So, first, I have to get Jeremy into the country. Fortunately, the airlines have agreed to help me out. Then we’ve got dinner with friends, Christmas with family, and then, finally…we’re off on our honeymoon, nearly a year late.
Other people, on choosing a location for their delayed honeymoon in December, might consider picking somewhere like Hawaii or Bermuda, maybe Barbados or Jamaica. Somewhere warm and relaxing. But not us! No, we’re going to Brussels. Two weeks in Belgium, from Brussels, to Bruges, Ghent, and back to Brussels again in the heart of winter. We had at first considered putting Amsterdam in the mix too, but we’d rather dig into one place than cover a bunch at once. So Belgium it is! We will sample fine beers and cheeses and pastries! We will dance around in Bruges city centre at New Year’s and hug some Belgian strangers. I will go around the Brussels market square taking pictures of guild houses. We will visit museums and art galleries and trip on cobblestones. I’m so looking forward to it.
Jeremy announced at thanksgiving that he was planning to bring his macbook with him, in case anyone needed him the first week in January. Must be able to deal with emergencies from a distance, of course. I didn’t like this idea.
Have you ever shared a network connection with Jeremy? Here’s what you need to know: he has an infinite number of RSS feeds that he tracks. When his software checks the feeds, the entire network very nearly shuts down. There is always someone emailing him. There is always a dissertation to work on, another paper to submit, journal editing to do. That macbook, lovely as it is, represents the biggest distraction of all time.
It’s not that I don’t want the internet on our honeymoon. I love the internet. It’s the air we breathe. It’s just that one machine gets to tied up in work; I don’t want to bring all the WORK along with. Can’t we bring the internet, but not the work?
Our solution: two eeepcs. These netbooks will allow us both to stay connected to our beloved internets everywhere we go, but will keep us from our regular day to day. These things have 12 gigs of storage on them; not enough for our regular software and stuff. They’re surfers, they’re portable, they fit in my purse. They let us check our mail in a pinch, but we’re not even putting mail clients on them. They’re just going to let us get our internet fix.
See, we could have just used local terminals to say hi, right? Well, sure, but we’re power users. We need our own…space. We don’t want to wait in line. We don’t want to pay to tap on a foreign keyboard with other people’s crumbs on it. No no, we like our own crumbs best. But we could have just got one eee, not two, right? Again, have you spent any time with Jeremy and me? We’d spend all our time fighting over it. We don’t want to use our cellphones (have you seen roaming charges lately?!), so here we have it: the eees. His and hers; a matching set. His is black, mine is white.
What we plan to use them for:
- consulting wikipedia on the history of foodstuffs, drinks, locations, and anything else that pops into mind;
- checking our email;
- posting to our blogs to tell the world about our wonderful trip;
- posting to twitter so people know where we are;
- uploading pictures of our wonderful trip for everyone to enjoy;
- checking the news in the morning over tea and coffee and pastries in a sweet little coffee place in the heart of Brussels/Bruges/Ghent;
- watching movies (on a flash drive) on the plane when we don’t like what they’re offering us;
- watching episodes of Torchwood while cuddled under cosy quilts in quaint bed & breakfasts;
- sharing our cheer with our friends on IM;
- sharing our cheer with our friends on IRC (#joiito).
So we’re going on our trip, but we’re planning to take everyone with us. Happy Christmas, Merry Hanukah, and joyous holidays to all!