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30 October 2006 @ 10:02 am
wfc preparations  
ok. i've arranged a hotel room for tomorrow night. i need to:

- panic

- call the hotel in austin and find the best way to get from the airport to the hotel, although i might just say screw it and take a cab, because i'll have been travelling something like 18 hours at that point (though i think it's only 12 hours elapsed time) (went with supershuttle reservations; thanks, pbray!)

- check the train times tomorrow for going to ennis

- make bread so ted doesn't starve to death while i'm gone

- pack. i must pack. i must check the temperature in austin, too (it will be HOT. thanks, rmd :))

- get lists of things to buy in ammurica from the family

- post picture so people can

- assure people i usually look more cheerful than i am in that photo...

- finish revising COYOTE so my editor doesn't kill me when we meet up

- make some sort of attempt to contact my NNWM newbies with such brilliant inspiration that they survive the first week of NNWM without me actually being around to reassure them (poorly thought out, this, on my part)

- attempt to remember U.S. bank card pin

- make list of people's cell phone #'s to call

- do everything i'm forgetting to write down now
Current Mood: stressedagh agh agh agh agh
Current Music: bon jovi: one last cigarette
desperancedesperance on October 30th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
Say "Screw it" and take a cab. After airports and airplanes and so on, you're entitled.
kitmizkit on October 30th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
You're the little guy in the red horns sitting on my left shoulder, aren't you?
desperancedesperance on October 30th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Damn - you saw through the hat!

No, but seriously. I am not a self-indulgent traveller (much), but this is the one luxury I always budget into a long-haul journey. I've done the faffing around with buses and tube-trains in strange cities when you're bone-tired, and it's not a fun way to start a new experience.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 30th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Yes, you don't really look like that when not grumpy (though the Rogue streak does help), and you're not always grumpy. Of course, with the flight to Texas, you might be entitled to be grumpy.

(As for me, I have the hat. It's just that I don't always wear it indoors.)

As for getting to the hotel - I was in Charlotte NC earlier this year, and when I arrived, I rang the relevant hotel for its shuttle to come out. Half an hour later, I rang again. Half an hour after that, I got a cab. I'd be tempted to save the hour. (But that was on expenses, and the hotel was apologetic enough to give me some drinks vouchers.)

Good luck with the trip, and happy networking.
(Anonymous) on October 30th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Ooo, Kit, I would love you forever and compensate you financially or otherwise if new cat fishing rods could be obtained: the sort with the switchable tassels, since I have spare tassels, but someone who shall be nameless, but who has a blue nose, has been trashing the strings.
Genistagenitiggie on October 30th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
Um, that was me :)
Stupid blithering LJ
kitmizkit on October 30th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: Um, that was me :)
One of my things to look for is exactly those for our cats, so I shall pick some up for you if I find any at all. :)
Genistagenitiggie on October 30th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're the best!
Now I have to remember where I put those spare tassels. Hm. Tricky! I expect they're in the roof. Anyhow, I'd like two, because Minna won't play if Libby's in the room, or if Libby's trying ot break into the room, and the only way to stop that is to give Libby an equally good toy...
sammywolsammywol on October 30th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
Lists! Lists are good things. Hope you remember those extras that didn't get on the list (and the pin - eep!) See you when you get back!
regisrmd on October 30th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
fyi, a rental car is about the price of a cab round trip, if you're going to the same thing in austin that my friend john bowker is going to.

otoh, there's that whole "wrong side of the road" thing. which, after some many hours of flying time... maybe not so much on the rental car.

btw, the weather in austin will be warm and possibly rainy. wunderground

kitmizkit on October 30th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
I don't drive. :)
regisrmd on October 30th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
i did not know that! ... in that case, *definitely* not so much on the rental car. 'cuz they probably won't rent you one.

i'd say take a cab. but i'm a big fan of the "i've made it to the destination airport, what do you mean the difficult part of my trip is not done yet?" school of traveling whining.

kitmizkit on October 30th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
-giggles- yeah. Exactly.

"i've made it to the destination airport, what do you mean the difficult part of my trip is not done yet?" school of traveling whining.

Yeah. I think the part that always gets me is that I have this unreasonable terror that I'm going to get on the wrong shuttle thing and end up in, I don't know, Waco.

All right, 'terror' is probably a little strong, but you know what I mean. :)
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kitmizkit on October 30th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yeaaah... I'm kind of thinking that my adventuresomeness may be at a very low point by that time. -goes to look at supershuttle.com anyway-...