’t have to spend. The clerk at the Payless desk originally handed me an invoice to the tune of $500 and, when I balked at it, asked, “Do you have full coverage of your own?” “Yes.” “Oh, then you don’t need full coverage; you just need CDW (collision damage waiver).” Hence, $130 extra. I didn’t like it, but was too ignorant of rental company voodoo to really question it. Two days after I was at Mollie’s, and still stewing about it, I read the back of the contract and discovered that CDW was not needed. I called Payless and bitched, but because I’d initialed for it I was stuck unless I drove 3 hours back to Vegas and re-rented the car for the remainder of my trip, minus the CDW, then drive another 3 hours back to Ft. Irwin. Um, no. Lesson learned.


Oct 212007

At the pleading of my sister, I’m headed to Fort Irwin, CA tomorrow to stay and help her for a week while she recovers from delivering 12 lbs. of surrogate twins. Her housekeeper is going back home tomorrow and Mom left two days before the birth so, since my bro-in-law is stationed in Texas and can’t come home, I’m going to play the good brother and chase after my niece and nephew. Wish me luck in getting up at 3:30am to get to the airport. Ugh.

This trip I finally got organized to the point of OCD and made a checklist of everything I’m taking with me, and rechecking it when I pack to return. On our last couple journeys I was scrambling for shirts cuz I didn’t pack enough, but had too many pants.

Last night

 and I went to


‘s housewarming party at their Park Shelton condo, and a fine time was had by all. Their place is great and they’ve done a fantastic job with the details of decorating. See

‘s LJ for some pictures, with more by Aaron to follow.

I think I’m going to attempt NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m totally stuck for a novel idea. Blank Page Syndrome rears its empty head yet again.

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