Saturday, November 12, 2005

Happy Veterans Day


GD-3Flags, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

I guess it was Veterans Day on Friday. Unfortunately, you'd only know it by the sales in the Sunday newspaper in most parts. Lucky for me, Texas is still a patriotic state, and we still honor and respect our veterans. My Dad was helping hand out the Buddy Poppies today at Wal-Mart. I picked one up for my car.

In other news, I was checking out online reviews of my hotel and noticed that somebody posted a really funny comment. "We had a canal view," writes the critic, "at first it was great, we were serenaded by passing Gondoliers singing their way towards the Grand Canal. We thought to ourselves, 'how romantic!' By the second day we were yelling out the window 'SHAT UP ALREADY!' and, by the third day, we were ready to kill ourselves. If I have to hear that song one more time..." (Where, oh where, is that low flying POLENTA when you need it most?)

Sounds like a glowing review to you, doesn't it? Well, at least they liked the free breakfast (it had eggs which, I'm told, you cannot get by asking for "Huevos Rancheros" like you can in these parts.) Looks like it'll be Italian migas for me. I wonder if they have jalapenos in Venice. Probably not and, even if they did, I wouldn't know what to ask for really.

As you probably know, I've been busy prepping for the trip. What you might not know is that it's all this "hurry up and wait" routine. It seems that, lately anyway, I'm ripping, burning, archiving, everything in my house before I leave.

I put a CD into my computer (PC) which is connected to the podling (AKA "Pod Pod Piddle, Click me in the Middle.") I then wait for iTunes to show me the contents, check the appropriate little green boxes for the tunes that I want to rip, and then wait for the computer to burn the CD. I do the same with my TiVo (still no Nicolas Cage movies, *sigh* but I am backing up "Hitler's Family" because I thought it kind of sounded intriguing. Well, ok, maybe not but, what other choice do I have?)

I go through the same routine burning gold CD's in the little DiscSteno and making contact sheets in Photoshop on the iMac.

Every damn device is "put something in, push a button, wait, repeat." All that and I've still got tons of laundry to do.

At least the washing machine hasn't quite figured out yet how to beep at me.

Until next time...

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