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August 22, 2018
I had considered going to see Windows Weekly being recorded, but I thought that I was probably overstaying my welcome as it was. On Wednesday I spent the morning sorting through my packing some more before going shopping for food, and waited until afternoon to go over to the studio to watch the recording of This Week in Google. Though I watch the podcast from time to time, I am not a Windows fan, and only watch the podcast when Windows has been in the news.
The morning was a good time to practice my driving. I had sold my car 10 months before, and hadn’t driven since. Most everything I needed was in a short drive of the where I was staying. The motel did not have a refrigerator so I had to be careful to buy food that could be left out overnight, and make frequent trips to the market. There were a few restaurants within walking distance of the motel, but I really didn’t feel like eating the heavy sort of food that is found in american restaurants. Also by this time I was getting worried as to how much money the trip was already costing me. I was intrawled at how much lower the prices were at the Petaluma Safeway then they were in the Honolulu Safeway, I used to shop at, but still it added up.
This Week in Google featured Stacey Higginbotham and Joan Donovan, who I always love to see on the casts. I was a little disappointed that neither lady was an in-studio guest, but it was still fun to see how a podcast is recorded without an in-studio guest. I was impressed at how Leo was able to keep the energy up, even though he was talking to monitors. It was during this time, I heard Leo mention that Father Robert would be in studio some time that week. I was really excited, since I had thought that he had already gone of to Rome, and that I had lost my chance to meet him.
August 23, 2018
The first podcast of the day on Thursday, Know How, didn’t start until 11am, so I was able to putter around for a while before heading over. I had sorted through my stuff and selected nearly seven pounds of gear I decided I didn’t really need in South America. It just fit in a large one rate box. I took it to be mailed it off that morning. I had everything in the box, but didn’t have tape to seal it. Holding the box carefully, slid it into a paper shopping bag. It just fit and the bag held it closed until I could buy some tape at the post office.When I went in and explained to the clerk that I had to seal the box. She told me to grab a roll of tape, seal the box, and get back in line. As I was working on the box I struck up a conversation with a woman who told me that she needed to buy tape too. I told her that she could have my roll when I was done. Since I had only used a little of the tape, she insisted on buying it for us.
I had plenty of time to make a run to Safeway before parking my car at the motel and driving over to the studio. I know I could have parked at the studio, but I wasn’t getting enough exercise as it was. When I got to the studio, I tried to open the front door and found it locked. I took a step back before I heard a click. When I went inside Mo was talking to someone. I realized that on the other days he had seen be approaching the door via a security camera, and had unlocked the door before I was close enough to hear the click. He must have had his head turned away from his monitor as I came up that day.
Mo waved me through and told me to go to the big studio. The big studio is where most of the podcast are recorded. The only other studio I am aware of is Leo’s Office where he records The Tech Guy.
After Know How was wrapped up, I headed out to one of the few lunches I had from a restaurant in Petaluma. I took my meal back to my hotel so that I could have a glass of wine with my sandwich. At the same time I bought a second meal for my dinner, since I what I had bought at the supermarket that day, could last until the next. It was irritating that I had to be so careful with food. I will have to make sure that any motel I book into has a fridge. I really had not thought that there were some that did not when I booked the place.
After lunch and some time goofing off, I headed back to the studio to watch Tech News Weekly being recorded.
After the show was done, I slipped out quietly without talking to Jason and Megan. I had already spoken to Megan that day. It was late and I was tired. I knew that I would have a chance to talk to him later him later.