Yesterday’s job

Yesterday I had a job for my small biz down in Mobile. Mobile is about 300 miles south of Birmingham. Which wouldn’t be so bad, but I had to drive back home after the job finished at 10:30 last night. So I got in right at 3 in the morning today.

The bags under my eyes have their own luggage today. I’m still pretty groggy. And I hurt. 10 hours in the car on top of working is tough. Hopefully I won’t be so dame bramaged tomorrow.

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Packing for the trip

I’ve been researching packing for this trip to the KSC. I’m flying down to Florida for it. I fly occasionally, but is isn’t something I do all the time. Normally when I go to events I take a car. Of course, most of the events I attend are within reasonable driving distance to, so that isn’t a problem.

Ive been doing a bit of research, and found a wonderful site on traveling more lightly, One Bag. Or more importantly traveling with just one carry on bag. One of the ways to do that is to use a strict packing list and not take more than that list. Now I’m starting to work on a packing list for this trip. Since I’m there to tweet up, I need to take appropriate electronics and support for twitter tools. 🙂 So netbook, power cord, cell phone and charger. Camera(s) and batteries. Then I’ll need medications with prescription id, and toiletries, as well as contact solution and extra contacts. At the end I’ll worry about clothes.

I’ll need to weigh the resulting luggage. But I won’t come close to my fellow tweet up attendee, Raam Dev. He travels around the world with only one small bag! He will be the first to tell you that this style of travel is not for everyone. I don’t think I would prefer traveling quite that lightly, but he is a someone that enjoys what he’s doing. Talk about traveling lightly!

Decisions, decisions! I’m still floating about this tweetup opportunity. There’s plenty left to do for this, so I’m still working out the details. And then the timing could completely change too. So the details will be up in the air for a while. But it doesn’t matter, its going to happen! Whee!

Well, I’m home again.

Last week I flew out to Kansas City and spent several days in rural Missouri for my grandmother’s funeral.

Packing and flying was entertaining, especially trying to pack for this and my business trip to follow. I haven’t been back to Missouri in years. I think the last time I did go back was in 1987 for my grandfather’s funeral. When we moved to Alabama years ago, the biggest adjustment we had was getting used to humidity. The mountains and the trees were also a shock. It was warm in MO, but the humidity is a lot less than what we are used to. Its been so long since I’ve visited the area that Its amazing what has changed and what has stayed the same. The farm land with the cows and horses. Though we thought we saw a llama out there driving to the cemetery. The old farmhouses, and really old dilapidated barns. My brother who is the architect was looking out the windows of the car at the old barns and wants to take the time to photograph the old buildings.

Grandma’s stroke had evidently really pulled her face to one side. The funeral home did a great job fixing her face from the damage that the stroke did. Grandma looked good. She had been dressed in the dress that she wore to her and Grandpa’s 50th wedding anniversary.

The burial was in a family cemetery was an hour and a half/two hour drive south of the funeral. The town where Grandma and Grandpa lived was several hours south of Kansas City, so we spent a very long time driving in the car to different events while we were there.

We had the opportunity to visit the house again. I now have pictures of the house, barn, and yard where we spent so many days when we were little. Grandma and Grandpa always had a garden with vegetables. The tree by the barn had a treehouse that I spent many hours up in, reading whatever books were to hand. I read ERB’s Tarzan, and lots of “guy/adventure” books that they had in the basement. As we walked around the house and yard, my sister and brothers all were comparing notes with me and my parents, saying “remember this”, and “what about that”, and “did you ever do this?” Even though I hadn’t been there for so long, it was still very much the way I remembered it.

Southwest Airlines was very good about helping me re-arrange my flights so I could go to Kansas City, then on to Albuquerque for my other stuff. Speaking of traveling, as I flew into different airports, I found that several of them have free wifi. Birmingham does free wifi, Nashville has wifi but charges, Kansas City has free wifi, Albuquerque not only has free wifi but also sets up desks along the concourses with chairs and power strips for travelers to use. I had a flight change in Dallas at Love Field on the way home, but it was so short I only had time to make a detour to the bathroom and then get into line at gate to get onto the plane. I’m not complaining, I’d much rather have a short wait than a multi-hour layover. Hanging out in an airport in a unfamiliar town is not my idea of a really good time. I did read on the trip, but that’s another post.