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July 7th, 2008
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The trip, the news, and baby birds
So, I attended Anthrocon unemployed. That's the middle of the story.

As some of you know, back in December of 2007 I accepted the position of Acting Director of Registration for Anthrocon, Inc. 'Acting' meaning all of the responsibility plus the additional worry that I'd screw it up badly enough by Anthrocon they'd get someone else. I rather promptly put in for the time off at Foxwoods. As I've done years before, and with the anticipation of troubles, as in years before. Anthrocon is held pretty close to July 4th each year, which is a busy time at Foxwoods. I've had to wrangle time and schedules in thoroughly annoying manner, and one year, had to use sick days (with blessing of my chef) to attend. So I expected of course difficulty.

After negotiating down from a 9-day 5-vacation days vacation to a 6-day 2-vacation days vacation, I thought things would be manageable. But, my vacation got denied. Appeals didn't help. A letter from Uncle Kage himself saying "Hey, we need Chi to run stuff, can we talk?" went unanswered. So, I eventually presented them two weeks notice for my departure from Foxwoods. (With a codicil that I would withdraw such, if they would give me the damn time off.) That turned around my head chef's opinion., and he finally realized how much this meant to me.. by then, though the executive chefs had been involved. And they rode the hard line.

So, Monday June 23rd  was my last day there. Seven years and seven months. A departure with honor, if not the way I was hoping to leave. And then I went to Anthrocon, which was a blur of registration, board meetings, yakking with Dad, food good and bad, and snuggles from the winged. (I'll hopefully tell more about Anthrocon further in the next few days, but no promises, or Tricuspa will yell at me more.). I left feeling relieved and refreshed, despite extreme lack of sleep. I came home and crashed hard, and readied the plan. Some time to get life in order, my stuff and stuff Mom'goose needs done around the house (whee, driveway retarring), and then a road trip. A.. significant road trip.

http://tinyurl.com/mongoose-trip-5 is the latest route. While dates are likely to flux, here's the rough schedule. 'And visit' means stays that will be longer than overnight, obviously.

July 10th: Departure, staying in PA
July 12th-17th: Through Cleveland to South Lyon, MI and visit.
July 18th: Down to Dayton, OH
July 19th: Up to Merillville, IN
July 20th-22nd: Up to Barrington Hills, IL and visit.
July 23rd-25th Up to Milwaukee and visit.
July 26th-July 31st: Out to Sioux City, IA and visit.
August 1-August 7th: Down to St Louis, MO and visit.
August 8th-9th: Through Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Waco, TX
August 10th-11th:  Down to Houston and visit.
August 12th: Over to Alabama.
August 13th-15th: Up to Crossville, TN and visit.
August 16th-18th: Down to Warner Robins, Ga and visit
August 19th-25th: Down to West Palm Beach, FLA and visit
August 26th: Up to Cary, NC
August 27-29th: Up to Herndon VA/ Frederick MD/ Baltimore MD and visit.
August 30th-31st: Flexible time in/around Philly, New Jersey, NYC area
Sept 1st: Drive home.

So here's the skinny. If you are near to any of these stops, and available.. do let me know. Plans are still pretty flexible for me, and I'd like to visit with friends, even if it might just be lunch and I'm zooming along.

If anyone is remotely along the Houston-Alabama path, that's gonna be a heck of a drive for me. I may want to break it up, and I'm willing to sideways it a little.
Ditto for the Dallas/Waco area, where I currently don't have a night's stop planned. I can always get a hotel, but I'm unemployed and will shamelessly ask for couch space.
Also: If anyone along this path has an old laptop that they're not using, is wi-fi capable and wouldn't mind passing along: I'd take it off your hands. I do not actually expect this to occur, but, something a bit more LJ-conducive than the n800 would be a benefit.

I'll be available on the road via cell phone (860 961 6462), and will have at the least the n800, plus borrowing of computers. FurryMUCK, SL, WoW.. don't expect to see me much there. But SMS, Email, LJ I should be able to get time on.

Oh, and on a totally different note: There's a family of Carolina Wrens that decided the space between the air conditioner and edge of window is perfect for nesting. Four li'l peepity wrens are keeping Mom and Dad Wren busy. Cute little things. Peep peep. Peep peep. All day long. Peep peep.

I have the feeling if I didn't take this road trip, I'd be going "Hey Nag? Was one enough? Here, eat your fill." *punt* All day long peep peep.

--Chiaroscuro

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From:paracoon
Date:July 7th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Give us a shout when you're in Houston. We have a guest room. Current email is my LJ username at comcast.net
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 7th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Will do! I'm probably staying with Gyngerfox, but have to get in touch with her to see if all is cool. Decidedly will want to say hi to you guys, because last I I saw you was.. er.. uhm...

Holy cow, before the kids. :O
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From:tyrrlin
Date:July 7th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Quite an undertaking, m'dear!

I can't wait to read your AC report!

Oh, and do you like Weird Al Yankovic?

"snuggles from the winged"? >.> And who is Tricuspa? XD
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 7th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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I do enjoy Weird Al Yankovic! I have all his CDs (Some replacing old cassettes) and have seen him in concert four or five times.

You being included among the winged, yes? :)
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From:giza
Date:July 7th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I'll be available around the end of August.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 7th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah! I'd like to stop by, kick around more registration stuff, and see your pad. :)
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From:tuftears
Date:July 7th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Aw man, sorry to hear that your former bosses took a hard line on it, but I hope that's a story that will have a happy ending, like finding an even cooler restaurant for which to work!
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 7th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm hopeful!
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From:spotweld
Date:July 7th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a bittersweet time. regardless, that looks like an excellent road trip!
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From:reptilemammal
Date:July 7th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)

But you aren't visiting me!

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Actually that is quite the trip you have planned. I tend to agree with the bittersweet analogy, I'd be hard pressed to give up a job for so long for a convention, but I'd happy to give most everything up to spend time researching pangolin and spending time with them (unfortunately the circumstance hasn't happened to force that to occur but I am slowly moving in that direction).

Change can be exciting and interesting and certainly scary, but now you have tons of opportunities, you can go for one of your dreams and maybe see if you can be a cook for a couple days along your road trip and explore the interesting world of the roving resauranteer.

Why not just pick up one for about 500$. As for places to stay maybe check out Craigslist though I'd rather meet friends.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 8th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)

Re: But you aren't visiting me!

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For a new cheap laptop, I could indeed manage one for $500; But I am now unempolyed and every dollar spent is not a replaceable one, right now. The n800 and other people's computers will suffice, but if there's a spare lappy floating about I'll accept extras. :)

The change is rather scary, but one I'm ready for now. And I'm sure I'll cook for people int his trip, but more at their homes. Still, cooking. :)
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From:palladinthug
Date:July 7th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Dude =( If you had stopped on your way past I would have happily did a sketch for ya. If you don't mind a digital one I am happy to do it for you, that is really rough the way things worked out.

I was happy to see you passing by in the chef outfit =D I am quite certain that was you, and if not I have humiliated myself on a journal yet again.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 8th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
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I'll always accept free art! http://furhoo.com/art/Chiaroscuro/ has all the references. :)

And yes, that was me zooming through the Dealer's room in Chef outfit. The only one I could have been confused with is Baker Bunny, and you can tell by the hats. Mine stays tall, rigid and cylindrical; while his is floppy. ;D

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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 8th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
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I wish I could. The difficulties of driving there in a car with no air conditioning in August are not overcomable.

You could buy me a plane ticket, but I think you've got others to spend that sort of money on. :)

Edited at 2008-07-08 05:45 am (UTC)
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From:jennbirdie
Date:July 8th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about evil bosses. You'd think after so many years they'd want to work with you, especially if you gave sufficient notice for your time off. I guess we're just all expendable..*hugs*
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 8th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
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We all are. I was figuring they'd cave.. but I wasn't bluffing, not one bit.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 8th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
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*hugs a lovely an bountiful blue one* I'm very ready for this silver lining. After which I need to get back to earning some silver. ;)
From:duncandahusky
Date:July 8th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
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That is one awesome road trip (and one that I wish I had the time to take!). Although you may have already touched base with roho and enveri (our neighbors 15 miles to the north), I'll also say that if you need a place to crash in the northern suburbs of Chicago, we'd be happy to provide a bed for you! We're all of 30 minutes from Barrington Hills, if that much. At the very least, it would be a pleasure to get together with you for dinner on your way through!
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 8th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
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I'll probably anchor out of Barrington Hills for Chicago-area time. That's where my Aunt and Uncle live, and they're quite willing to put me up for the night. But I certainly would be up for lunch, dinner,l museum trips, late-night bad diner food, etc. :)
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From:xydexx
Date:July 9th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
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You are of course invited to be our guest at Castle Xy-Gel once you get into the Leesburg, VA area in August.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 9th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
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I'll have to figure some sort of visit with y'all. :)
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