back journal entries, phase one and two
talk to me...I am listening
I got a good night sleep, expecting to be back on the road in the morning, but that wasn't to happen. I couldn't get the Uhaul service dealer on the phone, so I checked out of the room and went to their location, just a few blocks away. I found a large gravel lot full of trucks and trailers (mine too), and their office was a hotel room with an 85 year old man working behind a small desk....smoking like a chimney. Yikes. There was a man ahead of me trying to turn in a rental truck, taking him 45 min to do so. I got frustrated and called the 800 number again, this time finally getting a very nice young man, Raol, who actually wanted to help me, not just placate me with stories and lies. After calling him back several times between 9:30 and 11:00, he was told someone would be onsite with me in 30 minutes to transload my trailer into another trailer and I could leave !!!!! Well, it turned out that this man didn't arrive until 1:15pm....it only took him 20 minutes to put everything from my little trailer onto blankets on the ground (which I had to beg for), and then 30 minutes for him and a 2nd man to reload my stuff into a slightly larger trailer. And I was back on the road finally at 1:49pm....I am so angry with Uhaul for the shabby service, and piss poor service that I would never rent from them again. It is the 3rd time for me or my family to have rotten luck with Uhaul.
The rest of the trip to CA went uneventful...and the trailer actually pulled like a dream. I had no trouble climbing the mountains, and it was smooth riding....making me believe that the bearings on that first trailer were probably bad for the entire trip!!!! The views as I came down the mountains into various valleys in California were totally awesome. I got some good video, again, but the night was totally awesome. The first major valley I saw coming around a corner was for Victorville....and the lights that spread out in front of me just blew my mind...however, I couldn't get them on tape, too dark for the camera to really be effective...just one more view for the memories.
I got into my kids place at 8:30pm, called my parents, and sent a few emails right away, and just collapsed. My girls unloaded my trailer and are able to store all of my things here at their house, which is so cool. I won't have to rent a storage locker after all...woohoo!!!! good night for now, phyl :+]
I got a bit of a shock when I checked out of my room, the phone bill
was rather high. They charged a whole lot more than the place did yesterday,
but it is all good. It is important to me to stay in touch while on
the road, and for my friends and family to know that I am okay....just
part of the trip costs.
I managed to get up early today, which is good because I want to make
some good mileage today. I would like to get all the way across Arizona
so that I can arrive the next day in California with daylight left and
possibly be able to turn in the trailer, saving me one day's rental.
Day 3 on the road....Today, it was cool and cloudy when I got up and
started driving. I soon picked up misty rain, and it stayed with me
all day. I drove all the way thru the state of Missouri, and into the
state of Oklahoma. I made it thru Oklahoma and into Texas before I quit
for the night. I have gained an hour by crossing into Central Time Zone,
and that always helps. I drove a bit later than I thought I should,
but wanted to try and make the trip shorter on the back end, by driving
more on the front end. The rain did end just west of Oklahoma city,
but it looks to be starting again.
got a decent start to the day, but not as early as I wanted....I just
kept rolling over and going back to sleep....ouch. I wanted to have time
to get some bfast before leaving, but didn't, so I just hit the road.
I got gas and something to eat there, and didn't stop again until I needed
gas. I am going to drive this trip on the top half of my tank, always
filling it when it gets to 1/2, whenever I can.
I managed to follow the roads thru Indiana without getting lost or off on the wrong road...the last time thru here was to go to Wisconsin, but that takes a different route. At one point, I was sure I had jogged when I was supposed to jig, but I had it right....go with your gut and first instinct. I decided to use the Toll Road to get over to I-55, and that was a good choice as the free road was jammed with trucks, cars and more trucks. I hadn't travelled during the day in a while, and was amazed at all the trucks.
I took I-55 south until Willmington, IL and then got off onto Old Route 66, and travelled thru some really nice towns, etc. Along the way, I stopped and called Uhaul to see about adding some days to my contract since I would be late and taking longer. After several different calls, Uhaul decided I needed to have my contract re-written and I had to find a Uhaul place to do that. I would look for one along the way, and hopefully find one in Bloomington, IL. I was taking a bunch of video of my trip, but not really any still photos. Kind of hard to be able to stop all the time with the trailer, but once I get moved, I will have the video available for all to see.
Here is one picture of an old station that was interesting. Click on it to see the larger photo. I also wandered some back roads, ended up in the middle of corn and wheat fields and backtracked to make sure I got to where I wanted to be. Also, the sunset that night was awesome, as you can see here. Driving on the Old Road gave me such a wonderful feeling. I found myself wondering how many had gone before me??? What did they think about nature around them??? Were they happy??? sad??? in a hurry??? I could really sense history as I travelled about the routes.
I had decided I would sleep in the truck the first night, so I set about figuring out where I would stop for dinner (Cracker Barrell just past St. Louis), and then where I would sleep (in a rest area half way between Union and Stanton, Missouri) I needed to make as much time as I could. Unfortunately, sleeping in the truck turned out to not work very well. I am bigger in size than the last time I slept in my truck, plus it got cold and that kicked in my asthma. Additionally, I have split seats and the middle seatbelt wouldn't stay tucked down and kept poking me all night. I finally slept sitting up/leaning back and that was okay. I managed about 5-6 hours sleep, which is okay, and got on the road again around 7:30am.
ciao, phyl :)
to believe that it is already November of the year 2000!!!! It was only
yesterday that we were worrying about the end of the earth at the start
of the millenium. I got to sleep in a bit this morning as Mom and Dad
had a dentist appointment, and I wasnt leaving until they got home.
I was packing when they got home, we went over stuff, got my truck all
loaded up, and then they cooked me breakfast, fried eggs and toast...a
favorite of mine.
Tuesday !!!!!!!! I was awake at 7:30am, but no one else was, so I stayed
in bed until I heard my dad. I got up at 8:15, had bfast with them (raison
bran), and told them about their new computer since they wanted to know
if it was my computer in the box we unloaded last night. To say the least
they were very surprised. We then went to the local GMC dealer to have
two recall works done to my truck. One is for my windshield wipers which
tend to just quit or start whenever they feel like it and the other is
to check my abs brake system. They said it would be later in the afternoon,
but could do it…yeah!!! Then we went to WalMart where I got a new pr of
jeans, a voice tape recorder and some tapes, some new underwear that has
been out of my size in Pontiac for a month, and a small bag of fritos
to go with the very small can of bean dip I got at 7-11 on Sunday…it is
so cute and convenient. We went from there back home, and I started to
work on the old computer, backing up files, etc. After I finished, we
went to Pizza Hut for a Taco Pizza, might be my last for a long time,
and then thru the National City bank to pay my car loan. We drove and
checked on my truck, which will be done in a half hour or so. We went
back home and I went back to working on the computer. Dad and I picked
up my truck later in the afternoon, and I continued to work on the computer
when we got home. Mom cooked some chicken breasts, and managed very nicely
to hand out a lot of halloween candy, while Dad and I worked and played
with the computer some more. [Dad passed out candy too, just not as much
The new computer is up and running great, but the modem speed isn’t as fast as it should be…I will be writing to nmo.net to see if they have some suggestions on speeding up their connnection. NMO.net just updated a bunch of their servers, etc. this past week, so tweeks may be in order. I am now trying to get caught up with journals, and have my camera batteries and laptop batteries charging for the trip that starts tomorrow around 10:30am….I am also watching the redwings, who are doing okay, they are playing Washington Capitals, the first team of substance in a few weeks. It will be a very long season, I am afraid. Jan called tonite to talk about a house she is thinking of seeing, I suggested she go see it and maybe take a friend along who does remodels, etc. for a professional opinion. She might have someone who wants a plant or two that I had to leave behind. I hope to be able to sell some computer stuff once I reach CA…the budget is rather strained with the length of time delay, the renting of the trailer, and other things out of my control….work will be a priority once I reach CA. And so, with all of this rambling, I am offline to relax and work on some webpage things. Ciao, Phyl ;+]
OKAY !!!! the big day is here, I am up and working on my cab at 8:30am….and it takes me until 11am to get it almost finished. The weather is cold, we had a hard frost overnight, and with each breath I take, my chest hurts a lot. So, I carry some stuff out, then sit and rest. And so on and so on. Dan got to my house at 11:00, and he tied my bike on top of the topper and finished off the packing for and with me. We got our final goodbyes, and we put the trailer onto the truck……..but, as in the fashion that has been happening, my left rear truck tire is too low!!!!!!! I have had a valve stem leak fixed three times, but it looks like it is happening again. We unhitched the trailer, went and got air in the truck, and then hitched it up again. And I finally took off for Owosso at 12:45pm. The truck seemed to drive okay, better than I had thought, which made me feel a bit easier, and it took 1-1/2 hours to get to Aunt Marcie’s house instead of the usual 1 hr and 10 minutes or so….not too bad. We went right out to lunch, which had horribly slow service, but good food, and then back to her house to work on the computer for a while. I pulled out of her house at 5:15pm headed for my folks house in Cheboygan. This time, I was able to drive a bit better and was more comfortable…driving between 50 and 60…a couple of times, I even got over 60!!! but I backed it right down….didn’t quite feel right with that speed. I got to my parent’s home at 9:30pm, and just unloaded a few things for the stay, had some cold turkey to eat, and went to bed by 11:30. Tomorrow will be a busy day for me. Stay tuned to see why…( ciao, phyl :+]
|Got up on time today, went to 7-11 with Jan to get a plastic Big Gulp cup that will fit into the cupholder in my truck, the Sunday paper, and some eggs. I cooked myself some bfast at Jan’s since all of my cookware has been packed, trashed and/or sent. Then we waited a bit for Dan, but he was running late due to his transmission breaking yesterday…so we started loading the topper and got it mostly done when we ran to the Vitamin Outlet store around 3pm…I needed a couple things and Jan and I needed a break. When we got back, all three of us worked on the truck and trailer and managed to get it completely loaded with the exception of my cab. That will hold my personal computer stuff, suitcases, etc. and they will be loaded in the morning before I hit the road. Sleep be with me tonite…….phyl ;)|
|Gosh, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with this move, and I am getting lazy when it comes to updating daily. But, that should change soon, I hope. Jan and I ran errands in the morning after having bfast at the Stuffed Bun. Then, in the afternoon, we finally got started on packing the trailer, but only got half way thru when Dan had to go home. Jan and I were tired, and quit for the night too. We watched the Redwings win a hockey game, and I went to bed immediately following the game. Tomorrow was supposed to be an on the road day, but, alas, it is delayed one more day again….I am beginning to feel like I am not going to get to CA, but I will persevere. I am so tired, my body feels like it is 80 years old, achey all over. A good night to take Ibuprofen to sleep and relax. Over and out, Phyl ::]|
friday, and most people say TGIF...but since I haven't worked in 5 weeks,
it really doesn't matter. I gotta say, tho, that retirement sounds and
would be so wonderful for me...I would love to never have to go to work
again, but I don't think the creditors would like that much, nor my bank
loan for the car, or the apartment folks...so, its off to work again soon.
Maybe I will be a fortunate person some day to be albe to retire and do
as I wish....I can hope and work and try.
Today, I finished packing up my computer room except for the actual computer. I still need that until tomorrow. I emailed back and forth with a former co-worker, Stacey, at Realcomp, and that was really nice, I miss talking to her. We used to email back and forth or use ICQ between ourselves while at work on a slow day....small things that are neat and not forgotten. I washed the last of my dirty clothes so I can pack them away tomorrow before we put my drawers into the trailer....cause, yes !!! tomorrow is the day we will actually load the trailer, and my truck, and I can get out of here on Sunday !!!!
Dan came down late this afternoon and got the fish tank and stuff...so that is finished. Jan and I went and looked at another house for her, not this one either. She is having a tough time, but it will happen eventually. Then we ate dinner at the food court of Great Lakes Mall, and I got dessert from the movie theatre...a bag of movie popcorn with extra butter!!!! and they gave me a ton of butter. Tonite, I am catching up on correspondence, and just chilling out before the final push of tomorrow. I downloaded the mypoints.com free internet access today and it is working great...they only ask you to click the small ad banner once per hour, so that is nice, and the bar is moveable around the entire screen....much better than the Netzero one...but you never know where local access numbers will be, so I have both of them installed. Actually, I need to switch over to the laptop in a little bit to work on it and make sure that works as well too. And tonite I am finally not tired, so I can stay up and get some work done...yeah !!!!
The weather this week has been warm and humid but the cold front is coming thru as I write and the cool breezes are again blowing, so it will be a bit chilly loading, but that's okay. Time for me to get busy on other things...I am finally all caught up with journal entries. I am going to try and work on the details of what my actual travel pages will look like tonite, its the last chance I will have until I hit my parents for a day or so on Sunday/Monday....so, I bid you a fond adieau, phyl *=]
comes around and I stayed in bed until 10am again!!!! gosh this is getting
too easy. I get up and continue with my packing, and now I am seeing results.
I have started cleaning the mess I had on my stove with Soft Scrub and
that is good. I got more things packed and then cleaned up so the apartment
looks like it might actually make it into the trailer and truck with some
space to spare...which means that I can take my house plants!!!!! so that
excites me. I put all the potted plants into a truck storage container
I found in the front hall closet, watered them, and prepared for takeoff.
I went and had lunch with Jan at Wendy's in anticipation of being able to load the trailer and get on the road tonite. However, that soon evaporated into another delay. If I were to leave on Friday, I will interfere with weekend plans for my kids, their dad and my parents, so I will delay again until Sunday. all is well.
My TV is packed away, so my only entertainment is my computer. I managed to get some local access number files saved to a disk and will print them off at my sister's house since my printer is packed away. That way I can hope to continue with the free internet access I use with local numbers and not have too much of a phone bill when I get to California. I will be using the Cell Phone as a Cell modem, which is exciting in its own right....hopefully, it will work nicely. Otherwise I will be struggling to find a place to upload files/pics and read email. I only hope that I have some good pictures to upload because the trailer is going to keep me to a 50 to 55 mph speedlimit, and that will mean that a bunch of Route 66 is out of the question this trip....but never fear, someday, I will fly back to Michigan and then rent a car and drive the road the way it is really meant to be...:) Jan and I had dinner at Wendy's with a friend who is taking my fish and fishtank...but it got too late for them to go home with him last night, he will come back and take them all home tomorrow. I will miss the fish, but I can't have the tank at my kids house, so once I find my own place, I will have another tank.
I got extremely tired again tonite, and started falling asleep at 8pm...but I have managed to wait until 10pm to go to bed. yikes. So with that, its time for nightey night.....phyl zzz....zzzzz....zzzz....zzzz....zzz
Hump Day!!! everyone. I got a phone call from Uhaul at 8 am to say there
are no trailers available for pickup in Pontiac, but I can get one in
Troy. So, I agreed to that, went downt to Ferndale, got my girls, then
headed to Maple and Crooks to get a trailer. It took a total of almost
3 hours!!!!! to get this thing rented. I had to have my truck wired
for the hitch (took 35 minutes for a 10 minute job), I had to wait for
the men to mess around with lots of other stuff...and other customers,
then finally, they gave me a clipboard to go out and check the condition
of the trailer (which turns out to be a 4x8 !!!)....after jotting down
a few dings and missing letters, etc., I find the left tire is BALD!!!
so I had to request a better tire, and it took them another half hour
to replace both tires with new ones. So, needless to say, it really
took a bit out of my packing time, got us all out of the mood, and just
was a yucky day. The up side of the day was spending time with my girls,
talking and getting caught up, etc.
I slept in a bit late, it is getting harder and harder to wake up and
get moving each morning. I get a lot more things packed up today, but
came to the realization that I need to either rent a trailer or pay
a fortune shipping too many boxes via UPS. After spending some time
evaluating what exactly I still have left in my apartment, I decide
to price out and then rent a 4x6 trailer from Uhaul. I got one reserved
online, and will call first thing in the morning to make sure it is
really available. Because of this decision, it means that I am going
to be here in Michigan a bit longer, so I take a few hours off to relax
and watch some tv. I am also burning FamilyPhoto CD's as I work each
day, and I only have 5 more to go...but the labels don't want to print
correctly, so I will have to do that once I move and then mail the cd's
out to family members from CA.....it will give me a way to send them
my new address too !!!
up this morning not feeling totally great. Still some leftover blah's
from the seasonings yesterday. But, I need to get really busy and get
out of here. As the day progressed, tho, I came to realize that I have
way too much stuff and packing is going slow. I will be delaying some,
but still hope to be on the road by Wednesday. I shipped off boxes #7
to #16 today at UPS, $221...wow....and there is so much more to go.
My girls fly into Michigan tonite at 10pm, so I might actually get to see them before I leave. Other than that, nothing earth shattering happened. In passing, being delayed isn't all that bad, the weather in the middle of the US, particularly in Texas, Oklahoma, etc. is horrible...with flash floods, cities under water, and so on....God has his reasons to keep me here in Michigan longer, that I am sure of.
I did actually finally sell my Glider/Rocker, the gentleman came this afternoon and picked it up. yoo hoo !!!!
ciao, phyl :=]
friend and I went to Joe's CrabShack for lunch today, Sunday, and it
was a really cool place. I had eatten at one in San Diego, but they
are all around the country, a division of Landry Restaurants (yes the
football coach launddy family) We all had fish and chips, with an appetizers
of Onion Rings. There was a seasoning on the fries that also carried
over to the coating on the fish. And I had a bad reaction to the seasoning.
I got a bit wheezy at the restaurant, then got a headache. By the time
we got home, 20 minutes later, I was a walking sleep person, so I laid
down and slept for a couple of hours....and then felt lousy. Also had
stomach discomfort, and pee'd a bunch. needless to say, I got no packing
done, I went to bed early, and slept most of the night. This has then
set me back an entire day in my plans. I am now going to puling out
of Pontiac on Wednesday, and then out of Michigan on friday. But all
is well with the universe.
Green !!!! The big game is this afternoon, UofM against MSU. I don't
really hold any hope for the green, they are rebuilding and not doing
over and out .......... phyl :+]
I took boxes #2 thru #6 to UPS and posted them off to CA !!!! so I am
truly on my way. Phew.....so much weight. Then I got a few errands completed,
and had a nice long afternoon lunch with my friend, Marilyn, from Realcomp.
We got caught up on all the things happening there at the office, good
and bad, and on my plans, and trip, etc. It was very enjoyable, and
fun. I will see her one more time before I get on the road officially
to give her my printer which she bought from me.
over and out .......... phyl :+]
beautiful day in Hockeytown...(game is on tonite..:) Today, I got the
backend of my pickup truck all cleaned out with the help of a friend.
I had 4 bags of Killy litter still in the backend, part of last years
winter weight for my axles, and still had several stones and patio brick
there too. And, one of the other kitty litter bags had broken open and
litter was scattered through out and over everything. Went to the quarter
car wash....geeze, those things cost a small fortune these days!!!....and
got it completely washed out, including the rubber floor liner too.
It is just waiting for those boxes to fill the space. We grabbed some
quick lunch at Arby's, and checked out a few websites, then I settled
down and watched hockey with Jan for the rest of the evening.
ciao.......... phyl :+]
the weather sure has turned nice again here is Michigan....gotta love
it. The day starts off cool, bt ended up in the 60s. I took the time
to go to the two new casino's in Detroit, The MotorCity Casino and MGM
Grand Casino. I won $18 at the first and lost $20 at the second, so
if you are going to go to either, try the MotorCity first...:)
Good morning all, its Tuesday, and I am out of motivation. I goofed around onine for a while, chatted with both my daughters and got caught up with stuff, and went with Jan to look at several houses. For those who don't know, Jan is trying to buy her first home, and it is a challenge in today's market, but she will persevere. Then I ended the day watching the Detroit RedWings win a game, woo hoo!!! Didn't really accomplish much else. Better days are coming, I am sure. see ya, phyl :)
was fairly busy. I got to my credit union and made a withdrawl that
will allow me to repay a friend who loaned me money to get by until
I got the buyout checks. I then went to the Farmington Hills side of
town, had lunch with Patrick, a former co-worker. I shopped at WalMart,
Circuit City, Best Buy and ended up at Sam's Club. I renewed my membership,
got some tapes for the camcorder and headed home. I was tired when I
got here, but didn't take a nap. I also had a phone call from someone
at Chrysler who is going to call and come by my house tomorrow to see
some of the things that I have for sale....I really need to get rid
of some of the furniture and large house plants, know anyone that would
like these items for a cheap price?? they are really cheap to anyone
who can or would want them. I wish I could take them all with me, but
it just isn't possible.
up this sunday morning to 39 degrees...yikes!!!! Managed to get ahold
of the Shepler's Lighthouse Tour people and found out they ended the
lighthouse tours on 9/14....so will save it for my next visit in the
area. And with that decision out of the way, we had a great bfast buffett
at the hotel, then hit the road for Cheboygan. We stopped at 40 Mile
Point Lighthouse, and it was actualy open for tours, so we climbed the
tower, and I got some great video. It was 45 degrees outside with about
25 mile an hour winds....so cold. We walked on the beach for some water-side
pictures, and then got back on the road. We walked the beach and the
pier at the Cheboygan City Beach :+} but before we could get zoomed
in on the 14 Foot Shoal light, the misty rain clouds rolled in and kept
covering up the lighthouse. I got a quick shot at least. We then got
pictures of the other lighthouse that is up the channel near the Bois
Blanc Island Ferry.
|Today, I travelled to Alpena to attend a Lighthouse Festival. Wegot there early in the afternoon, wandered around the festival grounds and then found a room at the nearby Holiday Inn.....that was a stroke of luck because on the internet a few days earlier, it said there were no rooms available. And, the room didn't smell of potpourri or anything...so I could stay there. The weather was warm, probably upper 60's, but there was a wind, so the craft vendors were having a bit ofa problem keeping things from flying off their tables. We got to see the Lighthouse Museum just outside of town, and took some more photos...oh yeah. Dinner was nice, and bedtime was early, the drive took a lot out of me. Tomorrow might be a cruise on the Shepler Lighthouse tour out of Mackinac City, they just didn't answer their phones tonite. :+}|
glorious day was today, that's for sure. Sunny, warm, (in the lower 70's),
and a nice breeze. I got my 2nd penion plan check in the bank, and they
actually gave me access to this one...so I paid a few more bills, and
am feeling more confident every day about the upcoming trip. I also packed
4 more boxes, and did some further researching into prices for shipping
my boxes across the country. I got great prices from Greyhound Bus, and
that is who I will be using to ship my things....totally cool. I had almost
forgot about them, but they come in around 70 cents a pound, the best
I have found. And I got my departure date set into stone, I will leave
my apartment around 10am, Sunday, 10/22/00 !!! with an anticipated date
of arrival in San Diego between 11/2 and 11/4/00......phew.
I made definite dinner plans with a lady I worked with who is buying my printer so I can deliver it and then see her one more time before I move. I will see her in the future as her husband has family in San Diego, and they try to visit yearly...yeah!!! plus we email back and forth. She is a very dear friend. And I have tentative lunch plans with another ex co-worker on Monday, if we can set a time. He is just too, too busy for his own good. I got an oil change done on the truck today, and some new underwear!!! I made a nice big bowl of potato salad and will be cleaning up some fruit tonite to take with me to my Lighthouse trip tomorrow. The weather looks like it might rain some in Alpena, but not much.
Can you believe what happened in Yemen? It sure puts the fear of god in me, and I just wonder where this world is heading and who exactly is directing the moves? nightey night.... phyl 8=]
up early again today, but only because of a charlie horse in the righ
leg...ouch!!! I need to get my pychogenol again so I can get back to feeling
better. I need to order it online and need to have my money before I do
that. Today, in the mail, I got the 2nd part of my payout, my 401K money,
so will get that in the bank tomorrow....again, there will be a 3day hold.
as long as I can get it before I leave.
I got a bunch more notebooks emptied out today, and more things from the shelves in the warroom packed. I got to chat with Steph online in the evening for a short while, which was very nice. Tonite is another RedWings game, and Jan made chili for dinner for us. I got to the store, got salad for me, mailed out the bills, and paid the car pymt ( i forgot it yesterday). Am still figuring out the day of departure, it might just have to wait a day or two and instead of leaving on 10/20, it will be 10/22...but thats okay. Looks like the weather has lifted out west, and there isn't any snow to drive thru, thank goodness. And our weather has gotten back to being nice, in the upper 60's....I still have a couple of people to see for lunch and/or dinner, trying to arrange that as well. And to just get busy and pack. good night, phyl ;)
went to the bank and found out that due to my pension check being from
out of state, it has to be held for 3 business days !!! and since that
ends on Friday, the money won't be available until Monday...oh my. I
then went up to Flint, to see my friend, and get some work done on my
truck. The a/c doesn't work right and there is a good, reputable place
up there to have it worked on. So, while they were working on the truck,
we went running errands, etc. We went to PHillips Topper World and found
a great used topper for the truck, $175. I put a deposit on it, we will
come back once I get the truck. Then we went to Birch Run, I got another
camcorder battery from the Spiegels Outlet for a steal of a price, we
had lunch at Long John Silver's, a favorite of mine, but all the stores
in the Detroit area went out of business, so I eat their food when I
am in Flint. We went to JCPenneys to shop for me, found nothing, and
went to Sam's and the day old bakery. We also mailed out my first box
of belongings at the post office!!!!!! talk about high prices, there
shipping rates have gone up and it cost $1.50 a pound to ship!!!! outrageous.
So, I checked and UPS/FedEx is $1.00/pound and a freight drop would
be $1.10/pound...so I gotta get rid of some more stuff, and be more
careful what I send and what I haul with me.
|OKAY!!! its tuesday and was time to really put the nose to the grind, but I spent a lot of time online today, emailing with old high school friends, searching on shipping alternatives, etc. I got a callback from a moving company, they want $1480 to move me!!! I don't think so. I will continue to check. I did get some more scanning done today, and burned another two sets of Family CD's and created and made the labels, so that is good too. Time for bed, I am tired, I got up early today, and will do so again tomorrow so I can hit the bank and run some errands. toodles....:)|
|Happy Monday !!! Its a postal Holiday, so I have to wait another day to see if I am getting my pension money, but that's okay. I at least know the amount, so I wrote out checks to pay the bills, and made some plans for work on my truck, etc. Packed my first box !!!!! of little collectibles that are on my warrroom shelves, and got a box also packed and ready to send to my girls with goodie in it. Next is to find a small box so I can send a goodie box out to my son as well. And I got the box prepared to send a return back to Spiegels. I also cooked the rest of the chicken breasts from the freezer today so I can eat them with ease.....ciao, phyl ;+]|
was a good day, never left the house except to visit with my sister, Jan,
and share Pizza with her for dinner. I also showed her the video tape
of the Agawa Train Trip, and some video I shot while in CA last year.
Neat stuff. I have gotten a bunch of webwork done, wrote a newsletter
for the month of October, started the Tech Tip of the Week, and have the
journal entry done before midnight !!!! woo hoo !!! I slept better last
night, and slept in until 11am today, so it is a good thing. I made contact
with an old highschool friend via email, and found out that another old
friend and neighbor is alive and living in Illinois. I got his address
and will be writing an old fashioned snail mail letter, this person didn't
know if he is online or not. Imagine that. :) :)
I have souped up the background and format of the daily journal, and added a count down feature to the top of this page, counting my days until I arrive in CA...with this cold weather, I can't wait. over and out...... phyl 8=]
the video camera into a Sony Service Center to find out that it is not
normal to hear the sounds that I hear...the camera is only 7 days old!!!
but they want at least a week for repairs. There was no tech working (don't
they want to service customers on the weekend???) so I might just go back
on Monday. Maybe it would be quicker than that, the techs would know.
The counter person thought it is a spindel. Sounds harmless. I might just
wait until I get to CA to have it fixed. Will have to decide that next
week. Nothing else completed, had to drive thru my first SNOW STORM !!!!!
oh, it was awful....and more like sleet/hail than snow, but it was cold,
and windy, and white....not transparent like rain. There is a chance for
more tomorrow, I gotta get out of here.
I did send some emails out to see what trucking my goods west would cost....I think I am going back to the plan of boxing and mailing a bunch of stuff myself, so I don't have too much for my poor little truck. Tomorrow's another day. And I slept very well on the air mattress, it will work out great !!!! Anyone out there need a great washer??? I gotta sell that. ciao, phyl :=]
|Nothing happened worth mentioning. I made a call to Prudential, who is in charge of my penion plan payout and found out that the Acct Executive was out on maternity leave!!! and there was a field left blank on my form by the Plan Administrator (not me or my company)....so I got that straightened out and assigned to a different Acct Exec....and I will follow up again Monday as I didn't get any call back. I also sold the TV and my bed, so I am sleeping on the blowup mattress from my parents....will let you know tomorrow if I survive the night !!!! a fond adieu|
home from Cheboygan, and had a final dinner with a great friend of mine,
Mark Blair. We worked together at NTT a few years back, and have remained
good friends. We have lunch or dinner every several months of so, and
write countless emails. This is the last one before I move. Check out
his website if you are interested...and go to his Detroit RedWings pages...sign
up for his newsletter. It is excellent !!!!! www.markblair.net
Might have a buyer for my webcam, but no one ever called back about the washer, so it is still available...grab it while you can !!!!
|Spent all day on the Agawa Train, it was beautiful and exciting, especially when the train would hit a mis-aligned track and jump and make a large noise !!! Dad would say really loud, "broke another wheel!!!" too funny. no work done towards the trip, but couldn't install the newer 56k modem into the computer, the pentium is too old to support it and the com ports wouldn't hold. gotta figure out something different before I move.|
|Travelling to Cheboygan in order to spend more time working with mom and dad on the computer and to take the Agawa Canyon train trip tomorrow with them and my aunt marcie church....nothing done towards my move.|
much going on today. I got all of my old magazines cleaned up, trashed
and optimized. I pulled a 56K modem out of my computer and will be taking
it up north tomorrow to install into mom and dad's computer. Then I will
replace their 33.6 back into mine. I use isdn connection, so it is just
a fallback to have an actual modem.
The family photos did turn out to take 5-cd's and I have a full set and a backup set made. More are forthcoming.
I will be redesigning this journal in the next several days, just need to finalize my thoughts and take the time. :)
am going to condense the past several days into one entry because I have
been doing nothing but scanning, scanning, scanning !!!! and I finally
have all the old photos that I can find scanned, all the slides scanned,
and even went thru some negatives, but didn't find any that didn't have
the corresponding prints available for scanning. PHEW !!! Yesterday I
spent the day cleaning up photos, cropping out stuff, fixing the color
on the slides, eliminating duplicates and trying to organize them. I am
sure that I missed some doubles, and that not all the photos are in great
shape, but it is pretty darn good.
Late yesterday, during the Detroit Red Wings game (we tied Dallas 2-2), I started the process of actually making a CD of these photos and when I quit at 3:30am......I had 3 full CD's made. It is probably going to be a 5-CD set of photographs. There will pics that will only interest certain branches of the family, that is for sure, but I will provide a complete set to each of my siblings, and my parents and my aunt. If anyone else is interested, just let me know. There are some photos not taken of my immediate family, and I could put those on a separate CD if people are interested, just let me know.
Other than that, I haven't hardly left my house except to mail some bills, get some groceries and feed the cat upstairs (Jan is down in TN with mom and dad, yes they did call finally, and were fine, just left the house as soon as they got there that night...seems to me they did the same thing last year....hmmm....mmm...) I went out today and got some new computer parts (thanx to a loan from a dear friend) so I can fix Stephs computer when I get out there, her's is dead. And will be taking some time off to go to Gibralter Trade Center/MT Clemens, to a gun show and to wander the booths a bit. Need to get out of here, I am going stir crazy. But, I want to watch the olympic finale tonite, so will be home at a decent hour.
I started the countdown today....32 and counting. I expect to arrive in SD (stands for San Diego and will be using thruout the rest of the journal) on 11/2...giving my girls some time to breathe after flying home from Michigan on 11/1. The excite and anticipation is growing, but so is the frustration. Nothing is selling, so I gotta try harder...and advertise more. se levie...... ciao, phyl :)
weather has started to turn here in Michigan, fall is upon us. Today,
I took time for myself to play and spend it with a friend. Much needed.
My nerves and stress level tends to get the better of me, and a day to
play is just what the doctor ordered.
Now, its evening, and I am finally getting to running an ad in the newspaper to sell things. Also, I have gotten some more research done on replacing some of my electronic equipment, and did get some good info last night on the upcoming route. Next thing is to actually tackle some packing !!!
I guess Jan, Mom and Dad got to TN okay, its 9pm & haven't had any phone call as of yet. I have fed Mihos, tried to raid Jan's kitchen, but she didn't have any Jiffy Bisquick, and had just chicken soup and cereal for dinner. Now time to do some serious webwork.
the day with sleeping in until I felt like getting up. Tried to do some
work on the computer, but my mind kept wandering, so I logged online,
and checked out a bunch of sites for Route 66, the Motherroad of all roads.
Got some really good info, like where it starts, etc. and saw a ton of
photos...I am still geeked and can't wait.
I did manage to get some laundry done today which is good, because I need to sell the washer and quick, so I can continue to eat and have gas in my truck until my final money is sent to me from Prudential. I am probably going to have to "do" the flea market afterall this weekend, just to get rid of some things....I need to put an ad in the Observer/Eccentric to sell some things too. Maybe tonite.
Mom and Dad are down and they and Jan and I had dinner with Lyn tonite at Red Robin, Novi, which was a very pleasant experience. Took my mind off the job at hand for a while. But, now back to the grind.
went to my ex-workplace to collect my final paycheck, sign the paperwork
to get the pension plan stuff rolling, and check out my COBRA benefits....not
much change of signing up for that since I can't use them in CA...but
I might keep them for the 3 weeks or so I am still here in Michigan. I
got to say goodye to a lot of friends at the office and pass out the ole
business card. I also asked for a letter of reference from our CEO, she
graciously agreed. Also discussed the possibility of working for Sandicor,
the MLS in south San Diego county. Karen knows the CEO, and offered, but
first, I will send an email and check on my own....then call in the favors.
The rest of the day was spent cleaning up my apartment. I also got the notebook started for this trip, with lots of info that I have gathered from websites about Route 66. I am so excited to be taking this next step in my life, and sharing it with friends and family is just TOO COOL !!!
|Today is the first day of the rest of my life....okay, so its an old cliche, but it is true. Yesterday, 9/23/00, was the last day of my job, and now, I am starting a new part of my life. I will be chronicling it here, on the web, for the world to see. Daily updates whenever possible will be posted so stay tuned to this saga. You never know, you may be part of history, mine at least...:) phyl ;)|