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Almost to Northern Texas

January 20, 2009

corey says…we were on the road most of the day today. There was an unexpected delay in Wichita, because I had adjust and fire off some documents for work. Thank goodness Pizza Hut had free wifi and a cheap lunch buffet. I could work and eat at the same time.

At the end of the day, we made it through Oklahoma City and are only a hop from the Texas border.

When we arrived at our hotel, the desk clerk nearly had us wait while she went out front to feed the stray cats. “I just can’t turn them away.” I guess that’s why she’s working at a hotel, but it also means she JUST CAN’T TURN PEOPLE AWAY, and the clientele seem to reflect that.

It’s not a very nice place…just a little dodgy, but at least the internet works and there was only one hair on the sheets :0 The frustrating thing is that this room costs $10 more than any hotel we’ve stayed so far. We should have kept looking. Oh well.

We’re planning to hit the road early tomorrow and cover a lot of ground. As long as I can keep Liam out of the antique stores, we should do just fine. We’re due in Tucsan to visit Bit on Wednesday and Thursday… Phoenix to see Jim and Betty on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, I’m desperately trying to get more video up, but working in HD has proven to be too much of a drag for my set-up. I think I’ll stick to higher quality, but stear away from HD. I’d rather get some decent content up rather than wait for rendering and uploads.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Sweeney permalink
    January 20, 2009 6:52 PM

    Hey guys!
    Dodgy lodging after a long drive is harsh. Remember the good old days when all you had to deal with was -20 temp in Minnesota and staying out of the ditch in Iowa?

    You may do better staying at your podcast subscribers’ free, unofficial B&Bs as you continue to head West. Alternatively, many hotels have Irish pubs. Here in the Twin Cities, the Liffey is in the Holiday Inn in St. Paul and Kip’s is in the Marriott in St. Louis Park. Research Irish pubs in hotels on your route and you may find some willing to offer a free room and dinner for the promotional value of your visit.

    I know you are using a tiny FLIP to capture your video. In hindsight are you still high on the device? Which model would you recommend: The Ultra, Mino or Mino HD?

    Don’t forget to pull over and watch Barack O’Bama get sworn in at noon eastern time today. I know he’s not Irish, but I’m willing to loan him a character and claim him today. Life isn’t Scrabble. When we help each other, we all win.

  2. January 20, 2009 7:15 PM

    Ah the days of -20 degrees.

    We really love those view B&Bs…the breakfasts are better too.

    Flip Mino HD is great…just dealing with large HD files is the pain. I’ve used the original flip as well…it’s nice, but the image quality can’t compare to the HD. Not sure about the other Mino.

    As for Barack, his mother’s ancestors come from Moneygall, so he’s got strong Irish roots. Take a peek at this…

  3. January 20, 2009 10:15 PM

    Safe Travels, mo charas!
    You can rest assured that there will be no dodgy lodging here in Tucson!
    Weather looks to be in the 70’s for your stay with a few rain clouds…. If you don’t have a TUesday night destination, overnight in Las Cruces, NM…that way you are only 5 hours away…..

    See You tomorrow

    Slan Agus Barrogs, Bit

  4. Wendy L permalink
    January 20, 2009 9:53 PM

    WHO says Barack is not Irish? I think the Irish would disagree…

    (Apparently, his great, great grandfather from his mother’s side is from Offaly. Who knew?)

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