January 1st, 2007

Kevin and Lisa

Leaving Oregon

New Year's Eve wasn't especially fun or pleasant for us. A minor misunderstanding blew up into a fairly loud argument, and we pretty much ended up scrapping all of our previous plans. So it was pretty quiet here until midnight, when kids attending a New Year's party at the church across the street started setting off small fireworks and sparklers. Otherwise, we stayed home quietly and played games.

In a few minutes I'll be shutting down and packing things up here in Mehama, after which Lisa and I will head off to try and return hardware and software. We decided that while Sid Meier's Railroads seems to run, the fact that it keeps warning us that the video drivers are not up to date, combined with the refusal of the so-called up-to-date drivers to install on my computers, makes it too dangerous to attempt to use it. I don't see it being worth my time to rebuild my computer just to run one game, even if it is railroad-related. So it's back to Circuit City to do that refund, then Camping World for the trailer door mechanism, then Fry's for the VHS-DVD software.

Most people return or exchange gifts given to them by other people. I'm spending today returning things I bought for myself.

My flight for Oakland doesn't leave PDX until after 9 O'clock tonight, so we have plenty of time to get things done, I think. We've both been invited to various New Year's Day parties in the Salem-Portland area, but I don't think we'll get to any of them, what with the errands that need running.
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Conrunner Kevin

Hurry Up and Wait

I got to PDX pretty early, which is good because my flight to Oakland is seriously delayed, and if I'd taken it, there was a good chance I would not be able to get to BART to get home. The Alaska Airlines agent, Jeannete, offered to put me on a Horizon flight to Seattle and then to a Seattle-Oakland flight that will arrive a short time before my originally-scheduled arrival.

"Let's do it," I told her, and thanked her for the re-route.

I hot-footed it down to the Horizon gates, where my ticket said my flight should already be boarding; however, the equipment hadn't arrived yet. They're currently predicting a twenty-minute delay but it could be less if they get the plane (which I think hear pulling up now) turned quickly. I still have plenty of time for the connection at Seattle, although I may not have time to get anything to eat.

The good customer service by Alaska Airlines is something of an antidote to the bad way my day started with Circuit City -- details tomorrow, I think.

Ah, that is indeed the equipment for my flight that just pulled up to the gate, so I'd better get the computer shut back down.
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