Archive for August, 2011

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Change in Residence: Part 4 – Arrival

August 10, 2011

I’ve been in LA for a day and a half now.  I’m set up at a hostel for the week, and I’m now in the business of getting things situated out here;  Finding an apartment, finding work, etc.  So this post concludes things for now.  Posts like “Looked at an apartment today.  Bathroom smelled funny.” aren’t really what this blog is about.  I’ll be finding plenty to point my camera at in the future, and I’ve still got a lot of older material that I want to post, so stay tuned, if desired.

Yep. Definitely not in Ohio anymore.

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Change in Residence: Part 3 – Gallup, NM To the doorstep of LA

August 10, 2011

After waking up reasonably well rested in Gallup, I got back on the road, heading in a general western direction.  If I were heading directly to LA, I would have stayed on I-40, then taken I-15 into town.  Instead, a bout of wanderlust brought me northwest and into the hinterlands of Arizona.

Along Route 264 in Arizona

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Change in Residence – Travel Accommodations

August 7, 2011

I thought it was a good time to quickly document my travel accommodations for this trip.  The Might Kia is long gone, and I’ve moved on from the Battle Axe, bringing me to this:

It has yet to earn a distinctive moniker, so for now, I’m just going with “The Cherokee,” which to give credit to the Chrysler brand mangers of yore, doesn’t sound half bad itself.

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Change in Residence: Part 2 – Oklahoma to Gallup, New Mexico

August 7, 2011

Day three went pretty much by the numbers.  I had to stop a few times for cat naps, but overall I made good time, covering western Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, and most of New Mexico.  I’ve landed in Gallop, about 10 miles from the Arizona border.  It was much cooler out, so I spent a pleasant evening about 15 feet from a railroad behind a TA Travel Center.

I didn’t really make any stops, but I’ve decided that it is against natural law to drive through Amarillo without stopping by the Cadillac Ranch for a few minutes.  This was my second visit.  Go here for the lowdown on my first.

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Change in Residence: Part 1 – Bowling Green to Somewhere in Oklahoma

August 6, 2011

So much for my itinerary.  After day two, I was supposed to be in the vicinity of Springfield, MO.  Instead, I overshot and am somewhere west of Oklahoma City.

After dinner with my family in Dayton, I arrived in Indianapolis on schedule.  Gen Con is this week, and several good friends are attending.  Since Indy was on my route, it was a great opportunity both to visitate and to wander the convention hall floor.  Gen Con’s particular brand of nerdery isn’t really my bag, but any time when that many people, all passionate about the same thing, gather in one place, it’s something to see.  The cosplay alone was worth the price on admission.

Who's Awsome? Abe Lincoln. Who's more awsome than Abe Lincoln? Abe Lincoln on stilts.

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This Took Longer Than Expected

August 4, 2011

So this is finally happening.  In 2002, I came to Bowling Green to start college at BGSU.  Five years after graduation, I’m still here.  Oops.  That changes today.

After a very long period of saving money, losing money, paying down debt, gaining debt, and working the precious few career track jobs I could find, I have finally come to a point where I can move forward, or at least make a respectable attempt.  In about an hour, I will have finished packing and will be on my way to Los Angeles, where I have the best chance of landing work in my chosen field.

Overall, BG has been good to me.  But after nine years, I’m more than ready to see what’s next.  As a touch of ceremony, below is one of the first photos I took in BG.  It was about midway through first semester freshman year.  I ventured into the Doyt Perry stadium hoping for  good sunset.  I’m not sure why I thought there’d be one, being that there hadn’t been a single cloud in the sky the entire day.  I was about to leave when a flock of migrating bird happened by.  This shot looks out across the BGSU campus, Kreischer Quad barely visible in the foreground, the Jerome Library, and the city building in the distance.

So long BG.