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06 February 2006 @ 01:25 pm
In Which The Sandpanther Contemplates Something Frivolous  


Rally Mexico looms on the horizon. (Start in 24 days 17 hours 55 minutees and 17 seconds.)

I want to go. That goes without saying. I mean, Mexico. Rally. It's so close. It was so awesome last year. Of course I want to go. It's been eating my brain for the past two weeks.

And yet, the practical little voice in the back of my head throws up all kinds of objections: I probably shouldn't spend the money since the job situation is unstable. (It isn't, really, but my risk-adverse side says that since it's a contract it's unstable.) I don't have any vacation time. I just went to Japan back in November, so there is no way to get the time.

Realistically, I'm just being paranoid about the money. Mexico's cheap, so it's not like it's a lot of money anyway. But the time... There's the stickler. There's not too much I can do about the time. After being gone in Japan for two weeks there is no way the Frau would let me go to Mexico for another week.

And then I got to thinking...

Rallies are on the weekend after all. Okay, there is Friday -- but the rest of it is on the weekend, a time when people in most normal companies aren't working. It's nice to be there for the recce, scrutineering, shakedown and everything, but... Why not a weekend trip? Pop in Friday, fly back Sunday night...?

I did mention the completely frivolous part, right? And the quite mad part, right?

All of this thinking has been done while sitting at work, not doing much of anything. After all the insanity and overtime of December all of a sudden I don't have anything to do. Execpt for the part where I wouldn't get paid, I half wish that I could just take the time off, since everything is so slow. I bet that I could ask for two, maybe three days off and it wouldn't be a problem right now. Hmm...

If I skipped shakedown I could fly in on Thursday. I'd be sad to miss shakedown, but there is all the rest of the rally still, so... The rally ends early enough that I could probably catch a flight out Sunday evening. Maybe fly to Houston on Sunday, then catch an early flight back to San Jose Monday morning and zoom straight in from the airport to work. That way I would only take off two days of work, but I get to see all the action from the rally. Hmmmm...

A quick browse through Expedia shows that I could catch a flight out of San Jose at 6 PM Wednesday before the rally that would land in Leon at 6:05 AM. I could still make shakedown! Flying back, there is a flight out at 7:35 PM -- well after all the rally action has finished -- that lands in LAX at 8:35 PM. The flight out to San Jose doesn't go out until 6:40 the next morning, but... There are always hotels near the airport.

This? This could work.

I am quite mad. But other than that, can anyone tell me why this is a bad idea?

 
 
 
SnarkyLlama: a good butt-pinchingllamabitchyo on February 6th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
You are quite mad, however...

Can you really think of anything else that could bring you as much amusement/enjoyment/data-gathering-bliss/etc. for an equal investment of time and money?
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 7th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Can you really think of anything else that could bring you as much amusement/enjoyment/data-gathering-bliss/etc. for an equal investment of time and money?

Sharing it with more friends?

But considering that it took me three hours after realizing that I can make it work to stop having the urge to hop around like some demented bunny (while chanting "icangoicangicango"), you have a point.
azgregmazgregm on February 6th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
It's probably not a bad idea. If you really want to go that bad, go for it. Realize that you'll leave lots of jealous people behind, but so be it.
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 7th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
The jealous people are welcome to come with... Or you could just stay home and text me splits? ;)

That is providing I go, of course. It occured to me after I posted that while I think that release to production means that everything is completely finished, it seems to me that this company regards release to production as the start of panic mode. *wince* Tomorrow I float the idea past EF to see what she thinks. *crosses fingers*
Cirdancirdan_havens on February 7th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
This is what's keeping you going at the moment. It's worth the small splurge. You can pinch in some other aspect of life to make up for it.
puddlemizutamari on February 7th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
HOW much did you two say it ended up costing you, beSIDES the REALLY expensive plane tickets?
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 7th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Not that much... The plane ticket was over half the expense. I think the total at the end was around $250, excluding the plane ticket. This time I'm hoping to skip paying for the rental car and just bum rides off of Ezra and I'll probably skip buying the rally pass, which means it just costs $20 for service park and superspecial access.

The plane ticket weren't that expensive. Or at least, not compared to going to Japan or something.
puddlemizutamari on February 7th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
*ponders if she could make it work...*
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 7th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ezra says he has space in the car, if you're willing... It's just him and his brother (who is too young to drive), so you might be able to score a drive in an STi. :)

I have another (lady) friend I am leaning on to come as well, so maybe we can all split a room?

I'll work on getting reservations done tonight. I'll try to be on chat, so I can give you updates on cost/try to twist your arm. ;)
Leighlucifie on February 8th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
See, pud? This is why you should have let me work on your skillz with a manual tranny! (PS - take a barf bag, Ezra's driving is scary).

If both of you go and no one weazles me an Autograph from Marcus I will hurt you both very very badly. VERY (Interntally I am raging with envy right now, but there is no way I can even entertain the idea this year so I'm going to settle for making you retrieve a souvenier)

Otherwise, if someone leaves a phone on I'll text you live updates all weekend(you still have the same #?). I expect someone to send me photos on a daily basis also.
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 8th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Ok, we will see about getting an autograph from Marcus. Ok?

I'll have my phone, so you better text me updates!!! I wish to be the envy of all around with my uber up to date info. I still have the same number. I need to mess around -- supposedly I can AIM with the sucker. I haven't tried it yet, though.

Photos... I'm not sure if I'm taking my computer or not. Though the temptation to take the Piggietop and leave it in the room is high. Too bad the monster is heavy and has no hard drive space on top of being unreliable and having no battery life. If I take it, I'll post photos.

Oh, and this does not mean that I'm not still going to move heaven and earth to make Wales this year. I want my rally birthday! *stampies foot*

(My maturity level appears to have descended to that of a five year old.)
puddlemizutamari on February 8th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
"See, pud? This is why you should have let me work on your skillz with a manual tranny!"

...think he'll let me drive it anyway?! *looks hopeful*

"If both of you go and no one weazles me an Autograph from Marcus I will hurt you both very very badly."

Okay... we get autograph from the Marcus and it go ok. Ok? There no trouble, but ok...
Sandpanthersandpanther on February 9th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
...think he'll let me drive it anyway?! *looks hopeful*

Maybe... It's a long drive, and his brother can't. I'd say your odds are pretty good.