In a New York Minute!

Okay, that has absolutely nothing to do with your Mom, but it sounded cool in my head while typing it.

Alright, bear with me – I think all chronological order will be thrown out the window as I recount the past week and a half or so of events here in ol’ NYC. First, some of the more recent things:

Springsteen.NBC.Today 190 (1)Robie Saunderson of San Antonio Chicken Divinity fame sent me a digital movie file of my TODAY show glory – click here to download it for yourself (it’s about 2 MB or so, so keep that in mind dial-up folks!). So it’s not exactly a CLOSE-UP of me, but hey, I Springsteen.NBC.Today 190 (1)was still intercut with Bruce Springsteen and when I saw it on the jumbotron screen at Rockefeller Center (NOT Times Square though…bummer), it was lifesize! Also, here are some stills that Robie thoughtfully sent as well (thanks Robbie!).

  •  While waiting for the Ferry bus (no smartaleck comments, kthx) to pick me up outside work today (I was standing outside a Kenneth Cole store and kept looking in – I definitely need to go in there and look at their shoes and jackets…and hope they’re not like $500) as I was heading home early to meet the DirecTV folks who ended up not being able to install HD because my receiver I brought with me is BROKEN…okay, I rambled there, but while waiting for the Ferry bus (heh heh) who walks by me but Conan O’Brian? That dude is tall! And what’s funny is that he wasn’t mobbed or nothin’ while walking down the street. In fact, he probably never is, but still, he’s pretty distinctive looking. And tall.
  • Speaking of Conan O’Brien, this past Friday I remembered that on the internal NBC channels in 30 Rock, you can tune to each of the studios and watch rehearsals. So during the afternoon, I was working and watching Conan work on that night’s broadcast, which was actually pretty damn cool as you see how they tweak the material to make it funnier and such. And he cusses. Awesome. Then, a few channels over, you can watch Studio 8H aka the Saturday Night Live studio and watch them prep for Saturday. If you thought some of their sketches were painful to watch just once, try listening to it REPEATEDLY over and over – and it doesn’t get funnier, folks. I can’t imagine the skit I saw was one that was hilarious to watch on Saturday evening.
  • The Rockefeller Center SKATING RINK has opened up as of yesterday. Yes, the skating rink is actually open. Yesterday the temperature was in the 80s. Go figure. But maybe they knew something we all didn’t because while Monday was sweltering and muggy, the rest of the week the temps are dropping over 20 degrees and by Friday, our highs are in the 50s! Yowza. Guess I’ll get to finally use my new umbrella and jackets.
  • Have I said recently how cool it is to work in Midtown???? If not, it’s freakin’ awesome. So much goes on right there.
  • Okay, so last I updated, the TODAY show experience had just happened, and now I’m posting the video. What’s happened since? Glad you asked.

So on Saturday, I embarked on my first sightseeing-as-a-native trip, wanting to go into Manhattan and see the Barnes & Noble flagship store as well as see more of Midtown Fifth Avenue, which is where all the fancy stores are. So I did that, traveling first to Midtown (#12 in the map to the left, which is courtesy of the NFT NYC guide, indispensable!) and taking some more pics of 30 Rock before taking the subway down to Union Square (which is in the southern part of #9), which is south of the Empire State Building and kinda close to Greenwich Village. Needless to say, the B&N there is pretty awesome. 4 stories. And like the retard I am, I couldn’t stop myself from buying not one but TWO heavy computer books that I now had to carry around the rest of my trip. I’m stupid.

NYCMapYou know, I’m looking at the map I put there and it makes me laugh – you see how close it looks like between where I live and where I work. Probably no more than 3-4 miles. But it takes at a minimum 40 minutes to get there. An hour when it’s heavily crowded or horrendous streets. Hopefully me getting to work ahead of the rush will help a bit, as I’ve signed up as a member of the 30 Rock gym and will work out in the mornings. I got to work early (meaning, 7:25 am) today and it was amazing how fast it was. The rush hour really is if you try to get to work between 9 – 9:30. That blows my mind coming from the military and getting to work by 7:30 (okay, I didn’t quite do that near the end of my time, but cut me some slack, bitches).

Okay, where was I? Oh yeah, I was in Union Square and bought a couple bricks to walk around with during the rest of my trip. I had originally anticipated just staying in Manhattan all day because the plan was to go to the movies with Shannon and some of her friends that evening around 7pm. That plan changed when the skin on my hands was raw after hauling those books around. Union Square is a really cool place though, with a huge farmers market during the weekend and lots of restaurants, shops and bars around there. I then walked up Broadway towards the Flatiron building, one of the older and more recognizable ‘skyscrapers’ in New York. Then it was a quick visit to Madison Square Park which was nice to be in. I jumped back in the subway towards Midtown though (#11, #12, and #13) and walked briefly by the Plaza Hotel, the very bottom edge of Central Park, and then finally back on Fifth Avenue, where like I said, all the very cool shops are. I bought stuff, of course. Then I hauled myself back to the Ferry terminal, went home and unloaded, changed, and then went back into Manhattan to go see “Into The Wild” with Shannon and Co. It was good to see her, but didn’t really get a chance to hang out much as the movie started soon and then afterwards, I left to go home as she had other things going on and I was still unsure of how to get home at this point! But while walking down Broadway, I couldn’t help but see Times Square so I ended up walking through that ridiculousness at night. It’s incredible though. And then I finally got back home. Quite an endeavor. Here are the pics below.

29 Sep 2007 - Midtown, Union Square, Flatiron, & Madison Sq Park

The very empty Port Imperial parking lot - Saturday isn't quite as busy a day as a weekday
The very empty Port Imperial parking lot - Saturday isn't quite as busy a day as a weekday29-Sep-2007 09:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 11.0, 15.599mm, 0.005 sec
There's my work - the very tall 30 Rock building
There's my work - the very tall 30 Rock building29-Sep-2007 10:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
And that's my balcony of fame
And that's my balcony of fame29-Sep-2007 10:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Okay, now we're in the Union Square area, and I'm looking north to the Empire State Building
Okay, now we're in the Union Square area, and I'm looking north to the Empire State Building29-Sep-2007 11:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.002 sec
Another pic of that
Another pic of that29-Sep-2007 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
That's the Met Life building right near Madison Square Park
That's the Met Life building right near Madison Square Park29-Sep-2007 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Looking up Broadway towards the ESB
Looking up Broadway towards the ESB29-Sep-2007 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.006 sec
ESB, Broadway, and Madison Square Park
ESB, Broadway, and Madison Square Park29-Sep-2007 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.005 sec
This is the Flatiron building. Look familiar?
This is the Flatiron building. Look familiar?29-Sep-2007 12:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
Another shot
Another shot29-Sep-2007 12:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
And one more
And one more29-Sep-2007 12:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Inside the Park
Inside the Park29-Sep-2007 12:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Looking at what I thought was kind of a cool bridge
Looking at what I thought was kind of a cool bridge29-Sep-2007 12:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
The Met Life tower
The Met Life tower29-Sep-2007 12:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
A neat, subtle sculpture of evil fighting trees
A neat, subtle sculpture of evil fighting trees29-Sep-2007 12:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.003 sec
 

I’m almost getting tired of all this updating, but screw it, must keep going. The next day, Sunday, was chores day and picking up stuff I needed day, until I found out that North Bergen county in Jersey basically closes on Sunday. And I didn’t feel like exploring too much as my auto insurance was still up in the air a bit. On that note, I’ve switched to GEICO and literally it is saving me about $375 every 6 months over what USAA was having me pay. No gracias, USAA!

Then it was the second week of work, and in a summary, I think I’m starting to actually make sense of things. I’m not the expert I will become, but I’m certainly making headway in to what I’ll be doing and what the systems I’m working on actually do and how they do it. Sweet. I did take some random pictures from that week though, so here are those. Also, my sightseeing excursion this past weekend was to go visit one of New York’s amazing museums. It was going to be between the Museum of Modern Art or The Metropolitan Museum of Art – I ended up choosing MoMA which was incredible. I love what can constitute art. I did get to see Van Gogh’s Starry Night though, which is a definite checkbox in my life. It had a lot of incredible works and was quite a great museum. Highly recommended!

1 Oct 2007 – Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center skating rink getting prepared for opening
The Rockefeller Center skating rink getting prepared for opening01-Oct-2007 15:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400
01-Oct-2007 15:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 107
I can't believe I actually work here - soon the tree will be up!
I can't believe I actually work here - soon the tree will be up!01-Oct-2007 15:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
I LOVE this pic I took of 30 Rock
I LOVE this pic I took of 30 Rock01-Oct-2007 15:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
And there it is, my workplace. Walk by this every day. Amazing. For me.
And there it is, my workplace. Walk by this every day. Amazing. For me.01-Oct-2007 15:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 127
 

3 Oct 2007 – Disappearing ESB

The Empire State Building in fog one afternoon while riding the Ferry home
The Empire State Building in fog one afternoon while riding the Ferry home03-Oct-2007 16:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 141
 

7 Oct 2007 – At the MoMA

The view from MoMA's sculpture garden - very eclectic
The view from MoMA's sculpture garden - very eclectic07-Oct-2007 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
The MoMA sculpture garden reflecting pool
The MoMA sculpture garden reflecting pool07-Oct-2007 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Another pic of the view
Another pic of the view07-Oct-2007 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
Inside MoMA - I think I liked the architecture and design of the museum itself more than most of the art inside
Inside MoMA - I think I liked the architecture and design of the museum itself more than most of the art inside07-Oct-2007 09:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
Very big open area here
Very big open area here07-Oct-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 141
High too
High too07-Oct-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 141
 
And here's Van Gogh's Starry Night. Awesome.
And here's Van Gogh's Starry Night. Awesome.07-Oct-2007 10:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 141
And go figure - this past Saturday was like Polish Pride Parade day or something. Fifth Avenue was shut down for the parade
And go figure - this past Saturday was like Polish Pride Parade day or something. Fifth Avenue was shut down for the parade07-Oct-2007 11:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
07-Oct-2007 11:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
 
And a funny ad that I can't actually believe is up.
And a funny ad that I can't actually believe is up.07-Oct-2007 13:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.006 sec
 

So that brings me up to date with current pictures! It’s been amazing how fast time is moving while here, but i guess that’s to be expected what with all the things going on.

I hope you all are doing good! I’ll update again more frequently, I promise!

TODAY Fame

Within one week at work and I’m already on television.

Now I know that it’s not just because I’m devastatingly handsome or charming, although that obviously helps, but it’s mostly due to the fact that I work in the center of NBC operations and it’s just inevitable that I’d end up on the star-making side of the cameras. So do you want to hear a story? A story about how I’m back on TV after a nearly 20 year absence???? Well, then, you’ve come to the right place, my friends!

But wait, you ask, what’s this business about 20-year-absences?? Well, when Bob Saget was still hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos in one of its beginning seasons, I was a member of the studio audience there because my junior high school was doing a fundraising event and one of them was being a studio audience member. Anyways, long story short, I ended up being one of the people they had a closeup of laughing their asses off to a stupid home video. And I wasn’t just in a crowd shot – this one was all me. So now flash-forward from 1990 to 2007…..zipzizpzizpzpzpzizpzipzizpzzip (that’s the sound of flash forwarding).

I head in to work and to finish up my first week at NBC. It was Friday, and things were already going well, as I had noticed that crowds seemed lighter on the commute to work – the ferry wasn’t AS crowded, and the NY Transit bus into town wasn’t blocked by ridiculous traffic (the UN thing must be over). So I got to work in a very respectable 45 minutes or so and headed on up to the 2nd floor where I can go all by myself now since I have an NBC badge. I head up there to my boss’ office and one of the guys from yesterday at Englewood Cliffs was there and he asked if I had seen Bruce Springsteen performing outside. I suddenly remembered that on Friday’s the Today show puts on concerts during the warmer months – and I then also remembered that this had been discussed a few days ago too. Just totally forgot. Mike tells me that there was going to be an encore performance though around 9:30 and no sooner had he said that did the crowd start cheering again and the music started blasting. Now get this: while the second floor doesn’t have much of a skyscraper view, it does have one ridiculously cool advantage: we can climb out a window onto a balcony-esque area that overlooks the Rockefeller Center plaza area, including the Today show external set, and this is where the Bruce Springsteen concert was set up. So sweet – a free show and amazing seats overlooking the crowd and the band. Even better – while we really couldn’t see clearly the band, the Today show had put up a giant jumbotron screen projecting the Today show feed so more people could see it. Anyways, it was awesome to get to see and hear it all, and while this was all going, we noticed a camera crane below us that was filming crowd shots. We were above it, so we could just see that it was pointed down at crowds, who were all too cognizant of where it was pointing and kept screaming everytime it aimed at them, whether it was on or not. Anyways, after the end of his last song, there was just lots of cheering and crowd reaction shots. Then Mike noticed that the crane camera had angled up and pointed at us! Now…this was interesting. Were we going to be on camera? And broadcast? I then started thinking that perhaps the camera angles that way when it’s done so I paid not much more attention. Finally, the concert was truly over and then people started clapping like crazy. So did I as well as another person up there of the 5 of us who were still up on the balcony.

All of a sudden, Mike tells me – “Look, we’re on screen!” and I look over to the jumbotron and NO SHIT, we were on screen!!!! I start waving like a madman. It was a rush, and then we were cut back to Bruce Springsteen. I then thought, well, this probably wasn’t aired but then commercials started airing on the jumbotron and it got me to thinking, perhaps this IS airing. Knowing it was too late for me to do anything in my time zone, I quickly thought, my friends in Colorado Springs! But then I couldn’t remember any body but the MSG’s front office #, so I call Heather and tell her she has to record the Third hour of TODAY. I guess she then passed that news on to others throughout the Mountain, and then the rest of the day happened. Finally tonight, I found out that Jeff Crepeau had recorded it and was just now reviewing it – and sure enough, me and the Balcony crew were on it!!! So he’s going to try to figure out how to get it off his DVR and then if the file is decently sized, I’ll post it here. So Pete Locke, you told me to be on the TODAY show, and by golly, in my first week here, I did it!!!

What a week this has been!

In almost boring news (compared to my movie and TV experiences this week), I’m starting to get a better picture of what I’ll be doing, or specifically, some of the projects I’m going to be starting out on. It looks like I’ll be working on the affiliate relations aspect of things for one…meaning that I am going to be working on making sure that that office (which manages NBC’s relations with its over 200 affiliates throughout the country) gets the data it actually wants and needs in a format that is helpful, so I’ll be working on databases and systems to make sure that stuff gets done according to their wishes. My second project is then working on helping streamline and improve the Media Library system (Barbara Green, I know you’re smiling somewhere in Cheyenne Mountain). Basically, every piece of media, whether it’s the commercials, promo spots, graphics/overlays, and the shows themselves, are identified and catalogued. Unfortunately it’s not the best organization right now and we’re looking into making it a completely digital process (as opposed to getting tapes of the items and then digitizing them). So these are two pretty good projects that I’ll be working on while I’m also getting spun up on everything else that goes into putting the feed together and out. One day I WILL be an awesome OnAir Systems guy!!!!

Overall, a good week but I’m glad it’s over though – it was tiring!!!

Okay, before I leave, here are some pics I took on Wednesday from my ferry ride home and then some pictures taken tonight of Manhattan from my shoreline. There really is nothing like seeing Manhattan at night. I can’t wait to actually be there soon at night.

26 Sept 2007 – Ferry Ride Home

26-Sep-2007 15:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
26-Sep-2007 15:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
26-Sep-2007 15:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
26-Sep-2007 15:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
26-Sep-2007 15:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

And then the pictures from tonight. The first three were taken with my Night Scene mode, and while it’s a clearer picture without the use of a tripod, it really doesn’t allow much light at you, so the effect is definitely more subdued than what I remember seeing. So i like taking pictures in manual mode but with a high ISO setting and no flash. Unfortunately, I never bring a tripod so my results usually aren’t quite the best. But some of the remainder after the first three aren’t too bad and they better represent what Manhattan looks and feels like at night from Jersey!

28 Sept 2007 – Manhattan at Night, From Jersey

There's Midtown Manhattan - ain't it beautiful?
There's Midtown Manhattan - ain't it beautiful?28-Sep-2007 19:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Nearly Full Moon too
Nearly Full Moon too28-Sep-2007 19:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
A bit closer on the Midtown area, especially Times Square
A bit closer on the Midtown area, especially Times Square28-Sep-2007 19:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
Without the night mode, everything's a lot brighter on Manhattan - which is more what it looks like
Without the night mode, everything's a lot brighter on Manhattan - which is more what it looks like
Without the night mode, everything's a lot brighter on Manhattan - which is more what it looks like Without the night mode, everything's a lot brighter on Manhattan - which is more what it looks like28-Sep-2007 19:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.8 sec, ISO 400
Midtown
Midtown28-Sep-2007 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 800
Midtown
Midtown28-Sep-2007 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 1600
 
28-Sep-2007 19:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.8 sec, ISO 400
28-Sep-2007 19:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 1 sec, ISO 400
Moon over the UWS
Moon over the UWS28-Sep-2007 19:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 400
 
Awesome
Awesome28-Sep-2007 19:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 400
Stepping back to include the lampposts where I was taking the pictures from
Stepping back to include the lampposts where I was taking the pictures from28-Sep-2007 19:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.5 sec, ISO 400
Even more
Even more28-Sep-2007 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 400
 

I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

I had my true first-day of work here, and while it was overwhelming, I’m also totally psyched to be there.

I was truly at work today. I went around and saw a ton of the things that I’ll eventually become an expert on but have only a bit of knowledge about now. I realized where we fit in the NBC network wheel and basically we’re the ones who maintain and manage the system that ensures that NBC’s entire broadcast schedule, 24/7, goes on the air without a hitch, from the placement of commercials to show overruns. If the system we take care of breaks, NBC doesn’t have a show on the air. Kinda awesome, but also kinda scary. Because if I or the group fucks up, then you’ll know about it. But after one day there, it was pretty damn cool. I don’t have a true office or a desk yet, but that’s hopefully going to be remedied soon. I will be getting a Nextel blackberry though (joy…) so work can reach me at any time….

On the way to work today, I made some friends. Well, they’re not really friends, but I talked to people on the bus after getting off the ferry in Manhattan. They were nice, especially Lisa with the Cowboy Hat. She totally had the New York accent going on (I LOVE that – everyone around here has it – I keep developing mine because seriously, the more you’re around it, the easier and more likely you are to use it) and was really funny and gave me advice about Manhattan living. She told me about the various transportation routes and other sage advice: don’t eat cooked stuff from street vendors; you’ll learn the hard way otherwise. We ended up chatting on the bus because traffic was RIDICULOUS slow on 50th Street going east, mainly because of the whole UN thing going on. Eventually walked the rest of the blocks, and even after we parted ways when I started walking down 6th Avenue to enter 30 Rock but via 49th Street, I start hearing my name being shouted out and it’s Lisa – she comes down to me and points out to me a quicker door into 30 Rock and sure enough, it worked. Lisa rules.

So that was my first true day at work. It was cool. I like my boss. I met a ton of my co-workers, but it was the firehose treatment so I really do not remember names but as time goes on, I’m sure I’ll learn who is who. Tomorrow (Thursday) I head up to the Englewood Cliffs facility to visit the CNBC folks there and more of our system facilities. This will be a drive then, and my trusty GPS will guide the way. I get to drive under the George Washington Bridge!

Jumping back to Monday – that was my Orientation Day. It didn’t start out very good though, except for the actual commute, which turned out to be pretty easy by just walking to Port Imperial ferry from my place, taking the Ferry across the Hudson, then jumping on the free NY Waterway bus down 50th street. I got there about a half hour early (about 8:30am) so I walked over to where the Today show was filming, which is right where I work. Sweet. I got to see a little bit of it, but then it was about 15 minutes till, so I went in to the visitor’s counter to check in, but alas, my name wasn’t there, nor was Marta Barnes. And for the next 45 minutes, I was calling all the numbers I had and no one was picking up. Turns out the HR people didn’t put my name on the visitor’s log nor on the Orientation listing, so I was basically crashing this party. Eventually my boss picked up though, and escorted me up. Orientation was cool, and provided a great way to meet others who were just entering the company; it also provided me great warm fuzzies in that I’ve joined an awesome company in GE. I can see myself being under the GE umbrella for a long time, especially in the entertainment division, as there’s so many places to go within NBC Universal. Oh yeah, also got a cool tour around the studios, including the Saturday Night Live and Conan O’Brien studios. Sweet. And to top of this pretty easy day, after Orientation while walking to the bus stop, there was filming going on for the upcoming Sex and the City movie, which was filming a scene at Christie’s Auction House, which is right across 49th street from 30 Rock. I ended up seeing Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon filming a sidewalk strolling scene right there. It was pretty cool.

During the orientation though, I started to stress as I started receiving word that my movers were going to be coming in the morning and then found out that the building I’m in requires you to coordinate your moves with them, reserving certain blocks of time (with the only one available on Tuesday being from 3-6!), insurance paperwork, etc.! WTF? Then I hadn’t confirmed my storage unit yet, and every time I called them, the woman who answered kept saying she’d call me back and when she did, my cell phone kept cutting out because T-Mobile coverage sucks deep in the bowels of 30 Rock. As I found out today, Nextel cornered 30 Rock’s market by installing repeaters, etc inside the building. So after orientation ended a little early, I made my calls and got the moving thing straightened out.

So on Tuesday, I stayed home to prepare for the movers. I first drove down to where the U-Haul Storage facility was in Jersey City. Ugh. It was a nightmarish drive and I started realizing how the hell am I going to tell a truckdriver how to get here? So I drove back up to my neck of the woods and went past it, as Shelly had told me there was a few shopping centers up in the Edgewater area, which is a few miles up from West New York. As I drove up, I saw a few more storage unit places up there and realized that would be a LOT more convenient for me and the movers if it was actually nearby. Then I saw the awesome stuff: a shopping center with a Barnes & Noble, an Old Navy, a Bed Bath & Beyond, a McDs, and get this: a motherfuckin’ OUTBACK!!!!! All on the riverfront so it’s effin’ awesome. This truly is a great stretch of Jersey. After a quick McDs lunch, I went to one of those storage unit places, got a unit there (bit more expensive, but for me, the location is worth it), and cancelled the U-Haul one. And then a few hours later (and quite a few Project Runway reruns later), the movers began to move my stuff, first to the storage unit (I have a LOT of crap still, even after selling a lot of stuff) and finally here, where I finally have all my stuff again! Amazingly, everything JUST fit. Almost perfectly. If the room had been any smaller or bigger, it would have looked weird, but it just works. I’ll take pics shortly.

So that’s about it. My roommate is cool, the job seems pretty awesome (i have a lot yet to learn still but I’m good with that), I have my bed back!!!, and I’m in New York. As the ferry was leaving Manhattan this evening, the sun was setting and I was pretty content. That’s when I took the picture on the front page. There’s still a lot I want to accomplish, I’d love to have some friends, etc, but right now, this has been a great start.

Oh yeah, I realized my old OLD pal from Elementary school, Warren, lives and works out here too. I contacted him on Facebook and it looks like we’ll get a chance to do dinner – perhaps that’ll be a way into a social circle out here? Anyways… I rambled on a LOT more than I expected. Typical.

I Have Arrived

The weeks of do-nothing and laziness are over. I start work at NBC tomorrow….

So after Cleveland, I trudged on, first to Philadelphia (Pennsylvania is a long state, let me tell you), and then after that to Atlantic City, where I really am glad I got a chance to go gamble and play some craps before starting my new job. I have no idea when I’d get a chance to gamble again (which sounds totally dramatic but it’s not), so it was nice to have a quick stop to do so. But before I get into the Philadelphia and Atlantic City stories, I think I’ll work backwards this time and first put up the pictures of my new digs and the sunset views of Manhattan as experienced from my neighborhood on my first day here. Still can’t believe I’m starting tomorrow. Anyways, my drive out here was very safe and I avoided speeding tickets the entire way. Yay me. It probably helped I was never going more than 10mph over the speed limit the entire time, even in those states with 65mph speed limits (you know who you are, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey!!!).

Here are the pics from my new hood. Enjoy.  (2014 Note:  I’ve also collected all these photos into my Travelogue page for this whole journey)

23 Sept 2007 – West New York (NJ) Pics

23-Sep-2007 11:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Looking from the kitchen into the living room
Looking from the kitchen into the living room23-Sep-2007 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 151
The kitchen in the new apartment
The kitchen in the new apartment23-Sep-2007 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Looking towards my bathroom from the kitchen
Looking towards my bathroom from the kitchen23-Sep-2007 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-Sep-2007 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Looking into my bedroom
Looking into my bedroom23-Sep-2007 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
My furniture-less bedroom
My furniture-less bedroom23-Sep-2007 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
The hallway of the 4th floor - looks like a hotel, right?
The hallway of the 4th floor - looks like a hotel, right?23-Sep-2007 16:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
My home for the next 16 months
My home for the next 16 months23-Sep-2007 16:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
Very nice place to live, especially having a grocery store downstairs
Very nice place to live, especially having a grocery store downstairs23-Sep-2007 16:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
23-Sep-2007 16:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
The skyline view from our part of the NJ coastline
The skyline view from our part of the NJ coastline23-Sep-2007 16:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
23-Sep-2007 16:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
I did end up running along this wonderful pathway
I did end up running along this wonderful pathway23-Sep-2007 16:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
23-Sep-2007 16:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 

But before I was in Manhattan, I got to have two very cool days! At the beginning and for most of those two days, I was with the illustrious Jenny Robinson in Philadelphia! Cue the fanfare music! It was a lot of fun and it began pretty much as soon as I arrived on Friday night (also coinciding with me having to drive in Philly rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon – not what I’d call fun). We first got some dinner at an authentic and very non-touristy Philly ‘restaurant’ called Steve’s where I got myself some pretty damn good Philly Cheese Steak. But really, what made it awesome were the true Philly natives who were also there. Seriously – the accents, the body hair, the high-tops, the hairstyles, the clothes…. it was flippin’ awesome. Remember that Jack in the Box commercial where Jack sends a very mild-mannered guy out to Philly to do research on the PCSs and comes back as Mr. Philly wearing high-tops, high hair, and a Philly accent, going “Heyyyy Jackyyyyyy!”. No lie, that’s exactly how it was here too. Awesome. Then we went back downtown to where my hotel was (which was literally in the center of everything – very cool place to be if you have the opportunity to stay in Philly: Holiday Inn Historic District) and walked along South Street, which reminded me mostly of Melrose Avenue in LA. After that, we said our goodnights and I crashed.

The next morning, I woke up and it was freakin’ raining, which was not cool. But fortunately, that didn’t last all damn day and we then met up and started a full day of sightseeing. First we grabbed some breakfast at this high-falutin’ cafe where Jenny made some waiter drop his tray of cups and glasses. She really did. It was all her fault. After that we walked over to the damn Liberty Bell! How awesome was that? We then got our free timed tickets for the Independence Hall (in hindsight, not sure how worth it this was, but still, I can say I was where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed and adopted) which weren’t for a few hours so we then squeezed in a full circuit of the Big Bus Tour of Philadelphia (much like what there is in London and other big cities). As you’ll see in the pics, this was again a great way to get an idea of the entire city and if you have time, it allows you to plan out other things to see. I didn’t have that time this visit, but I definitely know I’d like to go back and see a lot more of Philadelphia.

It was also great just to see Jenny again! She is definitely one of those friends in which it seems like no time passes when you see them again after a long separation in between. Still as snarky as ever, and I think I’ve refreshed her ‘so to speak’ness so maybe it’ll catch on at her work. Here’s hoping. WTF Joe!!!????

21 Sep 2007 – Philadelphia, Day 1

Pennsylvania welcomes ME
Pennsylvania welcomes ME21-Sep-2007 09:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
As does the suckass rush hour traffic of Philadelphia on a Friday
As does the suckass rush hour traffic of Philadelphia on a Friday21-Sep-2007 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
There is the city o' Philly
There is the city o' Philly21-Sep-2007 15:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.002 sec
 
Total paparazzi shot of Jenny
Total paparazzi shot of Jenny21-Sep-2007 17:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 315
21-Sep-2007 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 165
The total-Philly site of my authentic cheese steak experience
The total-Philly site of my authentic cheese steak experience21-Sep-2007 18:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 141
 
Spooky cemetery in the middle of the city
Spooky cemetery in the middle of the city21-Sep-2007 18:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 200
South Street from the pier part of it
South Street from the pier part of it21-Sep-2007 19:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 200
Demon Jenny
Demon Jenny21-Sep-2007 19:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.8 sec, ISO 200
 
21-Sep-2007 19:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.5 sec, ISO 200
Spooky Sixth Senseish type of street
Spooky Sixth Senseish type of street21-Sep-2007 19:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 200
21-Sep-2007 19:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.8 sec, ISO 200
 
21-Sep-2007 19:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 400
 

22 Sep 2007 – Sightseeing Philly with Jenny

22-Sep-2007 08:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.6 sec
Jenny the next day
Jenny the next day22-Sep-2007 08:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
After breakfast
After breakfast22-Sep-2007 09:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
 
Taking a pic looking towards the Independence hall area
Taking a pic looking towards the Independence hall area22-Sep-2007 09:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
There's Independence Hall surrounded by all the rest of Philly
There's Independence Hall surrounded by all the rest of Philly22-Sep-2007 09:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.006 sec
Closer
Closer22-Sep-2007 09:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
In front of Independence Hall, along with the Marines who were filming one of their commercials at the time
In front of Independence Hall, along with the Marines who were filming one of their commercials at the time22-Sep-2007 09:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Again
Again22-Sep-2007 09:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Marines were there doing something on camera.
Marines were there doing something on camera.22-Sep-2007 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 
IH again
IH again22-Sep-2007 09:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Me and the Liberty Bell!
Me and the Liberty Bell!22-Sep-2007 09:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
22-Sep-2007 09:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.013 sec
 
Cool way to locate it with Independence Hall behind it
Cool way to locate it with Independence Hall behind it22-Sep-2007 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
22-Sep-2007 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
The place where you get your IH tickets - it has a lot of other cool things in there too, including WTF Joe
The place where you get your IH tickets - it has a lot of other cool things in there too, including WTF Joe22-Sep-2007 09:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 

Okay, I’m seriously tired now but it was all worth it! I had to get these pictures up now or I’d probably take forever to do so once work starts. It was definitely an amazing adventure driving across this country of ours – it was a part of it that I really wasn’t familiar with so it was cool to see a bunch of new stuff, even if it did all look the same after awhile – corn fields, corn fields, corn fields…. then trees trees trees…. finally Philly and Atlantic City and of course Manhattan and North Jersey broke all that monotony up!

Here’s hoping for a good first day tomorrow!

Greetings from Cleveland!

This is Night #3 of my cross-country journey!

I totally lied about not putting up pictures as you’ll see below. I realized I’d not get to these in a long time if I don’t do them tonight. So if you checked this site out earlier well, my bad.

The drive across has been fairly uneventful. Uneventful because there is absolutely nothing to see between Colorado and Ohio. Truly. There’s absolutely nothing but flatlands and corn fields and then occasionally a little river or something is crossed. And lots of ridiculous truckers. Lots. But I’m here safely so I can’t complain.

Not much to report on though so this’ll be a relatively short post. I did get to hang out with Jeremy yesterday and that was a lot of fun. In Joliet, Illinois, Harrah’s has a pretty cool casino and I actually mean that. They have really upscale restaurants and a their casino, while small, at least has craps and other games you don’t see at places like Indian casinos. What I was shocked about was that the casino had $10 Minimums!!!! WTF?! This is Illinois! But anyways, it was awesome to be able to talk with Jeremy and just realize how much I’ve missed having him around. I’m trying my best now to convince him how cool New York would be. I think that’s a possibility in a year or so. How much fun would that be?

So today is boring day in Cleveland and tomorrow I’ll finally get to see the infamous Jenny Jennertons in Philadelphia. I must be ready for anything. She’s insane. In a good way, but still.

And then after that, it’s Atlantic City time and you KNOW I’ll be getting my gambling on.

And for those who are looking for the massive amount of pictures that do exist, I’m sorry but I haven’t gotten to them just yet. Patience, patience. Such a liar, I am!

14 Sep 2007 – Dinner at AI

Gotta love TeppanYaki style Japanese food
Gotta love TeppanYaki style Japanese food14-Sep-2007 19:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 192
14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Erin, Eric and KD
Erin, Eric and KD14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Me and KD
Me and KD14-Sep-2007 19:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Jeff is REALLY hungry
Jeff is REALLY hungry14-Sep-2007 19:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

One of the Hobie Farewell events was the group having a bbq at Susan’s house and then fun afterwards. Originally I thought I’d pop for a limo and kind of recreate what my 30th birthday was like, but then I began to think, nah, why do that again? So the night became all about rollerskating and pimping… uh, I mean rollerskating and bowling. It was awesome.

15 Sep 2007 – Bowling Goodness

Lauren and Tom ready for hearty family fun
Lauren and Tom ready for hearty family fun15-Sep-2007 19:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 168
The smallest and cutest dog ever: Linda
The smallest and cutest dog ever: Linda15-Sep-2007 19:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Bowling alley nirvana - it was Rock'n Bowl Night
Bowling alley nirvana - it was Rock'n Bowl Night15-Sep-2007 22:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 141
 
Tom fixin to bowl
Tom fixin to bowl15-Sep-2007 22:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
15-Sep-2007 22:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
15-Sep-2007 22:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
15-Sep-2007 22:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Jeff, Susan, and Eric
Jeff, Susan, and Eric15-Sep-2007 22:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Look at me - I'm a winner... at least that first game
Look at me - I'm a winner... at least that first game15-Sep-2007 22:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
KD and Erin right before making out... okay, just kidding
KD and Erin right before making out... okay, just kidding15-Sep-2007 22:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
15-Sep-2007 22:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Weird white glow on these pics - feels kinda retro film camera-ish
Weird white glow on these pics - feels kinda retro film camera-ish15-Sep-2007 22:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
Continuing the retro vibe
Continuing the retro vibe15-Sep-2007 22:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Me and KD
Me and KD15-Sep-2007 22:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Tom is NOT amused
Tom is NOT amused15-Sep-2007 22:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 

It wasn’t all fun and games though. The last two days I was in the Springs involved a LOT of cleaning up of the house. In fact, it took two days for me and Susan to get it done. And without Susan’s help, I’d probably still be there. She totally rocks and I am totally unworthy of her awesomeness. Below are some pictures from cleaning fun. Don’t be dissuaded by the pics of me sitting on my ass. It was a total random shot that does NOT illustrate how hard I was working!

16 Sep 2007 – Cleaning House

My kitchen slash office slash before Susan rocked it
My kitchen slash office slash before Susan rocked it16-Sep-2007 16:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 145
My dining room slash bedroom slash office
My dining room slash bedroom slash office16-Sep-2007 16:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Living room empty but not carpet cleaned... yet
Living room empty but not carpet cleaned... yet16-Sep-2007 16:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
 
Don't let Susan's expression fool you - she was LOVING this
Don't let Susan's expression fool you - she was LOVING this16-Sep-2007 16:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
I'm totally a critical part of the process
I'm totally a critical part of the process16-Sep-2007 16:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Seriously
Seriously16-Sep-2007 16:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Here's me using the Rug Doctor
Here's me using the Rug Doctor16-Sep-2007 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
I could totally be a sticker on the side of that damn thing
I could totally be a sticker on the side of that damn thing16-Sep-2007 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
16-Sep-2007 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 104
 
16-Sep-2007 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 

So my last night in town, my friends and I went to my ultimate favorite place to eat: Outback. I was sad to realize that this was it. As I’ve already written earlier, it is tough to leave such great friends. So what better way to make yourself feel better than to take lots of fun pictures!?

17 Sep 2007 – Last Night at the Outback

This rainstorm left a gateway rainbow behind - little did I know I'd catch up to the storm the next day
This rainstorm left a gateway rainbow behind - little did I know I'd catch up to the storm the next day17-Sep-2007 17:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
17-Sep-2007 17:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
17-Sep-2007 17:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Eric and KD
Eric and KD17-Sep-2007 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
17-Sep-2007 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 400
17-Sep-2007 19:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
17-Sep-2007 19:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 800
Last total group shot
Last total group shot17-Sep-2007 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Jeff just doesn't know what KD will say next
Jeff just doesn't know what KD will say next17-Sep-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 
Same as Eric
Same as Eric17-Sep-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
KD
KD17-Sep-2007 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Melissa returned!
Melissa returned!17-Sep-2007 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 
KD and Melissa
KD and Melissa17-Sep-2007 19:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Susan and her new hair length - I like it
Susan and her new hair length - I like it17-Sep-2007 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
Me and my mentee, Melissa
Me and my mentee, Melissa17-Sep-2007 19:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 233
 

And finally, here are some pics from my drive so far to Cleveland. I’m retarded though, and didn’t bring my camera when me and Jeremy hung out. So stupid. So all you get are scenery shots. Enjoy. (2014 Note:  I’ve also put these in their own page in my Travelogue section)

18-20 Sep 2007 – Colorado Springs to Cleveland

18-Sep-2007 09:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
18-Sep-2007 11:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
18-Sep-2007 11:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
18-Sep-2007 11:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
What my view is while driving - dice, GPS, and abso-FUCKING-lutely nothing to see out the window
What my view is while driving - dice, GPS, and abso-FUCKING-lutely nothing to see out the window18-Sep-2007 11:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Welcome to Nebraska, let the boring scenery continue unabated.
Welcome to Nebraska, let the boring scenery continue unabated.18-Sep-2007 13:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.001 sec
 
18-Sep-2007 16:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 10.0, 12.523mm, 0.006 sec
I think this bridge showed up in About Schmidt
I think this bridge showed up in About Schmidt18-Sep-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.002 sec
18-Sep-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.002 sec
 
That storm that hit Colorado on Monday - I caught up to it on Tuesday
That storm that hit Colorado on Monday - I caught up to it on Tuesday18-Sep-2007 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
And it was a doozy - it rained for the last 2 hours I was driving to Omaha
And it was a doozy - it rained for the last 2 hours I was driving to Omaha18-Sep-2007 17:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
The next day, I was driving through Iowa's wondrous scenery
The next day, I was driving through Iowa's wondrous scenery19-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
19-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
The view didn't change much except I added a cup of hot chocolate to it
The view didn't change much except I added a cup of hot chocolate to it19-Sep-2007 09:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Wow, Iowa wasn't exactly stimulating scenery
Wow, Iowa wasn't exactly stimulating scenery19-Sep-2007 11:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

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