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Oct. 29th, 2008 09:21 am
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So not ready for Japan. And I thought I was underprepared for the Cape Town trip!

Still taking photos. Now participating in [livejournal.com profile] photowump: a 'photo class' like thing that a friend is doing as a favor to a few of us who have cameras but don't use them enough. :) Looking today, I've taken 3500 photos in the last month -- 4000 in the last 5 weeks. I think that means I've taken more pictures in the last 5 weeks than I have in the previous 3 years...

FallPicked my first 'pic of the day' that I don't really like technically yesterday -- I got a portion of the cart in the bottom right corner of the pic that kinda ruins it for me. Still, overall, I like the colors and the lines in it, so I'm sticking to it.

I leave for Tokyo Friday morning. I'm going to miss Halloween, which I'm sad about. :( Hopefully all goes well for the family in the week I'm gone: I'm sure that Jess would love for people to hang out and spend time with her here to help out with stuff, if you're free sometime next week.

Wow. Japan. Still kinda going 'wow' over that. :)

Everything else in life is just a rush to get things in line at work so I can leave at the moment, so I apologize if I'm somewhat boring.
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Flew out of Boston yesterday for San Francisco. JetBlue plane had an oil leak coming in that they couldn't fix, so we left two hours late due to needing a new plane; landed about one hour late. Made my way through a Very Hot San Francisco -- 95+ degree heat is somewhat unusual for this city. Overall, travel was easy, if slow.

Made it to Neil's, chilled out, caught up on email, prepped a bike for travel to UPXIII, where dinner was. I did question whether biking to UPXIII was the best plan for a flatlander like me. After making it to the house, I decided that it definitely was an ... interesting idea. The house is essentially on Bernal Hill; this means that I was biking up a pretty damn brutal hill to get to the house. In the end, I made it without stopping, but it was definitely a hard push, and it took me about an hour to really recover completely.

Dinner was fantastic. A four course meal for 15 people cooked by the people themselves (though I mostly stuck to doing dishes). Soup, fruits, sea scallops, lovely dessert. All in all, the entire thing was probably some of the best food I've had outside of a restaurant; and some of itw as actually better than I've had in most restaurants. (The experience actually reminded me of Craigie Street Bistrot, which I've been to once-and-only-once.)

Got back around 1am -- 4am body clock time -- and slept for about 4-5 hours.

Currently sitting around, catching up on various things. Looking like my plan for the day is to hack in the same meatspace as Rich and Schuyler (possibly at [livejournal.com profile] crucially's, I guess?) and then hit up The Dubliner, over in Noe Valley, starting around 7/7:30, for hacking with other geo-minded folks.

Conference starts tomorrow in Mountain View; need to arrange a way for me to get there before then :)
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I have a 5:45AM flight to Grand Cayman Island, where I will be until Sunday. I'll be scuba diving, and relaxing on the beach, and working on my OpenStreetMap map of Grand Cayman.

It's also going to be my first EeePC-only trip, but I think it's going to be okay.
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I'm in DC on Wednesday morning for a meeting: Flying in tonight, arriving around 6, staying at the Holiday Inn in Reston. If there's anyone who I should be stopping over and having a beer with tonight, let me know: at the moment, my plan is just to wander around DC monuments for a couple hours tomorrow night, since I Haven't been able to find anyone I should be meeting. (I'm booked until my plane leaves on Wednesday; the trip is not about seeing DC, just a quick hop down for work.)

Trip Report

Jul. 9th, 2007 09:11 am
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Trip went well. Currently sitting on the airplane at O'Hare, sleepily typing away on lovely disciplina with my eyes closed.

Flight out was uneventful, which is the best kind of flight. Got up at 4:45, up and out of the house at 5:45, went to the wrong terminal (United instead of American, like I should have) and got over to the right terminal in time. Dad picked me up and took me back to STC, and lay quietly for a couple hours resting. After that, got up and helped clean up in prep for the party today.

Ended up cleaning out a lot of stuff from the basement. Came to the realization that the basement workroom at my parent's house is a lot like the basement at Allston St., with the only real difference being that my father is an organizational freak, so we have a lot more order to the madness. Still, the collections of random boxes from the past 5 years of electronics purchases, the old boxes full of paperwork, the piles of various house-related stuff - it's all the same. If my father were to move out and take all of the stuff that mattered to him, but not the stuff that didn't, the basement would end up the same as the one on Allston.

Picked through some piles of video games that have been rotting in the basement for the past 5 years, and got a decent working Nintendo out of the deal, so I'm coming back to Cambridge with a new working NES we can use with the games we have. Don't know yet if I'll hook it up, but I wanted to take it rather than having it be tossed.

Went to Mary's for dinner, which went okay, then headed to Sarah's, where we watched Dr. Who, played Wii, and watched more Dr. Who. (For those of you who were concerned, I'm working on torrenting Series 1, so that I can watch it before spoilering myself too much more with the Series 3 stuff. Currently have 50% of the 4.5GB torrent.)

Slept late, hung out and finished touches on party prep, people arrived around 1, more people continuing to arrive until I left. Many people asked after Jess's wellbeing, and were suitably sympathetic when I explained she couldn't make it out due to illness.

Got a ride back in my Uncle's Z3 convertible, roof down the whole way. Never ridden in a convertible with the top down before. It's quite nice -- when the kids are gone, I think I'd love to take a fancy two seater convertible up to the White Mountains and go down the Kankamangus or something.

Apparently we are late due to pilots -- currently they're on their way here from another plane. Supposedly taking off in 10 minutes -- we'll see how well that goes.

The guy next to me has an iPhone. I'm positive I don't want one as my primary phone -- lack of tactile response must make typing for texts and the like way more difficult -- but I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't envious of the pretty.

8 minutes til we're supposed to depart, and they haven't made me put my computer away yet. Something tells me we're not going to be leaving at 8.

And, adding to this the next morning: They closed the door about 60 seconds after I wrote that, and we pulled back from the gate at 8 and landed on time. I was impressed. Kristan and Jenn got me from the airport in the shiny detailed Jetta and brought me home, where I slept like a log. Now I've got to wake myself up and head to work.
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I'd forgotten how much saying goodbye to her hurts, even when it's only for 48 hours.

She's so beautiful, I don't know how to say it.

It's been so long since I've felt this way, I'd forgotten how it feels.
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I never updated about how our trip to San Francisco went. Since it has been a terribly long time, this post will be a highlights reel:

Fly. Long Long Flight. Logan is annoying, but at least we got a seat together. Fly some more. Land, late late at night on body clocks (2am+). Get Rental Car. Drive out to Hotel, arrive. Room is uber-swank, gigantic: bigger than half our current condo, certainly. Had kitchen, living room, bedroom, and nice patio. Didn't arrive here until 3am body clock time though. Know I should sleep for interview, but don't for a while.

Find ethernet cable, set up creusa as wireless AP for artemis, snuggle jessie. This was our 2 year anniversary: I first told her "I love you" 2 years ago on June 9th. Lots of snuggling all weekend. Very good.

Sleep fitfully. Get up. Go to interview. Interview is all day long, 9am-3pm. Meet lots of cool people. (Sadly, didn't get the job.) Come home. Chill with Jessie - eat room service pizza and watch American History X. Eventually, go to Skyline Public Works - the company where my ex-roomate Neil works. Met some of his friends, coworkers, saw the retractable roof. Left there and headed into the city, where Jess was getting to a BART station to Berkley to meet [livejournal.com profile] leora. Learned that in the Mission district, the left/right turn lane is really for parking, by example. Got Jess to BART, headed over to upxiii.

Went to Neil's house, aka Unicorn Precinct XIII. (Don't ask.) Was impressed that there are not one but two empty server racks, 16 sparc station 4s, approximately 46 misc. "beige boxes" (typical homebrew PCs), 7 audio mixers, 3 tape decks, 2 mattresses on top of the couches, 3 broken umbrellas hanging from the entrance, and lemons bigger than the oranges. A number of these things can be seen in the upxiii pictures.

Chilled for a while, then grabbed Jess and Leora and headed to Taqueria Cancun, which is an absolutely wonderful place, which I wish we had on the East Coast. On the way, slid down a slide to accelerate my travel to the BART. A hill, in the middle of the city, with a slide. There were dozens of miniparks on the way down there. It was very odd. San Francisco is Hilly, I decide, as well as chilly. Thankfully I had borrowed a sweatshirt from Neil. Caught a cab ride with an absolutely insane driver, went back to the house, and shot the shit with neil's housemates for a good hour or two. Drove Leora home, getting lost on the way. Dropped her off, where I let her know that it was very odd that she was not "old and creepy", because that's how she's always come off online, but really isn't. She was just fun to hang out with. Made it back to Sunnyvale, crashed out.

Woke up late the next morning. Cancelled breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] twid, putting it off to the next day. Went into the city: numist scored tickets to alcatraz for us, awesome guy that he is. Explored alcatraz - I IRCed from the boat, and from inside a jail cell. It's actually a really cool monument, one which I would definitely like to do a more in depth tour of. (Some tours go in otherwise-restricted areas of the island.) Reminded me entirely too much of the Tony Hawk (3? 4?) level on alcatraz. Was sad that I recognized parts of it from that. Came back, went to Hard Rock Cafe - my first ever. Fed Scott, power booked from inside. Walked out, across the Wharf, and tried to find Scott's car. failed. had *him* find his car while jessie and I sat. Made him take me up lombard street. Have wanted to do that for years. Was *long* line up hill, at very steep angle, in stick shift car with weak handbrake. Was not the most enjoyable experience in the world. However, Lombard on the whole was still fun.

Had Scott drive us across the Golden Gate. I like it. Pretty. Even though it's not actually gold. :)

Let Scott go, after he dropped us off at the wharf again. Got a smoothie. (mmm. real smoothies.) Got a taxicab with an insane driver to take us to Haight-Ashbury. Wandered up and down a bit. Was nifty, but remembered that hippies scare me, especially anarchistic hippies. Stuck close to Jessie. Enjoyed it still. Got a cab back to the closest BART (24th and Mission) took that to our car. Stopped at IHOP - got pancakes. (Was absolutely exhausted at this point.) Drove the rest of the way home, crashed into bed and fell asleep early.

Woke up, next morning was breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] twid at a great pancake shop. Real banana pancakes with the bananas baked in are to die for. Hung out for a bit, then drove down to Apple Campus, to see if the company store was open - only place for apple merchandise schwag. Was closed however, so dealt with taking touristy photos and booking it out of there over to the airport. Returned car, went into airport, sat for two hours, took off.

Long flight home, some sleeping, mostly just sitting. Towards the end, started watching Episode I: Phantom Menace. Jess and I had our powerbooks both open, each listening on a different set of headphones, talking to each other over an ad hoc wireless network using Rendezvous/Bonjour commnications. It was actually pretty cool. Landed -- got picked up by Kristna, driven home, crashed out, woke up late the next morning for work but still made it in by a decent time.

And that's the hilights of my trip to san francisco: slightly more photos (mostly from cell phone) forthcoming.

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