- Always pack like it's going to be winter (hee, "California winter") because it will be cold at some point.
- Bring all the extra t-shirts, jackets, socks, undies you can possibly squeeze in the suitcase. They will get used.
- Go ahead and bring every stupid cord for all the various electronics. You never know which you'll end up actually using.
- Ha! Who needs a cell phone?
- Always stay at a campground with a shower. It might be hairy/muddy or whatever, but that's why you shower without glasses and with flip flops.
Lessons I need to burn into my head:
- Just make that stupid list! And be complete about it. While you're at it, do it before you get "vacation brain."
- Shop before you get "vacation brain" too!
- Only taking one of something essential but easily lost? Think again!! (Ugh, the day without chapstick will never happen again!)
- I know you hate cash, but just bring more. Apparently, some people/institutions just can't let go of their crippling addiction to it.
- Don't be shy about looking at an actual map of where you're going. And be sure to do that before "vacation brain" sets in.
- Do not toy with or antagonize the Amtrak station volunteer "host" (who, I swear, whined to me "You're going to make the train laate!" when I wouldn't show him my ticket or move to the "right" spot for coach riders [20 minutes before the train was due to arrive]). The karmic bitch slap seems to result in crappy seatmate selection (I had to sit next to a smoke-lunged hacker who blared heavy metal and had a mountain lion rawring ring tone... all the way to SLC. Thanks karma!).
- Really? You're going to pack brand new white socks for a camping trip? What, you were wishing you'd brought brown?
- Gee, if I'd had a smart phone with a data plan I could have been making a shitload of innane social network updates on the whole trip (before I forgot all the good ones!). [I don't think I'm ready to learn this lesson.]
- Yes, you have a lot to do before a vacation! Get to it!!
( Hard to believe I wrote this before posting pictures. Click here to enjoy the miracle )
- Ye olde inevitable eat better, weigh less. What can I say, I think there's some sort of law requiring this one.
- This is where I'm going to operationalize #1 - Actually eat the stuff I pay for in my CSA box. After the caterpillar-in-the- baby bok choy incident of 2010, I basically stopped eating any leafy plants I was sent. This year, I shall vigilantly scrub the veggies and consume. Consume!
- Since I got that ginormous 160g iPod for myself at Christmas and since it still has over 100 empty gs (*sob*), I want to rip the rest of my cds. Believe it or not, I have barely begun to rip my collection. Probably because I shave a shitload of cds from college and I'm not too excited to be adding classy things such as the Verve Pipe. Please stop laughing.
( Clicky, clicky to read about my first ever Portishead concert )
Anyway, this is looking even better than Wondercon because at least the schedule isn't packed with comic book artists I've never heard of. Hee, I'd much rather sit through panels of doughy former Star Trek stars, anyday! ^__^
|How else would I remember the names and altitudes of the places I've hiked to?|
Rest of the hike photos (a mere 10 or so!) are here.
It may have taken a full year to organize, but Spencer and I finally did another hike - Loch Leven Lakes. The pros include the fact that it was only a 1.5 hour drive from where I live in Sacramento (trust me, that's close!) in the Tahoe National Forest. The scenery was pretty nice; the lakes were super mountainy awesome. But the highlight of the eight mile trek had to be the smell of the pines roasting in the CA summer temps. The high was probably in the low 80s, but that was enough to really bring out the smell of the pines. Mmmmmm, that's all I can say. MMMMMMMMM! MMMMMMM! MMMMMMMMM!
On the downside of the hike was that I fell and hurt my knee. Spencer and I always (ALWAYS!) find it a challenge to actually find and stay on the trail and despite the fact that there were cairns marking the way we did get off trail a couple times (and on the way back we went in a circle a time or two, too). On one such distracted foray, we had to climb over a log and I managed to do so in a most trippy, ouchy way falling right onto my right knee. *sigh* Of course, it was right before we reached the high lake, so I had this sore knee (getting more throbby with every step) the entire way down. Let's not forget that going downhill is harder on the knees, in general, than ascending. *sigh*
It's not a debilitating pain, but it is pain-y enough that I'm skipping the gym this week. Ok, so that's a sunny side up thing. Here's hoping it's enough to heal my lil knee!
|Walkin' the dunes in the early evening|
Hee, I still can't pass up an opportunity to do "devil horns."
I can't believe I posted more photos from my spring break trip than I did of my trip to Japan. Hmm, could have contributed to how long it took me to finish annotating them all. Anyway, you can enjoy (or not) all of them here: http://pics.livejournal.com/
I haven't re-read them or edited them for typos and misspellings so beware!
( Onto spring break vacation adventures 2011! )
Soon I'll be posting my recent Spring Break photos (god forbid I actually write about the trip), but until I get those duckies all lined up, here's a link to my winter roadtrip photos that I don't think I ever posted. Hard to believe I had more snow on my March trip than my December. Another reason to love California!
For about five minutes there I thought this was going to be the year I broke down and finally purchased a cellphone. Yeah, you heard me, I was thinking of getting a cellphone! After all, my stupid land line now costs me $30/month. And AT&T now graciously allows you to subscribe to DSL without a land line, though they sustain their douchy reputation by jacking up your DSL rate if you do so.
So I was procrastinating researching that whole annoyance when I started watching Lost. And then watching more Lost. Then even more Lost. So much Lost that I couldn't wait for the DVDs to arrive in the mail that I became attached at the eyeballs to my laptop as I consumed all six seasons in less than a month - mostly via Netflix's delightful Watch Instantly. Obviously what I really needed - way, way, WAY more than a cellphone - was some way to watch the internet/Netflix on my tv. I considered getting various bit of technology to attach to my 1998 era tv. Alas, in 1998 I was in college and couldn't afford a tv with any features so attaching any new bits to that was going to mean a nightmare of cords and boxes and shit.
Which all brought me to the very obvious conclusion I just need one of those fancy new tvs that has built-in internet apps wrapped in a modern type tv. So that's what I got. I now have a 26" (which is actually just a bit bigger than I was really planning on getting) LED flatscreen HD blah blah blah blah blah blah tv. Many people seem to think I have to hook my computer up to my tv to enable the interwebs, but noooo it sucks down the wi-fi from my wireless router. The whole thing was so easy-peasy that it took less than an hour to completely install. The only thing that isn't good about all this is that the sounds blows goat chuncks. I knew that going in (trust me, I did my research) so I suppose I'll find something to spiff that up.
But overall, I'm happy to say that I've completely exhausted all needs/desires/energies to add a new hunk of modern technology to my life. It's not even about the money; it's still about the desire to not be shackled by too many modern conveniences! That cellphone is going to have to wait for at least another year. Bwahahahahaha!
I was going to write up my delightful Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) thoughts tonight while doing my four-hour desk shift but believe it or not I've been working. I guess I should be happy that my Wednesday nights don't entirely consist of pointing to the bathrooms... but the one time I could use some time to goof off just a wee bit. Well, I have a few moments, so I guess I'll summarize.
So, the TIMF was my first music festival ever (can I say up front that that title is just way too long? Ugh) and as far as introductions go I think it went pretty well. The island was a trifle cold and crazy breezy (I had planned on being hot during the day and just right at night, instead I was ok during the day and had frozen toes once the sun went down) and I think all the smokers took a couple years off my life (my poor lungs). Heh, and I didn't pee for 12 hours straight because I was a wee bit traumatized by the port-o-potty in the parking lot. And (one last whine), the adorable little ravers were a little pushy at some of the sets.
Otherwise, it was all good. The two-stage setup was nice because it meant we didn't have to miss a single set (although, I could have done without that white South African hip-hop duo. UGH!). Sometimes I felt a bit like a ping-pong ball bouncing between the two sets. And the main stage had the slight problem of excessive crosswind which didn't exactly enhance the acoustics of the situation. But the pretty lights on that stage more than made up for that.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty good mix of artists. LCD Soundsystem was definitely my favorite (and I can't say that I was disappointed people bailed before their set - more elbow room for me, bwahahahaha) followed by Mr. Four Tet - though that guy still doesn't really "do" much on stage, his music sounds great. I've downloaded a few songs from a handful of the other artists like Deadmau5 - who I think should win an award for best light show of the festival! - and !!! (no I'm not spelling how to pronounce that).
Aside from the music, there were plenty of visual treats. The crowd-watching was out of this world fun. The art, including the glowing flowery thingies and neon demonic flamingo, was visually stimulating. And I have to say that without having the balloons to speculate about (jury is still out as to whether or not they were tethered to anything on the far end) and watch being taken down, I may have gone insane waiting in line for the shuttle back to SF.
And now, dear readers (bwhahahaahahaha) my shift is over and anything else you want to know about, you'll just have to ask ^__^
I just finished making over $11,000 in cuts to the business journals for my library and I'm just a little too blue to do any actual work. But I've been busy doing various things outside so I thought I'd do a little LJ therapy. Heh, I won't even talk about how long my lil LJ account has gone neglected. But I'll do a couple of entries in the time I have left at work tonight and post-date them back to closer to where they belong.