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No, a BILLION!

Driving Inertia is for sale for … ONE BILLION DOLLARS!

By     |    Apr 10, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    2 Comments

Things happen in threes, right? Let’s hope! Yesterday, Facebook bought Instagram, a service that takes your rectangular iPhone photos and makes them square. Then it makes them look old-timey and artsy. This service is apparently worth $1 billion. OMG. Meanwhile, Microsoft bought some patents from AOL for … wait for it … $1 billion. Patents. For stuff Microsoft already makes. So that it can defend itself in a patent war. […]

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Eureka Mine, Death Valley.

If you’re reading this, our trip is over.

By     |    Apr 1, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    6 Comments

If you’re reading this, something has gone wrong, and our trip is over. Each morning, we schedule this post to publish the next day. Then when we wake, we move it out another day. This post is our insurance, our safety blanket. It wouldn’t have been a problem if we hadn’t returned to Death Valley and figured everything out — the whole thing. When we first broke the news of […]

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Rocky prefers his occupants to be bathed and laundered.

The Periodic Cycles Of Our Travels

By     |    Feb 14, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Travel     |    2 Comments

Extended travel is a series of cycles. You don’t just pack, unpack, pack, and fly home. There’s more. We run out of stuff. Things go awry.  Here are the cycles I’ve identified so far. We constantly need to monitor these for our mental health. Otherwise we get irritable. Especially due to the last one. The Laundry Cycle We go about two weeks between laundry loads … I think. It’s really tough […]

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6 Things I Don’t Really Miss

By     |    Dec 5, 2011
Posted in: Reality     |    2 Comments

We’ve left behind a lot — we’re homeless, address-less, etc. — and living in a van with a platform bed in it. Our old life in Chicago was very, very nice, but I’m surprised at what we can do without. Here’s my list of things I don’t miss (in no particular order). photo credit: disrupsean Television Nope, don’t miss it at all. We get all the news and entertainment we […]

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Goat hill

As It Happens, Time Isn’t Everything

By     |    Nov 5, 2011
Posted in: New Mexico, Reality     |    3 Comments

Given that we now have all the time in the world, I thought that we’d always be able to do all that we wanted.  As I am are discovering, though, time is not the only limiter.  The factor that’s elbowing in now?  Temperature.  Last night was the second night we spent in the van in temps in the mid-teens.  That’s just too cold.  So as painful as it is, we’ve […]

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Exhale, inhale

Goodbye Wisconsin, Hello Again Chicago

By     |    Oct 25, 2011
Posted in: Chicago, Reality, Wisconsin     |    1 Comment

Last week we learned that people in Northern Wisconsin call people from Illinois FIBs — F*&#ing Illinois Bastards.  Last night I was working on a post about the Angry Minnow, a brewery in Hayward, WI, when I inadvertently discovered that their website is infected by a Trojan that then proceeded to infect my PC.  Coincidence? Luckily, I’m surrounded by computer geeks, so rather than giving some talented idiot my credit […]

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Turn in your badge and weapon.

Looks Like Somebody Has a Case of the Mondays

By     |    Oct 3, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep, Reality     |    7 Comments

Monday … that’s a work day, right?  It hasn’t sunk in yet that it isn’t.  This Monday, there will be no riding the Brown Line, no $2 coffee at the Merchandise Mart, no elevator rides, badge swiping, revolving doors … no commute.  And no lunch at the desk, conference calls, Outlook reminders … no cubicles.  But there will be no after-work beers, lunches with friends, office jokes … direct-deposit paychecks. […]

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The office

Never Going Back Again

By     |    Oct 3, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep, Reality     |    2 Comments

Quitting my job wasn’t as satisfying as I thought it would be.  It was more bittersweet than sweet.  But why? Well, everyone’s nice when you’re leaving.  People buy you lunch, dinner, drinks.  People tell you how awesome you are when they’re never going to see you again.  They thank you at meetings and in passing and they buy you cards and chocolates and flowers.  And you let things that normally […]

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From Roscoe Village to Roscoe the Cat

By     |    Sep 8, 2011
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This morning we woke up in Roscoe Village.  Tonight we’re in Lincoln Square with Roscoe the cat.  He’ll probably sleep under the bed.  That’s where he’s been all night.  He’s not a fan of us invading his space.  Neither is Cookie.  She’s barely left the bedroom. Not sure how this is going to work, but we’re cat sitting while my brother is in China and we need a place to […]

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Quiet, Stressful Times

By     |    Aug 13, 2011
Posted in: Reality     |    1 Comment

Selling a home is stressful.  We’ve lived here for a number of years, we think it’s worth more than it is, there are hurdles, rules, contracts, appraisals, inspections, and negotiations.  It’s rough.  And it’s why we’ve been radio-silent lately.  We’re under contract.  Things are moving along.  And it’s tremendously stressful.  It’s all we can think about — selling this place.  The close may be as early as 9/2.  We’ll breath easier […]

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