The Adventure Continues!

Whew! What a couple of days this has been. One cable guy came out today and set us up with internet. He didn’t, however, bring the two cable cards that we need for the TiVo, so we had to request a second truck. But in between those, our power got cut off. So we had to go out to the utility company and have the power restored. But our lease didn’t quite have the right address on it, so we had to get a fax from the office correcting it.. . . Read More!


I’m getting pretty tired of hotel/motel rooms. I want my own bed, slathered with cats. I also want to cook my own food. Almost all of the apartment paperwork is done, apparently … they were waiting on two more things when I talked to the lady earlier today. So hopefully we’ll be able to sign the lease tomorrow. I hope we do — we’d like to buy a few necessary items, like toilet paper and kitty litter, to put in the apartment so we have it when we get here. . . Read More!

Travel Update – Day 6

Day 6 Baton Rouge, LA to Kissimmee, FL 706 miles / approx. 11 hours We did it! Welcome to Florida, “America’s Wang”! Right now we’re in a 4th-floor room at a hotel in Kissimmee, FL — we can see the fireworks at Epcot from our window. We can also see the backside of Expedition Everest over at Animal Kingdom. Awesome. We could have stopped for the night in Ocala, which is around 80 miles to the north, but we pushed through and drove all the way here. It’s a nice. . . Read More!

Travel Update – Day 5

Day 5 Ft Worth, TX to Baton Rouge, LA 450 miles / approx. 9 hours We didn’t make it to Mobile, but we made it farther than we thought we would when we left this morning. When we woke up, it was snowing in Ft Worth, with about an inch on the ground. After watching the local news and fretting for a while, we got on the road around 9:30am. It was snowy and slushy through Dallas, and we ate up an hour going about 20 miles, but the roads. . . Read More!

Good Morning, Ft Worth!

It’s 7am here, which means it’s 5am for those of you back home. Right now there’s just the tiniest bit of snow falling, and around an inch or so on the ground. Fortunately, the road underneath the snow was dry and bare, so there shouldn’t be too much ice to deal with. We’re going to hole up here for a bit longer, and leave later than usual. Fortunately, this Holiday Inn Express has an “expanded” continental breakfast, and check-out is a delightfully late noon. What fascinates me is that they. . . Read More!

Travel Update – Day 4

Day 4 El Paso, TX to Ft Worth, TX 605 miles / approx. 10 hours As opposed to yesterday’s four-state extravaganza, today we crossed a big chunk of Texas. Dang, there is a LOT of Texas out here. And once again, every person we came across was friendly. Weird! The weather looked iffy — we didn’t know if we were going to see snow, or ice, or rain, or what. We decided to go upward to Dallas via I-20 instead of downward to San Antonio/Houston on I-10, and it was. . . Read More!

Travel Update – Day 3

Day 3 Blythe, CA to El Paso, TX 580 miles / approx. 10 hours Four states in one day, wow! We started out in Blythe, 5 miles from the Arizona border. Then we hauled through Arizona and New Mexico, and now we’re just over the Texas border in El Paso. We stopped in Phoenix, AZ to have lunch with my parents, which was a nice little break in the middle of the day. I had my first In-N-Out burger. All in all, it was a decent little drive through the. . . Read More!

Travel Update

Day 2 Lodi, CA to Blythe, CA 574 miles / approx. 9 hours It was all about California today. We’re in Blythe tonight, about 5 miles from the Arizona state line. We thought about trying for Phoenix, but we pushed pretty hard yesterday, didn’t sleep very well, and we gave ourselves 6 days instead of 5 for a reason, dangit! It’s another 2-1/2 hours or so to Phoenix, so we plan on a later start, then meeting my parents for lunch somewhere around Phoenix/Mesa. Today was my day to feel. . . Read More!

Travel Day 1

Day 1 Seattle, WA to Lodi, CA 788 miles / approx. 13 hours We tackled Washington and Oregon, and are now 300-ish miles into California. The passes at the bottom of Oregon were all dry and clear, including Siskiyou (elevation 4310). It was lovely. We meant to stop in Sacramento for the night, but they didn’t have a lot of easily accessible motels, so we pressed on a little further and are now settled in at the Best Western in Lodi. Poor Scott wasn’t feeling well today, and was in. . . Read More!

a network of pure crystalline hatred

I’m putting together a cheat sheet for apartment hunting — a single page with our last few apartments’ addresses and phone numbers, as well as some employment history. It totally makes it easier than trying to remember everywhere we’ve lived on the fly. Anyhoo, I was browsing around the internets, trying to find phone numbers for our last few apartment buildings, and I came across a page of reviews for the “management company” that owned our last apartment. For those who recall, it was the tiny craphole apartment on Queen. . . Read More!