June 18, 2006: Return to North Brunswick

I was awake at 6:00 this morning and just lay in bed for a while not wanting to wake Dominica or Oreo up. By 7:00 I couldn’t stay in bed any longer so I got up and went for a little walk outside. It was a beautiful morning with a great view of Atlantic City with the sun coming up behind it. I took the camera out and took some pictures from the hotel. I got back to the room and Oreo decided that he wanted me to take him for a walk. He couldn’t resist the sound of the door opening.

I got showered and ready to go. Dominica didn’t wake up until 8:45. While she was getting ready to go I took Oreo for another walk and discovered that it had gotten very, very hot outside. The sunlight was really beating down today.

We left the hotel a little before 10:00 and stopped quickly at McDonalds to get some breakfast before we left town. We would have just eaten at the hotel but there is never anything with protein in the continental breakfast and it makes for a tough day to have nothing but carbs. The drive home went quickly and we were back by 11:30. We are pretty sure that it only takes a little over an hour and a half to go from our apartment to Atlantic City now that we know the way to go.

We stopped at Walmart real quickly on the way to the apartment to pick up a new air mattress because our old one died last weekend and we need to have space for people to sleep in the apartment. We also grabbed the DVD of The Pink Panther with Jean Reno, Kevin Klein, Steve Martin and Beyonce Knowles. That is the tenth Pink Panther film but is actually the prequel to the original movie.

The apartment was pretty warm when we got there. We had turned up the air conditioning while we were gone and the apartment was in the mid-70’s. The sunlight was brutal. I turned the thermostat down to 70 and the air conditioning ended up running continuously trying to cool the apartment down.

Dominica set to packing quickly as soon as we got in and within half an hour she was on the road to Frankfort with Oreo. I had to work at 1:00 so it worked out well that she was able to leave right away and I was able to settle right in to working. Work didn’t take too long, about two hours. Nothing too strenuous. My schedule was changed at the last minute last week and I am working the overnight tonight from midnight to eight in the morning (technically the Monday morning shift.)

After wrapping up my work for the afternoon I had some time to myself so I popped in The Pink Panther and watched that. It wasn’t bad. In fact, it might be the best of the Pink Panther movies, which isn’t saying a lot but it is something. There were a couple of good ones in there. But mostly the Pink Panther movies were pretty bad. But I just can’t resist them for some reason.

Josh and Amanda arrived down at the apartment around 7:00. None of us had eaten lunch so we went over to the Omega to get some lunch/dinner. Like last night we had all kinds of service issues that we never have at the Omega. The wrong food was brought out a few times and some of us got food and other didn’t. But the food was good and we were starving.

We came back to the apartment and set up the air mattress and popped in Eurotrip and then The Dukes of Hazzard. At midnight I had to start my shift so I set up my laptop stand in the bedroom and moved into there. The wireless is still having issues, though, and that made it really tough to work all night. My connection would drop on a regular basis. This is the first time that I have actually used my new laptop desk. It isn’t perfect but it is pretty good. It is a really good idea. I am glad that we bought it.

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