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Since you guys were oh so helpful in helping me narrow down my choices for July trips, I just decided, ya know, screw it, I can't just sit on these air miles like Ebenezer Scrooge, this is what I've been saving them for.  So I'm going to do everything ^^.  Got my flights sorted out yesterday.  This is how it works out:

Leave for Shanghai on July 19th via SFO, see the eclipse on the 22nd, come back on the 23rd, fly directly to Orlando from SFO, stay *edit* somewhere *end edit*  until the 27th, then fly to Chicago to get my car and drive to Oshkosh where I'll see cool things that fly (or flew) until the 2nd, then drive home and go (Sigh) back to work.

Except for gasoline, transportation is all free (miles) or super cheap (China).  China hotel will be less than $30 total for three nights.  I'm staying at [profile] jet_der_hund 's place in WI so that will be low cost as well.  *edit begin* Then there's florida.... I've got a lot of time before the 19th of July when all this starts, so I'm sure I will be able to work something out before then.  Usually I would go into emergency logistics mode and jump all over this problem.  But this week I found out that for the rest of the summer, I'm going to be doing [livejournal.com profile] jdpuppy at-work-in-real-life impersonations at my office, and by the time I get home all my logic circuits are burned out.

So I leave it again, to you, Dear Reader!  Especially the ones that have had to do this before.... what are the secrets of finding a room in which you do not feel obligated to attach high-cost security devices to your bags, or leave them wrapped in liquid-proof plastic, or both? 

On the other hand, you can also tell funny stories about your worst random hotel roommate experience! So really you don't have a choice, you have to repond to one of these....

*edit end*

*new edit* just so no one thinks I'm gonna be sleeping in the lobby or something, a "backup backup if-all-else-fails and the world is going to end" plan does exist

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This last weekend I had two days off from work in a row, which never happens (but is going to happen a lot more starting in June), so I drove out on Saturday to visit [livejournal.com profile] nbowa  and [livejournal.com profile] tzup  in the cornfields.  Turns out there was a regular party going on out there, involving [profile] jet_der_hund , [profile] omega_louie , and [profile] raver_rabbit at first, then adding [profile] crims0n_w0lf  and Clover and their son, The Terminator later on.  Much fun (And much much much food) was had by all, although Crimson and Clover and their son went home around 2 (I think).  Sunday, after walking one dog and two idiots with Tzup, and saying goodbye to Folf, we all went out to the Amana gorging houses for 2 lunches disguised as one.  The rest of the afternoon was spent lazily digesting . =P

It was good meeting all those new people!  I should drive out there more often...
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Went to Wisconsin for the funeral of a good person who I wish I had known better than I did.  I mostly went to support my unofficial big bro, bt I ended up joining him in mourning.  The service was a catholic-style service (mass without the communion essentially) followed by a service with full military honors.  It was beautiful.  After the service was a full dinner given by the family to the attendees.  I've never seen anyone sent off in such grand fashion, but hearing the stories over the last weeks and at the service about how good a person he was, I can't help but know he deserved it. 

Went to [livejournal.com profile] tozier_wah  and [livejournal.com profile] little_wolf 's afterwards for what can best be described as a Irish Wake.  I stayed over, slept on an air mattress for the first (and last) time... whatever problems I usually have with snoring were magnified by many factors on that evil thing.  But on the upside, I got to hang out with friends and make some new ones! So to everyone that was there, it was good to see/meet you.  And  to [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn [livejournal.com profile] nbowa  [livejournal.com profile] darkphox [livejournal.com profile] tzup [livejournal.com profile] snow_kitty [livejournal.com profile] jet_der_hund [livejournal.com profile] lighthawkdragon and anyone else I gave hallucinations of having transformed into a moose, my apologies ^_^;;

As for that, it ended rather badly.  On my way back from Wisconsin my old enemy the instant-sleep returned.  During one of these, I ran up onto one of the concrete dividers on the Tri-State Tollway and blew out my front left tire.  This had almost happened upwards of 20 times until it finally did... I guess my shield is weak against multiple attacks.  I'm lucky the car wasn't hurt any more than that....especially when I accidentally drove to the right...where I found No Shoulder.  Road work had taken it out.  I had to sit on the side of the road, less than two feet away from Giant Trucks screaming by at 90 mph O_O;;;;  The state police sent this huge yellow Help Truck to change my tire to the spare, and away I went to help my mother (and boss....sigh) move her stuff from one office to another.  Got help from my friend Tom; this was a lifesaver, since I was waaaaaay too tired to drive and there was a surprise blizzard in Chicago.  I'm so glad I'm going to Australia on Wednesday. ^_^

If anyone is looking for Office Type Furniture we are going to have an indoor garage sale to get rid of some of the stuff we have.  We moved from three offices to two, so 1/3 of our stuff (desks, chairs, file cabinets etc.) are now extra.... come buy our stuff!!! ^_^

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