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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Raible Road Trip #11

Sometime before midnight tonight, we'll be departing on Raible Road Trip #11. This time we're going to The Cabin for Thanksgiving. Of course, we'd prefer to fly, but neither ticket prices nor arrival times are cooperating, so we're doing the road trip.

It's a 15 hour drive, which is pretty brutal for the kids. In an attempt to alleviate their pain, and get there in one fell swoop, we're going to try something new. We're going to leave at night (as soon as Julie's done with her Barenaked Ladies concert) and drive straight through. I'm in the midst of conditioning myself for the drive. What does that mean? It means I slept in yesterday, took a nap in the afternoon, and then stayed up all night. The good news is I got quite a bit of work done. The bad news is I didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped.

As I write this, it's almost fully light out. I should probably hit the sack and get plenty of rest for tonight. The Cabin doesn't have internet access nor cell phone service, so I'll be completely out of touch for a week. Should be nice. ;-)

Posted in General at Nov 21 2006, 06:53:00 AM MST 4 Comments

Good luck!

Another car travel solution which we tried a while ago was to set up a little car theatre on the back seat.


  • a couple of DVDs
  • a laptop computer with DVD player
  • a cigarette lighter adapter for the laptop
  • foldable TV tray, on the top of which the laptop is placed
  • paper bags for movie-viewing induced travel sickness
  • extension and forker cords for the cigarette lighter adapter (optional, to be able to charge cell phones or whatever at the same time)

This was for one kid only though, it might be more difficult to set the machine up so that two could view it at the same time.

And before you say anything about portable DVD viewers, you must admit that this homegrown solution is a lot more nerdy ;)

Posted by on November 22, 2006 at 08:06 AM MST #

Hey Matt, how did your journey go? Great blog, does it 'drive' business to you? My sister took a flight with her kids (and hubby) and the girls were just non stop up the whole time. Quick, but painful. Later, Bob (Chi Phi '88, OWU)

Posted by Bob Gordon on November 27, 2006 at 07:03 PM MST #

[Trackback] Raible Road Trip #11 was an excellent vacation. Our plan to drive through the night worked out splendidly. Not only did I make it to 7:30 a.m. (with the help of a bit of Red Bull), but I got to jam to my favorite tunes all night long. We left at 11 ...

Posted by Raible Designs on November 28, 2006 at 02:48 AM MST #

Bob - the journey was great! As for the blog driving business - it used to when I was an independent consultant. Now it tends to generate a fair amount of leads for my company.

Posted by Matt Raible on November 28, 2006 at 02:52 AM MST #

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