still to get:
non-perishable food (vegitarian driving through southern states in rural areas, I'll have backup food in the car)
spare tire (I have a mini-spare that came with the car, but I'm thinking a full-size spare would be a wise decision).
maps/listings of hostels along the route (cheaper than most motels)
got the laptop configured to use the cellphone for net access in a pinch. still need to actually *pack* anything for the trip, but that shouldn't take too long.
found out today that Friday is expected to be a half-day, so I'll have friday afternoon to either get an early start on the 5-north part, or do any last-minute shopping for supplies (avidly avoiding anywhere christmas shoppers will be, though).
any ideas of stuff I might be forgetting? Anyone want anything specific from Sacramento (or somewhere along my route to you) I could bring with me for you? I'm offering to play delivery service (y'all are being nice enough to let me under your roof, it's the least I can do).