I’m Leaving…. On A Jet Plane…!

Tomorrow is the big day…. Leaving on a 777 from SeaTac and flying into Hong Kong… 13+ hours in a little aluminum can.

Ok… maybe a 777 isn’t so little, but yeah.  It’s going to be a long flight in an enclosed space, and I don’t typically sleep well in a plane.  BUT… I’ve got a TON of Manga downloaded and the new Jack Ryan series came out today on Amazon Prime, so I’ll have plenty of media to keep me entertained.

I was looking at getting a guitar while i was out there to practice, but looking at prices online, they are even more expensive there, than they are here!  At least at their online stores.  Maybe there are smaller shops I can find one when I get there?  We’ll see.  in the mean time, again, i have plenty of Manga downloaded onto my phone, and I’ll bring sketchbooks too.  Maybe I’ll get a chance to try drawing again?

Few of you know that I play(ed) Ingress.  as it turns out, a couple weeks ago, one of my friends from my local Ingress group just moved to China, so I’ll be trying to connect with them while I’m out there.  If we meet up, there will be pictures!

Speaking of pictures, I currently have like 5 VPN’s installed on my phone right now… and with any luck, one of them works in China so I should have some kind of twitter access while I’m there.  But this Blog doesn’t appear on the Great Firewall of China’s radar, so I should be able to post here from there as well.

Ugh… there is so much going on in my head right now… Things to pack.  Things to tidy up before I go.  Things I need to finish.  Notes to give my boss.  Times I need to be where…  And what to do about Dinner tonight as well.  It’s a big thing to leave the country on it’s own, but even more so when you have to plan for 5 weeks!

In case you missed the dates, I’m leaving Sept 1st, and returning Oct 6th.

I don’t want to think that something will happen, but in the event something does, then Funcom can take this as my approval to make Jordan walk around London and occasionally dance in the park! Her favorite Dances are ‘HipHop’ and ‘Freestyle.’  Not that they would do that for me anyway, but it’s a thought!

Speaking of Funcom, in case you missed my tweet, I did get a chance to meet with Andy the Wednesday before PAX!  Was great meeting him for the first time!  I gave him a set of the Buttons I’ve designed!  And we sat around and talked things about the game.  FYI – Our feelings about reticle are mutual!  ((Character creator too.))  But there were things that had to happen decided upon by people well outside our paygrades, so they are what they are.  BUT… When I get back, I’ll be working on a comprehensive list of all the things I’ve found wrong in the Dressing Room.  And more little videos/screenshots of things wrong in the world.  He will pass things along to the appropriate people and with any luck, we can get some things improved!  So yeah… I kinda have tacit marching orders to help me feel somewhat productive with Anima-Nation.

That’s another thing, I know i haven’t been very active there lately.  It’s something that weighs on me a lot.  the longer I go without content, the harder it is for me to do something there.  Part of why I started this blog… give me another outlet for creative writing so I CAN get back to there and do things! Granted I have this trip to China to deal with, but when I get back, I do plan to pick things up again! And Andy, my son, and a few others of you out there have given me some pokes and prods in that direction, so I will do that!  And I do thank you all for the encouragement!  It is very much appreciated!  I just need to come back in 5 weeks and hope this spark of creativity keeps itself going!

Anyway, I’m at my last day of work and have a teleconference in 15 minutes that I’m probably not as well prepared for as I should be.  Thank you all for reading!  Hope I’m not too rambling here… just so much to do and not much time left to do it in…

Be good!  Don’t have too much fun without me!  And if you do, make sure to send pics! ^_~

I’ll be back soon!  And when I do return, I hope to see you in the Secret World!

Coming Soon to… CHINA….?!?!?!

Yes, it’s official.  I’m going to China for work related activities on the First of September, and am scheduled to return on or about Oct 5.  There is the possibility that I’ll need to extend my stay a week or so, but at this point the 5th looks like it’s the day I return.

So yeah… I won’t have my gaming laptop with me, as I’d rather not lose it while I’m out there.  I’ll have an older laptop that I’ve upgraded with an SSD that I’ll use primarily as a Movies Server.  It looks like VuDu and Crunchyroll are not blocked so maybe I won’t have to Download a bunch of movies..?  I’ll still DL my VuDu library as much as I can just to be on the safe side.

I have a OnePlus 6 phone, which has Dual Sim built into it.  So when I get there, that will be one of the first things I need to get is a second SIM card.  Also, I plan to setup a VPN service for myself before I get there so I can try to stay in touch with people via twitter and such.

This website does not appear to be blocked by the Great Firewall of China, so I should be able to update here some blog posts and pics about what I see/do while I’m out there.

I also want to get a cheap guitar while I’m there, so I can maybe practice a bit.  And I want to do some drawing while I’m out there too.

This is shaping up to be a personal improvement trip for myself when I’m not working!  But that’s not such a bad thing.

I’ll be in the Guangdong area, and will look up places to visit later, but does anyone have ideas of what to do out there?  Advice on what to do/NOT do?

Thanks for reading!  Catch you all later!