April 21st, 2009

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

How did it get to be now already??

Sure sign of a tangential approach to exhaustion...the days that vanish without notice. 

Well, it's Tuesday, and tomorrow I drive to San Antonio so that at o-god-not-yet in the morning I can climb onto a train (the Sunset Limited, no less) and head for California.  

Why?   Well, California is where the Nebula Weekend is this year, and I'm a (ahem!) officer in SFWA.   OK, you say, but why on a train?  
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City Zoom

Zipped off to the city (somewhat later than planned, no surprise) but did meet a friend for lunch at Threadgill's on North Lamar, one of our favorite lunch spots.   After a hearty meal (eat *before* clothes shopping--ensures the clothes will be comfortable after other meals), I headed on down Lamar to the Chico's at Lamar & 6th, where I indulged in a new pair of black knit travel pants (my old pair, after some years of heavy service, were looking a bit worn...ok, more than a 'bit") and ended up with more...as you'd expect.  I have not only the Nebulas this weekend, but other trips this summer (to Clemson University) and fall, and my travel wardrobe has, over time, gotten shabby.

From there I went on south, under the tracks, and found the Amtrak station, so I could convert my email confirmation printout to real tickets ahead of time (not, for instance, at 4 am).  Had a nice chat with the man at the station--there were three there altogether, two in uniform and one not, and I was the only customer.   I was wearing my Weta Workshop cap, and he asked what that insect was--turns out he's become an insect enthusiast, so we talked insects a bit--and then I found out that--o boy!--the Austin station may be staffed through weekends come September and thus I may be able to check luggage from Austin (and possibly even Temple)  on the fall trip.

I had never been to the Amtrak station in Austin, and it turns out to be easy--and easy to get to Cesar Chavez afterwards (thus *not* being forced over the Lamar Blvd bridge to the south side of the river), and thence to MoPac and home.  I was home very shortly after 3, which meant I missed the school traffic and so on.   I still have a lot to do, but I'm definitely well ahead of this morning.