February 18, 2008
Some may have noticed that I've upsized things just a bit on this trip. When I first started this website in 1999, 640 by 480 VGA screens were still fairly common and I know I had at least one person following that first trip on WebTV. On that trip, photos for the web were taken with an Agfa with less than one megapixel so keeping them to VGA resolution sacrificed nothing. I did carry a small 35mm Nikon for "real" pictures. Over the years both camera and screen resolution have grown so that sticking with that 640 by 480 picture size was starting to seem a bit archaic. I decided that the new year was a good time to grow things a bit so I've moved the picture size up - just a notch - to 800 by 600. Thumbnails remain at 100 by 100 so page load time won't change.
February 17, 2008
February 16, 2008
Even so, I wasn't completely sure until Friday afternoon. The weather still looked non-threatening so I headed to Vandalia, Illinois, after work and once again found no room at the Inn. I had thought of calling ahead as I drove but decided not to bother. Jay's Inn had been full on my last visit in September but what were the odds of that happening again? Very good, I found out. The "No Vacancy" sign was being placed in the window as I walked to the office so I immediately moved to the quite acceptable Travelodge next door. Guess I'm a slow learner.