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This will be the first trip since getting my Handspring travel stuff,
so that should be interesting. In the interest of longer life on the
Handspring, I think I’ll move the book I’m reading (Vernor Vinge’s
Fire Upon the Deep from the SmartMedia card into the
physical RAM and just pop out the Springboard module. I chose this one
because it had the lowest power draw of all the Springboard card based
adapters, but it’s still something. This is a downside of both using
the Visor as the reading platform and the Prism rechargeable at that –
the battery life is just plain not that great. Being able to plug in
at airports and the hotel should help that. I must remember to pack up
stuff like network cables and phone cords for the trip. I’m sick of
consistently forgetting that stuff and/or leaving it in hotels.

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I had mentioned the other day about cleaning out my e-mail inbox, and
all the apologies for late replies. Last night I made a phone call
(and ended up leaving a message on a machine) that began “Hey,
remember in 1996 when I e-mailed you and said I’d give you a call?
Well, this is it!” Six years to make a call is excessive, but I did
it. It sucks getting back in touch with people, because part of the
impediment to making the call is the fact that it’s been so long. That
keeps me from making the call, which just makes it worse and harder
later. I’ve had this guys number for a year but just the sheer
awkwardness of sucking it up and saying “I screwed up but I’d rather
feel like a fool than lose touch with you” is hard to overcome.

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So I did go see Aimee Mann last night, which I’m considering a triumph
of rock and roll over middle age. It was a good show, and she played a
good mix of the stuff I wanted to hear. Her second song was “Calling
It Quits”, perhaps my favorite of hers. She also did “Red Vines”,
another of my favorites. She didn’t play “Ghost World” or “Stupid
Thing” which was a (slight) bummer. Overall it was well worth getting
out on a Tuesday night. She did an odd thing, where she basically
stared straight forward the entire show, not looking around or
tracking her eyes across the crowd. She was looking toward us, but not
looking at us. I love all of her solo albums. I don’t own the first
two or the Magnolia soundtrack, and I should probably get them all. As
a refresher, I wrote about her and her website
here
, which includes a link to the spiffy MOV file of the “Red
Vines” video.