May 2002 Archives

the wedding

My twin brother, Doug, is getting married this weekend. We're leaving tomorrow to drive up to Seattle, and we'll be there until Saturday night. Amy's graduation is Sunday morning, here in Portland. So we've got a couple of 3 hour drives ahead of us, plus plenty of festivities.

Needless to say, I'm not sure how restful the weekend will be.

My PowerBook G4 finally arrived, and right now, I'm sitting in the middle of the park, connected to one of the free nodes provided by the Personal Telco Project. It's amazing. I'm just sitting on this park bench, between two old guys reading the paper, and I'm writing an entry for

It's nice to be here, too, because this is where I started my first real job out of college. It feels kind of right to sit here, on the verge of moving to Florida, enjoying the trees, the cold wind, and the dusky evening light.

I hope everyone is well. I certainly am.

florida or bust!

It's official! Amy has been offered a job at Northeast High School in Broward County, Florida. We've had some good conversations with the manager of a fine little apartment building and we feel pretty good about our chances of getting an apartment with a nice view by the time we lug all of our stuff (or some of our stuff) to Fort Lauderdale.

I've also discovered that the water taxi that I could very well take to work every day is pretty cheap if you're a regular: $99/year.

Now the really hard parts of the whole thing come into play: saying goodbye to my childhood city (and the greatest city in the world); finding a reasonable way to get an apartment full of stuff, two people, and two cats from here to there... it's a hell of a long trip; cleaning out the storage unit from hell; and so on and so on.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a full-time freelancer for a little while until we settle in, though I'm certainly going to be open to job offers from the few web development companies in the Fort Lauderdale area. At least, they'll know who I am before I get there.

And I'm also thinking about an MFA in creative writing at Miami. Or maybe a law degree. But that's my problem. I'm not sure what the next step is (besides moving from one corner of the continent to the other).

fort lauderdale

Amy is in the Broward County Convention Center, setting up interviews with several high schools. We visited five schools yesterday, just to get a sense of them, and Amy talked to administrators and teachers at two of the schools, Northeast and MacArthur. She really liked Northeast.

We also spent a little bit of time browsing the area for apartments and houses. There's one building that I just love that's two blocks from the beach, and right on the Intracoastal Waterway. The rent's not bad, either!

Anyway, it's still up in the air, this whole idea of moving to Florida for a little while. But things are coming a little bit clearer, a little bit at a time.

work and play

It feels like a sauna in my office today. It's funny what a difference a little heat makes in productivity, too. It's like my fingers each weigh ten pounds.


At the rock gym, everything suddenly got a lot more difficult. Which is fine with me, except that I was moving up a grade (I was just starting to climb harder stuff). It's really a moot point--I know my current limitations, and I can tell pretty soon after beginning a problem whether or not it's going to challenge me.

But it's like I was a B student yesterday, my work hasn't changed any, and now I'm suddenly a C student.

Ach, well. I've just got more work ahead of me.

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