Hiho, BrainLog readers! I did indeed survive the aforementioned
roadtrip and had a fantastic time. I got merely one day of
rest before diving head first into my
new job, so I haven't had time to do laundry, let alone update the
weblog. Given the nature of my free time these days, the roadtrip
website I promised will take weeks to put together; I have literally
hundreds of photos to go through, artifacts to photograph and
scan, and hours of thoughtful recollection to do. And I haven't even
posted my Disneyland materials yet.
I cannot go another minute without thanking the people that made my
trip a complete success. The weblog community (readers and bloggers
alike) is exceptional for being simultaneously generous, literate,
intelligent and diverse, and I can't imagine having any fun on a
roadtrip without visiting at least one member of said community. In chronological order, I owe my deepest thanks to:
- My father;
Boise, Idaho. Lodging and a home-cooked meal! Thank you!
- Brad of The Bradlands;
St. Louis, Missouri. Lodging and two days of entertainment and
companionship! You rule!
- Nikolai of Fairvue; Chicago,
Illinois. A jam-packed evening of entertainment and companionship!
Special thanks for making last-minute arrangements for me, and the exceptional research and directions!
Derek of TheScoop.org,
Don of Almost.org,
Fred of Metascene,
Jayme of Silver Gull,
Jenn of The Writing Sessions,
Jonathan of Kill Your TV (and
Michelle of Sapphire Blue,
Mike of Perpetual
Beta (What's On It For Me?) and his wife Dineen,
Now You Listen To Me Little Missy,
Rick of Tarrapin Gardens,
and Thomas of VanderWal.net;
Washington, D.C. Dinner, drinks, pool and pinball with webloggers beats boring old
museums any day! D.C. bloggers rule! Extra super-special personal-slave thanks to
Michelle for organizing the D.C. get-together and helping me not get
lost, and to Fred and Missy for the fabulous midnight tour.
- Uncle David and Aunt Jeanne; Cheshire, Connecticut. Lodging, a
late dinner and loads of useful directions, advice and support. I love you guys!
Cam of CamWorld,
Damien of MrBarrett.com,
Grant of World New York, and
Jason of Q; New York City, New
York. Dinner, drinks, subways and digital cameras, couldn't have been
more fun. Extra special thanks to Cam for organizing the NYC
get-together, and everyone for coming, since it was so last-minute and
everyone (especially Cam) was so busy in the middle of the week.
- Jessamyn of abada
abada (and librarian.net)
and Greg of The Pages Within.
Lodging, steak, wilderness and conversation-- if only we had more
time! You're amazing!
I'd also like to thank the hordes of people, especially you
BrainLog readers, who chimed in with advice and invitations; my former
co-workers/friends at Mr. Showbiz; BlogIRC'ers not
already mentioned; my mom; and my loving Lisa, for encouraging me to
go in the first place, even if it meant leaving her behind. You're
all amazing. You helped make a great trip into a fantastic
life experience, and I could not have done it without you.
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Blogging will commence any day now. I have lots of tasty extremely
stale links for you all to digest. Stay tuned!