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23 September 2008
Corporate Housing, a new frontier?
And a bit of shameless promo, while we're at it...

There haven't been many new blog posts lately, as I've been trying to catch up on all the Burning Man stories. These are now fully uploaded, so go forth and read 'em, if you haven't already. Pics are also strewn throughout the stories, but if you want to see them all at once, they're here.

So what's new with the house? Nothing yet, but we've been considering posting it on a corporate housing rentals site. This is an interesting concept, as it would allow us to rent for shorter terms and more money per month. Of course it costs something to post a listing on a site like this, but for once it may actually be worth it. Where would that leave us? Well, ever since the episode with The Nice Professor Lady, we've been considering taking a shorter trip towards the end of the year. India was at the top of the list, until I realized it would be high season with Diwali coming up. Higher prices, more crowds, harder to get last-minute reservations... no thanks! Hm, what about Indonesia & Malaysia? We could fly in and out of Singapore, do some great scuba diving, groove on the cultural scene, maybe even hook up with that guy we met at SFO who has a house on Bali. And then our expat friends in Perth mentioned they'd be in Bangkok in mid-November. Ah, a plan starts to form! Where we go, and for how long, depends on how things work out with this corporate rentals site. If we find a good short-term tenant, we could conceivably take off for three months or so. If not, we may take a 3-4 week trip.

What do you think? Any recommendations?

I'm an AdventureUs.com Outsider... cool...

In the meantime, I've been dipping my toe into the travel writing pool. Some of you already know about this, because I've been tooting my own horn for a few weeks now. (Write your own joke here...) But for the rest, I'm proud to report that I've had three small bits of publishing success of late:

1) a few of my pics were chosen to be a part of the online Burning Man Image Gallery

2) I became a featured correspondent on AdventureUs.com

3) another handful of photos got published in a Matador article

...and I'm in conversation with the Matador editors about doing a written piece on Burning Man. Woo-hoo! Please visit these sites if you get a chance, and support the folks who support nascent travel writers and photographers.

Interestingly enough, Rolf Potts has just published a new book. I stumbled across one of his bestsellers, the time-honored classic Vagabonding, at a formative point in my travel planning. And now when I'm considering getting more involved with travel writing, his latest book is about that very topic. Have any of you travel geeks read "Marco Polo Didn't Go There" yet? He's doing both a virtual and a real-world book tour to promote the new book, and I look foward to hearing the reviews from the travel community.

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09 September 2008
Don't worry, it's not anthrax!

Today's Moment of Zen is brought to you by the letters U, P, and S.

So our remaining boxes that we had shipped back from Sacramento arrived today (thanks K&C for your help with that errand!) and as the UPS guy dropped them off in the front hallway, he raised one eyebrow and said, "There's some weird powder coming from these."

At which Mark & I chuckled and assured the poor guy it was just Playa dust, y'know, from Burning Man. And then we proceeded to have the "Burning What?!?" conversation until the UPS guy'd had enough and left, shaking his head.

Heh. You can take the Burners off the Playa, but you can't ever quite get the Playa (dust) off the Burners and their stuff!

PS. For those of you keeping score at home, the Nice Professor Lady fell through. So it's back to the drawing board to try to find a tenant! :(

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06 September 2008
One step closer?

We had a very promising meeting today with a prospective renter. She's a professor at Penn's Wharton biz school and needs a place for her family to stay while they renovate their Arlington home. Seems very responsible; she showed up exactly when she said she was going to; we had a nice conversation with her. Quite possibly the perfect tenant. The catch? (And you just knew there was one, didn't you?) They only need the house for three months, October - December. Right after Christmas they are moving back into their house, no matter what. ::: sigh :::

I don't want to jinx this, since it's not finalized yet. But if this situation comes to fruition it raises a whole slew of new questions. Should we go for it? (Answer: hells yeah, accept what the universe provides!) Where would we go for an abbreviated 3-month trip? (Answer: probably India.) Would we come back in January, or try to rent it out to someone else from remote? (Dunno the answer to that one yet.)

The very real possibility of moving out in three weeks looms large on the horizon. The good news is that we'll probably have to move even less stuff out than we'd originally planned, since our prospective tenant is OK with our storing stuff in the basement. This is one of the silver linings to having a 3-month rental term. But still, all of a sudden it seems like there's a ton to do in a short period of time! We should know within the next week whether or not it will all come together for October 1, and in the meantime we're trying to mentally prepare ourselves for some big changes. Fasten your seatbelts, friends and neighbors, I think we're about to go for a wild ride!

PS. Oh, and meanwhile I've been posting some of our Burning Man pictures. Still working on backdating some blog entries to fill in the gaps and answer the inevitable "What the...?" questions, but anyone dying for a sneak peek can take a look.

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03 September 2008
Back from The Playa
And what a long, strange trip it's been!

me & oktapodi get all dust-a-rific at Center Camp

Quick note just to let everyone know we're back in the "default" world after our adventures at The Burn.

Whoooooooo, it's gonna take some time to shake the dust from our brains and sort out all the stories and pics. Rest assured, they will be posted here as soon as possible!

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