All Set for 9 Days on the Road

Last night, a small group of us hung out and kept things low-key for New Years Eve.  The four roommates plus Walsh, Jason, and Cooney played Seinfeld SceneIt, Scattegories, and a couple card games, while drinking moderately and listening to cable music channels in the 900-range.  It was a good time, and we were able to save quite a bit of money by not going out.

Some 2009 firsts include…

  • first thing eaten: a hamburger, grilled at about 12:50am
  • first TV show watched: Flight of the Conchords
  • first movie watched: Bachelor Party (starring a young Tom Hanks)
  • first text message received: Charlie Ahern, surprisingly
  • first phone call received: still waiting! You can be the first if you act fast!
  • first dollar spent: at our local ghetto K-Mart, bought food for kitty (see story below)
  • first business visited: Wells Fargo, to deposit checks
  • first beverage consumed: Korbel champagne

In other news around the house, the cat (who I accidentally brought back to Minneapolis with me after Christmas break in South Dakota) is doing just fine and probably loving it here at our house.  Lauren and I went through many different names for it before settling on Manu, which is short for Chargers backup tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, who happened to be on TV at that particular moment.  Manu pretty much stays in the basement, where it is secure from Roscoe.  It’s got a litter box, dish, and plenty of food, not to mention mice to catch… and no other animals to fight against for food.  Yep, he’s got it pretty sweet here!

Tonight, Lauren and I had best go to bed early.  We’ve got to be up very early tomorrow to catch our 7am flight to Las Vegas.  We’ll be spending the next 2+ days in 60-degree weather, winning a fortune at the casinos.  We still haven’t made any definite plans once we get there, but we do intend to eat at some interesting restaurants, do a small bit of gambling, and meet up with Dusty Hovde.  I also want to track down my old favorite karaoke bar the gang went to in 2004 on spring break, and again in 2007 while at a trade show for work.

Sunday, Lauren and I will have to part ways for six whole nights!  Since I met Lauren on November 30, 2007, the only time we were apart for more than a day was when I went home for Christmas for three days that year.  So it will be quite different to be apart for a while.  Lauren says she has plenty of stuff here to keep her busy, like starting to clean out the upstairs for when we move out at the end of February.

I, on the other hand, will be working tirelessly to push the latest products at Macworld for four straight days.  If this show is anything like the other two I’ve done for the company, it will be exhausting.  It truly is far more difficult than a normal day of work.  You’re standing all day with very minimal breaks, giving the same shpeel over and over.  But, it also means I’m in San Francisco for six days, away from the cold and snow, eating meals on the company’s dime.  I’m sure we’ll find wholesome stuff to do at night after the show each day.

I’m not sure if I’ll have much access to the internet over the next nine days, but I’ll see if I can find time to update with pictures and tales of my travels.  See everyone next Saturday afternoon!  Except Josh and Barry, who I’ll see Monday in SF.

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