Hope To End This Chapter Soon

April 16th, 2014

I didn’t make as much unpacking progress as I think any of us hoped I would have tonight, but I think I can truly begin to see the end of it at this point. Between hanging stuff up on walls, finding room for quite a few pillows, and just deciding what to do with all of the random stuff that’s still in boxes, I might actually be able to have people come over to visit by next week. Either that or I can finally get back to playing video games and watching TV without feeling an overwhelming sense of guilt whenever I want to do so.

Finding a Shield to purchase in person is proving harder than you might think it would be, and that’s essentially killing my plan to use some rebate gift cards on it. I have no shortage of things that I want to buy which I could use said gift cards on at a physical location, but their usefulness would be more limited. Actually, scratch that. I’m pretty sure the Shield is going to be pretty limited in its usefulness as well, but I’m committed to this idea and want to see it through.

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A Net Decrease in Workload

April 15th, 2014

You’d think that after getting a decent (albeit slightly short) sleep, I wouldn’t have been that likely to sleep on the plane trip back. However, when I wasn’t reading about four chapters of the third Game of Thrones book, that’s essentially all that I did. Hey, it means that I’m able to reset my sleep schedule tonight without much effort, so clearly it all worked out in the end. I’ll just claim it was all part of my plan.

I no longer have a Comcast service appointment for tomorrow morning because everything seems to be working just fine. I’ll still probably watch Survivor at work tomorrow mainly just because I can plus it means no avoiding social media for three hours. That way when I get home I can also go back into full unpacking mode (of which more progress was made today, but there are still far too many boxes around that need to be eliminated with prejudice).

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A Much More Restful Plan

April 14th, 2014

Boston, 12:25 AM (4/15): Rather than spend the entire night awake in the Westin, I decided that sleeping on the couch at the Airbnb location that Will booked to be a much better idea. I’ll still have to wake up early for my flight, but this way sleeping on it won’t be as critical. I might even finally ferry a chance to read Game of Thrones some.

I did spend part of my morning at the convention center helping with teardown. It just felt wrong to not do so given that I had nothing else to do. I also had nowhere else to go, but let’s consider that a secondary aspect. The important part is that I did help CFP, and that’s what truly matters.

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End of the Show

April 13th, 2014

Boston, 10:00 PM: Another PAX is now complete. Being able to sleep in tomorrow morning is going to be amazing, and I likely won’t even need to come back to the convention center. That means I’ll need to find other ways to entertain myself throughout the day until the after party. I think some people might be going to see Captain America which I wouldn’t mind seeing again, but I’ll make my call on what to do based partially on how much the weather dictates that inside activities will be a smart idea.

I think my postmortem with Jamie will generally be that this show was overall better than Prime. There are definitely a couple of tweaks to make going forward, but our system is evolving in a good way. With Prime being the first chance to correct the venue-specific issues, it will be interesting to see exactly how things are better year over year.

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Saving Myself for More

April 12th, 2014

Boston, 10:30 PM: Day 2 of PAX isn’t quite over yet, but it’s close enough that nothing too big should be able to come up. I’m glad that East is only a 3 day show because while I might be able to pull off 4 at Prime, that involves me getting to go home every night. Monday will be a much appreciated rest day this time though rather than yet another day of working.

PAX South was announced earlier as coming to San Antonio in January 2015. It should be fairly obvious that I’ll want to go help out with that one, so effectively I’m on the clock as far as Australia. If I don’t do it this year, I don’t foresee attending all four in a year as something that I’ll feel like doing from either a vacation time or financial perspective.

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Nothing I Haven’t Done Before

April 11th, 2014

Boston, 12:20 AM (4/12): Day 1, check. Nothing out of the ordinary to report except that I got to pretend I was a student assistant in middle school again with the number of copies and paper cutting I did. Turns out that having existing experience on that area doesn’t really help making the work go any faster.

Tomorrow should be pretty standard as well. My Camelbak is just the right size for PAX purposes, so I appear to have made a good decision there as well. Useful for conventions as well as snowboarding? Now all it need to do is work well at hiking and I’ll have completed the trifecta.

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A Self-Directed Yeoman

April 10th, 2014

Boston, 7:20 PM: I haven’t seen Jamie all day (even though she should have arrived by now), but that didn’t keep me from being productive on my own. I’ve basically taken care of everything that I think I need to, and at this point my evening should be fairly simple until I head back to my hotel to go to sleep. Tomorrow morning is when the fun really begins, so let’s see how I’m feeling 24 hours from now.

As much as I enjoy working PAX, I think it should be obvious by this point that it really doesn’t serve as a “vacation” like my original intention of coming out here was. Perhaps my feelings this year are tinted from the fact that the past two weeks have been incredibly busy as well, so I’m not going to go as far to say that I won’t come again next year. I might do a little reevaluation though and decide what my priorities should be for 2015.

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Exactly Why It Exists

April 9th, 2014

I spent almost 45 minutes with Comcast on the phone the other night working to get my TV working, but the result was that I’m having a technician come out next week once I’m back from Boston to troubleshoot in person. There was absolutely no way that if I missed Survivor tonight I was going to be able to avoid spoilers until I had a chance to see it, so I’m taking advantage of the Dallas Slingbox to watch it right now while I’m at work. Hey, watching Survivor live is one of the use cases that I bought the Slingbox for, so I’m glad to know that one of my core scenarios works for it just fine.

Normally I don’t do any of Comcast’s promotions for free HBO or whatever for a couple months because I know that when it expires I’ll end up paying for it for (at least) one month before I remove it from my account. Apparently as an apology for not being able to get my TV working, Comcast did just this without notifying me, and the only reason I’m even aware of it is that my services were listed on the appointment confirmation that they sent me via email. However, rather than just being for 2 or 3 months, they apparently comped me HBO for a full 24 months. You know what, I think I’ll go ahead and keep this promotion rather than calling back to get it removed.

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Out In The Light

April 8th, 2014

As of this morning, I no longer have an apartment in Bellevue. Sure, technically I’m still paying rent on it through Friday, but I removed the last of my items and handed the keys back this morning. My moving life can now solely be concentrated on my Seattle apartment and making it have a somewhat respectable appearance which at this point is still not something that I can quite see yet.

My mind is slowly coming to terms with the fact that unfortunately just ignoring the boxes and piles of stuff on my floor isn’t going to make it magically disappear, and moving fairies apparently aren’t a real thing that will help me finish everything off. A lot more boxes have disappeared, and I think the next big mental hurdle will be cleared once I start putting stuff up onto the walls so that all of it is no longer taking up floor space. Where are all of those wall things going to live? Beats me, but I don’t think it’s that critical of a decision to get perfectly right.

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Can’t Exit Too Quickly

April 7th, 2014

After work I went over to Stan’s to help him with his taxes then went out for dinner, so by the time I was driving back through Bellevue on the way home, I really didn’t feel like stopping by my apartment to get my vacuum cleaner and couple of other cleaning supplies out. There’s no harm in doing it tomorrow, and I’m going to have to bring up stuff from my car once I get back anyway (I’ll be going by Target to buy some shelving for the closet I’ve comes to realize is a pantry). If you think about it, I’m actually just saving myself from having to make elevator trips both days.

While I’m still living with quite a few boxes in my life, I broke down a significant number more, and my apartment is starting to actually become navigable. The way I’ve been accomplishing this is just by taking stuff our of my “random” boxes and putting it on the floor, so I can’t really say that it’s all that much cleaner. Still though, one more day of emptying boxes and getting rid of the one my stereo system came in, and I might just be able to move the needle from “disaster” to “cluttered”.

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