The past few days have been a frantic rush to get a bunch of things wrapped up. I think it all went pretty well. I'm not so scared to leave now. I trust the LJ crew will keep things under control and grow all the wiser from all the extra responsibilities.
I'll try and "blog" my trip. We'll see how unlazy I am. I'll post photos when I get back.
Anyway, the plan so far:
Friday, 4:20pm: depart Portland, Lufthansa, non-stop to Frankfurt. But we have to get to the airport really early because both Bush and Kerry plan to disrupt traffic tomorrow in Portland.
Saturday, 11:20am: land in Frankfurt (~11 hour direct flight).
11:30am: pick up rental car. It's supposed to be a "BMW 3-series, 'or similar'". I'm not sure what "or similar" means. The email confirmation said only "4 DOOR AUTOMATIC", so maybe that's what a BMW boils down to.
Then, depending on fatigue, walk around Frankfurt and crash there the first night, or (if we actually slept on the plane) drive to Cologne and visit Elfy.