Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ho! Ho! Ho! I'm Baaaaack....

Went away for a few days to visit my Mom in Nevada for Christmas, a brief 5 hour drive, and surprisingly had very little separation anxiety from the computer, internet, blog or any of this crap. Maybe the free Wifi helped with the 'net separation anxiety but I digress.

Rented the usual suite at the Holiday Inn Express, which is by far the best hotel in that pit of a Nevada town. Got a nice 55" HDTV with a DVD player in the living room and a huge whirlpool tub in the bedroom. They have free WiFi of course, mentioned above, which I used sparingly just to keep an eye on my sites and make sure they were up and collecting coin.

Quite nice for the price.

Brought a couple of DVD's to watch at night, some bourbon for the whirlpool, and I was good to go.

Sadly, the cat had a crappy Christmas as he had a traumatic moment right before we left. We were just about to head out to my mom’s place and for reasons unknown the cat decided to sit right between where my wife and I were standing fairly close together. Suddenly, my wife accidentally steps on the cats paw at which point he screams. She hears this noise and quickly turns around to see what’s wrong with the cat, still standing on his paw grinding it further into the carpet as she turns on it. The cat starts hissing, spitting, screaming and flipping out.

She finally realized what was going on and takes her foot off the cat at which point there was one pissed off ball of flying fur running through the house. The cat, in typical cat fashion, was hiding under everything until I finally captured him 15 minutes later. Upon close inspection the cat turned out to be very upset but completely unhurt from being stepped upon.

Unfortunately, we had to leave while he was still bent out of shape and luckily for us he wasn’t holding a grudge and was happy to see us when we got back the next day.

Now the fun part of this short holiday vacation was the bad weather on the return trip.

Almost all the way back to Reno and beyond there were very high winds 45 mph and higher that were kicking up dust and sand storms, pelting my car with rocks, and there were huge tumbleweeds rolling all over the roads. One of the big tumbleweeds got pulverized by the SUV in front of my car and we got pelted with all the tumbleweed chunks. We managed to get past Reno right before before a couple of 18 wheelers got blown over, one of them a Walmart truck according to the news.

If the wind, dust, rocks and tumbleweeds weren't bad enough, we had pouring rain west of Sacramento and the wind was still blowing hard which caused a lot of traffic jams as the nervous drivers all started breaking everywhere.

Took forever to get home...

Don't you just *LOVE* the holidays?



skore said...

Good to have you back Bill!

Dan Kramer said...

Hi Bill, I didn't know you were in that part of the country. I lived in the Carson City/Reno area for 12 years and return frequently.