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August 11th, 2008

The pickup this morning went well - I left a bit earlier than planned, so my traveling companion didn't have much time to get ready, but I feared construction delays on 37 and 67. Fortunately, the construction that had earlier moved north of Walnut had again moved north of the 69 interchange, so we didn't hit it at all, and the construction on 67 had left both lanes open. We arrived with plenty of time and waited a bit for the parking shuttle, discussed some anime stuff, and basically hit it off well enough that once he gets back from his trip, we may hook up again.

Another thing I need to hook up with again is my luggage. The two-hour delay at Dulles airport was enough for me to get some lunch for the first time in ages while traveling (unfortunately, the line at Five Guys looked a bit long and nobody knew just how long the delay would be, so I got some pizza slices and finished with some yogurt), but apparently wasn't long enough to get my bag onto the plane. I don't expect it to arrive before I leave tomorrow morning, so I'll have to figure out how to give myself as professional an appearance as possible with the tools at my disposal: books about people turning into metaphorical monsters, a hotel-supplied razor, and a T-shirt featuring the most famous boob joke on the Internet. This is trickier than it sounds. Fortunately, I'm a software engineer - a face that looks like hamburger and comfortable clothes that disrespect authority are the best signs that you're looking at a good one. Actually, a full, thick beard that can store a week's worth of food without showing it is a good sign too, but I may see a manager, or worse, a project manager (the guys with the monies)... they don't understand programming. How it works, how it's done, why the people who can do it are different... they can't comprehend the world they'll never be a part of. To them, it's all numbers and Powerpoint slides. Sure, it would be possible to make a programming language that's all numbers, but who would use it?

The worst part, aside from not having my work laptop (I carry my own laptop on me, and I have my priorities, and that's my final word on the subject), is that my manga magazines were in there, and I read those in the hotel room while I'm separated from my manga collection. I'm reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter, which is a good book, but I miss my pictures.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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