I’m Getting Good At This Traveling Thing

Just in time for me to shelve it for four months, during which everything will once again unfamiliar.

Nothing Like Seeing An Unsettling Scene Upon Departure
I am a bit paranoid about my house catching on fire while I am away. I know that I shouldn’t be, but I am.

Yesterday as I drove away from my house I saw the house at the end of my block smoking. It was the beginning of a house fire. Talk about screwing with an already-fucked up mind…

I was not the first person at the scene, and the people there had already called 911. Being a mere four blocks from a fire house you’d think that they would have been there in no time. However, it took them a few more minutes than that.

As I drove away I saw no fewer than five fire trucks in addition to some other official fire vehicles and police headed to my neighborhood. Hopefully they were able to get the fire put out before the house became engulfed.

I thought about staying and documenting the action with photos (I really wanted to), but the thought of missing my flight overrode this desire.

ITP Flickr Pic
I saw this truck parked in the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes parking lot.

Truth In Advertising

If this is the sort of automotive finishes they sell, then I think they have an effective product.

One Of The Best Flights Ever
Raleigh is about a one-hour flight from Atlanta and the airlines offer multiple flights each business day, so each flight is somewhat empty. I flew in a re-purposed Song plane therefore I had Dish Network television at my disposal. I was also able to change my assigned seat to an exit row which I possessed alone. I can only hope my returned flight is as enjoyable.

I Am Still Waiting To See A Reward
I keep checking into this hotel chain with my “Elite Gold” status and nothing is happening. I am going to log on to my account at the end of this stay to see what the heck is going on. Certainly I should have seen some benefit to this status.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – tired
Current Music – none
Website Of The Day – I’ve never considered tooling around Raleigh as a tourist. If I ever do I’ll certainly check out Raleigh’s Official Tourism Site.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – N/A

October Goal
1) Find happiness

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to I’m Getting Good At This Traveling Thing

  1. RanLiCoop says:

    Paulie, we’re happy to have you in The Triangle today. I hope the Wolfpack geeks treat you well during your recruiting stint.

    As mentioned in my email earlier today, I think that you should drop the Paulie Gruesome moniker and adopt that of Douglas Adams’ Rain God, Rob McKenna. Rain God has a much nicer ring to it.

    Have you ever asked at the front desk to see what “perks” you might receive for being an Elite Gold member?

  2. Barb says:

    from the fireman’s wife (yes, I’m learning the AFD procedures) – any “fire” gets at least 3 engines, 2 trucks, and various other things dispatched. If it turns into a big fire, they are covered. Usually most times, most of those are sent away without doing anything. First due should be there within about 5 minutes, but depending on the time of day (and stupid drivers that don’t get out of the way) it can take longer. They like to be the first there, becuase then they get to “run” the fire. (tell the others where to go, what to dom, etc.)

    Have fun in NC – we will be driving thru the state thursday night or friday morning on the way to VA for a wedding.

  3. RanLiCoop says:

    @ Barb:
    Stop on by if you have time during your travels to/from VA. Cheese, Cooper and I would love to see you guys.

    @ Paulie:
    Thanks for being the community bulletin board.


  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Glad I could be of help.

    btw- I am sitting at Flying Saucer right now.

  5. Barb says:

    Randy – if Raleigh was on the way, we would, but we are heading to Waynesboro, and we won’t be anywhere near y’all. Bummer.

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