end of summer fast approaching

I am more than halfway through my internship. And still thinking seriously about taking it as a full time job, albeit, trying to manuever a position in sf, as opposed to chgo. Wacky.

I have about two weeks between my final day of work (Aug 19th) and my expected time in austin for labor day weekend (sep 1). I also have a 4 day weekend in early august (either aug 6-9 or aug 11-14). I want to visit sf, for my multitude of friends in the area, and also spend some time with in austin before partaking of the loungerat geekfest. But, I feel I may have more time on my hands than I can reasonably occupy with these endeavors. Any suggestions? (other than finishing responsible, perhaps even important, tasks like overdue final papers and updating websites)

Sadly, europe is too expensive for this year.

Character Concept

The character concept as it currently stands is a lycanthrope/undead hunter, bastard child of an illicit affair between two aristocratic merchant houses. In his adolescence he develops a mark with magical powers from his father’s house. He hides the mark, runs away from home, and lives in the wild for a time, where he is picked up and trained by a forest warden. He enjoys the work, but finds the life too solitary, so he wanders again, this time to larger places, and finds his place in the Church of the Silver Flame. Here he thrives and grows into his purpose.

Years pass.

Tailing a werewolf in a farflung jungle, he follows her into a set of overgrown ruins, and stepping through a moss covered stone arch, he finds himself in a park on the edge of an enormous, interplanar metropolis. After a few days, he finds himself lost, hungry, and with no obvious way back home, his target nowhere to be found. He finds a few adherents of his church in a community, but no authority figure guiding them. As they teach him about his new home, he begins to take on a leadership role within the community. Protecting them and finding a way back home are key goals for *insert name here*.

Human, male, 32yo Ranger 2/Paladin 4
str 16 dex 6 con 12 int 12 wis 12 cha 14 + 2-5 points (first two: con, next two: wis, last one: cha)

skills concentrated in survival (for tracking), search, riding, maybe knowledge religion, & nature, concentration.

feats: least and lesser dragonmark of passage (expeditious retreat 2/day and dimension door 1/day), knight training (can freely take levels of ranger without mucking up his ability to progress as a paladin), and something else.

Ranger fighting style will probably be two-weapon, but irrelevant (he’ll typically be in heavy armor, though if he’s tracking people through a jungle, I suppose full plate might be sub-optimal). Favored enemy will be lycanthropes.

Lonely in DC

Well, I haven’t made arrangements to see my sister & spouse, , or anyone else I know or even e-know in the district. No wonder I’m bored. I’ll be in town tonight, too. Any natives interested in livening up my evening, drop me a comment. I’ll also be in town in two weeks, either tuesday and wednesday or monday through wednesday. For those of you for whom this is unclear, I’m requesting pants-on entertainment. =)

transcontinental bike plans

Originally, I thought this was a really out-there plan, and it sounded like alot of fun. Now it seems alot less out there, and even more like something I want to do. It would be late june – late august 2003. I’d be doing it by myself (though tardis has offered to semi-accompany: he’d be touring via motorcycle, and leap-frogging me the whole way.)

I’m thinking I’ll most likely do a fairly circuitous route (provincetown – boston – burlington vt – ithaca ny – cleveland – chicago – madison wi – minneapolis – denver co – santa fe – phoenix – san diego – san francisco.) over roughly 2 months (possibly a couple of extra days).

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