There is an EIGHT FOOT TALL INFLATABLE PENGUIN on our front lawn. It is wearing green earmuffs and a red toque. It’s the kind that requires a constantly whirring air pump to keep it “alive”, and it has lights inside so it REALLY shows up at night. It’s just part of my roomate’s Holiday Fun display. Remind me to post photos.
I’m back in Los Angeles today, after travelling for far too long last night. After the wonderful nafspeak dropped me back off at YVR, I found out my flight home had been delayed. By an hour.
I got into L.A. FOUR AND A HALF HOURS LATE.
I saw “Terminal” on Friday night, on DVD, with Mom, so I have some perspective on the situation. However, at least Tom Hanks was in an airport where the food stands didn’t close at 8pm on a Monday. I would have liked to have used the $5 food court voucher I received as part of the “we forgot to bring the plane on time” package from Alaska Airlines.
Today I’m learning that while my new BlackBerry gets FAR better reception than my old Ericsson phone, its less-than-legit status means that I can’t use it for anything BUT phone calls. No Internet, no e-mail, certainly none of the new gmail POP functionality. It can’t access the Internet, and that is that. And nerd status doesn’t count if you can’t MapQuest the next party on your PDA. Sigh.
I’m also learning that, just as one has to fight back blackberry tangles in Seattle, or kudzu in the South, I have to fight back my room’s tendency to fill up with clothes, books and magazines as soon as I put everything away. There are stacks of books on the desk and on my bed, books I won’t have time to read because I’m going to Las Vegas for the weekend – and who would read books on the History of the American West (two on Los Angeles, two on the West in general) while in Vegas?
(Probably the same girl who is not going to a boxing match because she can’t stomach the thought of it, that’s who.)
Sigh. Sleep. I have to go say a tearful goodbye to my roomate – she’s leaving for six weeks in Africa in four hours – and then call it a night.