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On Friday, [livejournal.com profile] taogrl and I went to Modesto for the afternoon. Our goal: Yesterday's Books, a large and fascinating used bookstore. They have many collectable books there as well, so if you're a true collector, you can knock yourself out and get some nifty, rare finds.

Upon walking in the door, I bee-lined to the collector case. The notion of considering to collect rare books crossed my mind. There in the display case was a first edition copy of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". I thought this book was fantastic. I inquired with the proprieter to look at the book.

"Now, this is not a signed copy, but it is a verified first edition and in excellent condition, " the gentleman told me. He was tall and lanky, with grey hair, an oxford shirt and slacks. Definitely the aged bookish sort's attire.

I nod as if I know what I'm in for. I was thinking the book would cost about $300 dollars. In hindsight, I was clearly naive-as-hell. I delicately lift the book from the case, look through the pages. It's fairly gorgeous. Although, the spin is a bit crooked because it's been propped up on a stand, or it was stored in a way such that it rested at an angle instead of on it's side or straigh up and down.
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May. 23rd, 2007 08:09 am
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Some words of advice:

Don't watch Current TV when they air their little short on Portland, OR's Voodoo Donuts while you're hungry. Oh like I want to have a soy protein granola bar now.

Thankfully, I'm not close enough to Portland for this to be an issue. However, next time I make my Powell's run...I think I'll be wantin' some of that voodo that they do. Oh yes.

In other "bad for your diet" news, Chick Fil-A is going to put a store where the Krispy Kreme was located in Elk Grove.

ETA: I believe that [livejournal.com profile] taogrl had a Voodoo doughnut when we were in Portland. I think the local gaming internet cafe was selling them there.
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...I think i'll be staying here: The Pickwick Arms Pod Hotel.


Apr. 5th, 2007 01:20 pm
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Ah, I am home at last. Well, I was home last night. I think it was around 9-ish that I got home. The cats were quite solicitous. We've had our cuddles. Max is especially talkative and snuggly.

The good things about yesterday's travel mishap:
-I am half way through Tesla's biography by Margaret Cheney, "Tesla: A Man Out of Time"
-One of my flight attendants looked like Ted Knight from the Mary Tyler Moore Show
-It's a good thing I took a taxi cab to the airport, because if I had parked my car there I would have had more fun getting to my car. US Scareways is in Terminal A, American is in Terminal B. Just one less inconvenience.

It was also interesting to note that I had a strange feeling as my faulty plane took off, such that I uttered a little prayer for our(everyone in the plane) safety. Then twenty minutes later we turned the plane around. There was nothing empirical behind my sense of anxiety. I couldn't pinpoint that the plane was going to have a pressure/door problem. I just felt like something was wrong. As far as I know I don't have situations like that often.

Today's menu:
-Cleaning up the kitchen a tad, and clearing away some clutter.
-Goofing off
-Getting my car serviced.
-Do some research on Sutter Creek.
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Today, my energy level reached its nadir. 'Round about 3pm I lost my industrious oomph. I finally winded up my tasks by about 5:40pm and went to the Hotel. I got in a little workout. San Antonio's humidity helped with enhancing my moisture emitting experience.

After a little rest, I ventured forth to Barnes and Noble and proceeded to let my eyes wander over the various wares of the purveyor of books.
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It's finally sunny here in ol' San Antone. Saturday morning at the Homewood Suites is definitely more vibrant than the rest of the week. 6:30 on a week day is a fairly somber, quiet time of day for the hotel. Everyone slowly fetches their morning meal and talks with their business associates of the coming day. Saturdays are for children. And folks with toddlers are in force today. Getting your morning meal is an issue of running the small child gauntlet. It is spent dodging little morning urchins in order to reach the covetted cup of coffee. Fox and Friends is playing on the communal television. The topic? How to bluff your way through life. There's good family values right there. Ugh.

Work here is crazy. There's no time to think, and the planning that goes into these projects reflects that. Again I go into the breach. Thankfully, I slept in this morning.

How are your Saturdays going? I hope it is going wonderfully!


Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:57 pm
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The flight, brought to me by Southwest Airlines, was largely uneventful. Southwest has has two late flights in the past month for me. That's interesting.

Also, I'd like to say that my stay at the Marriott Residence Inn was pretty good, though both my coworker and I experienced something interesting. Whenever I leave my hotel room, I reflexively check the door to make sure it closes behind me. On one day, early in my stay, I tested my door. It did not automatically lock behind me. I opened it, closed it again, and it did not lock behind me. So I called the front desk, and informed them. And I took any key valuables with me to work that day.

The next day, the same thing happened to my coworker. That my friends, is interesting. I've never had that happen to me at a hotel before. Ever.

The cats are home, casing the joint, they are quite content. [livejournal.com profile] taogrl took grand care of them. To top it off, she made enchilada soup, and gave me some. Yes, folks, she took care of my precious little predators AND gave me dinner. Now that's sainthood, right there. The three miracles: taking care of my pets, fixing me dinner, and still liking me after all these years. Cough up the designation, Pope Benedict.

I'm home!

Sep. 5th, 2006 03:51 pm
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...almost. I'm waiting for my baggage at the airport. That Sacramento has free wifi is teh awesome.

I think I got a touch of the con crud. Something crawled up my nose and died.

Okay, killing time while waiting for the luggage carousel has been successful. Time to go retrieve luggage.

Tonight is the season premiere of House. I was so pleased to get [livejournal.com profile] ariedana's Tivo working properly before I left. I learned some new stuff with Vonage.

I hope everyone's day is going well.

I'm going to go home and rest!
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Thursday was a day of travel extraordinaire. [livejournal.com profile] ariedana and I drove from her abode to Atlanta.

-ABC stores. I'm from California, I'm not used to not being able to buy hard liquor in grocery stores.
-"I've never wanted to be someone's ass." Dana said this with regard to House injecting Cutty with fertility drugs.
-"We're driving through this Hurrical Storm or Tropicane, whatever it is."
-"We're now within the asshole of this Tropical Storm." Said by me to Bunky, explaining our delays.

Anyway, we are safely in town, dinner was had. Calamities occurred at dinner such that [livejournal.com profile] newbabel and I left with wet pants. And we liked it.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Oh, and Hilton is pissing me off. Never again. No roll-away beds. Wireless only internet. I'm not amused.

G'night, all!
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I am in North Carolina...for the first time ever!

The most lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] ariedana has retrieved my tired self from the RDU airport.

Next Stop: Atlanta. We've got music, wheels, luggage, and lots of starbucks gift cards, thanks to my boss, whose love of coffee rivals mine.

And rain. Bring out the ol' song by Supertramp...
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My flight has been delayed by an hour. The good news is that I am getting more value out of my $7/day internet charge for wifi usage here.

Also, I have Doctor Who episodes I can view, as well as a dual boot macbook with City of Heroes installed on the Windows side...
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I'm here in a Chili's in lovely O'hare airport in Chicago, Illinois. The airport is brimming with commerce, as per usual on a Wednesday afternoon.

The flight out was satisfactory. I think this will mark the last time that I use Priceline for air travel. First of all, my travel itinerary arbitrarily changed (I was originally leaving Sacramento at 2pm, the departure changed to 10:55am. Second, I got the absolute LAST row in the plane. This means that while A) I'm right next to the flying toilets, but B) no reclining action. but of course, the row ahead can recline into me.

Did you know that United Airlines is one of the few airlines that has "Bereavement fares"? This allows people who have to make last minute flights an opportunity to pay less. Apparently fares are normally around $600. United charged these ladies about $400 under the bereavement policy. Mind you, you have to provide details about the funeral you'll be attending. Before today, I didn't know such fares existed. And they are refundable can be changed without penalty. That's pretty nice.

Over the course of the trip, I have formed a theory that the absolute LAST row of the plane is the "Bereavement and Priceline Aisle". Why? Because it was me, and two ladies who were on their way from and to funerals.

Despite that, I couldn't have sat next to two more well-behaved and delightful ladies. One of them was a retired nurse. Another used to be a pilot. Some good conversation was had.

So, I'm here for 3 more hours. Woohah.

I hope your days are going well!


Aug. 30th, 2006 09:51 am
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Alright, my little dreamlets! I am safely at the Sacramento International airport! Hip, hip hooray for free wireless!

I had a little issue with the TSA people. Apparently I misread their site. I thought little mini-multi-tools were okay. Now, upon re-reading it, they are not. Esp since they have that itty-bitty blade. Feh.

Anyway, I had enough time such that I could go back to United's luggage check-in area and add it to my bag. phew!

By the way, coffee at the Pyramid restaurant in Sacramento's Terminal B: abysmal.

So, with my travel mishap averted, I am now safely behind baggage check lines.

My flight takes off in one hour.

Next stop: Chicago.

Have a good day, all!


Aug. 6th, 2006 07:23 am
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Number 1: The Geico commercial with Little Richard is mildly cute the first time, and very annoying with subsequent viewings.

Number 2: I'm off to pick up Mom to take her to Bodega Bay and San Francisco. I'll be back sometime tomorrow night.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Jun. 29th, 2006 11:08 am
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Guster just released their new album, "Ganging Up on the Sun". I am enjoying it. They are also coming back to the west coast for some tours:
9/14 Dallas, TX
9/15 Austin, TX (ACL Festival)
9/16 Houston, TX
9/17 New Orleans, LA
9/19 Tulsa, OK
9/20 Columbia, MO
9/22 Kansas City, MO
9/23 Denver, CO
9/25 Tuscon, AZ (tentative)
9/27 San Diego, CA
9/28 Los Angeles, CA
9/29 Los Angeles, CA
9/30 Berkeley, CA
10/4 Portland, OR
10/5 Seattle, WA

An excuse to go back to Seattle. Hmmm. :-)


Jun. 4th, 2006 09:45 pm
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Started out well. Had an overwhelming sense of exhaustion and malaise. I thought nothing of it and went to drum lessons as normal. Talked to [livejournal.com profile] taogrl after my lessons and we agreed to go see X-men 3 later on.

Feeling of malaise intensified and localized in abdominal region. I knew that I was going to be in for an interesting evening. When I say "interesting", it means there will be at least one episode of fountain barfing followed by desire for the release that death will bring. However, I wasn't there, yet, and I wanted to see that movie, so off we went.

I enjoyed X-men. I never read the comics to such an extent where I would grouse about how they treated the characters. I did laugh my ass off at the scenes involving the GG Bridge. What a bunch of horse-puckey. Magneto was clearly compensating for...something.

Before returning home, we bought some Gatorade. [livejournal.com profile] taogrl left and I settled in for my "interesting" evening, which went exactly as anticipated. I whiled away my convalescence with watching the first three discs of season 1 of "24". I enjoyed it, yet rejoiced that I hadn't watched it over an entire 6 month period.

After a partially rested, then partially restful night, I woke up feeling "like new". I ate some light foods, rejoiced at keeping them down, and was ready to do something interesting. I called [livejournal.com profile] taogrl up and invited her along on my investigation of Oroville, CA. Pictures are available here.

I had never driven through Oroville, and I thought it a good opportunity to check the area out. My next goal will be to go to Feather Falls up there, where a 10 mile loop hike to and from the falls awaits me and any lucky guests who want to go along. It's about 94 miles north from Elk Grove, CA.

Now I'm updating livejournal while watching an old Veronica Mars episode on my computer. I'm enjoying the debate Mac has with a fellow computer nerd of OsX versus Ubuntu. Hilarious.

I hope everyone else's weekend went marvelous!
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I am eagerly awaiting the next leg of my journey to San Antonio.

Las Vegas has blessed me with free internet access, and I am taking advantage of it. Well, sort of.

Anyway, Vegas still looks like Vegas. This place is at its best when the sun slides out of view.

Pre-boarding is near.

I will say I overslept this morning, and yet successfully made it out the door and caught my anticipated flight. For the next three nights, I shall be engaged in corporate tasks. Networking, training, planning.

Then back home.
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Okay, I shall review my weekend in Seattle, since it nears to a close.

Friday:walks and books )

Saturday -- Exhibitionists and Buddhism )

Now I'm listening to Pandora.com. I just finished watching a documentary called Jupiter's Wife, which was quite a fascinating study of a crazy homeless woman in New York. I recommend it.
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I am checking in. Seattle is Wundabar. I got up after sleeping in 'til 9. I walked a mile to the flagship REI Store and now I'm going to go find Discovery Park and try to hike in the rain. It's gorgeous out. :-)

I hope everyone's Saturday is going well!


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