whyrl: (rain)
Oh, another list of classic must-see films? I bet I haven't seen most of these.

http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/11/the-ars-technica-science-fiction-bucket-list-42-movies-every-geek-must-see/

Seen it, love it:
District 9 (2009)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Matrix (1999)
The Martian (2015)
Moon (2009)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Wars (1977)
Terminator 2 (1991)

Just okay, or didn't care for it:
Blade Runner (1982)
Brazil (1985)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
THX-1138 (1971)
WALL*E (2008)

Hated it:
Pacific Rim (2013)

I think I've seen this, but can't remember it:
WarGames (1983)

Never seen any of these:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
28 Days Later (2003)
Alien (1979)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Children of Men (2006)
A Clockwork Orange (1972)
Computer Chess (2013)
CSA: The Confederate States of America (2004)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Dune (1984)
Enemy Mine (1985)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Frankenstein (1931)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghosts with Shit Jobs (2012)
Godzilla (1954)
Her (2013)
Metropolis (1927)
Primer (2004)
Robocop (1987)
Stalker (1979)
They Live (1988)
The Thing (1982)
Tron (1982)
Videodrome (1983)
whyrl: (rain)
2001
Alien
Any Disney animated film before 1990 (except 101 Dalmatians)
Beauty and the Beast
Big Lebowski
Casablanca
Clerks
Fargo
Godfather
Good, the Bad and the Ugly (or any western)
Jungle Book
My Neighbor Totoro
Pi
Pocahontas
Requiem for a Dream
Rocky
Schindler's List
Shining
Trainspotting

Not necessarily because I don't want to see them (except 2001, snore!), just never gotten around to watching them.
whyrl: (rook)
  • Manhattan is awesome.
  • Manhattan's subway system is even awesomer.
  • I can't spell "Manhattan".
  • Layers!
  • Layers are annoying to dress and undress. How do people put up with real winters??
  • I prefer latte over flat white.
  • San Francisco has red light cameras. >_>
  • It's been far too long since I last rode a pushbike.
  • "Scaly" fursuits are rare, and some people are really excited to see them.
  • Having a WHYRLGRYPH at GMAIL account is a great idea and I should've created it years ago!
  • Central Park is awesome in the snow.
  • My ginger cat is definitely a feral kitty who can look after himself. =D
  • I miss my ginger kitty when I'm away.
  • Don't take the US101 if you can avoid it (a lesson that I took way too long to learn).
  • Fondue is great. Chocolate fondue is awesome.
  • Most New Yorkers are apathetic bordering on rude, but a few are really helpful and friendly.
  • Apple Store poses a threat to your wallet.
  • B & H Photo and Video poses an even greater threat to your wallet!
  • B&H Photo is awesome and they have a motorized cart system and they're staffed by helpful and friendly Jews. Plus they're awesome.
  • Further Confusion 2012 will be at the convention centre across the road from the Fairmont.
  • Going to FC next year would be dumb and expensive and eat up more vacation time and Rose won't be there and I'm going to go anyway.
  • Parts of San Francisco smell muddy and weird.
  • Sonoma County is still awesome.
  • I can actually use my G12 camera in manual mode now.
  • G12 has a "magic" button which picks (what it thinks are) correct aperture and speed settings.
  • G12 is firmware-hackable and I need to try it.
  • You're allowed two carry-on items on flights.
  • iPhone 4 is still carrier-locked in the US (grrgrr).
  • My iPhone 3G is painfully slow and needs to be replaced (at some point).
  • Pandora is awesome.
  • Bluetooth headphones are made of win. =D
  • JFK airport is even worse than LAX.
  • Delta is a crappy airline.
  • The Stag's Head is an awesome bar.
  • I'm possibly more of a dork than I realized. >_>
whyrl: (serious)
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My favourite cartoon was Billy and the Bronto Gang.

It was a short lived cartoon (they only had 6 episodes), but I taped them and watched them all over and over again. There was Billy, the soup chef Brontosaurus. His special power was the ability to explode villains' minds by curling his tail into a fist. Then there was Eddie the Giant Eagle, who was my first big crush on birds, and eventually lead me to creating my own eagle character. He'd soar into orbit on huge wings and blast enemies with a wave of radiation from the Van Allen belts. =D Finally was Peter the albino possum. He was kinda derpy and was always tripping over and shit, but we loved him anyway because he was hilarious.

Anyway, the three of them went around in a mobile treehouse solving cases of food poisoning. No wonder the show got cancelled.
whyrl: (crazy)
That is all.
whyrl: (Default)
Here are some photos of me from Further Confusion 2011!













Badges for Rook!

From Kynekh:


From DarkNatasha:



Aaaand I bought this Nambroth original from the art show!

whyrl: (Default)
I'm posting this list of perceived failings of art websites to help brainstorm some ideas to overcome these limitations. This post is generally directed at FurAffinity, but some of this applies to DeviantArt and others as well.

Don't make me poll. For me, this is the most annoying aspect about the current generation of art websites. I'd like to see new gryphon (griffon, griffin...) art. Currently, this means I have to explicitly search for it. It'd be awesome if a site informed me when there's new gryphon art to be viewed. Polling for it is stupid.

Don't lump all images together. There are some artists I'm more interested in seeing updates from than others. When there are a lot of new images and they all get lumped in together it's easy to miss the interesting ones mixed in with the rest of the crap.

Don't make thumbnails so tiny. Most of us aren't on dialup anymore. It makes it hard to pick out the interesting pics from the rubbish.

I don't give a shit about stories. Most fiction on the internet is crap. I'm not interested. Same goes for poetry and music. Go away.

Don't just give me a list of titles. DevArt used to do this if you weren't a paid member. FA still does this with journal posts. I'd much rather have a LiveJournal style list of blog entries. Not providing thumbnails for images is intensely aggravating.

Tags are FTW. They make searches so much easier. Tags should have aliases (different spellings, related terms). Anyone should be able to tag an image, and people should vote on tags to give them greater weight.

Site banners should be unobtrusive. I frequently browse using my netbook, and large banners take up valuable pixels.

Site navigation. The main site page should be my personalised feed (eg. Twitter). I should be able to jump to my profile/settings easily from any page. I should be able to find any artist's profile page without difficulty. The navigation through galleries should be clear and logical (eg. don't show a "next 36 images" button if there's only 5 images in the search results!).

The site must be fast and responsive. Sometimes I click on "full view" of an image and nothing happens. Did I actually click on it? Is it still loading? I don't know!

Ads unless you give us monies (or you run an adblocker). This is offensive. I know sites need to recoup their running costs, but surely there's a better way. Value-added content for paid subscribers?

I'm sure there are plenty more problems.
whyrl: (music)
My personal trainer asked me to put together a CD of workout songs and this is what I've come up with so far. I need 100 songs and there's 81 here. Any suggestions?
Read more... )
whyrl: (fursuiting)
I got mentioned in the newsletter at work, released today!

This is the second paragraph on the first page:

At this point it would be good to welcome our three new staff members. Tristan joins the Development team in the New Technologies and Services Area working on customized services and new development areas. Wayne has also joined the Operations team in a Testing, Documentation and Special projects role. Our third team member is Gryphon…. Gryphon has a dual role of Statseeker mascot and developer.


This is from my manager's report on page 4:

On a side note, everyone in the office were in dismay when a bizarre creature walked into the office on 22/2/2010. We all found out that a 4 week holiday can really change the appearance of someone :) We are all glad to have you back [livejournal.com profile] whyrl and it is great to hear that you had a good time off.


Pfft! I'm not bizarre! *ruffle*

And finally, on the last page:

..... And Gryphon... new Statseeker Mascot or Developers Day Out?

whyrl: (gryphbutt)
This is Cooryna. She's a Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle x thylacine gryphon! I came up with her the other day for a commission. I think she's cute!



Sketch by [livejournal.com profile] rosequoll. :>
whyrl: (geeky)
I'm currently installing Ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop at home because I'm sick of using FreeBSD as a desktop (specifically, the headache that is the ports tree). I'm going to make a note here of any gotchas that I encounter during my transition.

I've been using JMK's Neep Alt font in gvim. I find it a pleasing font for programming. This is a bitmap font, which Ubuntu doesn't seem to support out of the box.

First, install the software package:

$ sudo apt-get install xfonts-jmk

Then you need to delete the following file:

$ sudo rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf

Finally, rebuild the font cache:

$ sudo fc-cache -f -v

Source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=792471
whyrl: (fursuiting)
So today I walked into work wearing my fursuit.

Unfortunately, my manager had just been looking at my trip photos and he'd seen the photo of my costume legs, so I didn't quite get the "WTF?!" reaction from him. Admittedly, he still turned red as well as a couple of my other colleagues. XD

Pic or it didn't happen, right?

Pics or it didn't happen. on Twitpic

I got asked a bunch of questions, but they were generally pretty good about it. They made some jokes about it, but it was all in good fun. It was really funny when at one point I was told to turn around and standing in the doorway behind me was the CEO and his wife. The wife asked me sarcastically if I had a girlfriend.

They all thought the costume was very well done. Some of them got creeped out by the eyes and the fact that the beak moves when I talk. They were shocked when I told them how much the costume is worth. (Actually, I'm not sure how much a partial typically costs. I quoted them what I thought it'd cost if it was a full suit.)

It was suggested a couple of times that my company could have a mascot at trade shows. I'd absolutely love that. =D (Well, maybe not cooking in a fursuit for hours on end.) Except I highly doubt that they were being serious. Still, it would certainly attract attention to the stand. I'm not sure it would be beneficial in any way. =P

I'm so glad I did this today. It was awesome fun. There wasn't any particular reason I decided to do this today. It's the first time I've seen my manager since before I left for my trip (he was away last week), and there were more people in the office today than at any time last week. I need more reasons to fursuit! Halloween is still 8 months away. I guess there's the medieval faire too in July.
whyrl: (happy)
Friday Feb 5th I left St Louis for Los Angeles and caught the ferry across to Santa Catalina Island, the final destination for my US trip this year.

For some unknown reason, I started my day at 4:30am. I guess I always wake up early whenever I'm flying that day. I'm dreadfully fearful of sleeping in and missing my flight. No problem this time; [livejournal.com profile] snowdog gave me a lift out to the airport with plenty of time to spare! Just like last year, [livejournal.com profile] buran couldn't be roused from her slumber to see me off. ;> The weather forecast was for overnight snow but it was dark, wet and generally miserable weather. Oh well!

Unlike my first US trip where I had 4 domestic flights (6 if you count stops), this time I had just one. There was a stop in Phoenix where I grabbed a caramel pecan Cinnabon (cinnamon scroll). I wolfed that down because my flight had started boarding. I found it strange not having an allocated seat.

Landed in Los Angeles in miserable weather. WTF?? I was very unlucky with weather in SoCal this trip. It's unbelievable. I caught a Prime Time Shuttle from LAX (flat rate shuttle, shared ride, full of win) to the ferry terminal at Long Beach. I wasn't sure what time I'd get to the terminal so I didn't prebook my ferry ticket. I was waaay too late for the 2pm crossing and took the 4:15pm instead.

I had to walk out into the rain with my luggage in order to board the ferry. I imagine that wouldn't normally be a problem except for the freakish weather we were having! The crossing itself was interesting. 10ft swells! I thought I was going to be sick, but fortunately I was only mildly nauseous. I'm starting to wonder if citric acid triggers my motion sickness.

We got to see orcas! Sadly I didn't have my camera with me. But how awesome is that? =D

The ferry stopped at Two Harbours first, which added about half an hour to the journey. I'd actually started dozing off at one point, so the ride can't have been that bad. Finally arrived at Avalon where Kathy ([livejournal.com profile] wolfwings' mom) was waiting to pick me up in her golf cart. Dropped my stuff off at her apartment (which is very small, like most of the lots in Avalon) and grabbed some food from the local grocery store. I was bad and picked up some frozen dinners, root beer, and cookies. Kathy and her flatmate Alex don't cook and can't afford to eat out all the time. In hindsight, I probably should have eaten out anyway! Didn't get to sample enough of the local cuisine. =)

I didn't do a whole lot Saturday. The weather was still being inclement. Wandered around Avalon for a little while, taking photos. Had fish and chips for lunch at Original Jack's, which were goooood if pricy. Watched Surrogates, which was predictable and stupid. A single episode of Battlestar Galactica contains more thought provoking commentary on artificial life than the entire three hours of Surrogates! We tried to watch The Departed because I'd never seen it but the DVD crashed 36 minutes in. Augh! I'm going to have to buy/rent it soon. We rented Taking Woodstock instead, which was pretty good, but I think a lot of it went over my head. We also saw HBO's Temple Grandin biopic, but I can't remember which night that was.

I started out Sunday by going for another walk to take photos because Kathy and Alex were still snoring out in the living room. There was a couple taking photos around the casino and so we took photos of one another with our own cameras. It was the first photo taken of myself with my own camera all trip! Depressing. =)

Kathy took me out into the interior of the island in her jeep. You can only go into the interior if you're a resident or go on a tour, so I'm pretty lucky to get a free tour!

The island is very mountainous, rugged, and sparsely populated. I was expecting there'd be more wildlife, but there wasn't much to see. There were some amazing views, particularly on the western side of the island. Sadly, there's no cell phone coverage in the interior. =p

There's two unreleasable eagles on the island, a bald eagle and a golden eagle. There's also a Catalina fox in a pen, but she was hiding when we came past the first time and it was too dark for photos on our return trip.

Kathy was surprised that we didn't see any buffalo until we got to the campground at Little Harbor. [livejournal.com profile] wolfwings had plans to go camping there but we didn't get a chance to visit Catalina before FC because of the bad weather.

We stopped off for a late lunch in Two Habors. The was a raven perched on a lamp who waited quite patiently as I took photos of him! We went into a bar (one of the few places actually open), devoured a pizza, drank a Californian microbrew ale, and watched the Super Bowl on the telly. How more American can you get? XD (I didn't see any guns, but that didn't mean there weren't any.) The game made no sense to me. I considered the football to be filler between the commercials.

After lunch we drove up the hill to peek inside the hotel that the Banning brothers built. On the drive back, we stopped off at the campground again to take more photos of the buffalo, then raced back to Shark Bay to take photos of the sunset, which we got there just in time. Amazing!

By the time we got back to Kathy's place, we were both absolutely knackered. Kathy had to work the following day and asked if she could sleep in her bed. I ended up sleeping on the living room floor. I slept surprisingly well on the floor!

The following morning, I got a voicemail message from Kathy telling me that one of her friends was going for a hike. I gave her friend Sandra a call and met up with her at her apartment. She cooked up some stirfry vegetables, some toast with lemon spread, and some "sleepytime" herbal tea (which doesn't work, by the way), and it was all very tasty! Simple meals can taste great!

Neither of us was feeling particularly energetic so Sandra picked a route for the hike which took us to the top of a hill behind the memorial. It was a great walk! She had a portable iPod dock so we listened to some AC/DC and CCR. We both had our cameras out, of course. She warned me to look out for ticks, but fortunately we didn't pick up any.

The hike certainly gave our legs a good workout! I had trouble walking the following day. The view was fantastic. The weather was pretty good although we had a sprinkling of rain. The hike back was all downhill, fortunately! The path took us through the back way into the memorial, so we saved ourselves the $5 entry! The memorial looks incredible. I got a photo taken with Sandra there, haha. =) The gardens were interesting too, especially the cactus garden. I also spotted a Catalina fox! He darted off into the bushes before we could get a good look at him.

We had lunch in a cheap Mexican tent near the golf course. Omnom tacos. I had a "$2 beer" too, which turned out to be Bud Light. Uuuuuugh. I'd managed to avoid ever drinking Bud up until then, and now I've experienced why. Bleargh!

By this point, it was starting to hurt to walk. We made it back to her apartment. We watched Terry Gilliam's Tideland, which was a freaky and bizarre movie.

Sandra had to do some grocery shopping, and I like grocery shopping so I tagged along. We didn't want to walk back so we called Kathy and met her at the store. Sandra offered to cook us dinner, which was awesome. We had crumbed chicken breast and vegies, some vodka and OJ, and talked for hours, mostly about relationship stuff. I have to say, I learned a LOT from that discussion. It made me feel ashamed to be male, though. =/

Tuesday, I got to go out on a free cruise around the island! Sandra is captain of a cruise boat, which is totally awesome! The cruise was great, got to see sea lions, seals, dolphins, bald eagles and other birds. The weather had started to turn on our way back, and I got hit with a lot of sea spray unfortunately, but otherwise I had a great time!

Later in the day it started bucketing down with rain. I'd accidentally left my baseball cap in Sandra's apartment (yes, it was a genuine mistake - birdbrain!), so I had the key to her apartment and spent a couple of hours there just reading and napping. She came home at one point and had her crazy stalker with her. She said she was glad that I was there! She had to go to her second job at a restaurant. I hung around for a bit longer then eventually left because it's a concrete bunker and I couldn't get cell reception (noooo, precious internets!).

I spent some time repacking my suitcase because it was a bit of a mess and I was flying out the following day. I wandered down to the restaurant where Sandra worked and she wasn't kidding when she said it was cold and empty! I chatted with her a bit at the taco/burger joint next door and had my first buffalo burger (omnomnom!). Eventually, she got some customers and I decided to take off because it was freezing!

That's pretty much the end of my Catalina experience. I caught the noon ferry back to the mainland, was in LAX by 2pm, and had waaaay too much time to kill until my flight at 10pm! I finally visited the Encounter bar (you have to walk through a carpark, which is crazy!) and it was absolutely worth it! I can't believe there's actually REAL food at LAX!

My time on Catalina was awesome, I'm so glad I went! The day I went on that hike with Sandra was the best day of my trip. It was completely unexpected, awesome to get some exercise, and she was great company. It's awesome making new friends. ^_^

Lost

Feb. 11th, 2010 02:00 am
whyrl: (Default)
I'm missing the blue pouch for my sunglasses and the external battery for my iPhone. [livejournal.com profile] wolfwings, I have a feeling I left those in your car. If they aren't there then I have no idea where they got to.

I'd still like that SD card from [livejournal.com profile] buran, or at the very least the photos off it. =) Thanks!
whyrl: (Default)
Last day of my trip! =( Overall, I've had a great time here in America! I've made some new friends, caught up with old friends, travelled around and seen a lot of new sights, had fun everywhere I've gone, and I've been called "birdbrain" so many times! XD

I've particularly enjoyed my time here in Catalina island. I've got a bunch of photos and a story to tell, but I'll post here about it when I'm killing time in LAX.

It's been awesome here but I'm ready to go back home now. =)
whyrl: (sick)
Not a whole lot has happened since my last entry. My con crud has been in full swing and it's been good to have a few quiet days anyway.

Spent my first and only full day in Kansas City being a couch zombie for the most part. A few of us went out to lunch at a Japanese/Chinese/Vietnamese place. The sushi I had was omnomilicious, but I didn't like the pho. Stopped by a gamer household where they were in the middle of playing something. Went to a MicroCenter where this conversation occurred and I picked up a Wacom tablet for $70 (can't get it working under Ubuntu).

WolfWings' housemate drove me around downtown KC before we grabbed burritos for dinner. I have to admit, some parts of it looked quite nice, and if I dug around a bit I probably could have found things to do to keep me entertained for a few days, but it didn't appear to have much for tourists to do and it reminded me way too much of Brisbane. So I decided to GFTO the following day and caught the train to St Louis.

I'm glad I caught the train because the scenery was rather dull, plus when it hit dusk I couldn't see anything anyway. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of the trip playing "catch the cell signal", so I was without internet access for most of the trip. D= It did give me ample time to write up my roadtrip post.

[livejournal.com profile] buran met me at the train station and we had dinner at a pizza place. First pizza of the trip! Whoa. Not counting that slice I had at FC. The pizza was reasonable. I wouldn't say amazing.

First day in St Louis: slept in, watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (which exceeded my expectations, but then I thought the book was by far the worst in the series), and had dinner with Buran, Snowdog, and Buran's parents at Lonestar, because I wanted to have steak at least once whilst in the midwest.

Second day in St Louis: slept in, then went shopping. I discovered that there's a Dance Dance Revolution for the PS3. According to Wikipedia, it was released last October. Went to the local GameStop and they didn't have it. The first sales assistant said I could place it on order. I decided not to, and we wandered around the mall for a bit (wayyy too many fashion outlets, little else of interest). Came back to GameStop and talked to a different sales assistant who informed me that DDR won't come out until May. D'oh! I picked up some DDR games for the PS2 anyway (Max, Max 2 and Extreme 2). I HOPE I can get it all working when I get back home. I'm probably going to preorder DDR for PS3. I need to find out if it's being released in Australia, although it shouldn't be a problem if I bought it from the US anyway.

Last night, Snowdog, Buran and I had dinner at Olive Garden. It's my second time at that restaurant. They serve you way too much food, but it's reasonably tasty at a reasonable price. And I fell asleep watching Wrath of Khan.

I've certainly been getting plenty of sleep here! Tomorrow I fly back to LA then I'll catch the ferry across to Catalina to spend the rest of my vacation there. Looking forward to that!
whyrl: (amused)
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The only good thing about Groundhog Day is the movie by the same name. Bill Murray is a funny guy. XD It probably gets old on repeat viewings, especially that song. Oh, and the rest of the world looks at North America like it's nuts, by the way. Small furry critters predicting the weather? Give me a break!

Roadtrip!

Feb. 1st, 2010 11:22 pm
whyrl: (soar)
WolfWings and I checked out of the Fairmont hotel Tuesday morning. It was sad to leave it. The hotel is nice and the staff were great! I'm definitely looking forward to next year!

Our first stop on our epic road trip leaving FC was actually just a short hop to visit Jaelyn and her partner (I forget his name). I hadn't had breakfast and I'm not good at meeting (haha, almost typed 'eating') new people on an empty stomach. So I was kinda D= or ~~ until I finally got some food into me several DAYS LATER. =P

(Next year, I'm keeping some sort of nonperishable food in my hotel room, even if it's just Pop Tarts.)

Anyway, got a tour of their home, then wandered off to a local Westfield mall so that Jaelyn could buy some girly clothes.

Decided to stop by The Cheesecake Factory for lunch (I blame The Big Bang Theory). Had a chicken burger sandwich on sourdough, omnom. Sadly we were too full for dessert, so I didn't get to try any of their cheesecakes. ;_;

After lunch, we wandered into the mall itself. Wolf and I hung around in the girly clothing store for a while until I realised this was going to take aaaaages, so we wandered off a bit. Had an orange smoothie at a famous-in-America chain (I forget the name) but it was tasty. Bought a PS2 from Game Stop (looks identical to EB Games in Oz) because I want to play freaking DDR. That's why I bought my other PS2, but I've been too lazy to get it modded, and for $70 I might as well buy an American one. Can't buy DDR games in Australia.

Jaelyn had finally finished buying clothes! Huzzah! We piled back into her car and went back to her place. We goofed around a bit playing GT4: Prologue, which we generally sucked at. I need to buy one of those Playmate chairs. I already have the steering wheel and pedals kit, but I don't have anywhere to properly mount the wheel.

We left at about 6, then Wolfwings realised just how freaking far it was to Redstorm's place. =P

We hit the highway, and took a wrong turn which took us through a toll booth and we ended up on Treasure Island. That place is a MAZE. It really, really didn't help that they'd blocked off one of the escape routes due to roadworks. Augh!

Eventually we escaped and made our way north into Sonoma County. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a miscommunication and Gatcat thought we weren't showing up until the following day. There was an entertaining string of screwups involved, and a side trip to get food and doughnuts which I wasn't a part of, plus experiments with mulled wine. Eventually we all got fed and it was actually pretty good.

The following day I woke up to some bad news and went for a walk to clear my head. I wish I'd taken my camera with me! I still don't have any photos from that area. Also, I managed to leave Sonoma County without tasting any of the local ales or wine this time. Dammit! I reckon I need to spend another week there with transportation and actually see some of the local attractions. *flail* It's a really nice area.

Sandroo/Deezlberries was staying with Gat and Red after the con, but he needed to get back down to the LA area, so we offered him a ride. =D I'd never met him before, and may have only heard of him in passing, but it was great meeting him. He's from England and I think he makes fursuits? He's also a 3D animator.

We had homemade crepes for lunch. They were nice. I should have crepes more often.

WolfWings wanted to hit the road, but not before a 2 hour nap. It was 7pm before we'd got the Yaris packed (Tetris packing FTW!) and were on the move. The first time I got to drive a stick shift in America was on the I-5. I had a bit of trouble with it at first and over the following couple of days I'd randomly reach for the stick on the wrong side. Oops! The cruise control was awesome (I want it for my Corolla now!) and I got very good at passing big-rig trucks. =P Also, I think WolfWings' plan was to give me most of the boring parts of the drive back. ;P

Had dinner at a truck stop diner. Burger and fries, which was surprisingly good for a truck stop! Must have been all that animal fat.

Was starting to zombify by the time we got to the top of the Grape Vine so WolfWings took over the driving to take us into LA. Deezl and I weren't keen on crashing at a random furry household (which I later found out wasn't random at all but a very (in)famous one), so we located a nearby Travelodge.

For some reason, Wolfwings dropped himself off at the furry house first, then handed me the keys. About five minutes prior I was completely out of it, so it was essential that I had to wake myself up enough to get us to the motel. This was at about 3 in the morning. Fortunately, I managed to successfully drive Deezl and myself to the motel without incident, except that I had trouble starting the car initially.

Checked in to the Travelodge and crashed (into bed). The room was fairly basic, but clean and warm, and the beds were comfy, and it was a cheap rate, which is all you can ask!

In the morning, packed up our gear, checked out of the motel, then drove back to the furry house to pick up WolfWings. We did make a wrong turn getting back, but I blame the iPhone's GPS position not updating fast enough. This was when I stepped inside the Prancing Skiltaire. Uhh. Yeah. Soooo glad I didn't stay the night.

We dropped Deezl off at a nearby mall, then drove to Burbank so that Wolf could say hi to a car mechanic buddy of his and drop off another licence plate for the wall. Had lunch at a pub up the road, but there was just too much food on my plate for me to finish.

Hit the highway again so that we could be in Vegas by about 6pm. I'd been in contact with Tadrith in the hope that I could see him and Saoirse again, but he'd already warned me that it'd be unlikely that I could meet them on a weeknight, and since it was Thursday and he was working late I didn't get to meet them. Maybe next trip? I'd try to be in Vegas on a weekend next time.

Spent the night at Radar's place (whoever that is) in the northern part of the city. Tried to watch some anime and fell asleep. Woke up in time to have some ribs for dinner, which I couldn't finish. They had a couple of cats there, so I got my kitty fix.

Hit the road again early. About an hour into the trip we stopped at a town for breakfast. We tried to locate a Quiznos but failed. We could find plenty of casinos! Frakking Nevada. It boiled down to a choice between a McDonald's and a convenience store, so we chose the convenience store.

Drove through a pass in the Rockies, but I was in the middle of eating a sandwich so I only got about 20 seconds of video and no photos.

Shortly afterwards, WolfWings declared that he was too sleepy to drive, so we swapped over. I guess he really isn't a morning person! I was wide awake and fine to drive.

Stopped off in Cedar City for fuel. Not long before that I got to see my first layers of snow on the ground for the trip. Wolfwings was still napping so I ended up driving all the way to the I-70 fork and stopped off at the truck stop there (when we eventually found it!).

This road house had a Subway store. That sounded pretty good so I wandered in. All the staff were standing inside near the front door and the lights were out. One of the staff informed me that the power was out and they had no idea how long it'd be before it came back on. And RIGHT THEN the power came back! XD Behold the power of Gryphon!

Needless to say, I tucked in to a footlong sub and some cookies. Omanomnom.

Wolfwings took over from the driving at the start of the I-70. By this point we were well into Utah. What can I say about Utah? Well, it's desolate and boring, but occasionally it has some incredible scenery. We passed a "Denver 404" sign which we HAD to double back and take a photo of! Shortly afterwards there was a scenic lookout where I took a whole bunch of photos. I haven't looked at them yet, so I don't know how they turned out, but they should look incredible if they came out okay.

After that, we decended from the hills (I think?) and hit some pretty bad fog. We must have been driving through fog for an hour or two. Fortunately, it cleared once we hit the Colorado border.

There was a fantastic sunset (got photos) and incredible full moonrise. Getting photos of the moon was tricky because the car kept bouncing all over the place.

Driving through the Colorado mountains easily made the roadtrip worthwhile. Snow capped mountains nicely lit by the moon, the river, the canyon, even the road through the canyon was awesome. Sadly I didn't take any photos because there's no way they'd have done it justice. Plus there wasn't anywhere to stop.

We were concerned about hitting ice and snow but incredibly the weather stayed clear for us, so we got a clean run all the way through Utah and Colorado to Denver!

I called Wolf Nymph to ask about possibly meeting up, and got some tips from her about where to stay. We Googled and located a Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn next to each other, consulted their prices and determined that the Comfort Inn was way cheaper. Even better, the Comfort Inn provided free breakfast! Awesome! We took full advantage of the free breakfast, although I failed to locate the maple syrup which was RIGHT NEXT TO the waffle irons. *facepalm*

We had planned to meet Wolf Nymph in the morning and I left her several messages on her phone but she didn't respond (found out later that she had issues with her phone). WolfWings was getting impatient and wanted to hit the road, so we took a quick stop at Walmart to pick up some supplies for my common cold infection, then hit the road again for Kansas City.

Yet again, WolfWings said he was too tired to drive so I took over for the first leg. We stopped at a McDonald's in the middle of nowhere which freakishly for an American McD's had an EDIBLE chicken sandwich!! Admittedly, the only times I had McD's on my previous trip was in California and Florida, which may not be the best sample.

Our next stop was at a roadhouse in the middle of nowhere. It was very misty and WolfWings made the comment, "Do you feel like you're driving into a horror film?" I swiped my card for gas and waited ages for it to go through. Wolf said he could hear the modem dialling in the restroom shed. XD

A Winnebago pulled up and the driver needed some help cleaning her windscreen. It turned out that she was part of a group that had bought some Winnebagos in Texas and they were driving them up to Vancouver. She had become separated and was trying to catch up with them. Wolf helped her set up her CB radio (and I got to use one, yay!). Unfortunately, she was heading towards Denver, so we parted ways.

The rest of the trip to KC was fairly uneventful. There was a cat at another rest stop. Might've been a stray because it ran away from us. Hit a toll road before Lawrence KS and stopped off at another burger joint for dinner. My sinuses were clogged so I had to alternately chew and breathe. =P Made it quite unpleasant eating!

Crossed the bridge into Missouri and of course I had to tweet, "We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Pulled up at WolfWings' house and I guess that's the end of the road trip!

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