May 30th, 2008

Books

Travel planning madness is starting to set in

I'll try and spare you all some of the ahhhhhhh. I have made a paltry checklist and put immensely (but recently conceived) ideas like buy a map and look at it onto the list. I bought a mildy expensive gizmo to keep the iPod upright and powered in the car (more on it as I er, road test it). Oh and all of Aeon Flux on 2 UMD for 11 bucks. That and the purple duct tape are probably the worst impulse buys from Wally world. Come on, it is bright purple duct tape™. No, they didn't have pink.

I'm pretty proud of my road foods selections: rice cakes, dried fruits and raisins, peanut butter crackers, applesauces, and tuna snack kits. The quantity I am much less sure about ... The fact that I've no idea how far I can drive in a day, and thus no idea how long it will take me to drive one thousand miles (
1,076 mi – about 17 hours 25 mins
says Google) or how often I'll need to stop is definitely more on the "OMG freaking out" side. This would indeed be somewhat less exciting (in that respect) if I wasn't going alone. In lieu of a co-pilot I'm stuffing the iPod. And trying to avoid fast food on the road. I don't think the planned prohibition against eating in the car will hold up .. and I couldn't bring myself to buy a bunch of bottles of water. I'll have to get gas every ~300 miles anyway.

Say does anybody have any Audible tokens they haven't used?
Books

Last night in lieu of sleep I..

.. did not yet change the journal's title to that.

I did transcribe the first few pages of Hikaru v1 and then fuss at the kanji that i could find in my jisho. Might have learned one or two, and I actually understand a few panels of the book completely. This felt really great even if it's just stupid stuff. There were various bad things on the telly,of which SciFi's Epoch and some X-Files were the most memorable. I choose not to mention the episode of South Park with the penis in it. Oh damn, meant not to anyway.

Apple called in the noonish hour to tell me my computer is ready. I thanked them and promptly went back to sleep on the couch. Thinking better of it I crossed the house and got under the covers of the bed.

Only a few minutes later I finally met chaosbuzz and proceed to bore him with a recounting of the uncommonly known history of computers while handing him tools. This was no fair trade for his explanations of radiation therapy or socialized medicine. He eventually got his new Dell to recognize almost all of the 4GB of RAM he installed, and they went to bed. The cute waitress, sadly, is underage and has poor choice in friends... and that "diner" has nothing else to recommend it, being not inexpensive, having dim lighting (as a restaurant might have), and closing at 2300. This may well end what seemed an amusing side quest or sub-plot .. unless one of you knows someone at BET ?
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