I’m okay! Just wanted to make sure everyone knew that, as I had several “drive-by” instant messages today. Hurricane Wilma pretty much came and went, inside the space of a few hours: I was woken up at 5:30 by howling wind; it lasted until noon, after which we enjoyed by blue skies and sunshine. Damage was minimal, confined to leaves and small-medium sized branches. I would have photos, but I don’t, for two reasons: (a) the drive where my pictures are typically hosted is being defragged, and (b) Flickr is annoying.
“Flickr annoying?”, you say? Yeah. Using version 2.2 of Flickr Uploadr for Mac OS X, the “New Photoset” button malfunctioned. The pictures uploaded, but were not added to the set. Instead, I was greeted with this:
Wunderbar. But, the files did upload. So, thinks I, I shall go to ye old Flickr website, and use its Organize Flash widgetry to place my photos into a new set. But no! After several attempts, it was not possible to create a third set with newly uploaded photos. I’d fill the album (much easier after I’d found the Batch Operations link — why is this stuff so hard to find?), and then Flickr would report to me that it couldn’t save the set, because it contained no photos. What! But I just filled it! Turns out the photos were getting deleted from the set immediately after the save button was pressed (but before the actual saving went on). I deleted the set and started over again from scratch, to no avail. Okay, take a breath…
Anyway the point being — I am okay, hope to thrill you with photos of branches and leaves tomorrow 🙂
A quick update on the whole Hurricane Wilma thing. Well, I made it home safely from Columbus, Ohio Friday night. Saturday was a lot of unpacking and food buying. Cam and Melissa invited me over for dinner, where I got to see Cam’s mom and grandma, which was cool — with Joe that made four generations in the same room, not something you see every day. After dinner we hit the hot tub, and I was going to call it a night, but Nkosi called and I ended up hitting a bar down on Siesta Key, Gilligans. Met up with Louis and his friend from LA, Andre, as well as Eric the Yellow Cab driver. It was Goodtimes, but I think I’ve got a little hearing loss (hopefully temporary). Note to self: bring earplugs next time. Soundtrack to and from the bar? Davin (or is it AFK? Or is it ariz0na?)’s new mix on Pacific Front Sessions — an excellent breaks set, which you can download here. After getting home, chatted with Mavis for a bit over MSN and finally hit the hay around 4.
Went for lunch today with Patricia and Hugo at the Philippi Creek Oyster Bar, which was good. I got the blackened Grouper sandwich with fries and a drink, tasty stuff. Afterwards we hit Starbucks, which was closing at 3pm, to re-open at 1pm the next day. Hugo had Patricia and I over for dinner (which was great), and we passed the time away looking at his pictures from China and Japan, and watching the Blue Collar Comedy tour (among other things). Of course we also flipped it to the local channels now and again to try and figure out what was going on with this storm, because apart from a little rain and the occasional gust, it sure wasn’t showing itself. But that’s all about to change. Earlier today we were told to expect winds tonight of up to 40mph; it’s been nowhere near that. But the real winds are supposed to come overnight, where’d they’re supposed to reach up to 60; if true, those will be the strongest winds to hit this area yet. I left Hugo’s around midnight; I walked around the parking lot outside my apartment trying to locate a spot which would minimize the chances of getting hit by a fallen tree branch; unfortunately I think everyone’s had the same idea and there really weren’t any good ones left. That’s okay: I think the Altima will be just fine where it is.
As far as work goes, the building will be closed until 1pm, after which we are expected to go back to work. That’s fine, because according the SNN (one of the local news channels) winds are expected to be highest around 9am, all the way up to noon, after which they drop off sharply. Will keep you updated as things progress, but basically, so far, all’s well.
I’ve been having a good time here, though I will say that downtown Columbus is deadville at night. At 10pm, I drove around for a good 20 minutes looking for somewhere to eat — a Subway, Wendy’s, anything — ended up ordering room service.
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Wilma, which is just over Cozumel/Yucatan peninsula right now — no-one knows what this storm is going to do. CNN’s weatherman describes it as “schizophrenic” — none of the NOAA’s computer models are giving any kind of consensus about the WHEN aspect of this storm. They all have it moving over southern Florida though. If it hits, it will be the 7th hurricane to hit Florida in 14 months. To say that we’re watching Wilma warily is quite an understatement. So far, predictions have moved Florida landfall to Sunday evening, so it’s not likely to affect my Friday night flight back home.
Also: I saw the Wallace and Gromit movie tonight. It was good! Go see.
My view from Sarasota to Atlanta. Yes, that’s the rear engine of the MD-88 (which in all seriousness I must say is one smooth ride).
Made it into Columbus around quarter to three. Now I’m sitting in my hotel room trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my afternoon. The Hyatt on Capital Square is one old-school hotel. When you walk in you have to go around a corner to find the front desk, which is called “Registration”. The room is oldish, but has a beautiful view (especially here on the 7th floor). /Everything/ costs extra. It’s $6 for 3 cups of coffee; parking is valet only. I’m on dialup for the first time since 2003 because WiFi is $10/day (I suppose I should be grateful it’s available). There’s a bottle of water on this desk that will cost me $5 if I open it. There are some definite nice touches though. This desk has some kind of stone surface, and the maid left her name on a card (!). The girl at the registration desk asked me how my trip was and said “Have a nice stay with us Mr. Greenwell” as I walked toward the elevators — which were also not only fast, but also had great buttons (they lit up instantly in a bright red). Fancy.
So anyway — off to see if I can find something to see before the sun goes down.
Went garage-saling this morning with Patricia, Cam and Melissa. Picked up a few CDs, including a triple-disc Swing compilation, a Bossa Nova compilation, a Duke Ellington Orchestra disc, and Glenn Miller/Pure Gold. $1 each.
Afterwards we all stopped at First Watch for brunch. A throughly enjoyable morning.
So, guess what? I’m headed up to Columbus again tomorrow, and this time for a week. I’m giving some training there. Wheee! A little nervous. If you want a postcard, just send me your address. 🙂
See how the cupboard doors don’t line up in that second shot? And how the fan isn’t directly attached underneath? The irony here is I bought that water as part of my hurricane preparation — and it’s what wreaking havoc on my apartment.
Maintenance says they’ll be back to look at it in a couple days when it’s dried out.
PS – yes, I had server outage yesterday.
Wow. So was I ever wrong about how many people are reading. Hi to all of you. 🙂 Guess it just goes to show, don’t guess how many people are reading based on the number of comments left. Which is something I knew already… that doesn’t make the place feel any less empty, though. But the comments sure did. 🙂
So. I have determined there are two types of junk mail in my world.
Post a comment if so. Unlurk! I really have no idea who’s reading this thing anymore 🙂
Nkosi came out to Ultimate last night. I think he (or at least his lungs) is going to kill me the next chance he gets 🙂 Also discovered a new pain in the lower left of my right knee, where it hurt to bend but standing was okay. After running on it for bit, it was okay, but I am still reluctant to put much pressure on it (e.g., make hard cuts). We’ll see if it’s just temporary or what. So far it’s good this morning.
Music: Stare/Phibbs – Hyperion. From “Freaky Flow – The Envy” (Drum and Bass DJ Mix)