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Two nights ago, I had a lovely dinner with whumpdotcom at California Cafe. It was delicious food, and it was great to see him again and catch up a bit. It was also good getting away from the conference and my odd problems for a bit. So thanks for joining me, Whump!

Last night I just hung out in my new hotel. Didn't much feel like going out or doing anything, so I just relaxed. I watched some junk on television, then went to the hotel bar. I had a drink and a salad, and I watched the end of the Cubs game (alas).

There was a guy two stools down from me in the bar, and we commiserated a bit on the game. At first he seemed kind of cute and friendly. Somebody to chat with at least. Gradually though, he became creepy. He kept staring at me with this big smile. Some kind of cross between a boy who's just met a puppy, and a scary predator. Or both, I don't know. A couple of times I would say "What?", and he would keep smiling and say "I'm just listening..."

I was glad he stayed two stools away. Our disjointed conversation quickly turned from baseball to what I was doing that night. I told him I was doing nothing, that I'd been sick and would go to sleep early. Then he asked again, and then he asked if I wanted to go somewhere. I declined, and I paid my bill quickly. I made sure not to let him see the hotel room I'd written on the bill, then I headed back to my room.

Creepy hotel bar guys...yuck.

Today's the last day of the conference. Not quite sure what I'm doing next, aside from visiting with simplykimberly tomorrow evening! Think I'll be a bit touristy first...I have a little bit more energy than I have the past couple of days. Not much, but a little. It's been a nice trip, productive, but a little bit weird.
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drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: October 16th, 2003 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

You go, Warrior Princess! :) :) :)

You know something, Rennie, if anything, you can take one thing away from this incident: you are ONE TOUGH COOKIE! :)

Seriously, you handled yourself pretty well in that situation. I'm glad you're OK.

Sounds like you've been through a lot (both good and bad) on this trip. I hope that you remember this, because you have proven how brave you can be. Never forget these things if you ever do get afraid.

With that said, enjoy the rest of your trip, and have a safe flight home too.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: October 16th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


can't wait to see you, and 4pmish is fine! Aidon's going to be late, darnitall, but that just means we'll be hungry by dinner time ;)

Are you crashing here tomorrow night, or heading back to the hotel/elsewhere? Either way is totally fine!

The kitties are looking forward to extra head-scritches and tummy rubs :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 17th, 2003 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: whee!

Awesome!!! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing all of you, the kitties included.

If you don't mind, it'd be helpful if I could borrow a couch or a piece of floor at your place. I'll have to leave very early though, as my flight out of San Jose is at around 8:30am. Hopefully that won't be a problem...

Seeya tomorrow!!
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: October 17th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: whee!

we have a guest room with an actual bed in it - but if you'd RATHER be on a couch or a floor... ;)

No problem at all, and yeah, you're gonna get up WAY early to get an 8:30 SJ plane! The good news is you'll miss traffic by going that early :)

Where are you managing to read email at, anyway? ;) Miss No-laptop?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 17th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: whee!

oooh, a bed! Quite luxurious.

The folks I'm stayed with last night have not just a laptop, but a real live computer. Also, the conference had some terminals set up.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: October 17th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: whee!


Noel just joined up - noeljb - he's already added you ;)

He thinks I should pack you up in a suitcase to bring you to Colorado next week - he says you're small and flexible ;)

Still looking like fourish?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 17th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: whee!

Well, I'm sure I could fit in a suitcase, but I think I'd be pretty darn uncomfortable by the time we got to Colorado....
operatic From: operatic Date: October 17th, 2003 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
So this was, like, a real live lounge lizard? (Or have I mixed my metaphors? ;) )
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