Prepare to Launch. Destination: Butte

The Final Summer is going mobile this 4th of July weekend. Batteries are charging, mobile WordPress blog posting apps are being downloaded, and other essential gear is beginning to be packed. I’m not sure if I’m going to bring the Snowball with me to Butte. I doubt that I will have any free time to record a podcast when I actually get to Butte, and even if I do, it would be awkward to record a podcast with the rest of my family in the room. I like to podcast in my bedroom, or in the living room when it’s completely empty– but never in front of people. It just seems awkward, like I’m ignoring the other person in the room and instead talking to a rock. I might record a podcast on the drive up. I could even post it while we’re going down the highway thanks to the Mobile Hotspot feature on my Pre Plus…  But I’m not going to get ahead of myself on that front. Just look for good blogs this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I’m supposedly going to be the main photographer for the family reunion/surprise 75th birthday party for my grandma/odd family gathering of people who don’t know each other but are somehow related. That should be interesting. I imagine it will go down like this:

Me: “Hi, I don’t know you, but I’m supposed to take your picture. By the way, I might be your great nephew or something. Smile.”

Random Relative (R.R.): “Who the hell are you? I don’t want my picture taken.”

Me: “Cheese!”

R.R.: “Where’s the cheese at?”

I’m kind of excited to meet these other relatives, but at the same time I’m hesitant. My family hasn’t really had much involvement in the planning process of this event, so I have no clue as to what the party is going to be like, how many people will be there, and whether or not there will be a table with markers and stupid “Hello, My Name is:________” stickers. I doubt that it will be that bad, but I have a feeling it isn’t going to be a barrel of monkeys either.

In other news, I need more money to buy random crap I want in addition to the things I actually need. I don’t think I’m going to ditch now when I’m so close to working there for an entire year, so I think I’m going to stick it out until at least October. If I don’t get a pay raise then, I’ll bail. Simple as that. I can easily find another job that will definitely pay the same (or more) wages for less labor. I don’t like the idea of quitting, but I need more money.

I’m looking at laptops, and I’ve found two possible candidates that I can buy with my next paycheck, but I won’t have any money leftover to spend on essential things, like gasoline, nor will I have any money to put towards a vehicle. Blerg. I’m probably going to wait until the next paycheck though, simply because I have too many necessary expenses to tend to currently to spend a large chunk of dough on a (currently) non-essential item.

I’m off from work tomorrow, so I think I’m going to pick up my contact lenses, get my hair cut, and maybe buy some stuff for the trip. Life’s exciting, isn’t it?

– Will