Monthly Archives: November 2007

The Last Day of NaBloPoMo

I just reviewed my archives for November 2007 and I didn’t do as badly at NaBloPoMo 2007 as I thought I had. I only missed one day.
My goal was to moblog one photo and write one text post each day. Most days of November I accomplished both. Many of the days (Nov. 16 – 26th) that I was on the road, I was only able to send a moblogged photo with a bit of text. But on Nov. 25th, I failed entirely. It was the only day that I did not post a photo or text all day for the whole day. Oops.
All in all, I had hoped to get more writing done. Moblogging, or sending photos and/or text from my phone directly to this blog via Lifeblog and my data plan, is relatively easy. I just need to pick a photo that I like, open Lifeblog, type some text (non-qwerty mobile phone keyboard), and then push the send button and off it goes to my blog. Given I was in Ireland and England this month, my mobile bill will be painful when it arrives, but it was worth it.
I had grand plans about catching up on writing up all the big topics I have been wanting to blog about (mobile creativity, Whole Foods, PHP vs. Ruby on Rails, etc.), but writing up big topics and traveling don’t mix, esp. when one’s hotel / B&B does not have an internet connection.
There is always December.

If only I could Twitter from the Plane:

Wed. Nov. 28, 2007
9:30am (GMT) – @ AA counter checking in, as the agent is asking all the usual questions, a disheveled posh-ish woman comes up and starts yelling at the agent about locked v. unlocked baggage, £65, etc. The agent tells her to wait, she keeps yelling, he finishes up with us and two security folk arrive to deal with crazy lady.
9:45am (GMT) – @ security having bags x-rayed, can hear the same bat shit crazy lady yelling at passport control about locked luggage.
10:10am (GMT) – @ Heathrow food court / shopping mall thing. Have successfully avoided the yelling lady. Have a lovely conversation with a London lawyer and her 3 year old daughter who likes my hair.
10:55am (GMT) – @ gate, bat shit insane posh-ish lady now yelling at 3 security people and 2 American Airlines agents about her luggage, a receipt and £65. I wish I had a tranquilizer dart and £65 in cash. I would give the bat shit insane lady the £65 pounds to shut her up and then tranquilizer her. I tell my mom that AA and the Heathrow security should kick her out of the airport.
11:30am (GMT) – Sitting in seat with power point. Praying to all the deities that rule airplanes that BSI Lady will not be in my row.
11:42am (GMT) – Guess who comes tripping down the aisle announced to everyone in a loud voice that she is VERY TIRED and VERY UPSET. She stops at each aisle and and window seat to announce to each passenger. AA crew members are appalled. She sits down 2 rows behind me.
11:43am (GMT) – BSI Lady is now yelling at a stewardess about her luggage and £65 pounds. The nice teenager next to her gets up and asks me if she can move to my row as there is an empty seat. I give the nice teenager the aisle seat.
11:57am (GMT) – The plane starts to taxi and BSI has found a sympathetic man in her row to calm her down.
12:10pm (GMT) – Up in the air. Plane has not blown up. BSI is still ranting and raving about her £65 and lack of receipt. Loudly.
12:45pm (GMT) – Beverage service starts. Typical AA flight back to the US, the Americans get coffee and apple juice, the Brits & Irish get drinks (wine, beer, and gin). Crew smartly refuses to serve alcohol to BSI.
1:32pm (GMT) – Lunch served. Gluten-free meal is another big winner. Green curry chicken with potatoes and green beans. A fresh salad and gluten-free mini-loaf of bread, plus fresh fruit. Dinner of teenager next to me looks and smells bad. Note to world: Order the gluten-free meal, it is much fresher and nicer.
1:41pm (GMT) / 5:41am (PST) – Is wondering why a number of really handsome men that I have seen in the last few weeks have rings on their middle left finger but on no other finger? Fashion or symbol… Anyone know why?
1:43pm (GMT) / 5:43am (PST) – Is happily drinking glass of moderately crappy wine. If you can’t drink at 5:43am when can you? Even if it is sunny outside… All the better to read xml dev docs by.
1:44pm (GMT) / 5:44am (PST) – According to the back of the seat flight map, we are approaching Iceland. Will finish wine before the usual Greenland turbulence. Surprisingly BSI Lady is completely silent. Maybe asleep?
2:18pm (GMT) / 6:18am (PST) – Watching 60 Minutes on the back of the seat screen, a segment on glacier melt and penguins.
2:27pm (GMT) / 6:27am (PST) – back to reading docs. Not as nice as penguins.
2:46pm (GMT) / 6:46am (PST) – Just starting over Greenland’s land mass. Sky outside looks like sunset, even though it is mid-day. According to the back of the seat flight map, we are on the top edge of daylight for the north.
3:46pm (GMT) / 7:46am (PST) – Watching some back of the seat screen show, Mark Harmon is still hot.
4:46pm (GMT) / 8:46am (PST) – Over North America, Baffin Island to be exact. 3006 miles to LA. Time to LA 5 hrs 39 miles. Just watched the cop show with Mark Harmon and the new Hairspray by lots of channel switching.
5:00pm (GMT) / 9:00am (PST) – back to reading docs. hmph.
9:07am (PST) – done ready all of the docs. Now on to the specs. vlargh. Just switched all my clocks to California time.
10:53am (PST) – 3:33 hrs to LA. Somewhere north of Regina, Canada. Need a good walk and a nap.
11:21am (PST) – After a number of hours of silence, BSI Lady is back ranting and raving about being charged £65. Truly extraordinary mental persistence. People like this should be the detectives on cold cases, if only they could see the forest for the tiny tiny tiny tree.
11:25am (PST) – Am now considering taking a change collection in the cabin to see if we can raise £65 to shut her up. I think I will take a nap instead.
11:26am (PST) – Now she is crying. Drugs, anyone? Mentally unstable, without a doubt.
11:29am (PST) – I have had to pay for overweight and/or extra luggage before up to 60 euros, and did not carry on, and on, and on, and yell, and rant, and go nuts for hours and hours. Hello! Weight restrictions! Hello, if you don’t like it, leave stuff at home.
12:52 (PST) – Over Salt Lake City. I have officially officially hit bored. 1:25 hrs to LA, so says the back of the seat screen.


Tue 11.27.07 – Doris Salcedo’s “Shibboleth” in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern.

The Final Stretch

Eden sent an email to NaBloPoMo 2007 participants today encouraging us to keep blogging strong to the finish line at the end of the week. I appreciate the encouragement, but I have utterly failed to post daily here at Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen, due to traveling and a lack of wifi and/or mobile connection. I wanted to, the spirit was willing but the connections and flesh were weak.
Yes, I could have used my US sim chip to blog short notes to this space every night from my phone’s Lifeblog (my UK sim chip does not have the needed email/ISP data plan that Lifeblog requires), but either tiredness or cheapness got the better of me most nights.
My biggest problem with blogging is that I always compose whole posts in my head when I am miles away from my computer and then when I get back and have the time to write it all out, edit, rewrite, and then publish the post, I am too tired or have lost the train of thought or…
Having a Nokia mobile camera phone with internet connection the last three years has greatly helped me to keep my computer from being the black hole of digital photos, as now I can post my photos to this blog or flickr when I take them, but my brain is still a black hole of writing / text / opinion posts. Either I need voice recognition software that will translate recorded ideas into text that then can be posted or I need a direct brain to blog link.
I even have a folder on my desktop with posts that are started but not finished, idea rough drafts, and whole written pieces that need revision before posting. I had hopped to use the November NaBloPoMo challenge to move those posts and ideas out of the folder and on to this space. Sigh.
Well, there is always December and I still owe y’all a bunch of photos from the last 11 days of traveling around Ireland and England. Yeah, that is what I will do on the 10 hour plane ride on Wednesday back to LA, I will edit photos and write posts, if I can wrangle a seat with a power port…