Lindsey Kuper (lindseykuper) wrote,
Lindsey Kuper

Krazy West Koast Travel Month

From the 15th-18th, I'll be in Los Angeles with much of my mom's side of the family for a combination of Father's Day celebration for my grandpa and 50th birthday party/graduation party for my aunt Laura. It's gonna be great. I had to turn down Will terror_firma's invitation to do Rails Day with him, though. It would have been cool, but I don't think my family would appreciate it very much if I spent 24 hours in the hotel room with the Book of Power while they were all at Disneyland. (Note to the Rails Day organizers for next year: Can you not put it so close to a holiday? Actually, put it on Valentine's Day. That would be okay. I mean, you already have the heart thing going on.)

The L.A. trip is just part of the Kraziness. In the morning, I'm headed north to San Juan Island with a couple of friends to run the marathon. I'm finally done with training; I did my 20-mile run last month on the 14th, and I've been tapering off since then to get ready for the race. (On April 9 and 16, I conquered my fear of crossing the river during my 15- and 16-mile runs. That felt good. Since then, I've been sticking to my own side of town. That feels good, too.)

(The first time I did this, I kept track of my training mileage on a piece of paper taped to the wall of my dorm room. The second time, I had an OpenOffice spreadsheet. This year? iCal, baby. For the record, though, I really hate how that works. You shouldn't have to have a Google account to look at my public calendars, and you shouldn't have to subscribe to them, either. All I want is a web page where my mom can go look at a nice, pretty calendar that I made from an iCal file -- and I'm not the only one. 30Boxes might do the trick, but I thought I did everything right and it still tells me I have "No events to show". Meanwhile, iCalShare apparently has to approve my calendar before I can share it. And both services seem buggy in their own ways. Come to think of it, so did OpenOffice on Gentoo. The only foolproof thing so far was the piece of paper taped to the wall. Maybe next year I'll go back to that.)

Had I decided to go to Gnomedex with Matt, this month would have been even more Krazy, but it would have cost as much as the other two trips put together, and I can't really afford it. Past attendees get a discount, but I think it should work the other way around. Past attendees are returning because they enjoyed it the first time; they already know they want to go. First-timers need to be convinced that it's not just a weekend of Chris Pirillo hero worship.

Tags: marathon 2006

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