WH is in residence and we have successfully established a beachhead on the east coast. Colder then home here this morning and the furnace died in the night. A nice freshly painted new one was installed complements of the landlord today, Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah as the case may be.
When the Monument was first opened it was ventilated by windows at the top. Shortly after it opened a distraught visitor tried to jump, but found that the windows were to small to squeeze out of. Not to be deterred he pried open the doors to the elevators proving that where there is a will, there is a way. To bad he couldn't fly, but who am I to talk about that!
Here we are with the politically correct holiday lights on the balcony railing, complete with grounded safety orange extension cord. We went into the city and viewed the national holiday tree by the White House on Sunday. It is just a little larger then the one we had in the living room last year, not much, but a little.
DG had a good first day on the new adventure. Much to do and learn.
Well, we have made it, we are settling in and starting to feel at home. DG has made about 25 trips up from the garage 5 floors below carrying things in, up packing, setting up. Macy's was wonderful and on time with the new bed and chairs. In a couple of weeks the movers will get tables, chairs and a couple dozen boxes of additional stuff here. In the mean time, the bed is fluffy, the sheep is happy (and waiting for the rest of the flock to arrive,) dinner was cooked last night and the first loads of laundry are running. The view is wonderful.
Internet, cable (when the TV is delivered in a couple of weeks) and phone were installed and working by noon on Friday. Then 30 minutes later they quit working. Two phone calls to customer no-service, no call back, and four hours later everything started working fine. I suspect someone made a data entry error, but it would have been nice to have a call back from Comcast to tell me that they had fixed the problem.
I am in the new nest, furniture is being delivered in the morning. It has been another marathon of 12-15 hour days, but we can see the light. Comcast is suppose to connect us to the world Friday morning. I will try to update again over the weekend. I have a new fluffy companion sheep.
It has been a fine rainy couple of days here in Hotterville. Departure for Emerald City is fast approaching, about 24 hours and counting. We should get an estimate from the nest movers this morning. Pack the car, this evening, in the morning we will be on the way to the next chapter in this exciting story.
I am thinking warm tropical thoughts and trying to stay calm. It will all be ok, it will all be ok. The estimator for the nest moving company is coming on Tuesday, the only little detail that fell through the cracks was arranging movers. Well, probably not the only one, but the only one we have discovered so far. The sheep have been sealed in a box for shipping, glad I am not a sheep. DG wishes he was a sheep. I am going to nest now!
If they would leave me in charge DG would not go off to DC and leave his camera on the desk in Lexington. The lease for the new nest has been signed, keys received and the first bag of books moved in. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, that wasn't a whistle I heard was it?
I was called in this morning to direct aquatic flight operations at HartsfieldAtlanta International Airport. My considerable expertise is wet flying was a great help. Here I am on the balcony of WH and DG's very-very fluffy hotel room.
I am off with DG and WH in search of a new nest site in DC, then onto Florida and the Bahamas then back to Florida and then back to Kentucky, for three days, then back to DC for 4 days, then back to Lexington for 4 or 5 days, then onto the new nest. OMG!
I'll drop in and update when I can to let you all know what is happening.
We have been a little keyed up the past 36 hours with a couple of odd nights of rest. We really need a nice comfy hotel like the Pan Pacific in Seattle for a couple of days of rest. No early morning email and web searches for a new nesting site.
It is official the offer has been made and accepted, notice has been given to the present employer, the official job title is Chief Counsel for the well we won't talk about that on a public blog, but it is a major national organization that does program and policy development in DG's field. DG and TR are to report to start the new job on December 15th.
A verbal offer has been made and accepted, DG is awaiting something in writing, but it looks like I am going to Washington. About 2 blocks north of the White House. In time for the inauguration. DG is thrilled speechless and slightly in shock; kind of like the dog that keeps chasing cars and one day he catches one.
We went to visit family today. They kept stepping on DG's feet, nipping at his finger and trying to catch the wrist strap on the camera in their beaks. The problem is that the floor was covered with the exhaust from lunch and they tracked penguin poo onto the tops of DG's shoes. Any ideas on how to clean penguin poo off leather shoes? My family, what can I say?
We are off to DC at 6:20 AM on Thursday. No bird should be forced to fly at that hour of the morning, but it was either that or a likely missed connection with a barely legal connection in Cincinnati or four hours in Atlanta and not getting in until late. I will have to nest and relax to make up for it. We are do back home late Friday night. Talk to you all over the weekend.
Look who arrived today! A birthday present for DG from Kel, Carmen, WC, and RS and the girls from both families. How wonderful! Thank you all. We are thinking of naming one of them Sarah for some reason. She is so happy she has been in transit and has avoided being turned into campaign mooseburgers. Love you All, DG & TR
In Juneau we took a cable-way to the top of a mountain and "hiked" around a mountain top trail. The ride starts at the harbor and rises about 1500 feet up the side of the mountain, into the clouds and fog and ends in a rain forest. When the clouds part the views are spectacular, wonderful and wild.
One of the motivations for the trip was to ride the White Pass and Yukon Railroad from Skagway. What a wonderful ride. The train starts at sea level and climbs through the White Pass and on into Canada on a narrow gauge route built for the gold rush 100 years ago. It is one of the top 10 train trips in the world and very-very worth the ride. You can even stand out between the cars and watch the Yukon roll by.
We took a nice areal tour in Juneau to see the glaciers and ice field. There are hundreds of miles of glaciers and ice fields, the vastness of the of the ice was amazing. The plane was older then DG, but had a major rebuild the winter before including a retrofit with a turbo prop engine. Wow! Worth every penny.
We had some wonderful pool weather on the cruise. We had a couple of warm sunny days but as we went farther north the weather turned cool and damp. My idea of a perfect day at the pool. An it wasn't crowded, people must have been in the Casino or down at the buffet. With any luck we will have weather like this on the pre-Thanksgiving cruise to the Bahamas.
Well this was a unique experience, the hotel put us in a renovated log cabin with a huge stone fireplace. But our first reaction was you have got to be kidding. The cabin was over the cliff and half way down the mountainside, see the roof top on the horizon, that is it. There were 63 steps from the parking area to the cabin door. Hauling luggage in the dark and rain, I really wished I could fly.
I have been resting up for the past couple of weeks, just sort of drifting along. I am headed out to the western end of Kentucky on Sunday for a couple of days and then down to the south central part of the state, nearly to the Tennessee state line for a couple of days and will hence probably not post until Friday. I know you will all miss me, try not to cry to much, the water level seems to be rising, not fun unless you are a flightless fowl.