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Saturday, January 8

Turnover and take off 

It seems like I just got home and I'm taking off again for parts unknown. There's a ton of stuff that needs to be done around the house, but I'm basically just throwing my unpacked luggage back into the car and departing.

Good news is that the roads look clear and hopefully there may be opportunities in the path before me (or something like that).


Friday, January 7

21 hours to Hancock 

HANCOCK, Mich. -- Home again after being in motion for about 21 hours. I thought that digging out my car at Marquette Sawyer Airport and scooping my driveway after such a long day would've been a momentous task. It was surprisingly easy to dig out my car -- all the snow came right off my windows and there was no ice. I was able to easily unlock my car and open the door (instead of both being iced over). It was sweet.

Getting home wasn't bad as the roads were clear. Although there was a bit of snow in my parking spot, it was actually quite pleasant (despite some salty chunks of ice) and quite a pick-me-up after such a long day. My parking spot is interesting -- it's the furthest from where I can dump the snow, but it's sheltered from a lot of drifting snow too.

Memo to self: Don't start watching a movie after midnight if you've got to get up four hours later. D'oh!

More later, but my bed beckons for now and I won't resist its siren call.


Thursday, January 6

Heading back to the Great White North 

HOUSTON -- Well, after nearly two terrific weeks in sunny climate of San Diego, I'll be back in the snow-covered Copper Country in about 12 hours. In the next couple of days, I'll reflect on many of the fun things I got to do in San Diego and Poway including visiting the band, New Year's Eve, the family and getting frisked by the UCSD police.

Until then, here's just a couple of thoughts on the Houston-George Bush International Airport. First of all, the layout of this airport is as chaotic and hard to navigate as the Minneapolis and Detroit airports. The thing is those airports have tried to implement solutions to try and ease the flyers' travels through the terminals (through the use of trams). Despite a renovation, Houston doesn't seem to be going that route just yet with the fleet of mini-cars hauling some of the passengers through the concourses.

Secondly, there's only a handful of Internet terminals and wireless access is limited to the Presidents' Club. Again, with a recent renovation underway, adding wireless Internet to the airport would've been an easy amenity to provide. Oh well. The Neptune networks terminal that I'm writing this on is fast and responsive. However, with my right arm perched on top of the cash box and my neck craned to the right to read the LCD, it's not the most ergonomic. Still, I'm addicted and I need my fix.


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