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This weekend (Fri-Mon), I was with [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying in Savannah, GA. See, I had a 4-day weekend from work, but had gone home the previous weekend, so my work would not pay for another trip home. Therefore, Erin and I decided to go to Savannah for an extended weekend, hang out with her cousin, and generally enjoy some of the South's oldest extant architecture.

Plans changed a lot, but I ended up picking her up from Atlanta's Amtrak Station at 8am, had breakfast, and then went to Savannah. We checked in and chilled (very necessary after long scary rainy drive) in the hotel room before heading to dinner with Erin's cousin.

The next day we drove to get Erin a massage. On the way we stopped at the sketchiest gas station I've ever had the pleasure of patronizing and got lost, but recovered to get her there less than 15 minutes late, which is not bad for one's first day in a new city, I think! We had a very late breakfast at IHOP and went to a(n?) historic house, which was pretty neat. We saw a hip-hop community rendition of Romeo and Juliet put on by a local non-profit, focusing on getting kids out of trouble through hip-hop, poetry, dance, and art.

Sunday we did some more touristing, and feasting. Including going to the local bamboo nursery. [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying was ultra cute there, as she is everywhere.

Oh yeah, and we saw the Super Bowl with Erin's cousin and some of her friends. The game was exciting!

Monday we got a call from Amtrak saying that Snowpocalypse 1 was causing all trains leaving Georgia to be cancelled, so we hit up the internet and bought her a ticket home from ATL airport. It meant we had to leave Savannah early, but we still had time for a tasty brunch there. Then I parked at ATL to have linner with her, and away she went. Flying was a lot more pleasant for her than taking the train, it sounded like.
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Creepy Funeral Home Ad
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I totally forgot to post this really creepy Funeral Home ad. And don't forget to check out the other photos I uploaded today, including a masonic lodge!
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I've been here for nearly a week now, and I feel I can make some pronouncements:
1) There are a whole lot of pawn shops, loan companies, title loan companies, and such. I guess that speaks to the poorness down here? I wonder how many of the people that patronize these institutions could save tremendous amounts of money by not doing so.
2) Rush hour here moves much faster than back home. You'd think this would be a good thing, but it feels just as congested as the NYC metro area, just we're going 60 instead of 5. This, plus the construction, makes for very stressful driving
3) I still feel a little weird watching soldiers go by. Like they're too conspicuous, so I have to look away, just like I did in the city. I suppose after some more time, I'll get familiar with them, and this will go away. It'd be best if this went away by Monday, though, when I have to give a class to 25 of them. (And again on Thursday, and again on Friday.)

In Canada!

Jul. 8th, 2009 10:09 pm
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But before Canadian stories, new Zipcar:
· 200? Toyota Prius — If it looks like a small car, sounds like a small car, it is one, regardless of hybridness. The car had a very strange shifting method, where I had to hold the shifter into the selection and then release. There was also a separate button to put it in park. The rear view glass was hard to see through and annoying to use. And I found the idling creep a little slow to engage. But it handled well, and it had OK acceleration. The killer-app was the incredible cheapness ($8/hr on a weekend!) and being at the right place (Herald Square) at the right time (when Erin and I had tons of shopping we didn't want to lug on the train).

So far in Toronto:
* Public workers' strike means overflowing garbage cans and no more ferries to the Toronto Islands, which I wanted to go see.
* Erin and I had a great time at the CN Tower and Steam Whistle Brewery. At the latter, I ate a pellet of hops, which was a most interesting experience.
* We also did a lot more transit use today than yesterday.
* Speaking of yesterday, we had a pleasant and uneventful trip to YYZ from JFK, and then both of us took mass transit to nearly our hotel and walked a long distance to the hotel. Now we use the streetcars instead of walking.
* Both of our feet have been having a tricky time with the significantly higher workload.

And, believe it or not, we have been trying to relax, too!
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[livejournal.com profile] erin_trying and I are going to Toronto, Canada from July 7 to July 12. You guys have any touristy suggestions? We like architecture, museums, tasty food, and pretty things. Obviously free/low-cost is better than not, but suggestions are suggestions. I'll be picking up the DK guidebook (my favorite brand, thanks Eyewitness Books from my childhood corrupting me to this very day) today or tomorrow for more ideas, but personal ones are best, of course. We'll be staying in Harbourfront, but the subways and Zipcars can take us anywhere, so long as it's not too far afield.
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These started showing up a while ago, and when they did, I thought they were unofficial, but now I see them on every car, and placed in the same locations. I wonder what they mean.

I have an incredible backlog of photos right now, and I hope to upload most of them this week before I go up to the mountains, because once I'm up there, I hope to send some photos from there. Does anyone have any requests for photos you'd like me to take up there?

This is an exciting week. A friend from TKD is coming to stay with me on Wednesday, there's a party on Friday, and Saturday is the beginning of TKD in the Mountains. And I actually got a reasonable amount of sleep last night. This Monday might just turn out alright. But I do have some major work to accomplish the moment I walk in the door. I can't decide if that is good or bad.

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At the end of their first dance

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Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

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Last night I was still so destroyed from the con and travel that I forgot to mention all sorts of other stuff with Arisia!

Like running into [livejournal.com profile] pisicutsa several times, and getting her to sign my Naughty Nurses calendar (also featuring the lovely [livejournal.com profile] quem98, who I hope to also convince to mark up my calendar). [livejournal.com profile] ladyravn and [livejournal.com profile] jcholwa were both there, and although we did not get much chance to chill, it was all good.

In an utter surprise [livejournal.com profile] benjasattva showed up with some of his frat brothers in tow. Picked up one of his lovely new fancy State of New York business cards. He criticized me for not telling him I was heading out of state, but I think I had the upper hand, as he clearly fails to read.

All in all, a good time. Now it's back to teh werk. And possibly some tea.
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Arisia was a total success, in my opinion! I had a ton of fun helping [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy in the Green Room with [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet, [livejournal.com profile] glib_dichotomy, [livejournal.com profile] deyo (who I finally got to meet, and is clearly my West Coast Doppelganger as Rose suggested), and our various door pixies and random helpers. Greeting and running are my specialties. Strangely enough I did not go to any panels, but I really enjoyed both the Ziggaurat Labs and League of Extraordinary Skanks party. And I got to meet new people [livejournal.com profile] paper_crystals, [livejournal.com profile] rumpleteasah, that lady from one of the panels at last year's Lunacon, [livejournal.com profile] sunspiral (again), and many more.

So very, very bedtime. Erin's coming home tomorrow. I'll be missing her tonight.
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It's quite a dramatic difference on a Sunday night vs. Saturday. Most stores are closed, but all the cafés are open. [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet says it is because of Germany's strict opening laws. I'm just kind of annoyed I can't pick up a liter of the delicious apple soda they have here.

It was very strange dropping Erin off at her dorm. Very much wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. I lugged her bags up to the 3rd floor, she kissed me, and off I went. I know she'll have a great time here. I guess I feel sorry now for my parents when they dropped me off at RIT. Sudden release and—I suppose—relief. The latter because I've accomplished my one obligation to someone else here: Get Erin to her dorm on time, in one piece, and with all her luggage. Now all I have to do is figure out what I'm going to do tomorrow on my own until we can meet for dinner or something.

Today we went to The Schloss which was really nifty. We got to ride the Funincular railway up to it. The tour was excellent. Yesterday we walked along Philosopherweg which was really pretty.

I've gotta go: public terminal and all.

Love &c.
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Erin hit most of the major points I wanted to discuss. I've been enjoying navigating a new subway system, but I'd like more interconnections, please.

As Erin says, internet has been few and far between, but survivable, when we get it. So long as I keep typing correctly with a QWERTZ keyboard...

Oh, how I love that I can ensure my home machine stays up to date via Java SSH applets.

Erin's both better and more dedicated at learning German, but I'm usually better at figuring pronounciation than she.

Here at the Internet Cafe, we're limited to IE on ancient NT machines that apparently don't like it when you try to switch to IE windows that have not finished loading yet. Also just about every screen is fuzzy with what I presume is 50 Hz noise. But it is better than all the hotspots that don't work.

We both miss 24-hour transit.

See y'all later!
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