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Finally, the Password!

I moved into my new room on Saturday. Today, by calling on my all-but-forgotten networking knowledge from former jobs, I was able to discover the WiFi password for the house. (Yes, I had already got permission from my landlord/roommate.)

So I’m all set on my iPad and iPhone; still looking for a desk or table for my laptop. Until then, I’ll use my iPad for my blogs. And while it does a wonderful job, it’s not a replacement for a computer. At least this generation iPad isn’t.

Staceys iPad Pro, however, comes pretty close. At least it will do everything she needs to do, so I guess that does make it a replacement for her broken Macbook.

Writing – or rather typing – on the iPad is slower than on a laptop. But I think that’s a plus, in that I truly have to think about every word I use. I haven’t mastered the art of typing with two thumbs (not that I’ve even tried), and so I use one hand to hold the iPad and the index finger of the other to type. Slow going, but my SwiftKey predictive keyboard helps considerably.

 So that’s today’s news. Now I think I’ll treat myself to a nap!


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Nacho Nachos, OUR Nachos!

Something that helps keep relationships strong is sharing the same taste in food. Last night was my turn to fix dinner, so when Stacey texted me from Wegman’s wanting to know what my plan was for dinner, I immediately replied, “Either nachos or quesadillas.” (I had already asked her to pick up a bag of grated cheddar.)

After several texts back and forth, we had decided on nachos with onions, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. I prefer to add chicken, but that’s what we had Wednesday night, and neither of us was in the mood for leftovers.

One of Staceys texts wanted to know about the sauce we had in the refrigerator door. She had typed “salsa,” but her over eager autocorrect stepped in and what I got was “What about the Saudi in the refrigerator? Hot?”

I ate dinner in fear of the NSA sending Homeland Security to burst in on us.

Oh, and the salsa? Wegman’s own brand of peach-mango salsa is om-nom-nom yummy good!

The only downside to the dinner? The oven heats up the kitchen to the point where it’s almost unbearable. Sorry, but no. We have no microwave, so nachos have to be done in the oven. Fortunately, it’s starting to be autumn, which will mean lower temperatures.
Which, in turn, will mean more baked goodies.

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Gee, But It’s Great to Be Back Home!

When my train pulled into the Rochester station, Stacey was waiting for me in the parking lot. I was so happy, I could have cried…except I was too exhausted to do much of anything but load my bags into the car and collapse into the front seat.

Getting home was almost impossible: all of the streets in our neighborhood were blocked off for the Labor Day parade. After a 10-minute wait which involved a discussion with a policeman and several radio calls to his superior, we finally were allowed to drive down OUR OWN STREET to get back to the apartment. A sincere thank you for helping us, RPD; you’re the best!

I spent Monday and Tuesday nights sleeping on the floor. Yes, Staceys apartment really is that small! Yesterday, I bought a high-quality inflatable bed. Because of the way the apartment is laid out, I sleep in the kitchen, and lean the bed against the wall in the narrow hall. Not too sure how that’s going to work.

The plan is (providing we don’t get on each other’s nerves) for me to stay with Stacey in order to save money so we can get back to Seattle that much quicker.

A Minor Snag

Stacey lost her cell phone sometime on Saturday. To make a long story short, it turned out that it was cheaper to switch to Verizon and get a new iPhone 6 Plus for each of us than it was to pay the insurance deductible and replace her lost phone. 

And we got to keep the same phone number!

The Next Steps

  1. I have to rent a Post Office box.  
  2. Reconnect with the vendor for my CPAPconsumables.
  3. Buy rain and snow protectant for my new shoes. After 2 years of daily wear, my last pair has gone to The Great Shoe Store in The Sky.
  4. Pick up my meds, because it wouldn’t be pretty if Robyn lost her shit.
  5. Reconnect with GAGV and the Gay Alliance, both of which fall under the heading of “Family of Choice.”
  6. Discuss with Stacey the feasibility of my getting a bicycle so I can go places when she’s not available to take me.
  7. Install the Rochester Transit app on my new iPhone so I’ll have access to the bus schedules.
  8. Finally, stop and catch my breath!
  9. Give serious consideration to becoming a complete vegetarian…which will mean eating a lot of Indian (India Indian) food, which is one of our favorites anyway.
  10. Take a shower so I can be, in the words of an old TV commercial, “nice to be near.”
And that’s pretty much it, kittens. My iPad and iPhone each have full charges, so I’m ready to face the day!
Robyn Jane

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Well, It Was a Noble Effort


Seattle Space Needle

I tried. Chalk it up to bad timing and selective amnesia. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Washington landlords are allowed to charge up to three times the monthly rent to let you move into an apartment or a house. That came to $2400 for the cheapest place I could find.

I had forgotten this when I moved here from Rochester.

After trying various options, Stacey and I decided that the best thing for us is for me to go back to Rochester (where I could find a cheaper room to rent) until I could save enough money to move us both out west.

I’ve bought my train ticket and will be heading back east on Friday. Although Stacey’s apartment is tiny, she said I can stay with her until I find a place—which shouldn’t take too long (*fingers crossed*).

I’m trying to look on the bright side: at least I got to meet the grandchildren I hadn’t known before, and I spent some time with my daughters. Ate some fantastic Korean barbecue, as well as some good Thai chicken curry. Wasn’t able to find a Seattle hot dog, though; but I got the recipe! (The jalapeños are optional.)

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The Famous Seattle Hot Dog

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And So Another Journey Begins

I’m about to undertake another journey. But this time it’s an actual—as opposed to metaphorical—trip.

The time has come for us to bid farewell to Rochester and return to the Pacific Northwest. Or, as I usually refer to it, The Upper Left Coast. Seattle, Washington to be exact.

I was born in New York City, and I’ve lived on the East Coast for many years. But I’ve spent the majority of my life west of the Mississippi, and I’ve always considered myself a West Coast kinda girl.

Stacey and I have resolved most of the issues that brought us to Rochester in the first place. My daughters are in Seattle, as are our three grandchildren. It’s time to pack up what we’re taking with us, give notice to the landlord, and head home.

There are things I’m going to miss about Rochester. Volunteer work at Strong Memorial Hospital. Fun times at the Gay Alliance. Great coffee at Equal Grounds. Walks along the Genesee River, or through Mt. Hope Cemetery.

But then there’s Pike Place Market, or Snoqualmie Falls. Ferry rides to Bainbridge Island. Gaslight Park. Old friends I’ve known since the early ‘70s. Family.

The Logistics

Since the vehicle I’m driving is on its last legs (I don’t dare drive it outside of Rochester, or on the Interstate), I’m going to sell it to a junkyard and take the train.

The last time I took a train anywhere was from Lake Bennett, Yukon Territory to Skagway, Alaska. And since we had just come off 5 days hiking the Chilkoot Trail, we were relegated to the baggage car.

Before that, it was 1959 and we had just returned from Japan. We took the train from Oakland, California to Kenosha, Wisconsin where my dad took delivery of a 1960 Rambler station wagon from the factory.

Why the train? In a word: baggage.

Careful searching might find lower air fare, but the train lets me take 6 pieces of luggage in addition to my carry-on bags. And when you’re moving an entire household, that’s important. Stacey says we should sell or give away everything but the essentials and replace them when we get there, and I’m down with that.

Another benefit to the train: free Wi-Fi. 3 days is a long time without the Internet when you’ve nothing else to do. Besides, ground-level photographs are much more interesting than the same view from 30,000 feet.

And So It Begins

It makes more sense to start packing and cleaning now, doing a little each day, than it does to leave everything to the last minute, so that’s what I’m doing.

I’ll get back to you later.

Robyn Jane

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