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Hi everyone. The last time I posted it was a voice post, and I haven't updated since. some of you may know parts of the story of my weekend, but for those who don't know, here's the interesting story.

I made it to Chicago about 5 minutes after my connecting bus was scheduled to leave, so I'd missed that transfer. The next bus wasn't scheduled to leave until 12:45 in the morning. If that wasn't bad enough, the driver I had told me that he couldn't find my suitcase. I asked him if he wanted my clain ticket and he said that it would help, but that he didn't have time to look for it because he had to leave. He left me in the room where all the customer service people hung out. They also refused to even attempt to help me locate my suitcase. I asked several times for assistance, and was basically told that they couldn't do anything to help me. I asked about a hotel and was told that there was one but that it was close to $199 a night so "I didn't want to go there". Don't tell me what I do and do not want, thank you very much. They did get me a meal voucher though so that I could get some food, and they assisted me in getting that food. I was just feeling really uncomfortable, worried, and completely exhausted, and wasn't sure what I was going to do. I finally decided that I couldn't stay there anymore and asked them to put me into a cab because I WAS going to that hotel that I supposedly didn't want to go to. They seemed more than willing to help me leave.

So, I got to my hotel and the people there were really super helpful. they got me to my room, and brought me tooth brush, tooth paste, and deoderant so that I could at least take a shower and start to feel at least somewhat human the next morning. The friend that I was coming to visit worked some kind of magic and placed some phone calls. To make a long story short, at a little bit before 1:00 in the morning, someone knocked on my door and delivered my suitcase to me. It had apparently been in Chicago all the time, but since the people there didn't want to help me with it, it went to wherever missing luggage goes. And, even when someone from the Milwaukee Greyhound station called Chicago with the claim ticket number, Chicago continued to deny that they had my suitcase. I don't understand it, but whatever. Bruce was getting ready to leave in the morning for a weekend trip of his own, but he stayed with mme on the phone until things had been delivered and until I was able to confirm that everything was intact. Having him with me really helped to make things easier.

I left Friday morning and ended up getting on a bus with a great driver. We got into my final stop about an hour late, but that was because of bad weather and nothing that could have been controled.

I leave tomorrow morning and I'm hoping that things go a lot better on the return trip. I've got an hour and a half between the two buses, so I'm hoping that will give me extra time in case the first bus is running late or whatever. If things go as planned, I'll be back in Milwaukee by 3:00 tomorrow afternoon.

The travel experience is definitely one that I don't want to repeat anytime soon. I love travel, but this was really truly one of the worst experiences I've ever had, and the Chicago Greyhound station will be getting a complaint from me for their lack of help, and their utter rudeness.
Anyway, that's my story about the weekend. I'll post more later when I have something more to write about. Later everyone.
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Well, I'm here in the hotel after my first day. I'm tired, but there are a couple of reasons why I'm not actually sleeping yet.

Reason number 1. I brought my own pillow. My pillow is made out of memory foam. This memory foam, when left outside in cold weather, tends to harden up. Therefore, my pillow is currently rather rock-like and I need to wait for it to thaw out a little before I use it. You'd think I would have learned after the first time this happened.

Reason number 2. Yours truly forgot a couple of things. First and foremost, I left my Book Port at home on my bed. My nightly fall-asleep entertainment doesn't exist. This will be the first time in almost a year that I haven't had it to use. I brought batteries and my pillow speaker, but no Book Port.

Unfortunately, that's not the only thing I forgot on this here trip. I left without my cell phone charger. Normally, my phone is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unfortunately, for the duration of the trip, it will remain off unless I need to make a call. Since it's a new phone, I really don't know the life of the battery, and I need to be able to use it to check my voicemail at work and things. And, I may need it for Friday morning as an alarm clock. I got my clock set in here for tomorrow morning, but I don't know how things will work for tomorrow night yet. So, it may have to be my alarm, which means leaving it on all night Thursday. So, needless to say, I feel like an idiot at the moment.

Oh yes, and let's not forget to mention the fact that this was supposed to be a voice post, but that's not happening either. The number I've been using for voice posting apparently doesn't work anymore, and I need to find a new number, which I didn't exactly feel like doing tonight. So, you got me direct. SMILE!

Other than all this stuff, today was pretty good. I'm extremely tired, and really want to go to bed soon, but I need to wait for my pillow. We made some good contacts today I think, so that was good, and we went to a really great Italian restaurant tonight. They do this really interesting thing there. They serve the traditional Italian bread, but they actually bake garlic. It makes it really soft, and then you spread the clove wedge thing like you would butter. It's amazing, and it's nothing like eating garlic raw. I had a little bit of olive oil and freshly grated cheese. My room isn't much tonight, but there's free wireless, so it'll do. There's a bed, where I am sitting now actually, and that's about it.

Well, my pillow still isn't really all that thawed out, but I'm just extremely tired, and I'm having trouble typing so I think that's about it. If you have my cell number and want to hear my, um, greeting, go ahead and call and leave me a message. If you don't have my cell number and want it, send me an email since I'll most likely be able to check messages over the next couple of days. You know where, and if you don't, look on my profile page. Later peoples!
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No, I'm really not talking about myself here. SMILE! I just wanted to write because the other night I was talking about something that I wanted to bring up and needed to wait. Well, the reason I needed to wait was because I was going to see if anyone wanted to buy a laptop. However, I already sold it, so I don't need to do that. And, I'm writing this from my new laptop! So far this is one sweet machine! I don't have much on it yet, but I wanted to give it a test run and it's performing very well. So, if you were looking for a laptop, sorry. SMILE!

The restaurant tonight was great. But as I wrote that I remembered that I'd written about that in a protected entry, so some people reading this didn't know I was going to a restaurant. We went to Golden Corral, which I just realized must be a chain. They had the best bacon-wrapped chicken tonight! I don't think I've ever had better chicken on a buffet!

It's 16 degrees outside right now, and I am extremely glad to be in here where it's warm. I checked the temperature for Florida again today and it was at 80 degrees. Unfortunately, it's as if Florida knows that I'm coming. On sunday when I fly down it's only supposed to be in the mid 60s. Me and my luck. SMILE! Oh well, it'll still be better than 16 degrees, right?

Well, I said that this was going to be short and it is. I've got a couple of things I want to do before going to bed and I've got a road trip tomorrow, so I'm going to go for now. Later.
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Well, not much time left now. I'm almost all packed accept for my Book Port, which I can't pack yet because I'm putting books onto it. I saved up Audible credits just for this trip and downloaded two more books by Jodi Whats-her-Face; (sorry, can't think of the spelling at this precise moment, but can look it up later). She just released a brand new book within the last couple of weeks or so, and I was able to get it through Audible. With those two books I've got about 33 hours of entertainment right there, and then I've got 9 books from RFB&D and those will just ride in my carry-on suitcase; not that I expect to need them, but I always like to be prepared.

I'm leaving for the station in a little less that 4 hours, and [livejournal.com profile] voyagerjc is going to go to McDonalds this morning and pick up some sausage Mc-Griddles. If you guys have never had them, or even heard of them for whatever reason, they're pancakes with a sausage patty between them, and the whole thing tastes like syrup. They have recently become my favorite breakfast item from there. I don't eat eggs, and would never dream of ruining a great sandwich with them, especially mixed with sausage.

File 3 of 5 is transfering now, and it's definitely taking a while. I love being able to take these books with me though, and to me it's definitely worth the slow transfer so that I have them.

I kept trying to post an entry yesterday morning but things kept coming up so I totally gave up. I had planned on doing a travel poll, which I may do later from the train if I can remember what I was going to ask, and I had this whole thing written out. This of course reminds me, I need to write down my Gmail settings so that I can configure it on my laptop, and I need to write down my LJ email information since I suspect that it'll be much easier to post via email while I'm gone. Two more things to add to my to-do list. SMILE!

Well, I think I'm going to stop writing and proof this so that I can post. It's sending file 4 now, so it's getting close to being done.Hopefully you'll hear more from me later today.

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