Home shopping, Cutting the cord and Why I hate flying

Scoping out new homes

A few weeks ago while returning from a job site in Northern Virginia I noticed a large RV lot just off the highway and stopped in. Had a great time talking to the salesperson I met, learned a lot, and found a few features I’ll be sure to look for when we’re shopping more seriously. I just wanted to give a shout-out to McGeorge RV for talking to me about Campers when you knew I wasn’t going to buy one for a few years!

Does anyone enjoy flying anymore?

So – I just returned from a trip North (to New Hampshire) for a conference with all the other “important” people in Robotics. I put that in quotations because I don’t find myself all that important in the grand scheme of things, but I keep getting invited to go, so whatever. Anyhow, did I ever tell you I hate flying? At this point, the only thing I could do to make travel easier is to get the TSA-Pre-Check: I pack a light backpack, I don’t check any bags, book my flights long in advance, and arrive at the airport earlier than recommended. Alas, it never helps. Ther flight to NH was uneventful, but for the third time in a row, my flight out of Manchester canceled; this time for a mechanical problem in Phillidephia. The airline paid for a taxi to take me to Logan International (in Boston, MA) and I flew¬†through Charlotte, NC instead of Philadelphia, PA. That was alright, except we landed in a lightning storm, keeping us on the tarmac for a period of time, bogging down the ground traffic, and ultimately leading to my connection flight departing the airport many hours after it was scheduled. Suffice it to say that the only flying I want to do for a while is my UAV. I think it’ll be rare that I step on an airplane once I own a home that has wheels.

Cutting the Cord

After that hellish travel week, it’s a bit nice to return to my monotonous desk job but this week also brings another deadline towards our new lifestyle – canceling cable television. Tomorrow Verizon FiOS disconnects my television. The $200/month my wife and I paid for television is obscene, so we knew that would be one of the first things to go. We never really watched TV, but we have a DVR and it diligently recorded television shows we never stopped to watch – except Jeopardy, we really will miss our Jeopardy for dinner. We’ve discussed what we’ll watch instead (from the internet) but we haven’t nailed down what it’ll be yet.

Future Trip(s)

If you’re following along (let’s be honest, if you’re reading this, you’re likely catching up because no one is reading this blog right now) then you’ll be happy to know that we’ll be traveling to GA in the near future to visit Sara’s grandparents. I’ll be sure you post pictures and video along the way and you can look forward to some awesome Georgia UAV footage when we return!

/matt

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