I'm just now waiting for Smirk to pick me up.
Smirk says high to all the readers out there.
Well, we're finally on the road. The plan: pick me up around 1:00 pm, get the SUV, then go to the office, pick up the equipment (which ended up being six servers, four 1000′ spools of CAT-5 cable, a bunch of tools, adaptors, cables and what not, plus our laptops and, unlike my last trip, I have an unlimited data connection via Smirk's laptop, so the posts will be much better (while the keyboard sucks on the laptop, at least it's a keyboard)). But Smirk was running a bit late, having to drive back from Orlando this morning (it's best not to ask about that).
The clerk at the car rental agency was a hoot—he chided Smirk for making two reservations (even going so far as slapping Smirk's wrist) and then launching into an extended rant about the virtues of Clint Eastwood's western films. Quite amusing.
By the time we got to The Office we were running about an hour late, but in gathering the equipment we ran into some snags (one of the servers we're taking wasn't booting up properly), then after loading, we had to stop by Smirk's storage unit for some rack shelving and then a stop by Radio Shack for some cable strippers.
So we're running about 3½ hours behind schedule.
But we're on our way.
Two notes (at 7:45 pm):
- Wow, very heavy rain, very light visibility.
- Two, need to adjust the web form a bit—preview mode resets one of the fields, and another field isn't set to the correct value.
Anyway, back to talking to Smirk and checking out Google Maps.
In our quest to find a Starbucks (hey, Smirks wants a Venti® White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Coffee, what can I say?) we found ourselves driving through downtown Daytona, Florida (who needs a GPS when you have Google Maps?) in heavy traffic.
We finally found one, and while there, I managed to take a picture of the local fauna (and yes Smirk, I'll post the picture when I get a chance to download it from the camera and we have broadband access) while Smirk was obtaining his Venti® White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Coffee.
By 10:00 pm we were on our way again, headed north from Daytona.
Update at 11:59 pm
The aformentioned picture of fauna in Daytona