March 12, 2009
After hanging out a little and saying our goodbyes in the morning, AWE and I had another amazing breakfast – do you see the pattern here? – and then hit the road. We were in San Francisco for a minute and a half, then picked up the coastal route. In the Bay Area it's called "the 1", SoCal calls it "the PCH," but to me it's just driving down the coast. I've done it a few times, and maybe no longer feel the need to stop at every turnout and take hundreds of photos, but it's a magnificent drive, and still a huge treat.
We had lunch in Big Sur, and stopped to see the elephant seals sunning themselves in their cove. After wending our way back to the freeway and having yet another In-N-Out meal, we pulled into AWE's house outside of L.A. pretty late. She did all the driving, which we hadn't planned, but she insists was ok.
At AWE's house I was mobbed and showered with love from three amazing canines. I love them all, but Casey, a lab-pit mix, has a special place in my heart. I tried to tell them that Casey and I had a long talk and she told me she wants to be Canadian. LC, AWE's husband, told me that Casey was a huge Obama fan and wants to give him a chance, see how things play out. Damn.
March 13, 2009
This morning, after more doggy love (but never enough), AWE and I met David Cho for breakfast. I met David in person in 2007, the first time I visited AWE in California. It was great to see him again. AWE left for work and David drove me to the airport.
LAX was a zoo and by the time I got to the gate, it was almost final boarding call. I have a story assignment waiting, and managed to get some work done on the plane.
I've said this many times but I've never felt it more than when returning from both my trips to California. I really like Toronto and Mississauga, and for many reasons I'm very happy living here. But I find the area so physically unappealing – downright ugly - especially now, in the muddy season. It's so beautiful out there – the farmland, the coast, the weather, the rich foliage, and in San Francisco, the physical city itself. I love coming home to Canada – and to Allan, and Tala and Cody – but visually, it's a bit depressing. Ah well.
Wmtc note: Allan will be guest-blogging for a while, as the Campaign is entering Let Them Stay Week II and we'll all be fighting to keep Kim Rivera and her family in the country, but I need to focus on writing. Some serious juggling is in order.
Now to check Fundable.