July 5th, 2007

#463: The last post from the US until the 18th of July

I leave home in nine and a half hours.

I am going to be able to get to a web cafe and post from Cagayan de Oro City, so at least Atomic Fungus isn't going to "go dark" for two weeks. But from 7:30 AM on Friday until sometime after 10 AM on Sunday (Philippines time) I'm going to be traveling; and when I finally get to my destination I am going to be so utterly fried that I'm not sure I'll be able to speak coherently.

In sequential time I will be traveling for about 36 hours. According to my calculations I'll get to experience a few hours of 7/7/07, but I'm not sure how many; I'm leaving Los Angeles at 10:30 PM on 7/6/07, and I have no idea how quickly we'll cross the International Date Line. Heck, with better timing I could have skipped 7/7/07 entirely. (Of course, I'd get that "lost day" back when I came home, unless I went west to get home. That would be funny. And too expensive and exhausting for my taste.)

This is the first time I've been out of the US. It's the farthest I have ever been from home, and it is scarcely possible to get much farther from home than 10,000 miles without going into orbit.

If it was, oh, 20-40 years from now, I'd get aboard a semiballistic flight which would get me there in about half an hour. (Probably one of Branson's planes, in fact, built by Rutan.)

...I was going to start commenting about how we should have that kind of service now, but it would take me too close to the "NASA ate the dream!" territory, which would take me several hours to explain properly...and after spending the last five hours packing, I am too tired to put forth such an effort. I'd read something if all the new books weren't packed away; maybe I'll just sit in the dark and stew.

Anyway, bon voyage.