Day one in America and we didn't get rained on. The day began all sunny, but the afternoon got dark and cloudy. What? Oh yeah, it's winter. We started our 'running around', lunched with an old friend, took a 'Jet Lag Nap', and began playing Santa.
How could anyone forget that 'Summer of Love' classic by the 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away"? 'Old School Friday' brings us this little number: "You know, my temperature's risin', the jukebox's blowin' a fuse. My heart's beatin' rhythm and my soul keeps a-singin' the blues. __ __ __, and tell Tschaikowsky the news." Clue: Another Golden Oldie from 1956, with a 'Classical' reference by the man many call The King of Rock & Roll. He could play a guitar like ringin' a bell.
We ended up staying awake until 2:30 in the morning. Not a good sign for adjusting to the time change. On top of that, we woke up at 6:15, just like in Thailand, except we're not there. After breakfast, it was still early. (Ha) A little later I drove out to Venice to handle some car business. It was all I could do to keep from turning on the wipers when making turns. I'm still very impressed at how 'orderly' the traffic is, even with the volume. When lights turn red, cars stop. At certain intersections in Chiang Rai, you can be certain that someone will be coming through on the red light. The driving lanes are so wide here. It's also comforting to know the there won't be an assault of motorbikes zipping in between the lanes.
A visit to L.A. would not be complete without a visit to Ross. It was early enough in the day that it wasn't too crazy so we did a little shopping. There are so many household items that would be nice to take home, but there's just no room in a bag, not to mention the weight. We left Ross and headed for the 99 cent store. Now, that was a zoo. In spite of the crowd we found many things we needed for our little kitchen. It was worth the congestion.
When it was time for lunch we went to Emerald Thai. Nid, the manager is a dear old friend. He knew we would be there soon and had told his employee, who told us. They were both excited to see us and Nid sat with us while we ate and talked about Thailand. Midway through the meal we were both struck with Jet Lag symptoms. You know, the sudden urge to just put your head on the table and go to sleep. We managed to get home and take a nap. The trick will be to go to bed at a 'regular' time tonight and get up on L.A. time. Hmm.
As I type, Lisa has begun wrapping the gifts we brought with us. We are not allowed to bring wrapped presents on the overseas flights. This evening I got a call from my mom letting us know that she had a turkey for us, just like last year. What a wonderful surprise. Tomorrow we'll retrieve the bird.
Yesterday's post on the Blogspot website was the 900th entry. I started it when we announced that we'd be moving to Thailand. Some of you have been reading the chronicle of my life in email since way before that. I guess you could say that I've been blogging since before 'blog' was a word.
Have a WonderFilled WeekEnd, and Happy Whatever You Celebrate. Now it's time for the 'Funnies', sent by my dear friend Claire.
An escalator never breaks . . . it only becomes stairs
Bumper Sticker: Excuse me for driving so closely in front of you.
People never grow up; they just learn how to act in public
If you want to know more about paranoids, follow them around.
People who are wrapped up in themselves are overdressed.
Anything not nailed down is a cat toy.
The reason Las Vegas is so crowded is that no one has the plane fare to leave.
I am logged in...therefore, I am.
Gettin' Funky, Thai Style