I’m back home from California.
Fuel prices continued to drop throughout the trip. My SigO and I actually got gasoline for $1.83 per gallon on our way out of the People’s Republic of California, and that’s only because the place with $1.81 was out of our way.
The plan was to make the whole 15 hour drive (give or take) in one shot, without stopping for the night. Alas, such a plan was not meant to be.
We heard about bad weather in the pass through the last bit of mountains (they’re called the Rockies — maybe you’ve heard of them) on the way home, including some hellish snow, ice, and traffic through a long tunnel on the downslope, and decided we didn’t want to make that drive at night. We decided to stop in Grand Junction and finish the drive the next day. That night, I suffered another bout of productive insomnia, and got some writing done. Some of it was article material for the IT Security Weblog at Techrepublic (in other words, for money), and some of it was for NaNoWriMo — bringing my word count up to about 73K.
The next day, weather and traffic was only worse — but at least it was during daylight. Well, that didn’t really work out: we ended up stopped in Silverthorne, just a few miles before the tunnel, because the Dept. of Transportation shut down the road for a few hours. We got dinner and started calling hotels, but they were all booked. In fact, due to the road closure, Silverthorne’s Rec Center was turned into an emergency shelter for people stranded in town, and when that overflowed they opened the elementary school for the same purpose.
They opened the road again later that night, but reports were filtering back of accidents on the on-ramps (let alone the road itself) as everybody rushed to get on their journey again, so we decided to sleep on cots in the recreation center gymnasium rather than risk the dead-of-night drive amongst crazy, idiot drivers who go too fast for snow and make a habit of cutting off other people whilst jockeying for position.
While we were there, my SigO met her word count goal for NaNoWriMo in a mad dash to the finish, and I scrounged up a few hundred more words to put me over 75K. We got run out of the rec center at six in the morning, and got underway. We ultimately arrived home Monday morning, less than two full days after we’d intended to get here.
Today, in addition to posting an article about some of the things Microsoft needs to do to make Windows 7 secure — and, thus, about some of the reasons Windows 7 won’t be any more secure than any previous version of MS Windows in the final analysis (since Microsoft most likely won’t even satisfy one of the 5 things Microsoft should do to secure Windows 7) — I also took the car through a car wash, dealt with some business at the bank, and put some fuel in the gas tank. Our favorite gas station in town is down to $1.47 per gallon as of today.
. . . and that’s the end of the trip.
I’m goin’ back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali
I’m goin’ back to Cali . . .
*. . . I don’t think so.*
Thanks to LL Cool J for the inspirational music.