Monday, August 30, 2010

A Quick One, While I'm Away—and Awake

PERRYSBURG, OHIO—I was trying to fall asleep in the RV tonight, and finding myself failing miserably at it for the first time during this vacation, until I remembered that I hadn't blogged in a few days and figured some of you readers may or may not be interested in what has been going on since my last post. So I am using my sudden attack of insomnia to do this little bit of blog housekeeping.

So what has been going on since my last post? Well...not much and quite a bit, it turns out. In the past three days, my family and I have been making the long trek back home...and boy, has it really felt like a loooooong trek home, not helped much by the fact that the past two campgrounds at which we have taken shelter at to rest for the night have lacked sufficient internet access, preventing me from being able to, among other things, update this blog. (This is where my non-smartphone's recently activated mobile web has come in handy, so at least I can keep up with emails and very occasionally check Facebook and Twitter.) Not that I have been terminally bored during these long days of cross-country driving; my iPod's shuffle function, James Joyce's Ulysses—which, for all its difficulty, I'm actually kinda loving—and Twin Peaks have all been keeping me reasonably distracted.

But our third and final day in Yellowstone was spent exploring Grand Teton National Park, which, it turns out, is even more awe-inspiringly beautiful a place than Yellowstone. (Jim Emerson, you were right!) As I tweeted at the end of that day, as I gawked at the view of the Teton Range and hiked on one of its mountains, I found myself desiring to do two things: listen to Richard Strauss's Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) and watch Renny Harlin's Cliffhanger (1993) on an endless loop. Yes, you read that right: I just lumped Richard Strauss and Renny Harlin in one sentence. Hey, that's how my highbrow/lowbrow mind works.

I won't say much more about my trip now; I'm saving that for a summary post after I return from vacation, which will most likely be later today. Oh, and there is also one other development in my life that faithful Twitter followers will probably already know about, but which I haven't gotten into here at My Life, at 24 Frames Per Second. It's a pretty earth-shattering development for me...but again, I will save it upon my return.

For now...just wish me luck in getting some honest-to-God sleep tonight! (So this is what insomnia feels like, huh?)

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