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05 July 2012 @ 12:53 pm
Belated Happy 4th!  
I meant to post yesterday, but ran out of time. Hope all the U.S. folks had a happy 4th of July yesterday! We went to my brother's late in the day for BBQ and fireworks, which is always a lot of fun. It's over an hour away, but still worth it. My niece's in-laws were there too, and they are SUCH awesome people. Way more fun than my family. ;)

LJ Idol voting for this week closes today. My entry is here, and details my trip to see my sister in Idaho. It wasn't terrible, but went in an unexpected direction (and I thought I'd anticipated everything). Too much to rehash here, so I'll just talk about the logistics.

First, the Sacramento <=> Boise plane: I don't think I've ridden on this model before. I carefully chose my seats so that the wings wouldn't obscure the view. Hahahaha! The wings were overhead (wing-mounted twin-engine plane), and I actually wound up right across from the engine both times. Loud. On the return, the right engine sounded like a hive of angry bees. When anything mechanical fluctuates in pitch like that, I anticipate imminent failure. :0 We made it back safely, but I wonder about that engine. The other surprise was that everyone's carryon rolling suitcases were taken away and stowed, because the overhead luggage compartments were so small. Mine is a basic black lookalike bag, so I made it "weirder" for the return trip, so I could ID it later.

I tried to take a few photos for my daughter, since she's only home on a short break between summer camp sessions and needs to build up more Instagram installments for posting whille she's gone. Unfortunately, since I didn't understand the difference between Instagram's camera and the phone's built-in camera app (god, could I hate iPhone more?), the pictures of the Sinclair gas station sign (with dinosaur!) and Stinker Station (with giant skunk!) were lost. I got a few others, but coudn't get the zoom function to work, so they were not great. No other pictures on the trip (see story post), but I did find Zotz at a couple of gas stations and brought some home for the kids. They're really hard to find in Sacramento, but local gas stations in more remote parts of Oregon and Idaho seem to have them. No cherry, though. :(

I'm still behind on my f-list (sorry. I made it to June 26th, and I'll try to get caught up soon). Some of you added me recently via a friending meme, but only a few of you are talking to me. If you tend to be quiet but are enjoying yourself, it's all good. But if I'm not your cup of tea, I won't be offended if you change your mind!

Everyone else: no one leaves the room. ;)

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heliokleia: BIRDIE IC - ANIM - Manga!Bird eats popcoheliokleia on July 5th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
OOPS! - I almost forgot, so...
HAPPY (belated) ID-4, my dear Mme Venus; looks like you and your family had a great day!

...And let me admit that - though, I didn't visit your LJ as much as I should *blushes* - you definitely are my cup of tea!^^
- Hahaha... aye aye, sweet Mme Venus of mine; your wish is my command, meep!^^ SMILEY - ANIM - LITTLE BUGS BUNNY

Have a good weekend, old friend!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 5th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
:) It's not the old friends I worry about! I hope they're still around, even if only from time to time, and I always think they'll be back. Though once in awhile I see the strikethrough on their journal name, and it's all sadness after that. :(

Hope you're doing well. Must be the best possible time of year where you are right now!
java_fiendjava_fiend on July 6th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
Okay yeah... i don't think I'd ever get on a plane like that. I have a hard enough time on the big ones... something small and rickety like that? Oh helllllll no! lol...

I love Instagram! lol... it does take some getting used to though. Oy.

I hope that you're doing well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
something small and rickety like that? Oh helllllll no!

I HAVE been on worse (which is what I kept telling myself during both trips). One was a tiny 6-seat puddle-jumper from Peoria to Chicago, where the heavy winter turbulence put everyone on the verge of airsickness and Fear of Death. One minute, there was conversation, and the next it was paranoid silence. The other was a small plane from St. Louis to Peoria, where they pilot would periodically kill the engine and coast to a lower altitude, then briefly turn it back on before repeating the whole thing. Holy cow! What if the engine doesn't come back on again? Why not just kill us all right now?!?

I love Instagram! lol...
I wish it were PC-available, actually. My daughter loves the photo filters (they're awesome!), and I love the results of her picture/quote combos for the 365 Days of Love thing she's doing this year. Before she realized that it was a Leap year.

Doing pretty well now, as compared to last weekend. Emotional letdown combined with travel fatigue sure makes for a bad headspace. :(
java_fiendjava_fiend on July 7th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
One was a tiny 6-seat puddle-jumper from Peoria to Chicago, where the heavy winter turbulence put everyone on the verge of airsickness and Fear of Death.

Oh there is no way in hell I'd be able to get on a plane like that. lol... No way in hell. Ack!

I wish it were PC-available too. But I bet there are some sites out there like that. I've just never really looked. I think what your daughter is doing sounds pretty awesome. Leap year or not. :-)

Bad headspace is not good... I'm glad you're doing better. *HUGS*
mercurybard on July 6th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
At this point, if you haven't gotten rid of me yet, I think you're stuck with me. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness for that! :D
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on July 7th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
I've been so absent from LJ - it feels like forever and I need to get my reading/posting groove back.

I just finished with the last batch of houseguests -the first was for my dad's 91st b'day and on July 5th it was my mom's 80th b'day. I'm "family central" so all celebratory events happen here. I'm happy to do it, but it's exhausting.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
I finally got caught up just today, but I feel as if I've been stuck in this chair forever-- partly from working on two Idol entries this weekend.

91st birthday is quite a big deal! 80th too, for that matter. :D

Arranging and hosting both, though... I'm tired just thinking about it.

Hope you get a chance to recuperate over the weekend. :)