I got up about as early as I had the other days of the trip. This time, though, I didn't rush to get out the door. I got over to my parents' storage room, and spent the next hour pulling lots of big, heavy stuff out of the way so I could get to the stuff that I drove to Houston for: a pair of Polk Audio SDA-2 speakers. My parents had stacked their storage room tighter than a Japanese camera box, but I finally got them out and everything put back.
I went by the HP campus to hand my sister the key to the storage room. There was more than a little bit of nostalgia in the drive on campus, and the walk into the building, and seeing several former co-workers. Most of them had nice things to say about my Jimmy Kimmel Live work. Gayle and I talked for a while, then she returned to her phone meeting and I got on the road.
I stopped briefly for lunch at a Whataburger, something I miss greatly in Minnesota. Double meat Whataburger with cheese and jalapenos, yum. Got to Austin about 1:30. I spent the afternoon watching other people work, then had dinner with several of the Armadillo folks at Central Market. Pretty good lasagna and carrot cake.
I'm staying with a long-time friend, in his study (with a foldaway bed in the couch). After I went to bed last night, someone hung a big gold star on the door with "Jay Maynard, TRON Guy" on it. Wonder who did that.
1365 miles so far. It hasn't been the killer I thought it would be, but I'm still tired.