Sunday, January 29, 2006
It's a 11 day trip inside the country of Peru, 3 nights tent camping and 7 in a hotel. For all the information go here.
Why April? It's less crowded, plane tickets to Peru are cheaper, and the greens ARE REALLY GREEN. thats not golfing greens. though i'm sure they could be.
Its expensive, I won' t lie. But you got a full year to save up money. That should be plenty. It'll run about 2,700 to 3,100, depending on how many people we get, and that doesn't include the flight to peru, which could be about 1,000 extra.
That includes everything from food, equipment, flights inside the country, and donkeys to carry our gear!!
So I want people who are seriously up for this. Theres hiking and white water rafting involved. Should be fun!!!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
If theres a mall or something around, you go wander around, get sick of teeny boppers and remember that comfy chair back in your hotel and the seinfeld marathon running on TBS. You know where you should be.
So you do that until an early dinner time that you previously arranged with your crew, go down to the hotel restaurant with the 35% discount, eat dinner, and head to bed early. Thats pretty much what happens.
Unless you have 19 hrs in Salt Lake City.
When I think of Salt Lake I think of skiing. Thats what I want to do. So I brought my ski clothes and left my board at home. (I've heard that they will put your stuff underneath the plane for you if you want..you can just bring it down there yourself..idunno though.)
So we got in at 11:30 MT and got to the hotel shortly therafter. I ran upstairs, changed, grabbed my backpack, and headed across the street to a ski shop that rented me a snowboard and got me my twighlight lift ticket at Brighton resort for a total of a whopping $60. (Cheeap) The van driver then gave me a lift over to a car rental place, got me a NICE Dodge Neon (I was slightly concerned over its ability to climb up a mountain) and I was on my way.
they gave me the "male flight attendant special" when it came to snowboards. I dunno what they were thinking, but the top was brown, and the bottom was PINK, with a rainbow on it. A FREAKING RAINBOW! There was a small one on the top, too. But being secure in my mascualinity as I am, I took it and left. I didn't have time to waste on frivilous things.
A little later I realized that I had had NOTHING to eat all day long, so it took me about 10 minutes on the road to convince myself that I needed to sacrafice 5 minutes to stop and get some food. I grabbed a crappy half hoagie from the refrigerated food section at some corner convenience store. It tasted like plastic, but it got me through dinner without having to spend $20 on food on the mountain.
I was on a lift by 2pm MT. Why did I choose Brighton? Night skiing. I could stay till 9 if I wanted. though I chose not to for 2 reasons: It was FREEZING up there. Especially at night. I'm sure it was in the teens, which pretty much leaves you with a numb face by the time you make it down the run.. Plus I was slightly concerned about getting down icy mountain roads in a neon with no four-wheel drive and no chains. Not going there..thanks.
I left at 6, giving me 4 full hours of skiing. It was beautiful being up there during sunset.
And just knowing that TECHNICALLY I was still working...It was even more beautiful.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
I guess you could call it Rash. Yeah, it WAS a little extreme. It kinda popped up on me and I'm really not sure what I'm gonna do now. Because its gone. Maybe she's crazy. She's got a few screws loose. But in the end we're Nomads as it is. It's probably better off somewhere else. We didn't treat it well. We're always gone. Who needs it? In fact, I didn't really like it anyway. It was ugly. It did need a new owner, someone who would take care of it better.
But oh how it took care of me. Those lonely nights when it comforted me. Sure it wasn't the nicest, but you know the saying: "you don't know what you have until its gone. " I'm gonna miss it.
DIEDRA SOLD OUR FURNITURE!
Thats a long time from now.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
We took off Saturday afternoon to make sure Kent got home for his classes on Monday (ha! like med school is important). It also enabled me to do something OTHER than travel home on my birthday, only to spend it by myself.
I got home saturday night (7th) and call Timmy in Dallas on my way home, to see if they were too busy to let me hang out for a few days. (It was Adam and Tim's turn to host me) We eventually came up with the great idea of pulling a reverse surprise bday party. Instead of people throwing a surprise party for me, I would in turn throw a surprise party for myself..only it would be them who would be surprised.
Tim got the guys together for dinner (I think they were under the impression that Adam had a grand announcement to make) while I made my way to Dallas on sunday. We had dinner at the Cheesecake factory, everybody got seated (cept for me, of course..i was hiding at the bar). A few minutes past and I strolled out and started taking pictures.
So here I am, back at home. Like I said, I gotta go to work tomorrow...BOY HOWDY DO I HAVE TO WORK. I'll be gone 10 of the next 12 days.
But heres a stroke of luck that I encountered today. I started some laundry down in our laundry room, which is in our basement. We share it with the upstairs neighbors, so theres a locking door between the laundry room and our apartment. I went in, shut the door, and it locked behind me. Oops. I had access to outside, so I went out and began trying windows. Nothing. They were all locked. It was 35 degrees outside..not TOOO bad..but still cold. I really didn't know what to do. Then it hit me. While Stormy lived in Chicago we gave her a key to our place. Well she took that key with her to Orlando..and just last night she gave it back...and I put it into my pocket..of the VERY JEANS I WAS WEARING!!
I reached into my left pocked and voila!!! there it was!!!
I must be doing something right.