Okay, time to fill in some of the last week and a half.
After Lunacon was finished and done, I spend the night crashing at Max's in the north end of Manhattan (Inwood). Chatted with him and his housemates a bit, etc. Next day it was time to head off to LaGuardia for the next flight. The airport bus was late. Traffic was horrible. But I allowed a lot of extra time, so it wasn't a problem. Anal retentive security at LGA was more an annoyance than anything else. A big annoyance.
Changing planes in Dallas is fun, especially when you decide to take a detour and end up being just a smidgen behind your expected schedule. Fortunately I made my flight time, though not by much. Off to Palm Springs I went.
My mom was in a timeshare for the month and since I didn't get to visit her in Mexico the last couple of times she was there, I made an extra planning effort to spend some time with her this year in Palm Springs. Having </a></a>kishorwolf, </a></a>kayotae, </a></a>kaysho, and </a></a>chrissawyer within driving distance and expressing eagerness to come visit the Lab certainly helped make the trip a success.
During the week, I spent my time with my mom. We went to a couple cultural museums and learned some interesting things about the natives in the area (btw, odd fact: in the US, no one seems to blinks at the use of "Indian". In Canada, "Indian" has a status roughly equivalent to "n!gger" — very bad form. Use "native", "first nation" or "aboriginal", please).
Though it was good to hang with my mom a bit there was one significant problem. No internet! Except really really crappy dialup. I mean, effective throughput of 10-15kbps crappy. Still, I managed to survive; there was certainly enough to do.
All of that filled up Tuesday through Thursday. Continued on next rock.
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