Last weekend, I headed off to Phoenix for one last visit to the relatives before I depart on my big adventure. I’ve got about one month left before moving away and the trip was a combination of seeing people as well as dropping off some important items that I did not want to put into storage.
Daniel and I had a good time, despite me having to work on Friday at the last minute. I was still out of there by 11 and by the time we packed the car and had lunch we were on our way at 130. Thankfully we didn’t get caught in too much traffic on our way out of town. We made good time and pulled up in Phoenix just after 7pm. As I was driving, I was trying to think of how many times I’ve actually driven the route from LA to Phoenix and just how much it has changed. I remember one of the first times post 1999 when I moved back to LA that it seemed like forever to get to Phoenix. Now it doesn’t seem that far – partially due to the urban sprawl over the last 15 years, but also due to the fact I mentally divide the trip between 100 mile segments.
Saturday we went to Sedona, AZ – sort of a last minute field trip. It was nice to go for a 2 hour drive and see a part of Arizona I haven’t been to yet. My nephew was along for the ride and I hope he enjoyed it as well. Around dinner, we met up with my Aunt and Uncle which was a nice surprise to say goodbye before my departure.
Sunday I finally was able to set up my new laptop! The first Club Josh laptop since my Dell I purchased in 2005! Ten Years, man a lot of technology has changed since then. I got it because I could not lug my 24″ iMac overseas and I was due for an upgrade. When I was younger I updated technology at a much faster rate, but in my old age I guess I am not as prone to be an early adopter. But so far, the new computer is so much faster and I’ve got one month left to put it through the paces to make sure that I have gotten all my programs and links ready to go.
The only issue I had was that it took me a long time to figure out why my iTunes wouldn’t see where my music was on my external drive, but it turns out there are configuration files you need to migrate as well. Consider it a pro tip. Oh and Google Searches of tech problems is the best thing ever. There has yet to be something I haven’t been able to resolve thanks to the net. My 1995 self is so jealous.
That’s it for now. Unfortunately I have fallen way off the update a day wagon and with my schedule it looks like it will wait until June to re-start once I am in my new place.
Josh – where are you going??? Don’t worry I still will write up a complete saga of where I am going soon!
Tomorrow I begin my three week travel adventure – part vacation and part work. The first trip is a planned vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. I haven’t been since 2011 and it’s about time I see all the latest offerings. This will be my first time using FASTPASS + as well as seeing the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, the revised Test Track, and many other small Entertainment changes. It will be nice for Daniel and I to get away from it all (although really I’ll be surrounded by work, I will just do my best to ignore and have fun as a Guest).
After that, it will be my first business trip since 1996! The last time I went on a paid business trip was to Denver, CO when I was working at UC Davis. I had a great time at that weekend convention. I guess working for my Mom’s work in Puerto Rico and Argentina sort of count as work as well, but this is the first one for my primary employer since Denver.
Where am I going? Well to my 31st country – China. Shanghai to be exact. I’ll be there for two weeks and it should be fun to say the least. Now, I am not sure of what the online access ability as well as my leisure vs work schedule, but I will try and do a Trip Diary for Shanghai. Now I need to stock up on my Emergen-C and make sure I do some laps up and down the aisles as it looks like it will be 5+ hours each way to Florida and 14 hours to and 11 hours back from China.
On to Florida!
It’s going to get crazy around here starting next week. As much as I will try to keep updating Club Josh every day, my March travel arrangements probably will result in some gaps.
Daily readers of the site know that I usually go a few days and then retro-post when I can to catch up on my Blog a Day. This month I will be traveling to Florida and the Far East which will probably result in a longer delay than usual. I hope to make it up in some great photos and of course some Trip Diaries!
Because my Far East trip is for business, it will be similar to Puerto Rico in 2009 where there were a lot of “Working today, having dinner, and heading to bed” entries followed by a couple nice long ones for the days I get off. The good news is that research has shown that Club Josh is accessible where I am going so that is a big plus!
I won’t say much more, but you might want to follow me on Sina Weibo! (ClubJosh of course!)
A great article in Bloomberg that talks about how the Boxer Brief has grown from nothing in 1992 to the most popular type of underwear. Personally, I’m still waiting for the body that I am supposed to get by wearing them. What? I actually have to work out and eat right to get that body? I want a refund! To me, good underwear is about comfort, fit, and a some color. Nothing is worse than your favorite pair getting to the point where it is no longer elastic.
Still trying to come to terms to what I agreed to do today. Potentially life changing as well as career impacting. Nervous, excited and scared all at the same time. Much to do before it happens, and as I get closer I will share more.
A couple weeks ago, I saw a tweet from NASA asking for people to volunteer for a NASA social event covering the launch of the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) Satellite at Vandenberg AFB on the central coast of California. Me loving all things NASA, I went ahead and applied for the chance.
At first, I was put on the waiting list with a promise of keeping me posted if people didn’t accept the invite. I didn’t think much of it until today when I got a Twitter notification that I was added to the SMAP Social group on Twitter. Sure enough, I checked my email, and there was the invite! I was so floored that I was accepted for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get my tour of the facility and post information here for all to see.
In the meantime, I need to read the press release to get up to date on the mission specifics. Oh, and you better believe the Gorn is going to be there too.
Stay tuned on Jan 28 and 29 for coverage of the launch here at ClubJosh.com!!
It’s a little late this year due to my travels over the holiday, but for the 2 people who were eagerly awaiting the updated list…
Its my list of things I have done on NYE over the years..
1995/6 Universal CityWalk
1997/8 Club Universe
1998/9 Dad’s House
1999/2000 The crazy disco Hollywood sign affair
2000/1 Santa Barbara
2001/2 Working at Disneyland
2002/3 Working at Disneyland/Horrible Club in Hollywood
2003/4- Quality Time at Home
2004/5 – Sick at Home
2005/6 – Working at Buzz
2006/7 – Quality Time at Home
2007/8 – Quality Time at Home (I’m certain I was asleep well before midnight)
2008/9 – Working at Disneyland/Long Beach Bar with Nathan and Daniel
2009/10 – I worked until 10 at Disneyland then raced home to watch CNN.
2010/11 – Got off work in plenty of time, but sat at home and watched CNN, fell asleep at 12:05
2011/12 – Attempted to see New Year’s Spectacular at Disney California Adventure, but by 10pm it was so foggy you could barely see the top of Mickey’s Fun Wheel. Headed home where I watched a History Channel show on what happens after a pandemic, and then CNN.
2012/13 – Hanging out with Eric and Arthur at Disney California Adventure. Much libation and a great time was had by all!
2013/14 – A repeat of last year, but with more people along for the ride. Eric and Arthur invited some of their friends and we were up to 10 people at the peak. Note for next year, if repeated, take the bus!
2014/2015 – Funchal, Madeira with Nathan and Mark at the Vine Hotel watching the spectacular Fireworks show.
Today is my last day at work before my 2 week holiday vacation. So much to do before the trip, not the least of which is actually finish my Christmas shopping!. Thankfully I have most of the day tomorrow to get it done as well as get stuff ready for my trip. It’s times like this that make me wish I wasn’t such a procrastinator, but then again I don’t find planning in advance nearly as chaotic and fun!
Today the eye doctor confirmed what I have been suspecting over the last few months. It’s time to become an old person and make the transition to bifocals. Thankfully my insurance covers it and the frames I picked out were cheap enough to be covered under my plan so the whole thing cost me about $50 which is several hundred dollars less than my last pair.
Everyone at work has been giving me grief and telling me that eventually I’ll get used to them but it will be a tough go.
Update 12/23/14: Went back to the doctor to pick them up and they forgot part of my prescription. So no new glasses on my trip for me, I will have to wait until 2015 to get the glasses…
One of the better outcomes of the Sydney siege is the trending topic of #iwillridewithyou. A terrible dangerous situation just a few blocks from where I stayed back in 2006 was riveting from my seat here in the US. I discovered along with many others the tweets about #iwillridewithyou which started with Rachel Jacobs saw a young Muslim girl who removed her religious clothing for fear of being attacked as the hostage situation took place. She basically summed up and others quickly picked up this sentiment: you should not be afraid to ride public transportation or anything based on your religion and if you need someone, I will ride with you to make you feel safer.
Fear and Hate are powerful emotions that are around all too frequently and it really made me realize that all is not awful in the world if there are still people willing to risk their own safety to help others – even if its just joining someone on the subway or bus.
This sentiment can and should be echoed not just for religion, but ANY reason you are afraid to be yourself. Race, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, anything really. I long to live in a world where more and more people are willing to stand up with people who are afraid and make the world a better place.
I am ready to be one of those people who stand up – are you?