Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Live at Five - a real note from B.

Just a quick note from a secure, quiet  place to check my email and blog from.  I know many people don't stop in when I'm gone, but for those that do, all is well.

I'm someplace quite hot out with fellow geeks (gee, that rules out 2 states). It's nice, but with the occassional lizard.  I'm learning new things (Abby will have nothing on me) and practicing old things (if you have a linolium floor and liquid nitrogen you CAN make little hovercraft out of chalk).

On check in, I had a room full of trespassers (ants ants ants ants!) which required a change to a new room, empty in an otherwise packed hotel probably due to the fact that the room was already occupied by Beelzebug, a mosquito that would NOT be cast out. I'm not quite sure what ammo to use on a Mosquito. Birdshot perhaps, but you'd need wide open choke to get the most spread at short distances.

 Fortunately Beelzebug appeared to be male as although he likely stared at my backside as I slept  he did NOT bite and I got a good nights sleep after a long journey.

I did get one night free to go play tourist, shedding off my professional demeanor and just hitting the road. Driving in a new city is always an adventure.  As you get towards the southwest part of the country there are LOTS of retirees driving around and I found out three things as I drove with the windows down singing "Blue Hairs Driving in my Lane" to the tune of Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" to any trucker or roadrunner that passed by.

(1)  If someone has their turn signal on it's a likely a factory defect.

(2)  Little old ladies in pristine caddy's always have the right of way.

(3)  If you get to a certain neighborhood on the south side by accident, all that wrought iron is NOT ornamental.

I had a nice supper of local cousine (hot hot hot hot!) and came back to read lots of  technical documents in prep for day #3. Outside, the sun is setting across a land that's timeless, and inside is a beverage whose time is numbered.  Midwest Chick just emailed me dinner beef porn and my best friend is a phone call away. Long days but  good days.


Barkley is having a wonderful time with friends and will be looking forward to a conjugal visit with his plush dog  bed at home on my return (I swear, I had him fixed, I do NOT know why he does that!)  I know he's having a blast, especially with his favorite dog friends and a little pool to play in, but I miss him.

To all of you who make the effort to visit even when I'm away.  Thanks, it's nice to know you're out there.

35 comments:

  1. We are here and hope you have safe travels. Hurry home!

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  2. Brigid,

    We are here. Like pests, some of us never leave!

    JP

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  3. Sounds like the neighborhood in PHX where my youngest son insists on living :)

    Safe travels.

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  4. As Dr. Piers Crispin used to put it, "We are always here."

    (Of course, he usually wasn't.)

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  5. Awaiting your safe return...and something on the rocks does sound just about right...up here in low-classville, it's mixing ice tea vodka into pink lemonade crystal light...rehydrates and hits hard at the same time.

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  6. Damn. I *so* need one of those squirrel patches.

    And your secret classified offsite location is safe with us. ;-)

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  7. As moths to a candle, so are the readers of your blog ... or something like that. :)

    I wouldn't dare miss a post.

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  8. Near or far, Murphy and me still think nice thoughts about you. Be safe and hurry home.

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  9. Safe travels when you are homeward bound.

    Love the Secret Squrrel!

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  10. Stay safe, and try to stay cool.

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  11. Safe travels. Have a restful evening, and hopefully Beelzebug does not get a girlfriend.

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  12. Sounds like Tucson back in the day. You knew exactly when you passed into the "south side" because of all the window bars. Stay safe.

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  13. I always check your blog everyday (along with madogre and MAAJAK)I wouldn't want to miss anything. Keep safe, the world would be a worse place without you.

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  14. Be safe, Brigid.

    And for those need the patch.....

    http://www.lapolicegear.com/sesqpa.html

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  15. Any real male would have bit your backside!
    Jus' sayin'

    Stay safe and cool!

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  16. I'm with Skip, sounds like Yuma.

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  17. I'm guessing Tucson. A beautiful town.
    Go out to the AMARC and take some pictures.

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  18. As Just People said....like the mosquito you mentioned, some of us never leave :) Have fun on the rest of your away mission, just avoid wearing the Red Shirt.

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  19. Spent a lot of time in Yuma, if that's where you are.

    I stop in everyday rain or shine, whether you're here or gone. Whenever I need a dose of charm which is daily.

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  20. I'm not going to guess where you are, I just know that it is just way too hot for me.

    Stay safe and stay cool.

    Bob
    III

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  21. Actually, once the fog clears and the sun is all the way up, it's quite hot here in Pugetopolis... Although that's hot by local standards, meaning all the way up to 80.
    This is probably not going to be published, but... I'm guessing you're in Artesia.

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  22. Know the feeling well, and rubber band guns DO make for entertainment shooting mosquitoes. :-)

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  23. Everywhere I go lately is hot. I'll pass on the guessing game of which hot place you are in this week.

    The squirrel patch is cute, but I don't do anything secret squirrelish. I'm not sure where I would put one.

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  24. I feel ya. On day three of the ride all I could do was think about getting home again. Angus greeted me in a frenzy of doggy joy and slobbery kisses. Be well and return to a nice dose of the same from a certain lad I'm sure in missing mommy.

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  25. Thanks everyone! It made my day to get back to my room and see all the notes.

    greg - I'm not much for hard spirits, with the exception of an occassional well made martini and a splash or two of good whiskey. But I know a number of folks that would likely love that combination.

    Six - give Angus a pat for me!

    A girl - I'll give you a shout when I get home!

    Drang - Dad said June was VERY cool and wet. I'll be out there again soon. I hated to pass on the invite to Blogorado but I want to spend what vacation days I have left this year after the knee surgery used my sick leave up, taking care of my Dad.

    immagikman - no red shirt (does red underwear count in a landing party??)

    drjim - thanks for the link. My favorite squirrel patch is an olive green one a couple of my closest friends picked up at a gun show. It's my favorite.

    Not Yuma, or the other places. I'm not hanging out with civilians this week so location is just someplace far away and hot. We'll leave it at that.

    As for when I leave and get home, I don't normally blog about it with an actual date (most of my posts are saved, not live) but those that need to know will get a phone call when Barkley and I are safely at home. :-)

    Thanks again for all your caring and concern.

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  26. Blue Hairs in Caddys. best to park for 15 minutes, just to be safe. Here at the beach it got to 75 one day, June was really wet, but it's shaping up to be a great year for chanterelles.

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  27. This guy has a better writing staff than Abby.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYlVBhwfvL4

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  28. My day is made a little more enjoyable , reading your blogs, Brigid.
    Be careful out there!

    And I'd tot are ever down here in the metromess, look me up and I will smoke up a pork shoulder, and you can meet the Hounds of Renown.
    Vic303

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  29. My day is made a little more enjoyable , reading your blogs, Brigid.
    Be careful out there!

    And I'd tot are ever down here in the metromess, look me up and I will smoke up a pork shoulder, and you can meet the Hounds of Renown.
    Vic303

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  30. Your blog is one of my daily pleasures to read, Brigid.

    Thank you!

    Vic303

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  31. Return safe and sound; looking forward to your wonderful posts!

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  32. Safe travels and good karma your way. Watch out for the little ol ladies, they can be hell on wheels....

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