October 10th, 2008

Kevin and Lisa

I'm Outta Here

In a couple of minutes, I am shutting down my computer, packing the van, and heading for Oregon, where I will be all of next week, working from my father-in-law's home in Mehama. Tonight's goal is to reach Medford, where my hotel reservation is. No time to dawdle.
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Conrunner Kevin

A Pity I'm Not Here Longer

This is not the first time I've stayed at a hotel at Exit 33 on I-5 in Oregon. On a previous trip, I spent one night at the Holiday Inn Express just off the freeway. This trip, I booked a room at the Candlewood Suites, which is also part of the same group of hotels. It's a couple of miles east of I-5 near the airport. It's less expensive, doesn't include the cooked breakfast, and doesn't have a hot tub, but otherwise it is a much better deal in my opinion. It's one of the extended-stay hotels, which means it's actually a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, living room, and a separate bedroom. I'd say this room is about half the size of my apartment in Fremont, and if this room is indicative of other hotels of this brand, I'd be happy to spend a week or three here on extended work duty.

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Not knowing this hotel, I figured I'd better get here as soon as I could. Their front desk closes at 11 PM, but unlike the Extended StayAmerica hotels, where I once nearly got locked out because of a delayed flight, they have a mechanism for late self-check-in. Moving my stuff into the room, I got out my computer. I only then realized that I'd left my ethernet cable at home; fortunately, they also have wireless internet here, and there are more cables at Lisa's father's house by which I can connect to his home network.

After getting things initially squared away, I headed back to the freeway, which is where stores and restaurants are. There was an Albertson's grocery store near the freeway, so I went in and bought some milk and a microwave dinner. I'd previously packed a box of Glucerna cereal for use this coming week, and having access to a full room with bowls and utensils meant that I didn't have to worry about the fact that the hotel doesn't provide breakfast. I went back to the room, heated up and ate my dinner, and answered my e-mail.

I'll be staying here again on the trip south next Saturday. I like it. It's good value.
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High Speed Train

For Anyone Listening to KGO Radio Around 8 PM Tonight...

...why yes, that was me ("Kevin along I-5") calling in to Dr. Bill Wattenburg, filling in for Gene Burns this evening. After I left Mt. Shasta City, KGO's signal grew strong enough to hear as the sun set. I don't always agree with Dr. Bill, but after listening to him talk for a while, I decided to try and call and ask his opinion on High Speed Rail. I was fortunate in that his phone lines were not completely swamped, and I got in the queue. About twenty minutes after getting in the queue, I stopped at the Klammath River rest area, thinking that I was soon going to get on the air and that I'd rather do the call while stopped, despite wearing a headset. But I needed to use the restroom, so when they went into a news break, I went into the building -- and my already weak signal died.

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Just as I crossed into Oregon, I lost the call again. In the hope that third time would be a charm, I tried again, and just as I started down the steep grade after Siskiyou Summit, Dr. Bill called on me.

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Hanging up the phone, I reviewed the call in my head. I hope I sounded relatively smooth, but I also feared that I might have sounded as if I were a paid shill for the promoters of 1A. While I'm pleased that the California Alliance for Jobs has bought airtime to promote 1A, I also know that people tend to distrust big money, and that there's an automatic suspicion that anyone who sounds like they know what they're talking about is obviously a "plant" of some sort. Well, I'm no shill; I just care a lot about this project.

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It was only a few minutes after my call before I arrived at my hotel. It's hard to get KGO on the radio in the hotel room, so I didn't hear the rest of Dr. Bill's program after the anti-HSR woman's call and thus do not know if anyone else called in to say "No trains in my backyard!"