So, posts have been sparse in the past few days because I've been rapidly planning an unexpected trip to San Diego to visit Fred, who is perhaps one of my oldest online friends. We've been conversing via IM for at least four years, and up until now, haven't had the chance to meet. We were planning something in the middle of next year, but this month's paycheck + a visit to Expedia that upturned an extremely affordable ticket suddenly made it all possible. I fly out on the 17th, and I get back on the 22nd (UK time). Very random, kind of nervewracking, and it's going to involve a lot of sleeping/hanging around in airport time, but 100% worth it.