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[livejournal.com profile] voltbang made an an excellent post about, you guessed it -- today's leitmotif -- airport security in North America. Go read it. :)
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Back from I-Con in one piece, despite the deluge from which i am still wet in Philadelphia unloading Nancy and her stuff. My phone is in New Hyde Park, NY, however, so email me or IM me til i figure out how to get it or replace it. Thanks! :D
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Last Thursday, i left for Boston viaPhiladelphia, picking up [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov on the way, and got to [livejournal.com profile] thespian's house about 00:30 on Friday. We got in late due to starting out later than planned and pausing for food at The Club Diner in Bellmawr, NJ. We first stopped at that diner one night on our way back from a con - we were both ravenous, and it beckoned from the side of NJ 168 on our way to the Ben Franklin Bridge. We've eaten many meals there over the years now, and recommend it if you find yourself at Exit 3 on the NJTP or Exit 28 from I-295 in NJ. Head W from the Turnpike or E from 295: it's on the S side of the road.

Friday we got to the hotel. Saturday i went for a walk up to Central Square and got me a sundae at Toscanini's, and sat and reminisced for a bit before walking back to the hotel, where i ran into Amqueue, with whom i had a lovely dinner at the hotel restaurant, Zephyr on the Charles. They do lovely, lovely soups there. I also ate my dinner on Sunday night at the hotel restaurant. Food was good-to-decent for what i had - though again, the soups were all lovely.

The hotel provided a food bar at the bottom of the escalator on the 1st floor with a wide variety of yummy things, including a veggie chili and a selection of soups, a variety of Uno's personal pan pizzas, a veggie noodle box, various wraps, cookies, a terrific setup of fresh-baked potatoes with most any common topping you could want, and all were reasonably priced. Most of my food came from that selection over the weekend.

Ran into and/or chatted with a bunch of people at least in passing including: [livejournal.com profile] britecloth, [livejournal.com profile] jbsegal, [livejournal.com profile] ckd, [livejournal.com profile] lordlnyc, [livejournal.com profile] badgerthorazine, [livejournal.com profile] kdsorceress, [livejournal.com profile] happypete, [livejournal.com profile] prettypammie, M and chinfuzzy - whom i get to see only at Arisia usually, and bunches of others.

Monday night [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov and i spent with the most gracious [livejournal.com profile] thespian again, and we ate at The Club Diner again, getting into Philadelphia a bit after 23. I finally got home about 14:30. We happily left the wintry mix behind us somewhere in Connecticut, and had clearish, mostly dry travel the rest of the way down.

I need to take [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn up to Boston for some days so we can visit people and places. He's not been there yet. Only place he's been in Massachusetts so far is Pittsfield.
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So, a brief summation of the last: Cities i spent a night in, in 2008, in my case in alphabetical order by State and City:

Rehoboth Beach, DE
Washington, DC
Baltimore, MD
Gaithersburg, MD
Hunt Valley, MD
Timonium, MD
Metuchen, NJ
New Lebanon, NY
Olivebridge, NY
Solon, OH
Portland, OR
Reston, VA
Woodbridge, VA
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For those of you who've missed the news, my preliminary clearance came through on the 1st, and i start work tomorrow at 08:00. I have not a clue what my hours/days look like at this point. I will update with more details as i have it. Basic schedule is:
  • 12-hour shifts
  • Week A:
    • Work MTFSU
    • Off WR
  • Week B:
    • Work WR
    • Off: MTFSU
Initially, i'm working days, but in the end will be working nights. Note that i work every other weekend.

I will be going to Baitcon, which i am very much looking forward to. Due to that, i am not working the 19th-24th, inclusive, this month.

Due to the work hours in Week A, i expect that i shall not have much time to check LJ that week, as to get as much sleep as i need, i technically have 3 hours a day that i'm neither at work nor asleep. Phone, SMS, and email will be the best ways to reach me. Comment, or otherwise ping me if you need that data.

This month will be interesting as i get into the rhythm of the job, though i expect it will be into Aug before i'm really into the swing of things.
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Yesterday, i was using Google maps to get from Gaihersburg, MD to Hamilton, VA. The shortest rought is via White's Ferry. First, it tried to send me via 270S-495S-267W-7W/15S-7W-9W-Bus 7W. So, i dragged the blue line to shorten it, and it tried 270N-15S-Bus 15S-Bus 7W-7W-9W-Bus 7W. Still too long. Yes, the Bus 7 routes are non-contiguous, so that part makes sense.

To get it to aknowledge the ferry, i had to enter Gaithersburg, MD to Whites Ferry, MD to Hamilton VA, cutting an hour and some miles off the trip Making the route 124W-28N-107W-ferry-655W-15S-Bus 15S-Bus 7W-7W-9W-Bus 7W. 107 and 655 are both Whites Ferry Rd, but on opposite sides of the river.

It gladly sends me via other toll facilities, why not the ferry by default i wonder. Admittedly, the ferry does not run between 23 and 05:30, but this was at 14.
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Ignoring some cons, in 2007 i plan to travel, at minimum, to:
  • Cleveland in the winter, probably around my birthday
  • Portland, OR, late Spring/early Summer, coordinated with [livejournal.com profile] agentxs, if he's up for it. If i drive out there, i'm tempted to swing by Colorado to meet a few people in the flesh, if that might be arranged
  • Sicily and Amsterdam, maybe Madrid, probably in August, to hit the festival in the small Sicilian town in Messina Province where my friend has her flat
  • New York City at some point, i'll start tix shopping now for shows methinks

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