I know I’ve been quiet here lately, but I have a good reason. I’ve been very, VERY busy. Since my last post I have:
• Completed touchup painting on the exterior of my house
• Completed painting the front door (looks nice!)
• Completed touchup painting inside (except the room I’ve been using as an office and catch all)
• Almost done re-grouting the master bath shower
• Worked through rental logistics
• New planter/plant at the door (nice touch)
• Worked through some personal legal/financial tasks (power of attorney, set up accounts for rental, so on)
• Clean out the garage (finally!!)
So, as you can see, I’ve running around like crazy.
That last item (clean garage) took a lot longer than anticipated. The previous owners left twenty (20!!!) cans of paint! Some in the attic, some behind my junk. That was a trip to the county waste disposal.
And speaking of my junk, I’ve lived in this house for two and a half years and I seemed to have accumulated more junk than I came with. Where does it all come from??? I believe junk multiplies while we sleep (junk orgies??). In any case, that was another reason cleaning the garage took longer than I first thought. At least 5 carloads of stuff to the Goodwill, full trash cans at each pickup and I STILL have more crap to deal with. In fact, I should be dealing with it right now, but I’m waiting for the rental management folks to come by and this seemed as good a time as any to update.
As to when I leave, it’s looking like I’ll be gone the last week of March to see my kids out west. I’ll fly back then leave for Baltimore to see family and friends there before I finally show up in Philadelphia on April 8. It’s looking like I’ll arrive in Namibia on or around April 11.
In prep for travel I’ve been looking at several things like what tech I’ll bring with me, and the types of clothes to pack. For the tech I’ve decided to not bring a laptop. I’m going to bring the following:
• WiFi iPad
• unlocked iPhone
• Bluetooth speaker
• 4TB USB hard drive
• travel router
• Travel camera
Those last two are interesting. The travel router along with the USB drive creates a personal travel cloud and provides internet access whenever that is available. So I can backup my devices locally. The router I picked (HooToo TripMate Titan) has its own power, can act as a host, and can even charge devices in a pinch. Pretty nice bit of tech, that.
I’m still trying to decide which camera to bring. Needs to be small, good zoom (5x optical at least), good in lowlight, and simple to use, but have manual controls. Turns out there are a lot good choices on the market, which has not made deciding easy. Leaning towards Canon, Sony, and Samsung.
That’s gonna do it for now. More to come so stay tuned.