Monthly Archives: June 2008

Geocache: Friday Morning Staff Meeting (on Tuesday Evening)

This was a fun little geocache. Located about 1/2 mile along a trail twisting into the woods in the Ellanor C. Lawrence park. I started off pretty frustrated, for I had intended on doing the “A Walk Through Time” geocache. However, the crucial piece to that jaunt was access to the visitor’s center, which is closed only on Tuesdays. Instead, I flipped through my small stack of choices, found this little gem, and took off.

My busted toe is still causing me some problems, creating a stiffness in my right foot. I took it easy, while not allowing it to slow me down too much.

The cache was an ammunition cannister, a little larger than a toaster. I entered my record, and dug through the loot.

There was an awful lot of kids toys inside, which tells me that not enough people are bringing their kids to this cache. I noted this in my comments on the cache.

This took the better part of an hour to reach, look inside the cache, and return. Upon returning to the visitor’s center, 3 young deer were poking around on the edge of the woods. I watched them for a few minutes, but I felt like I was intruding on the privacy of an African American couple, so I left. On the way back to the car, I told a couple of women in their 40’s or 50’s about the same deer, which really made their day.

All this on the same day I started a new job. Funny part is that the job doesn’t seem nearly as cool as this little hour jaunt into the woods.

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The Toe


So, yeah, here’s my broken toe. The picture on the right is the clearest. I must say it’s healed an awful lot more since this picture was taken. I was able to walk several miles on the Washington DC mall last Saturday.

It’s subtle (unless you have actually looked at more than a half-dozen x-rays in your life, unlike myself). In the right picture, look for the point extruding from the larger bone connecting to the base of my foot (what I think is the proximal phalanx of the big toe). There’s a darkened smudge, in the shape of a right triangle with a little dongle added to the right portion. That’s my break.

Remember that the right foot is used for the gas pedal. And that I drove about 1/2 of the distance from Nebraska to Virginia, or about 500 miles of the 1000 mile trip.

I don’t care what you think, for I Rule. (heh)

Besides this little smattering of toe related stuff, I’ve taken up geocaching. I finally found the cache that’s roughly 500 feet from my hotel room. It was hidden a little better than I thought it would be. Sarah and I found some “virtual caches” tucked in around Washington DC. One of them forced me to go inside the Smithsonian Castle, which I otherwise would have simply looked at from the outside.

If you have a GPS, I highly recommend this fun activity.

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Geocaching – First Shot

Wwwwwell, I haven’t posted in a while. Not that I’ve been that busy, but just that I haven’t had much to report. I’ve been doing a lot of posting on http://www.criticker.com, and my ultimate goal there is to list a review with every movie I have ranked. So far, of the 2500+ movies I’ve ranked, I have reviewed fewer than 100.

Anyhow, I was looking up various geocaching locations, and one of the sites is, oh, about 300 paces from my hotel room. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it. However, I’m going to put a sticker on the back of one of the signs, and essentially do my “own” geocache…or just modify the other guy’s cache.

Besides this, Sarah and I are going to ride the Metro for the first time tomorrow. Wheee!! I’ll tell you how it goes. Take care, and say hi if you see me on the train. I’ll probably have my black “FUL” hat on.

– Aaron

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Science in Urination

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Not For Air

Oh, how I love these. They’re not bad…it’s just a normal cartoon with a bleeper.

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1980’s cartoon montages, yet again.

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Weird Soundtrack

There’s an eclectic mix of songs that have sort of come to me recently that would make a strange soundtrack. Here they are:

I’ll woolgather a while.

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Da Da Da (Latin version)

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Bad Tattoos

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Pork & Beans

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Common People by the Cast of Star Trek (animated)

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Quick Post, and Weight Costs for Flights

Nothing much new on this end. I just applied for about 20 jobs in 2 days, and walked for a short bit today too. My broken toe will be looked over this Monday, so I’ll finally see what’s what.

I just wanted to comment: Airlines are thinking about categorizing passengers as “cargo”, thus charging by the pound. And I think it’s a great idea. I’m overweight. I was overweight most of the time I was in the Air Force, and I was overweight prior to my service. And I still think it’s a great idea. For one thing, it’d be a great motivator to lose some pounds. Another thing to think about: we should all do our part. If I weigh 240 pounds, then I should pay to transport 240 pounds of cargo.

Nuff said for today.

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Happenings

Unfortunately this is a text-only post, since we sort of packed our USB cable for our camera to talk with this computer, and we won’t be getting another one until, well, probably not until I get my first paycheck. Which brings me to my occupation at the moment: finding an occupation. My minimum is 5 job applications a day. My focus has narrowed a little bit since before.

In lieu of some visual representation, I’ll just do this the old fashioned way. Sarah & I are staying at an Extended Stay Hotel, and we’ll be here for at least a month, maybe a couple months. We’re in a typical urban-sprawl type of commercial area. With 3 blocks of me there is an Applebees, a McDonald’s, a Taco Bell, and a Hooters. Oh, and Chick Fil-A (pronounced Chick Fillet), which is a kick-butt chicken fast-food restaurant that they don’t have in Omaha.

Besides that, everything is very spread out in this area. We’re in Chantilly, Virginia. There are parts that seem similar to Old Towne Bellevue, Nebraska. A very small-town feel, with a main road connecting it with the newer areas. While Sarah & I live in the newer part of town, there are definite eastern feels that are very foreign to the two of us, and as I was telling a friend of mine earlier, it’s like stepping into some old European village. It’s easy to forget that there are buildings in America older that 150 years of age. And it’s really amazing.

Going back a little bit, the drive out here was long, but it actually wasn’t bad. We definitely drove the right car for the trip, a 2005 Saturn Vue. While overall quality ratings on those have been less than stellar (just ask two of my friends), ours has held in there pretty well. The seats are comfortable, even for long trips, and it has minimal road noise (thanks to a minor tweak on the front passenger door at the dealership recently).

The trip was uneventful for the most part. We left late Friday, May 30. We had wanted to leave at 1pm, but it ended up being 9pm with all of the stuff we had. We reduced the amount of ‘crap’ we both owned by about 25%, but we’ve both vowed to clear out even more when we see our things again. Sarah and I used ABF “Relo-cubes”, kind of like the PODS systems you might see ads for, but much more reasonably priced. We got 3 of the units, which figures out to be one 16-foot moving truck. For reference, when Sarah moved to Omaha originally, she used one 16-foot Ryder truck just by herself.

Once loaded and underway, we just aimed at getting out of Huskerville, crossed the border into Iowa, and made it only as far as Des Moines. We used our new toy, the Garmin Nuvi 260w GPS, told it to find us a Marriott or Fairfield hotel (since we have a Marriott rewards card) and phoned them. Unfortunately that hotel was sold to Ramada about 6 years prior. So much for staying up to date. I pulled up the 2nd hotel on the list, and we had a winner.

By the way, continental breakfasts save so much money. I just thought I’d put that out there.

The next day we slept until Noon, both exhausted from the trip before. Finally, we got a big Taco John’s meal (since we probably wouldn’t be seeing that wonderful fast-food chain out east), and hit the road. Besides a brief stop at a really old Wal-mart (which was kind of entertaining), we drove straight through to Toledo, Ohio. We only got in about 8-9 hours of driving that day, but that was fine. Toledo put us about 1/2 way from Des Moines to our goal, near-Washington DC.

Day 3 we got up earlier, hit the road by 8:30, and started our drive. Originally, we were going to head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio…but we opted to just getting there. Besides, the drive to Cleveland is only about a day from Virginia. We might make it back sometime, who knows.

It was actually the previous day that we experienced our first toll-roads. Yeesh. Now I know why there’s an “avoid tollroads” option on the GPS. It cost us $7 to cross Indiana, and $8.50 to cut the corner of Pennsylvania. And the roads SUCK! Where’s the logic here?!

We made a short respite in a small town in Pennsylvania. Sarah and I were hungry, and I told the GPS to find something with an interesting sounding name about 3 miles off the highway. Well, it found a Firehouse Cafe…but it was kind of like a Bonanza, which is not what we were expecting. However, next to it was an Eat n’ Park, which was split off from the Bob’s Big Boy franchise in the mid-1970’s. Very good food, and smiley sugar cookies. Just good all around.

We hit the road, finally got down to Maryland, nicked West Virginia, and made it to regular Virginia. It was a very twisty trip, with tunnels and high speeds galore. But it was uneventful weather-wise, which was good.

I’ll post some more later. For right now, I’m on the job hunt. Wish me luck!

– Aaron

PS: I’m going to be taking at least 1 picture a day until, well, forever. I’ll post them on here when I can. Thanks!

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Life in the East

Howdy all. I haven’t posted here for a long, long time. I’m now living out of Huskerville, thank GOD. I’m temporarily living in Chantilly, Virginia, and we’ll eventually be moving to Leesburg in a month or two. My wife transferred out here for her job, and I’m a tag-along. I’m temporarily out of work, but my job right now is to find a job.

Otherwise, I broke the big toe on my right foot. It doesn’t hurt…it’s just really freaking annoying.

Anyhow, it’s my wife’s birthday and we’re going to go to a movie. Take care! I’ll post again soon.

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