Sunday, March 12, 2006

Go West

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in like a week or two. We moved…westward. For those of you who don’t know, LJ got a job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is now a full-fledged bureaucrat with a cubical and everything. I, however, am still with the Shack unfortunately. Yet, I have had many leads into the CRM (archaeology for hire) field that may pan out. So we are both doing well and are very excited to be out here.

Let me just tell you all a little about our trip. When we were planning our move from Pensacola, Florida to Reno, Nevada (pronounced Nəv-a-də-a not Nəv-ä-də-ä, by the locals, though both are technically correct) I was basing most of my time frame estimates on a trip that I took with some friends out west right after high school. In this rational I thought that 3-4 days was a rather close approximation. Wrong! Here is a little math problem for you: You are leaving on a trip that is approximately 2,500 miles long, in a van that can’t reverse and only goes 65 miles per hour (at best) and that this van also needs to stop and be refueled every 180 to 200 miles. Now also take into consideration that flat tires, road debris, roadblocks, blizzards, and other miscellaneous obstacles will delay you. How log does it take to reach your destination? Answer: 5-6 days at best.

Let me also tell all of you who may be expecting phone calls that the reason we haven’t called is that LJ and I have a very low minute plan and we have already used up our minutes for this month. Our evening minutes start at 9pm and out here nine is actually midnight for those of you on the east coast. So we will have to try saving minutes next month or use the net to communicate more.

Our Place is great. We are situated on the south side of Reno, which is close to all sorts of new development and malls and such. Our apartment has just been remodeled and is awesome. Our digital camera is broken so I can’t show you any pictures yet unfortunately, but let me just say SNOW and MOUNTAINS! Yes the city seems to be surrounded by snow capped mountains that are visible from anywhere. Another mountain range of huge clouds are almost always visible behind them but seem to be held back almost like the rocks on the shore of an ocean holding back a giant crashing breakwater. You will still catch the occasional tumbleweed rolling past, but the city is pretty big and has all sorts of entertainment, food, and recreation to offer. The people have been really nice and though there are trucker types about I have yet to see my first redneck. I’ll try and update as soon as I can with anything. Until I see ya next east coast represent!

P.S. Mike I have your McGuire’s stein. Sorry it must have been packed in the move I will send it back when I can…or maybe hold it for when you come to visit.

5 comments:

super_spam said...

You'll have to get a photo of you in front of those awesome mountains. Just don't scratch yourself.....

Sound like a heck of an adventure. Post some pictures so we can see your new digs.

Mad Mike said...

I'm glad you got out their safe and happy you like it so far. I got everything settled with the Kamms so the world is great again. things are going good with the bro and it seems to be working itself out nicely. The newest comic is going to be done tonight and Pat and Ryan are working on my new web page as we speak, www.referencetoxocity.com, so watch for it soon. I already have 2 more comics in queue (sp?). Later guys, I'll call you after nine when I get the chance.

mommyjolle said...

Great! We know you will both love it and I can't wait to come see you both. Let us know when you are ready for company. You need to get the camera fixed and post some pics so we can admire from afar until then. LJ, how's the job?

mommyjolle said...

By the way, Laura. will your web page become "Reno Craft Shack"?

Thousandlegs said...

I'm so glad that you guys are liking Reno. So, it seems I was misinformed about the pronunciation of Nevada though. Can't trust those desert folk. Well, I miss you guys already. I have had several opportunities to say "hey, I bet Mark would dig this" or "blah blah blah, Laura". Anyway, do send some pics when you get a chance.