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Gasp! A work-related field trip! ::clutches chest::
Do you know the way to San Jose?

Well, on Monday, I'm off on a work-related field trip out to the West Coast (for 'educational purposes'), and I'm going to be gone for a full week. So if you don't hear a peep out of me, don't worry that the plotbunnies have deserted me -- they NEVER leave me alone -- it just means I can't get the wireless stuff on my new laptop to work.

Now, the hotel claims that it has free wireless internet access in every room, so I may be able to keep in touch, but who knows? It's going to be a grand experiment because my laptop doesn't have a phone modem and I've never tried the wireless thing. O_o

Some of my co-workers are all set to go bar- and club-crawling in the evenings, but that's definitely NOT my thing so I hope to be able to do a good bit of writing in the hotel room, internet access or not. And there won't be the usual niggling home distractions. Who knows? I might have stuff to post either on the road or when I get back home. ^_^

I'm bringing a few small crochet projects to occupy myself, too. I recently picked up some gorgeous hand-painted yarn stuff from Blue Heron and Colinette, and now I'm itching to do something with them. I've been concentrating on knitting recently, but I figure between the airport security (crochet hooks being more innocuous than knitting needles) and all the possible interruptions (only having to worry about one loop and not about dropping a whole row), crochet is much better suited for travel.

I haven't been on a plane since grad school (nearly 13 years), so a lot has changed in air travel. So now I have to go through my carry-on stuff and make sure I don't have prohibited items. I even printed out the page on the TSA (Transportation Security Adminstration) which says that crochet hooks are permitted, subject to security's discretion. But if I have to, I can always listen to Harry Potter (excerpts from all 6 books) in my iPod. Extra battery pack for iPod - check!

Ack! So much stuff left to do!

Current Mood: rushed rushed

4 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
soloyuymaxwell From: soloyuymaxwell Date: May 6th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The West Coast, woo~! ^.^ Haven't been that way since the summer of...2000, I think. ^^; My family and I went on a road trip, camping in Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone... Coos Bay, Oregon was the most beautiful place I went to, and we only dibbed into the northern part of Cali before turning back. Nevertheless, I've fulfilled my dreams of being at both coasts! Yush! *.*v

Laptop... I need one of those... ^^; Just finished tinkering on my step-dad's this weekend while I was house-sitting... I so. WANT. one... T~T -waiting for her taxes-

I'm not the bar-hopping type, either. ^^; I have two left feet. -trips-

Dunno how to crochet... But I do embroidery! ^^ I have a few rose and heart pillowcases to finish up... Not to mention, I'm the only one in the household that knows how to sew... -_-; Without a machine, it takes a toll on my poor fingers... I prefer to waste my time with other obsessions, such as reading and drooling over good yaoi fics. =^^=

Last time(And my FIRST time) on a plane was last year august. ^^ My aunt in Boston was getting married and I was in her wedding. This concludes my trip to both oceans! ^^ Yush! *_* On the way there, I couldn't stop looking out the window. On the way back, my sister and I were writing on a barf bag to each other how hot the Japanese guy was... *_* He was one of the stewards the last half trip home. -squee-

Although I don't have an Ipod, and extremely wish for one, I have a CD/MP3 player I listen to all the time on my way to/from work. ^^; Ish the best I can do.

-Ears perk- Harry Potter! Yush! -Goes fangirl crazy over Harry and Draco-

Ahem... -clears throat- I'm better now, really. ^^;Anyway, have fun on your... "educational" field trip. XD
ladysephiroth From: ladysephiroth Date: May 7th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're running XP, Windows is REALLY good a bout finding access points with wireless, and connecting to them. I use my wireless whenever I travel to cons and stuff, and I've never had a problem as long as the access is there and free. Good luck, and have fun!
kikotei From: kikotei Date: May 7th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
West coast is a drop in the *bucket*. One thing I do highly recommend is to make sure you have travel-sized toiletries in a quart size ziplock. Toothpaste and the like. And you may want to wear slip on shoes for the flight. Easier to get them on and off at the security checkpoints.
askaram27 From: askaram27 Date: May 7th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
The West Coast is very pretty, and I have a lot of fond memories of the San Jose area. My aunt used to live there up until about two years ago, and there are lots of great restaurants and street life. Even though bar-hopping isn't your thing, try it for one night--for the memories :P Hotel rooms are the same everywhere, but every city is unique.

I definitely recommend taking off your shoes for the flight. It's really relaxing, and if you're traveling light, it's easy to kick your shoes under the seat or tuck them in the seat above you. What airline are you going on? Northwest has really comfortable seats that are lovely to fall asleep in, but they seem to lose luggage more often.

Take advantage of the fresh seafood! And if you have free time, I think Monterey Bay Aquarium is about an hour away, and it is FRIGGIN' AMAZING.

Hope you have a fun time at this 'educational trip'!
4 hisses or Hiss in my ear....