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17 July 2007 @ 02:29 pm
Business Trip or Deja Vu?  
Hello from Albany! =)

I can't stop saying this, but it's like I never left. Aside from the fact that I'm driving a cute little Dodge Avenger and staying at a hotel and lugging around the Heaviest Laptop in the Universe, it's like I never left.

Flew from Pittsburgh to NYC Kennedy (bleh) to Albany yesterday. Flights were fine, the only real bummer was that I lost the opal to my wedding ring somewhere in Pittsburgh. =( It also sucked that the second airplane sat on the runway for over an hour and was so cold that snow was falling from the AC vents, but that's minor in comparison.

Hotel and roomie are also fine. My roomie is from Colorado, and seems pretty nice. She'll be leaving early- on Thursday- so that night, I'll have the whole room to myself. I also have the aforementioned cute rental car, but that's out of my pocket. Parking said car at the hotel would cost me an extra $10.95 a day, so screw that noise. I'll be parking in my old neighborhood and walking to/from the hotel from there. It's about a 20-minute walk, uphill for a significant portion of the "from" route, which wouldn't bother me at all were it not for my work laptop, which must have a gravitational singularity embedded in the hard drive or something. It's heavy, that's all I know.

And work, of course, is work. It's nice to see all my coworkers again, and since this is a global conference, I'm also meeting people I've only known by name previously. I'm not 100% glued to the conference; I'm mostly doing my normal thing and going to sessions that are pertinent to what I do. I get to operate by the conference schedule, though, so my hours are 8-5 except for Thursday, when I agreed to cover 10-7. I'm out of town, so I don't care about getting "home" early, and it'll give me a chance to make use of the hotel's pool that morning. Friday is only a half-day, which is cool, but I'll have a long wait before my flight home. Well, my flight to Cincinnati anyway, which is where my flight home will be waiting.

In slightly random news, I was in the old neighborhood last night, and it appears our former landlord wants $700 a month for our former apartment. Good luck with that ^_^*
 
 
 
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on July 17th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
BWAHAHAHA! We pay only $20 more than that for our big apartment, with good parking, washer and dryer, wood floors, huge kitchen, tons of windows, attic space, no Albany songbirds wailing down the street at all hours, and sylvan glade back yard. Juan needs a reality check.
Miusherimiusheri on July 17th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
XD To be fair, the sign is barely legible, and I'm nearsighted. So, I may have read it wrong, but that sure did look like a seven. And who knows, it could be for another apartment altogether, but it was out in front of our place...

But yeah, if it's for real, it's ridonkulous! We'll be paying $800/month for our new apartment in Pittsburgh, which will be bigger, cleaner and brighter (nice hardwood floors, plus they're painting the walls before we move in), have central AC and new appliances- including a dishwasher- and a washer and dryer in the basement of the building. It will have street parking, but (cross my fingers) street parking doesn't seem as treacherous as it can be out here. It's also permit-only. You have to buy a yearly permit from the city to park for longer than two hours.
litemysterlitemyster on July 18th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
could we do lunch with you thursday or friday? Family is coming over tomorrow and Lutraphile is closing on thursday, or you could come out after work on thursday and we can harass lutraphile endlessly while she makes coffees
Miusherimiusheri on July 18th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thursday lunch might work? Only caveats are that I'm near Troy and can only stay out an hour. Technically, I'm supposed to take lunch at 2:00 that day, but I can ask to go earlier or later if I know ahead of time.

Friday, I am free after 12:00, but would want to remain near the airport, because I'm always ridiculously paranoid about being late. heh. Lunch would be fine that day too, if you don't mind picking some place near the airport. ^_^*

Thursday night, I'm unfortunately not sure what I'm doing yet. I might be heading out to Averill Park; if I'm not, I'll let you know. If you guys are free tonight, I'll be at the Daily Grind in Albany with my former roomies. You can feel free to crash! =)