Hello from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am here for the week, visiting Sarah’s family, and hoping we don’t get hit with a foot and a half of snow. We flew in on Saturday, and took a relatively painless Southwest flight to Midway airport in Chicago, where we got a rental car and drove up. Our plan is to spend the week here, and then drive to Indiana on the 26th and visit my side of the family for a few more days, then head back in time for work on the 31st.
The flight out proved to be the first test for the Kindle. I sat in the airport in Oakland, browsed the store a bit, and picked up the e-version of George Carlin’s latest, which is an autobiography he had worked on for years, which was completed after his death. No problems buying it at the last second in the airport, and I got about halfway through it on the plane. Maybe I will save a future report for the actual end-to-end experience on the thing, but I find it pretty easy to get lost in the book. You really do forget the interface and get lost in the writing, which I guess is one of the major concerns with any non-paper reading. Probably the only major drawback with the Kindle is there is no old-fashioned way to give someone books for Christmas. I guess you could give them a gift card, but I’m the kind of person who always ends up with many dead trees wrapped up and under the soon-to-be-dead tree during the holidays. There’s no easy way to get around that.
I saw this funky documentary last night called Alone in the Wilderness, which was about this dude who went to Alaska and built a cabin, with the original plan being to stay there a year, but he ended up staying for about thirty years. The whole time, he filmed himself cutting lumber and notching logs and building a fireplace and tracking the wildlife and surviving through a -45 degree winter. Later, his son-in-law took all of this silent film footage, added sound effects and narration, and made it into a documentary. Its good stuff, and makes me wonder if I could ever do the same out on my land. Of course, I don’t have a bunch of trees to cut down, and I’m not right off a lake where I could fish and haul my own water. Still, very interesting stuff.
Time to get my act together and go off to a lunch. Had a very good pizza for lunch yesterday, that ultra-thin crust type, from Balisteri’s. I have no particular pizza religion between thin versus thick, but I always appreciate a good specimen of either, and this was good.