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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
More worrisome things have been tackled, causing the excitement v. terror balance to swing even more toward excitement. Our “ReloCube” is reserved, and we have the OK from the apartment building to put it in a parking spot next to the building over the last weekend of the month. I checked with our car insurance (Allstate), and we’re well-covered on the new car. Also, even though we’ll need to switch to another agent when we move, our coverage is good to go for the long drive and the time it. . . Read More!
I took the cats to the vet this morning, to get general checkups and get a health certificate so they can fly. Poor little fraidy cats, they were real champs — they meowed a lot, and did some cowering, but were fairly cooperative with the vet. Nobody likes getting the ol’ rectal thermometer, or the rabies vaccination shot in the haunch. The vet recommended something called “Rescue Remedy” for the flight — supposedly it will mellow them out enough so it’s not 6 hours of “Mew. Mew. Mew. Mew.” Poor. . . Read More!
All right … since we’re still kind of on Eastern time, we were up at 5:45 this morning. I tackled the photo editing and commentary, and it’s not even lunchtime. Long story short, even though it was a short trip, we had a fantastic time. The business portion of the trip went amazingly well. I had two callbacks on Friday: one at 9am for the Comedy Warehouse, and one at 1pm for street actors. Only 6 of us were called back for the Warehouse, which was cozy. We were joined. . . Read More!
After a solid night’s sleep, I’m nearly back to normal. In brief… Friday we headed out on United, leaving Seattle around 8:45am. With the time change, that put us into Chicago around 2:30pm. We then had to walk quite a ways to the train station, so we could catch the blue line into the city. It was almost 4:30 by the time we got to the hotel, and we found out we had to be at the theater for setup at 5:30. We pretty much dropped off our stuff and. . . Read More!