Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday Update

Well, we're moved-in and now unpacking and getting settled. Cable is turned on (though amazingly we have the only cable company in America with neither DVRs or any HD programming - Comcast pretty much owns the market here, but some apartments have deals with really small providers). Deb is getting her bearings and has taken a few hard-earned days to recover from the move, and Maggie is meeting new friends like crazy. Everybody in our apartment complex knows my name, which is "Maggie's Dad."

Tonight, just about everybody in my company who works in Houston is going to the Astros-Braves game. We have two or three sections reserved for us, along with plenty of catered munchies. It's the last weekend of the season, and Craig Biggio's last three games (he's retiring after a Hall of Fame-worthy career), so the place is completely sold out. This may make it difficult to obtain parking for 25 cents, but we'll damn sure try.

Charlie and his buddy Will flew back to Virginia on Wednesday. It was great having their help - we picked a rather hot weekend to move in (of course, any weekend from April through October probably qualifies as hot in Houston), and the ragweed count is off the charts right now.

Stay tuned: photos coming ASAP.

Friday, September 21, 2007

TA-DA - Today is the day!

The Deb and The Maggie are between New Orleans and Houston, driving on a newly-plugged tire. Charlie and Will are close behind. I'm headed out to meet them downtown, and to pick up a housewarming gift for The Deb.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Traffic in Houston

Is an issue.

The Deb is Coming! The Deb is Coming!

...and she's bringing The Maggie with her! ETA in Houston is sometime on Friday, September 21. We move in to our new apartment on Saturday. We've created a Google Map to share our adventures. Accompanying her will be Charlie, driving a big honking truck, and his buddy Will. We'll save a little bit of money this way, but once you add in feeding two hungry young men for a week and flying them back to Virginia it's a wash. The advantage is The Deb will not be traveling alone.

There will be much to report, many photos, and all kinds of fun.

To bring everybody up to speed, since late May Kemp has been in Houston working at his new job (which he totally loves). He's been living in a modest "suite" near his office. He's been back to Charlottesville once, and The Deb has been down to Houston once. This is the longest we've been apart by far, and we don't much like it. At all. The Deb has had to do too much on her own to get ready for the move, so she's been promised an extensive recovery period of pampered relaxation once she gets to Texas (or, as we like to call it, "home").

We found an apartment in a killer location - an easy commute for Kemp, right on the border of one of the nicest shopping areas in the country. We're walking distance from George Bush 41's home in Houston (of course he doesn't live there - do you think I'd post directions to his house so all the evil-doers can find him?), and just down the road from the Millie Bush Memorial Dog Park (which The Maggie will love!) - one of several really nice dog parks in and around Houston.

So stay tuned - good times just around the corner!