Jason von Nieda; v1.0; Patch Level 20070320-00

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Downloading Yellow_Fever…Done
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Downloading Typhoid…Prescription required, delaying update.
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Downloading Tuberculosis…Test required, delaying update.
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Another Rant… and Some Other Stuff!

So, the other Sunday morning Courtney and I decided to go have a nice breakfast at the IHOP on Shawnee Mission and Antioch. We got seated quickly and everything was going great. Our waitress seemed a little flustered but so did everyone else. The place was super, super busy.

Anyway, there was a group of people sitting right behind us. I think it was either 2 or 3 people in a 4 person booth. Soon after we arrived, they left. Right before they left I thought I overheard our waitress comment to another waitress, “I think they are finally leaving.” which struck me as kinda odd. As soon as they left I heard her exclaim “5 hours!” and she said it quite a few more times.

I eventually asked her what the deal was and she said that the people had been sitting in that booth for five hours. I said “I hope they left a good tip at least” and she said they left her 3 dollars.

3 dollars. Five hours. Sixty cents per hour.

So, while these assholes took up one of this waitresses tables for five hours she was losing every tip she could have gotten. To throw some random numbers out; Courtney and I were at our table for maybe 30 minutes. If everyone eats in around 30 minutes then that table could have handled 10 parties in those 5 hours.
My bill was something like $12 or $15 so figure maybe a $3 tip each. That’s $30 she could have made and instead she made a tenth of that.

How fucked up is that?

Anyway, yea, assholes.

This weekend was Courtney’s birthday party at my house and it was a smash hit! She has a post about it at attentionwhore.org and pictures on Flickr.

The party was a ton of fun and there was a great turnout. I lasted till around 3am and apparently quite a few people kept rocking till the breaka-breaka dawn. Woo!

Last night we went and had dinner at PF Changs and then saw 300 at the Cinemark VIP Room. 300 was really good, and really bloody. I thought it was a little cheesy at parts, but still excellent.

Trip planning is going slow. I am kind of seized up because I feel like I can’t get things wrapped up at home fast enough. Trying to work through that. I still have no place to keep Sonja and I haven’t begun to move things into storage. I also need to get my immunizations. The immensity of what I have to do before I go keeps making me hide from getting anything done. And the whole money issue is terrifying. So there’s that.


Still Here!

Before this page completely expires I should say something, but as is often the case when I’ve waited too long too much has happened and I don’t know where to start.

So, I’ll start with last night. I bought the backpack I will use for my trip. It’s a Kelty Redwing 3100 and it’s pretty sweet. This morning I did a test pack and was able to get 2 pairs of jeans, 3 shirts, a sweater, plenty o’ socks and underwear, towel, laptop, various electronics and bathroom supplies in there with room to spare and it was super comfortable. Much easier than my last jaunt where I was carrying half of that and it felt heavier. And it has an ice axe loop. Gonna need that.

I got the pack at Bass Pro Shop, which just opened in Olathe. Courtney and I had an excellent dinner at Carrabas and then decided to check the place out. It’s pretty big. And woodsy. Yup.

Um. I took this week off work to catch up on various things. Did the Explorer’s brakes, did Courtney’s brakes, read a lot. Crap like that.