Nice to be back in ‘Big Sky Country.’ I bought a keychain at the Flying J in Billings, and commented to the cashier, “Ah, yes– prices as marked. I have missed Montana.”

So we got in to our hotel at about 11:15 MDT. The place that we’re staying is called The Imperial Inn. It is in downtown Bozeman. It is cheap, and it looks like it, too. We’ll have to take some photos of the room before we leave tomorrow so you can get a sense of how we’re ‘roughin it.’

Have a bunch of photos from the Badlands that I want to put up on the site. I will probably have time to do that later on. Right now, I’m waiting for Michelle to finish up in the bathroom, then we’re going to get breakfast, do some laundry, go shopping, and mill around the campus at MSU. I still need to call the Wolffs, too.

We’ll be sleeping in Bozeman again tonight, then tomorrow we head out for Yellowstone.

21st Century Traveling

Just getting in a quick note from the Flying J in Rapid City, SD. (I paid 5 bucks to get online, so thought I better make it worthwhile.)

Michelle and I had lots of fun walking around the Badlands yesterday. Today, we decided to skip Mt. Rushmore, cuz we’re a little pressed for time. Still want to make the Little Bighorn battlefield, though.

We sleep in Bozetown tonight, probably will have more of a chance to write then. Time to eat and run…

Day One Plus

Had to get a cable for the internet from the front desk, even though there’s wifi in this hotel. So I dunno…

Yesterday, after taking care of some other things in Milwaukee that needed to be done, Michelle and I finally hit the road at about 5:00pm.

We stopped for dinner in Madison, at Applebee’s. It was OK. I had a “Black & Bleu” burger, and Michelle had some sort of chickeny-vegetable-quasi-quesidilla-type-thing, but she liked my burger better. Maybe we’ll go to Burger Bob’s in Bozeman tomorrow.

We made it to Albert Lea, MN just before midnight, and we stayed over at the Country Inn. They have a very good continental breakfast, so considering that the room was 90 bucks, good thing the breakie is free.

Today, we need to make it as far as the Badlands, cuz we’re staying over there tonight. Here’s a link to the accomidations we have booked: Badlands Inn.

There’s wifi at our hotel tonight, so I’m sure I’ll be back later on. Maybe I’ll even put up some pictures that we take during the day.

See ya later…

PS – Michelle says hi to everybody, too. And she says free stuff at hotels is really cool.

Under the Wire

And I’m not talkin about bras (or b-a-r’s, depending on how embarassed you are).

Just barely making it in on a blog for Friday here. I am quite primed up for the vacation this coming week, and I did a whole mess of crap at work today to finish up. However, I did need to finish one more thing and didn’t have a chance because the computers went down promptly at 4:30. Like, on the dot. I couldn’t believe it. 4:30:02 the server was down. Kinda wacky.

Anyway, I was all done with the packing last night, and then just needed to leave a note for Dave, who said he would stop by the apartment to check the windows and water the plant this week. I got out of Osh Vegas at about 5:30 or so.

I hung out at Jen and Joe’s for a bit when I got to town, tried to get back on the work server, then realized it was gonna be down for the weekend. I played a little Super Nintendo before making it to Michelle’s house at around 10.

She still needs to finish packing, but it’s been a stressful week. I’ll tell you about it later on, maybe.

One of the things I worried about today was having all my student loans posted as “paid off,” given that my consolidation loan went through last week. Great Lakes has been really, really slow about finishing the paperwork.

Oh, but hey– how bout them apples, they just finished it up today. This is good.

Ummm… OK, so I’m kind of tired and realizing that I’m not making as much sense as I could be. Given that that’s the case, I’m going to get some more of Michelle’s clothes in a suitcase and say “talk to you from the road.”

Some Tips for the Daily Grind

Being an avid reader of Curly Tales of War Pigs, I got myself subscribed to the ‘Advice of the Day’ RSS feed from the Old Farmers’ Almanac (or is it ‘farmer’s’?) quite some time ago. There’s some good advice in there some days, and some downright hilarious advice some others.

Well, I thought I would just toss together a list of things that you can maybe just chew on, ponder, think about, etc., derived from my own experience or observation.

Tape a firecracker to it
Throw a firecracker in it
Tell a kid that you’re gonna do something, then not do it
Take a nap at work (when you’re not on lunch)
Make out at work
Stack books higher than you can see over
Assume you dropped the class
Carry a 32″ TV by yourself
Trust the woman on the phone at the cable company
Just charge it
Bleach your jeans with toothpaste
Climb the ladder when it *seems* like it might be safe…
Take the back cover off the TV while you’re watching it
Eat popcorn while your case is open

I’ll try to think of some things that are good to do, too. Or feel free to share your own.

I’m going to keep packing for my trip now.

I love you.


Makin Lists


Help me remember all the stuff I have to get done this week before heading out on the road with Michelle for a week.

Today I did all the laundry that I had around the house. I went shopping for another pair of shorts (I have a few that are pretty old and ratty and need to be disposed of). I cleaned out the car, took out all the crap that was laying in the trunk, re-packed only the stuff I’ll need, and I started a list of things I need to take so I can pack tomorrow.

I was pretty pissed at the end of the Brewers game today. Seems to me that there are certain areas where the team is obviously falling short, and if don’t pick it up, or make a move or three to turn things around, the season’s gonna be a wash. It seems weird, though, to be thinking about being all upset that the Brewers are falling behind in the playoff race.

Anyway, my GF is on the phone, so I better take this. Talk to you tomorrow.