Bare Essentials

Dallas 2011 preparations

I’m leaving for a solo trip to Dallas in an hour. Heading for my grandmother’s 90th birthday party, which is amazing in itself. Equally amazing is that I’m not taking my computer.

(If you know me, then you’re looking out the window now to see if pigs are flying.)

After making the decision NOT to pay $50 round trip for a checked bag, I started thinking minimal. And sure, I could bring my carry on plus a computer bag. But I started asking whether or not I NEEDED to. The answer? Not really.

This way I’ll be sure to actually visit rather than work. And if I feel the urge to work, I can read the stack of submissions that are languishing in my Nook. This is a good thing. My eyes will get a rest from computer screens. My submitters will finally be put out of their misery. And I’ll be able to get by with one small bag that will fit under my seat.

Of course this means my e-mail will pile up while I’m gone. Ah, sacrifices.


Feeling Steinbeck

Taken by sudphoto

We spent a full day in John Steinbeck’s shoes today. Some of these steps I’d done before, but the drive to Salinas was new. The old town sights I expected. The agricultural sights I did not, most notably the rich chocolate Illinois-flat soil that stretched out to the bleached-grass hills. I don’t know how he ever tore himself away.

More images and video of the day exist, but will need extracting at home. Stay tuned 😉