Thursday, September 30, 2010
Once I was turned over to Wendy, we headed the rest of the way in. At one point we were stopped at a police roadblock. He had her roll the back window down, where I was (she had her aunt with her - I don't think anyone does anything alone down here), but he just looked at me squeezed among my suit cases and bags, and went on. They asked me if I wanted to stop and get some food to take to my hotel, and I said yes. I had been told by some not to eat at local restaurants, but I figured that if I was going to get sick I might as well go for it early on. We stopped at a place that Wendy assured me was 'famous'. It was sort of like a meat and 3 in Nashville. I picked cooked vegetables, herbed chicked, refried beans, plantains, and tortillas. I had bottled water. I told Wendy I was so hungry I wanted to eat at least a bit while there. It was so good, I ended up inhaling it all in one sitting. So far, I haven't been sick at all. She took me on post for a bit, and I met some of the managers.
I was checked into my hotel. Again, all available young males were recruited to transfer my luggage to my room while I followed somewhat helplessly. The room is incredibly clean. It kind of looks like something from the 60's or so. No dresser, 2 end tables and a small table. A window air conditioner mounted in the wall. A nice tiled bathroom, with no counter. A small bar of soap and a packet, like a Catsup package that I haven't really looked at yet and a clean towel. No coffee machine, and none in the lobby. I felt that this morning... A basic room that is fine. And, internet, which is most important. I was able to skype with my Mom last night and let her know I made it ok.
Work today was tiring, since I can't really be very helpful yet. It will take awhile to get me totally set up. There are politics going on, as there is everywhere. So far I'm too new to be involved, and I'll try to keep it that way. I skyped with Mom again tonight, and tried to with Turtle Lady and her family but the call with them kept dropping. I'm guessing that the internet here ebbs and flows with how many of us are on it. I know of 2 other IT folks living here right now who I assume have computers.
I'm going to have to make some decisions very quickly. I need housing when my stuff gets here. It hasn't left Seattle yet, so I have some time. There are lots of variables to worry about with housing, such as safety and how I'll get to work. Taxi's are a viable option, if you trust your driver. There is a free bus to post that goes by the hotel, but some folks say that it's dangerous to stand and wait for it. Driving is almost a contact sport, so I don't know if I want a car or not. However, I can stay here at the hotel on the company's dime for a couple of weeks, so I just don't know...
The flight down to Honduras itself was smooth and uneventful. I had been warned by friends that only specially certified pilots were allowed to land at the main airport because it is so tricky. There was rain and fog at the airport when we got there, and the pilot warned us that he might have to go around and try from the other direction. He pulled out fairly early. We went around and tried again, and he pulled out again. We went back into a holding pattern to wait out the rain and gain better visibility. He assured us we had over 3 hours of fuel on boar. After another failed attempt, he mentioned the possibility of diverting to another airport. I wasn't happy to hear that because I was to be met at this airport, and I was afraid I'd be on my own at a different one. Finally, after another attempt, he went for it, and we landed. We applauded as he brought the plane to a stop.
I was met by the lady I had been assured would be there to help me through immigration. She took my paperwork and passport and wisked me through everything. As we came out 3 local guys came up and grabbed my luggage and took off. I looked at her concerned and she assured me they were her sons. I followed helplessly, and we headed out, with the oldest one (more or less my age) made conversation with me in English. Turned out he and his Mom and I would drive half way in his small truck with a broken windshield to meet Wendy, my contact I had expected to be at the airport.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I did get a will written, notarized, and filed, got some other legal stuff done, got my hair trimmed, got the oil in the Jeep changed at the dealership, and lots of other details handled today. For the most part I'm as organized as I ever get. I think I got everything done that Mom wanted done around here. Skype is set up, and Turtle Lady and I have video chatted a couple of times via Mom's computer on this end. So, I should be able to connect with both of them when I'm down in Honduras.
Pain pills taken, and now I'm off to bed. I'll get up and call my uncle at 3am to wake him up, he'll take me to the airport leaving here at 3:30am, and I'll be on a 6am flight. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I haven't really mentioned my cats much since I dropped them off to go to their new home. It is actually their old home, which is with Turtle Lady's sister. The sister had been in the hospital and couldn't take care of the cats when I was asked to give them a new home almost 2 years ago. They helped me through the past time in WA, and I am not too happy to not be able to take them with me now. However, their original owner can now take care of them, so they went back to her. If/when I come back I have the option of getting them back again. We can take turns loving them. So, the cats are much happier than they would be being shipped and dealing with all the issues of moving to another country.
Ok, off to start computer backups on 4 computers...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
It's gotten dark while I've sat here. Guess I should move on down the road.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
After I dropped Turtle Lady off at the airport on Thursday morning at 6am, I got breakfast at the Shoney's there, and then went to the county park where I used to go hiking because it was just a ways from my house. I cat-napped there until I felt more human, and then drove up to my storage unit. I unloaded some things I knew I didn't need for the weekend and picked up a few things I did. Then I drove over to Hot Springs, NC for a campout with friends. That is where the picture came from. On Friday I did nothing but eat and sleep. Literally. Got up for breakfast with the guys who were already at the campout, then went back to the hammock. Got up for lunch, went back to the hammock. An afternoon nap was also necessary. I think I got caught up finally. Then I spent Saturday still a mental zombie. By yesterday I felt more or less normal again. There was no cell or internet access in Hot Springs. Yesterday afternoon I spent a wonderful late summer morning driving a sunny, winding road over to Cherokee. Just what I needed.
Today I drive back to Nashville. The tennants in my house were under the impression that I would be there to see them this morning. So, I have to actually start taking care of business when I get back, re-doing the lease and going through the things in my storage unit and getting it set up on auto pilot. I hope to see friends there as well over the next 4 days or so.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
hostess who seated me remembers me and asked where I'd been. I'm back
I took Turtle Lady to the airport this morning. Made it to her place
yesterday at noon and spent a nice time with her and her family.
Getting here before she had to fly out was the reason for the marathon
drive. Mission accomplished
Sent from my iPhone
Monday, September 13, 2010
MM 260 in SD. Good basic food and reasonable price. For $15 I got an
open faced roast beef w/potatoes &gravy and a slice of bananna cream
pie, and that included tip. Brat heck out Micky D's.
Sent from my iPhone
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
eat. Not much room for us in this rolling Fibber McGee's closet (and
if you don't get the reference let me hit you with my walker...).
Need to decide if going over on I90 as I had planned or take I80 as
both the GPS and my phone map say to.
Sent from my iPhone
Updates and the move East progresses...
Friday, September 10, 2010
ETA to leave Washington State is 24-36 hours from now. Seems impossible now, but we'll see. I really want to get to Turtle Lady's place in KY by Wednesday since she will fly out on Thursday morning to come out here. Funny how that worked out. I am so happy to be moving into a new chapter of my life. Living out here has been pleasant enough, but it hasn't felt like I've really been living. Not sure how Honduras will feel. Different, anyway.
Ok, gotta do dishes before heading to work for awhile. I cleaned out the freezer yesterday, and still find food to give away/toss. I will be throwing away a lot of stuff that my hording side will be freaked out about, I'm sure. I still have so much because when folks would come over to get stuff, I couldn't let go of all of it. Kept a little something back, you know? Except I have no way to use or move it. Consumables like dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, bit and pieces of stuff in the fridge. Money wise it isn't worth anything, but I'm not used to not being able to take anything like that. The Jeep just won't hold everything I would take if I had room. My luggage, the cats, and the robo litterbox take up all the room. A sleeping bag, a small tent just in case, and a few things I'm taking to my Mom's fill in the small crevices.
Time to get up and at it.
Monday, September 06, 2010
It seems to have links to pretty much anything you might be looking for in the way of literature and audio in the public domain. I admit I haven't checked it out much, I'm goofing off enough just checking blogs when I need a break from packing.
On Thursday I had called up to Anacortez to find camping. I was luckily directed to an out of the way place called Lake Erie Grocery who said they have 'camping spots' behind the grocery. So, I followed his directions once I got up there, and after asking for further directions from a different grocery that was right where I expected his to be, I found the quaint place. I was directed down the drive behind the grocery to find a spot. I have kidded that with my hammock stand I can 'camp' in a gravel parking lot if I need to,and that was just what I found. The view of the lake was really nice, but it was indeed a flat gravelish lot. No worries on that count, but I still didn't have an underquilt for my hammock and it was chilly on the lake. I decided not to set up my stand until I got back from the tour, and told them it would be late when I got back. There was no sign of life down at the campsite, however it is a fishing camp with all manner of old trailer, RV, hut, junk cars and trucks and such sitting around the gravel lot. I figured they were empty, but the next morning I noticed that some of the vehicles were newish and I saw a small dog in the window of one of the older RVs.
So I headed out to find the ferry. It had turned sunny as I got further north, and I was running early, so life was good. The directions the wife at the store gave me to go the 'back way' to the ferry were as descriptive as her husbands had been. In reality, she tried to take me right there, but the end part of 'just over the hill' didn't compute right. There were no signs and the road headed towards town. So, when I gave up and put 'ferry' into the gps, it took me to the wrong one. A call to Crystal Seas and they gave me the address of the ferry for my GPS, and it took me to the correct one. The fee to walk on the ferry was only $13 and change. For both directions. I took the pictures I posted while I waited, the enjoyed the 2 hour ferry ride through awesome Pacific Northwest country. Once in town I had an hour to kill so I first got some ice cream at the shop right on the dock, then later walked across the street and tasted some blush wine at the wine store. My tastes must be changing, or wine has changed. Everything I taste seems so dry and almost bitter to me now. Once I'm in Honduras I may need to do an indepth study of this subject.
On the van ride to the kayak dock I met two of the folks who were going to be on the trip with me. We hit it off right away. She has said that she will send me the pics she took of me in the kayak, so I'll post at least one later to prove I was there. 'Pics or it didn't happen...' The trip itself was really nice. Low key. The kayaks were 2 person, and since it was alone I was with the tour guide, Angela, who was awesome. The perk of being right there with her (besides the fact that I didn't have to paddle as much with her being young and fit and me, well, not being so) was that I heard all of her commentary. There were 7 of us on the tour with her. Basically we paddled up the side of the island for about 3 miles and back. We saw a bald eagle, a harbor seal (who wasn't too happy about us going by him as he was drifting (litterally) off to sleep, various other birds and just beautiful scenery with Victoria, BC across the water about 8 miles away. It was a sunset cruise, and indeed we had an awesome sunset as we paddled back to the harbor. I am so glad I actually got out and did the kayak tour.
Back in town my new friends and I got Chinese while waiting for the late Ferry. Once on board we went to upper salon(?) where we were almost the only ones up there and stretched out and napped on the trip back to Anacortes. I managed to find my Jeep at 1am in the parking lot, and then found the grocery store camping lot. I realized that I also forgot a flashlight (intrepid camper, that's me...). All things considered I just put the seat back in the Jeep and crawled into my new sleeping bag while curled up around the steering wheel and gear shift. This gave me new appreciation on how I need to pack the Jeep for the trip across the country next week, so it was all good.
So, now packing begins in earnest. I've already made some mistakes (telling the person who subcontracted my packing and crating that I went with another shipper because I mistook him for someone else in the quote process for one, but he corrected me...) and I'm stressing a bit. But, I am so glad I the trip up to the San Juan Islands in the meantime. It has me totally excited to move to Honduras where I can get out and do things. Not sure why I never felt like getting out more here. I will make the effort once I'm down there to not be such a hermit.
Pictures of the kayak tour when I get them. I made the decision not to pull out the camera much myself.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Last night as I was getting all my computer gear together in a pile I found my missing thumb drive. The one with the important stuff on it. Like games. I own 21 thumb drives, and I knew where 20 of them were. Now I have all 21, and the games are installed on this computer. I may install them on the netbook, too, while I know where the thumbdrive is.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Tomorrow I head up to the San Juan Islands for a sea kayak tour. I bought it before I knew I'd be leaving. I have a campsite reserved since I will walk on the ferry to the island and leave my truck in the parking lot, and I won't get back to it till after 11pm. I'll set up my camp before getting on the ferry. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway. I'll try to email some pictures to the blog if I have signal.
Too much to do, and not enough energy.