Follow me around the world. At times I am alone and other times I have a travel companion or two. We are bound to find something new or different, interesting, and at times boring, but life is what you make it.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Palm Springs, CA Pt. 1
PalmSprings in the summer. Yeah...it is hot as the dickens and I still wanted to make the trip. Far be it for me to pass up an opportunity to travel outside of Boston. Just a few weeks before leaving I chatted with yasuand he wantedto get away for a summer break. First we were looking at Hawaii, then Key West but we ended up making the west coast destination our placeof choice.
I cme in a day early,mainlybecause after lookingat flight options the Tuesday night flight sounded beterthanthe Wednesday morning flght and because of timing to meet Yasu fromJapan. I went to work,earlierthan usual, i was in by around 6 am. I wanted to makesure I got everything completed beforeheading off to the airport inthe afternoon. I was successful and at 3 pm Iwas in a cab makingthe trek toBoston Logan.I was expecting a long ride but door - to - door it took less than 20 minutes. I did pay whatI thought was a little muchfor the ride but i wil deal with that question upon my return. Isit reasoable to pay a flat ratefrom cambridge to the airport totaling 30 dollars? Iwill ask around. I wouldalmost pay somethingsimilar from my home in JP. Maybe times have changed. I am not going to just give up without doingsome backgroundchecking though...Idontwantto be taken.
Anyway,Imade i to the airport with tons of time to spare.I was not sure what to do with myself. Iforgot to packa bood soI resported to downloading a few book online frome the Boston publicLibraryand listening to one. It happenedtobe a Jack reacher book, the onesthat moveso quickly. I got a little bored withthe bookafteranhouror so and hit the bar for a quick drinkbefore getting on board. The plane was one time and before youknow it I was inseat number one...yes, first class, sipping on what would be one of many.
Unfortunately, the plane did not have individual monitors in the seats so I watched StarTrek aong with the rest of the passangers. It was fun enough....I hadseen it before and thought it was a good movie, oneofmanyin a new series of younger cast members. Something to look forward to I hope. We landed on time and soonI was off to find the rental car. Before I left the plane, however,the flight attendant pulled me asideandasked if I wanted to take a bottle of wine home withme..........Did sheknowwho she was talkiing to???? I was going to ak if I could emptythe supplyof vodka butthe wine was just fine...a nice parting gift as it were. And I did not evenhave to answer anyinane questions toget it. Happy withmy prize, I deplaned )is that a word? andwentin search fof my luggage. Even though the initial location wasincorrect, I was able to find myback in short order. Off to Hertz.
Thanks to Karen I was able to bget a great price for a car rental. Of course she had no wayof knowing I would run into an older Black woman who I almost want to call the car natzi. From the minute I stepped in front of her at the counter she had this certain aire abouthere. One that sid...bite your tongue because she could really be a bitch if she wanted to be. I endoured countless questions and funny looks, Mind you I hadbeen up since 4 am Boston timeand it wasnot close to eleven at night west coast time. I was tired!!!!!! I wanted my car and a map so icould get in the bed.
After what seemed like an hour in this empty rental location, Ileft with my car. An american one..chevy. It took a littlegetting used to I have to say. I got directions for the 105 and from therer Ihad printed directionsto the hotel. Well, needless to say, I drove by the street I was supposed to be on a few times aso addanother 45 minutes to a10 minnutes drive. I was really tired. I found the hotel, one that was a bargin, againthanks to friends in high places, Anne youknow when you are.
The hotel, I later discovered, had onlybeen opted for 3 months.Thatexplained the great shape itwas in.Ihad a throroughlyenjoyable sleep. when i awoke the nextmornning i wasprepared toh hit the ground speeding. Before picking up Yasu at the airport, i had time to get a few necessary supplies. CVSI found had it all. From a great price on Stloli to the munchies Iknew I shouldnothave picked up but didanyway, and thentherewas the lotion i had forgotten to pack....enoughof the detais. I got it all and in record time. I had 1.5hours before i needed to get to LAX. Getting lost was a good way to pass the time. When I finally parked in the lot, i had a mere hour to wait. I was in the wrong arrival terminal but luckilyI discovered the mistake just minutes beforeYahsu came walkiing out of customs....I was sweating but did not volunteer the reasons for my wetness....I am sure he though t it wasbecause i was seeing him again.
We immediatly hit the road and begain the journey to PalmSprings.
Chat with youall soon. )forgivethe typing mistakes...working on a new keyboardnow.
If you are reading it means I am traveling again. I can't seem to get over the travel bug. You never know when I will buy the next ticket or what the itinerary will be, but I guarantee, there will be good times had by all !!!. Enjoy.