Archive for June, 2004

Mexico Pics Posted

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

The subject says it all, really. I’ve uploaded all the pics from our trip to Mexico, so if you wanna see what I was chatting about in the news here, check it out.

In other news, I need a second paragraph. I think I’ve accomplished this, so with that feeling of greatness, I’m going to bed now.

Back in the West

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

As I had foreseen, I eventually made it home last night. I got in about three hours later than I thought I would originally, but at least I made it. Megs was waiting for me at the airport with my car and we drove down to Eugene together without incident. After dropping her off at her apartment, I went home and went to bed. I had been up for about 22 hours by then. Thanks for driving up to get me, Megs!

Tonight, my big plans are to do my laundry and maybe buy a few groceries, because I really need some more bread. Apparently it won’t keep indefinitely–when I got back from my vacation it was all green and fuzzy.

Earlier today I got some new sunglasses to replace the ones I traded away in Mexico. They’re very similar and I think they will serve their purpose just fine, especially since I only paid $4.99 for the pair. They’re blue, of course.

Tomorrow night I’m going to go see Spider-Man 2 at the 19:40 showing at Cinemark if anyone else wants to show up, too. I’ll be with Megs, Peter, and Duncan. A couple of folks from work may be coming as well. I’ll write up a brief review after I see it.

That’s it for now. I’ll try to get my pics up here tonight sometime if I can, but if not… well, just wait longer. I’ll post here when I get them uploaded.

The Lone Star Airport

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Once again, here I am at the George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport. Due to a sudden thunderstorm here in Houston, my flight has been delayed by a significant amount of time. I’m currently slotted to take off at 20:15 CDT, but we’ll see what that ends up being. It’s been 17:30 (original time), 18:05, 19:45, and now 20:15. Anyone who’s traveled enough knows that it can be anything at this point. We’re all ready to go: we’ve got passengers, tickets, and a crew. All we need now is an aircraft. Our plane was sent to another airport because IAH was closed due to weather. So, here I am waiting for the damn plane to get fuel and get back here. I’m going to be so dead at work tomorrow–I’m looking at a Eugene arrival of well after 01:00. Oh well. Soon the ordeal of travel will be behind me. I hope mom and the others had better luck with their flights from Miami. Mom and Kim should have flown from Miami to LAX and Matt should have caught a flight from Miami to SFO. We’re all scattered!

They say we’ll be boarding at 19:45, but last I checked we still had no ride. I’m gettin’ ancy. I’ve been reading, listening to music, and playing Gameboy all day. I need something else to do, so here I am. The problem is this thing costs $0.25/minute. Oy.

This concludes my latest summer adventure abroad. My web log journey ends much like it began–in the George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport.

Last Day

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

Well, today is our last full day here. This is going to be brief because I hate this keyboard, the spacebar is broken and it has extra keys that get in the way.

Today we went to church, which was all right except that it was all in Spanish and the place had no air conditioning. After church we went to the beach and played in the ocean for a while. After that I went off to do some shopping alone for a while. I think I got a good deal on something, because I talked him down from 850 pesos to 370 and my sunglasses. I don’t know why he wanted my glasses, but I needed some new ones anyways. These had received a scratch right in the middle of the left lens, so I was planning on replacing them when I got back. I think I can last two days without shades. There was a time in my life when I didn’t wear sunglasses at all, you know.

Well, that’s it for me for now. I’ll probably write once more from Houston since I have another 3 hour layover there again. There’s not much else to do there. Tonight it’s just dinner and an early bedtime because we want to be on the road by 7 to get to the airport with sufficient time. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon!

Short Entry

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

Today was fairly uneventful. I slept late, played cards with the family, did a little Tequila shopping, and had some nice food. Tomorrow is church, shopping, and the beach. Monday, I travel home! I should post one more time before I go.

I’m going to go ask the bartender what this cool club music is and where I can get it.

Adventure in the Jungle

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Well, today was exciting, and it started much earlier than yesterday. We got up at 7:30 or so and took off for Chichen Itza. I think that’s how it’s spelled. The way I remember it is “Chicken Pizza”. It’s sort of like “Techno Chocolate Land”. But I digress. We stopped off at the market on the way to get water and batteries. Then we went to McDonalds where they have such a thing as a McBurrito here, I kid you not. I had something else.

It was a long drive after that, so once again I gave thanks for the A/C in our little VW Pointer we rented. We made it alive and after parking the car, we got all lathered up in protective layers of SPF 45. I don’t get on well with the sun, so I wore pants and a big hat today, too.

The sites there were amazing and the big pyramid was very tall. 100 feet may not seem very tall, but if you had to climb steep steps to see the view from the top, it would to you too. I took lots of pictures and even shot some more video. Matt and Kim shot some too, so I will actually appear in this picture for once. I’ll see if I can find a way to post some of that here too when I get back. We walked around the site and checked out the other ruins, too. All of them were very nifty and we took lots of pictures. I was reminded of the computer game Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter. If this makes no sense, it takes place in a region like this a long time ago.

The exciting part of our adventure took place on the way home when we got a bit lost on the highways through the jungle of the Yukatan. We took the “scenic” route back, by way of the city of Cancun, which so far we have managed to avoid. Along the way we passed through many small villages and in these villages they have these speed bumps to control traffic. At a lot of these, there were children selling stuff, many times, I think, small limes, but I could be mistaken. It’s really amazing how poor a country with similar natural resources to our own can become. Mexico has richer areas, but so far all of these I’ve seen have been resorts. A lot of folks still sell stuff from their homes, from carts, or right on the highway as you’re slowing for speedbumps. Not really sure what else to say about that. I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of the kids selling limes at the gas station, but I assure you they were really cute.

Anyways, Internet club I’m in has some cool music. I think I’m going to ask the bartender what it is and where I can find it on CD. Tomorrow is a shopping day, so if there’s anything you’d like me to bring back, let me know quick. I’m home on Monday night!

Lazy Nothing Day

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Today was an unscheduled day, so I took full advantage and slept late. I needed it cuz I wasn’t feeling all that great yesterday. I feel much better now, even if somewhat hot and sweaty. Today’s activities included walking around town, eating food, and playing cards with the family. Good times. Tomorrow we’re going climbing pyramids in the ruins of… something. I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s a ways off. I’ll take pictures.

Well, that’s all for today. I should be able to write more tomorrow night.

Hammock Time

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Today started off like crap, but got better. I didn’t sleep well last night because of a stomach ache. I dealt with it as best I could, and it went away eventually. Still sucks, though.

But the fun part of today was the water park. We went to a place called Xel-Ha which is a big semi-natural water park with actual salt water and the species that live there. We went snorkeling with the fishies and hung out on the beach. I got a little sunburned, but my favorite part was when I spent the afternoon sleeping in a hammock under some palm trees. That was great. I’m trying to figure out how to put a hammock in my apartment now. =)

That’s all for today. I hate this computer, so I’m anxious to get off of it. Tomorrow is a day of not going anywhere, so we’re just gonna hang out in Playa del Carmen and relax. As opposed to going to a water park and relaxing. You all must hate me now.

Relaxing

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Today was great. This morning mom and the rest of us went and listened to this talk from some place trying to get us to invest in a timeshare. Our goal of this was to score free passes to a local waterpark. We were succesfull in this and we also managed to get a free lunch and free T-shirts. We’re going to the waterpark tomorrow.

This afternoon I read a novel in my air conditioned hotel room for about 2-3 hours, then we all went down to the beach where I played in the surf and slept on the beach for a while. Very nice indeed. I know you all hate me now.

This evening we had dinner at a Mayan resturaunt and then walked around 5th Ave, which has lots and lots of shopping. I was reminded of Galway with it’s big mall district. I’ll probably get souveniers there later this week.

Tomorrow as I said, we’re going to the water park. I’ll talk more about that after I’ve done it, but it’s supposed to have snorkeling and inner tubes. Rock on.

Scorched Earth

Monday, June 21st, 2004

Impressive title, no? It’s crazy hot and humid here here, and this keyboard really bugs me. They make it really hard to get at the apostrophe and the @ sign. It’s alt-Q for that last one. Oh well. At least I’m online. They’ve got “ER” on the TV in here and it’s subtitled in Spanish.

Anyways, it’s been crazy hot lately, as I’ve said. So hot that we relocated ourselves to a different hotel, this one with air conditioning. Air conditioning is a wonderful thing and so are nice hot showers. Swimming in salt water is nice enough, but once you get out you’re all salty. So good to be clean again!

So on our way from the primitive thatched hut resort to the hotel we’re at now, we stopped at some cool ruins on the coast. While we were there we were approached by some guy from another resort who wanted to give us tickets to some water park. It turns out we get to go if we listen to a one-hour talk about this timeshare thing or something. I dunno, I don’t really get a good vibe from this, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow morning if/when we go. Supposedly we get free food, too.

Speaking of food, we stopped at this simple little BBQ chicken place which I though was very tasty. It was pretty much your typical hole-in-the-wall place with some fans on the ceiling slowly moving the hot air around, and some Mexican pop music playing from the corner. The whole front of the place is open to the street.

We’ve been trying to get enough water, and I think the four of us drank about 7 liters today. It’s very hot and we spent as much time as we could in the car with the A/C. Tomorrow I’m not sure what’s goin’ on, but we might check out some more ruins. We might just hang at the hotel–it’s got a pool on the roof.

So yeah, I’m tryin’ to keep cool here as best I can, but if I don’t make it back, assume I melted and send someone out here with a spatula.