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Heaven, by way of the skyway of Hell

Friday, December 30th, 2005

I’ve been in Sydney, Australia for almost three days now. I can say without a doubt it is a wonderful city. Getting here, however, was not so wonderful. It was what can only be described as hell in the sky. My first flight was from Chicago to San Francisco. It was about 4 1/2 hours. Normally, planes are so cold that you need a sweater or blanket or something. This flight, not so much. It was sweltering and the little air blowy thing was blowing warm air. I was so hot and miserable, crammed into the window seat. I couldn’t wait to get off that plane. It was uneventful as far as flights go. They showed the The Polar Express, which I’d always wanted to see, but now I know why I never did. Maybe because I was so uncomfortable, but I just couldn’t enjoy it.

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24 hours and counting…

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Merry Christmas!

I am down to my last day before I leave for Sydney. I have been trying to upload photos onto a storage website, but cannot figure out how to do it. I can see this is going to be interesting, trying to do this from the road. I followed the seemingly simple instructions, but kept getting error messages. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong and it’s pretty much too late to try and figure it out before I leave. I wanted to upload some older photos I have on my computer to share with everyone but that just might not happen.

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Bottled water, et al.

Sunday, December 18th, 2005
Tourists in foreign countries invariably start comparing their own country to the place they are visiting. What is better, what is worse, what do you really miss from home, etc? When I was in Amsterdam, a girl in my hostel ... [Continue reading this entry]

Three Gray Hairs

Sunday, December 18th, 2005
The first one appeared one night as I was getting ready for bed. Something shiny caught my eye in the mirror. At first, I thought it was a piece of glitter or something like that, but when I investigated, it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Technically Saying Goodbye

Monday, December 12th, 2005
This past Saturday was my going away/ 30th birthday party. The whole time it was being planned, I felt like it was more of a going away party than a birthday party. With all the fuss going on with my ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chicago, my kind of town. Usually.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
There is a saying in Chicago that we don't have 4 seasons, we have 2: winter and August. Most Chicagoans have this extraordinary ability to pretend that our winters don't suck. Ask any one of us, and invariably we ... [Continue reading this entry]