One of the best parts of travelling has to be seeing who is sitting next to you on the plane. One time I sat next to someone whose obtrusive size protruded into my seat. He had immediately asked for a seatbelt extension and started a three hour debate about the Unabomber.

Today, I left San Diego for Milwaukee, Wisconsin; home of Laverne and Shirley, cheap beer, and the second stop of The Vans Triple Crown Of Skateboarding. I’d gotten lucky and had an empty seat next to me. Luckily, the guy in front of me helped pick up some of the slack.

“This is the same plane that went down a few days ago,” he said as I sat down. His wife looked the plane over for emergency exits and promptly pointed them out to me one by one.

“Pierre Luc Cognan has a better chance of winning this contest than this plane going down,” I thought, as the couple in front of me immediately asked for seats next to the emergency exits.

Although I’ve driven through it a couple of times, I still don’t know much about Milwaukee. I’ve never really had the chance to experience the sights and sounds of this Beer capitol. The last time I was here, I went to a party and learned the fine art of Keg Stands. This trip I hope to learn a little bit more about Milwaukee.

They say technology is a good thing. But this morning as I turned my computer on it wasn’t such a good thing. A blinking light appeared on my PowerBook screen with a question mark. I tried to sleep thinking about how I am going to write a story vie e-mail without a computer. Tossing and turning I finally awoke with a thought to call Apple for some support. After a few minutes on the phone and a back-up disk, I was back on the road and to the contest. Not five minutes later the sky turned gray and it began raining. In an hour or so they should come to a conclusion of what to do on today, The first day of the contest. As I look out the window now the sun seems to be popping out so I will go back and see what the deal is.