weather: numb finger blogging
Ye gods, it is butt ass cold out there! Somewhere in my bones I realize that today is a wee bit better than yesterday as there’s less wind, but still… ouch! Even so, I’m not sure what it says that I’d rather come to work for 8 hours, than get to the airport 2 hours early for a flight that’s barely an hour in the air. I always get crazy about packing for a trip, short or long, I feel as though I’m going to forget something, and now with the checked baggage fees, I’m desperately trying to squeeze everything I need into a carry-on bag. At least the last time I flew it was a carry-on, for all I know they’ve changed the rules on those as well. I used to really enjoy flying, but somewhere along the line, it’s turned into a major hassle, and it isn’t just in the post-9/11 landscape, quality and service of air travel’s been declining for years. Combine that with an airport full of people that just have to “get there” for Christmas and I’ll just do my best to find a quiet spot where I can listen to my music and keep an eye on the Departing Flights board.
I’ve loaded up the macbook with video, comic books, music, etc. and I have lots of blogs to catch up on while I’m away, so I won’t be at a loss for something to do online. I am not, however, installing World of Warcraft on the laptop. I see no reason to make it that easy to ignore my family. Let’s hope I don’t regret that decision once I’m down there. 😈
Oh, puh-leeze! Two minutes after you walk in the door, you’ll be screaming on the inside for your WoW, and then what will you do? Going to visit the folks, no matter how pleasant they are, should be prepared for as if you were about to cross the Pacific in a rickety craft and very likely to end up on a desert island.
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@Kyle: I still have time to take the DVD home with me and perform the install there, except that when I’m home and on any computer, someone will come and lurk over my shoulder. Even if I tell them I’m having a private conversation or doing work. It’s like the machine is magical in my hands, and they just have to know what I’m doing. These are the same people that wouldn’t use their own computers for anything more than e-mail and Solitaire.
So imagine watching a movie with the “what are they talking about now? who’s that? where are they?” guy, except it’s a movie that you actually need to focus on. It’d be something like that.
The first time I saw “Underworld” the guy I was watching it with gave a running commentary/questioning session, until finally, about 45 minutes into it he realized I was on the verge of leaving, killing him, or killing him and leaving.
Gotta give my folks props – after the first day with them, once I pull out a book, they respect my “reading time”.
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Just a note on the bringing everything in a carry-on idea… That didn’t work out so well for a bunch of people on my flight from Houston to Raleigh on Sunday. It was a small plane and the overhead compartments were not big enough to fit those “standard” carry-on bags. Half the plane ended up having to check their bags at the gate and then having wait in the jetway when we landed to retrieve them.
I have plenty of nasty things to say about those damn baggage fees but I feel like it paid off to check the bag and just carry my laptop bag in the cabin.
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I can relate. I HATEHATEHATE packing. Always leave it for the last possible minute. Which, for this flight, will be tomorrow afternoon.
I hope you have a safe and happy (or as close as you can get) trip home.
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