The deed is done. House sold. Money in the bank.

I have a few more items to put away into storage when I go back to Wisconsin, then its full steam ahead.

Light at the end of the tunnel

6am. 4 hours sleep. Only 3 or so boxes left in the house I smell foul. I’m tired. Walk-through is in 3 hours, then sign the documents and turn over the keys. Then transfer stuff to my dad’s truck. Then, I’m free.

Wow, I screwed up

Its 12:40am and I’m still packing stuff. I have to be out at 9am.

I totally mis-judged how much stuff I had left. I totally forgot some stuff. I got a hotel room close to my house and am moving stuff in here tonight because there is no way I could put it all in my car.

My dad is driving up tomorrow with his pickup truck. He’ll be in for a surprise when he has to deal with a bunch of heavy boxes of books.

I’m still not done and I have to be up to meet the painter by 7am.

This sucks.


My last full day in my house, and so far it has been a great day. I got the peeps at Swiftknowledge to take way all my computers and networking gear. I had the junk guy show up and haul all my crap away. The painter showed up and fixed what needed fixing. I had some other very good surprises as well.

All I have to do is box up the last few remaining things and its all done.

I can’t believe this day is almost here. I can stop focusing on tying up loose ends to focusing on moving forward and getting started.

Candid Camera

I’ve picked a camera. I’m going with the Nikon D200. I hope to purchase it later this week.

The choice really boiled down to one thing and one thing only. GPS integration.

I’m not that sophisticated in photography to know the ins and outs of various camera settings, so the performance wasn’t that big of an issue. That being said, I did read mostly positive reviews and have seen some excellent photos taken with the D200.

The ability to integrate GPS data directly into the photo metadata is very appealing to me. As far as I know, its the only major DSLR which currently has this ability. It also requires something of a hack to make it work. I’ve found a company that sells cables and shoes to support the GPS, but it still seems like a feature that Nikon just sort of threw in unsupported.

So, I get the GPS and the camera hooked up…then what? You can do some pretty cool stuff actually. The coolest thing is being able to navigate on Flickr or Google Earth via a custom KML file. Not to mention that with the GPS, you can get some pretty amazing precision on the photos, so you can literally see the spot it was taken.

I hope to have some of the first photos up in a few days.

The more things change

I’m writing this a Panera Bread. I’m not here becasue they have free wireless (it’s down), but becasue they have chairs. I have wireless at my house, but I have no place to sit. I also have no television.

Its very interesting how my life has changed in the last few days with the simple elimination of furniture and television. I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do sit at my computer a lot. In fact, my desktop broke when I got back from Wisconsin about a week ago, and I’ve been on my laptop since then, and that has been a big change by itself.

I bring these things up only becasue they were small changes that had pretty big effects on my daily life. I’ve been spending more time out of the house because you can only sit on the floor for so long. I’ve been reading more books, because I don’t have access to the net most of the time when I’m out of the house.

Traveling will be a HUGE adjustment for me because I usually require constant stimulation. I read about 250 RSS posts a day on Google Reader. Being off line for such long stretches will be a big change. I’ll need to use my computer more as just a tool for video editing and writing rather than as a tool for communications. I’ll probably have to get my news from papers than from the web. I’m sure I’ll be totally out of the loop on most internet memes over the next two years. Someone will make a joke referencing something on YouTube and I’ll be “what? huh?”

It may sound like I’m bitching, but really I’m looking forward to it. I spent two weeks in Hawaii last year without my computer. It was the longest stretch I’ve had without access in ages and it really didn’t bother me too much.

If nothing else, will be able to catch up on a lot of reading.

Things are geting close

I’m really starting to sense the reality of all this.

Dishes. Boxed.
Toiliet brushes and plungers. Packed.
DVD Collection. In storage.
Clothing. Only a suitcase left.
Freezer. Empty
Fridge. Just soda and bloody mary mix.

One week from Tuesday, and I’m out of my house for good.

I realize that most of these posts are just repeating the same theme: OMG I’M GOING AROUND THE WORLD!!!

but it’s true.

I’m also putting together a First Aid kit of stuff I have sitting around the house. Stuff to make me poop, stuff to stop me from pooping, stuff for motion sickness, stuff for upset stomaches. Its hard to know what the right balance is between too much and not enough for this sort of stuff. I’ll probably opt for too much then pair it down later.

…back to packing

Three weeks bitches, and I….Am…..Out of here

Its been two years since I decided to take this trip. Since then, its been all talk and no action. Planning, reading, talking but not really able to do much until I had all my affairs in order.

Its only been in the last few weeks that I’ve begun to realize that this is going to happen. I’m now well beyond the point of now return. Documents have been signed, utilities have been canceled, things have been boxed. Now it has to happen.

In the three weeks or so I have left here I have a lot to wrap up still. I got to finish packing, get stuff moved to storage, etc. You get the idea.

Once keys are handed over, I need to shift from wrapping up the old stuff to moving in a positive direction on trip related stuff. The nice thing is, I’ll be able to devote my entire attention to that.

Some of the things I have to do once I’m out of here:

  • I need a bag. This is sort of a big priority. I’m thinking a 45-55L bag with some sort of smaller bag to carry around during the day.
  • Gear. In particular my video camera, DSLR, GPS, and laptop. I’ve written about this in the past and I is worthy of an entire post of its own soon.
  • Legal stuff. My passport is fine, but I might try to apply for a second one given the amount of traveling I’ll be doing. This will give me extra pages as well as a backup. I also need to get visas lined up for a few places as well as shots and probably an International Drivers License.
  • Website. I’m still not happy with the site. This wordpress theme is cool and all, but I need to do more.

I’m currently planning on spending about two weeks in Wisconsin after I leave Minnesota, then a few days in Vegas, then maybe a week in LA, then onto Hawaii.

Its getting warmer and I’m getting closer to French Polynesia.

Life aint too bad.