Sunday, June 25, 2006

One Year Anniversary

I took my flight back home to Galveston and went to see Jennifer to celebrate our year anniversary of dating. Our 1st date was on this day a year ago.

A Link to it.

We went to Fung's Kitchen (which still is a very good Chinese Restaurant) which we went to on our 1st date. We then went back to her place and watched a DVD. It was nice anniversary.

Posted by Eric at 10:02 PM

Saturday, June 24, 2006

A Couple of States on My List

Today was the drive north.

I started with the Portsmouth Lightship next to the hotel before taking the drive north.

I then headed north and drove the 17 mile Chesapeake Bay Tunnel-Bridge. That is correct, it is a tunnel and a bridge. It goes over the water for most of the trip across but a couple of times it goes underwater. I was then on the Virginia peninsula and went to the Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

to see Cape Charles Lighthouse in the distance in Smith Island.

To get to the observation desk, I took the butterfly trail.

While on the trail I saw a small turtle.

On to the next lighthouse which was in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. I paid to get in and then found out that the trail to Assateague Lighthouse was closed which really sucked. So I got to see only part of it over the trees. I did get some good pictures in the Refuge. It reminded me of Sequoia with the meadows.

Then up to Maryland.

Then to Delaware

to see Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Then went up to Cape Henlopen and put my feet into the Atlantic Ocean. It was cold like the Pacific. Much nicer than the Gulf of Mexico bathwater. Then the long drive back to the Hotel in Virginia.

Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM

Friday, June 23, 2006

5 Lighthouses in One Day

The conference gave us breakfast with was also good and then to the rest of the conference with ended at noon. I then took the other 3 from my college to the airport and drove to Virginia Beach (David: I thought of you while I was here). There were 2 lighthouses on a military base so my car had to be inspected which was no problem. The 2 lighthouses were close to each other.

The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

was the 1st lighthouse commissioned by the US congress. I got to walk up the over 200 steps to the top.

It was decommissioned and the Ferneal lens was moved to the New Cape Henry Lighthouse. This lighthouse it still in use.

I then heading down south to North Carolina

to see more lighthouses. Next was the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

I also got there in time to climb up to the top.

I then drove down the barrier reefs and islands to Bodie Island Lighthouse.

This lighthouse looks very much like Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Oregon.

I then went down to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. By the time I got there it was dark. I still got to see it and take a picture of it.

I then took the long drive back to the hotel.

Posted by Eric at 11:12 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Conference

The conference is NACADA which stands for National ACadamic ADvising Association. This 2 day conference is for faculty advisers. It was a good day of info. Like most conferences there are some things that are boring, things that they thing is a new and incredible idea which really is not that great and things that are really cool and made the conference worth going. It took place at the Renaissance Hotel overlooking the Elizabeth River.


They gave us lunch with was buffet and really good. For dinner, I went with 3 others from my college to The Deck. Good food but a little over priced. Then hung out on the balcony with 2 of the others at from my college.

Posted by Eric at 10:48 PM

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I Finally Get to Sleep

So I finally arrive to Norfolk and drive to my hotel, the Renaissance, and found out they over booked. So they set me up at the Marriot and I had to drive to there. I finally got into my room sometime past 11p. This is why I like doing things myself. When others do it, it turns into a day like today. I do have a nice view though.

Posted by Eric at 11:38 PM

Off to Virginia

I got up this morning ready to go to the airport that will take me to Norfolk, Virginia for a Faculty Advising Conference. So I finish putting the last of my stuff into the bags, get in my car and drive to IAH in north Houston. I just missed an interchange from North I 45 to the east 59 because some idiot did not let me into his lane. Instead he sped ahead and I missed it. So I had to get off at the next off ramp, make a U and then had to get on south I 45 to make the interchange. On the other side, where I was a few minutes ago, and accident must have just occurred and it was already looking like a parking lot. I am glad I just missed that mess. I finally arrived at the airport and when to parking lot C. When I got there the lot was full and said to go to lot A. I went to lot A and it said lot full use the parking lots on airport value lot. I parked and then waited for the shuttle to pick us up. It finally came and got to my airline self help ticket terminal to get my boarding pass. I was not in the system. Since the college set it up and paid for it I figured that it should be fine since they do this all the time. Well, when I asked a ticket person for help I found out that I was in the system but the ticket was not paid for. WHAT? So I paid for it and will get reimbursed when I get back. Hurried from terminal A to terminal B to my gate and I had missed my flight by 5 minutes. The next flight was 4 hours later. So I got a pizza meal which included a small pizza, a salad and a drink. So at least I ate a little healthy. I am glad I brought my laptop. I read one of Adam's short stories (which was very good), started writing my brass fanfare piece and wrote this entry. Back to composing.

Posted by Eric at 4:02 PM


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 12:02 PM

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ethiopian Food

Jennifer wanted to go on an adventure, so she and I went to dinner at Blue Nile which is an Ethiopian Restaurant. It was very good. There are no utensils so you eat with your hands by picking food up with Injera, an unleavened sourdough like bread. Jennifer ordered a Fitfit and I ordered Doro Wot. They served both on the same big plate which we shared. We were so full after it. It was a great adventure.

Posted by Eric at 11:06 PM

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 11:46 PM

Thursday, June 8, 2006


Here are this week's Tonight Show Headlines.

A couple of my favorites this week.

Posted by Eric at 3:31 PM