Thursday, 27 April 2006

Why is it, no matter what I do, my gate is always at the ass-end of the airport. That’s the real reason they want you there two hours early — you need the time to walk to the gate because they don’t actually use the gates near the airport entrance.

Aside from paying $7 for a day-pass, WiFi on the airport concourse is cool. More cool than eTickets and self check-in. For the paranoid: it helps if you can bounce everything through an IPSEC tunnel to your home network. Encryption stronger than WEP is a damn fine thing.

Kvetching out of the way, I’m excited about this trip. The entire reason is to see Massive Attack play live. Reportedly they don’t do a full US tour because they don’t like several of our government’s policies. I learned they were doing one show each in Seattle, Denver, and India CA; so with some vacation time to burn, I decided to take in the Denver show. It’s one of those once in a lifetime deals.

Having family in and around Denver area doesn’t hurt either. I tried my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Don, but they’re in Wichita KS to see their grand-daughter’s dance recital. My cousin Jill also lives in the area, so I gave her a ring. Unfortunately she’s working most of the weekend, but we did set something up for dinner Thursday.

Once I arrived in Denver, I picked up the rental car and headed for the hotel. I got lost once on the way, overshooting things by quite a ways. Once there, I was a bit surprised. It’s not so much a hotel as it is a corporate apartment complex. It’s an older building and the room is about twice the size of your average hotel room. The bedroom space is separate from the living/dining room area and it has a full, if tiny, kitchen.

They have DSL in the room, however the WiFi on the DSL box wasn’t configured. Luckily they didn’t bother to lock down the router, so I was able to set up my own SSID and WEP key, then route everything through an IPSEC tunnel like I did a the airport.

After Jill got off work, we headed for dinner. I was completely open to suggestions, so she suggested Pete’s Greektown Cafe just off Colfax, essentially the main drag in Downtown Denver. Decorated like a typical diner, with brushed aluminum counters, it was good stuff. It had been a while since I had Greek food, so I went with the gyros dinner and got plenty of food. The service was good and the food was delicious.

After dinner, Jill dropped me at the hotel and I called it a night.

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