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05 July 2006 @ 12:58 pm
Summer vacation!!  
A cousin is getting married in Redlands, CA in a couple weeks. I'd figured we couldn't go, but Mom and Dad are buying me a ticket! I get to go to Cali! And since I'm not working, I've got flexibility on when I come back. And where I go while I'm out there. :) (Rob doesn't want to go, or they would buy him a ticket too.)

I can spend almost 2 weeks, it looks like. At least one week of that must be spent in SoCal, but there should be a day or two that I can take to see people. I'll be flying out on Wednesday, July 19, and will be free for socializing around the 24th, 25th, or 26th. Who can I see? schmecky and bananadiameter? rednikki and quinnclub? kitarra, dreamwarden, et al? Anyone else I'm forgetting? I will have a car.

I'm considering taking a side trip. Where should I go? The Vegas to see lugonn? Anyone within a reasonable distance want to join me? (*pokes smolder*) Or should I go to the Bay area and see maudgonne, mswalter, zigorra, eac and James? How long does it take to drive up the PCH from Ontario to SF? Mapquest says it's 6.5 hours on the 5, but I suspect PCH will be quite a bit longer. Is the prettiness worth it?

Yay, I get to come visit friends! *dances*
eaceac on July 5th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
We're to be in Portland (if my doctors give me leave to go) through the 23rd, but J and I would almost certainly be up for a dinner or a bit of a hangout if you do the Bay Area...
Elletheletterelle on July 5th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Excellent. If I go up to the Bay Area, I'll be there the 27th through the 31st or so, so that will give us time. Wonderful!
Kitarrakitarra on July 5th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! You're comming to SoCal? *dance* I get to see a Ceracell! *does the snoopy happy dance*
Elletheletterelle on July 5th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yes! I think you should bake me something awesome. :)
Kitarrakitarra on July 5th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
I shall! What would you like? What is your favorite?

Oh and if you smuggle a suitcase of limes for me I shall send you home with a lovely jar of key lime curd!
Elletheletterelle on July 5th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Woe! Key limes are not in season. At least, not on my mom's tree. Let me check around to see if I can find them somewhere else. But in general, they're a fall/winter fruit.
cocoajava on July 5th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Dammit! Why isn't Michigan on the Pacific???????

:D You'll have a great time! Hug a Smolder and a Kit for me should you get the chance!
Elletheletterelle on July 5th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
And sadly, I never have a reason to visit Michigan (other than to see you). The closest I get is Milwaukee, and I know that's a big long way from where you are. *sighs*

Someday, if I have money, I might come up just to see you anyway. I want to see the EarthHouse. :) And your gardens, and eat your fresh food. Mmmm.
Alyssa The Not So Braveverisimilitant on July 5th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
Aw, no Remy for me :(
Elletheletterelle on July 5th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
I forgot you were in the Bay Area! Remy won't be around, but there will be Elle for you! :)

If I don't go to the Vegas. But so far no one's chimed in to try and persuade me. Soooo... :)
Alyssa The Not So Braveverisimilitant on July 5th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
DarkRiver: cutesmolder on July 6th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
PCH to Frisco is very pretty in places, but mostly only once you get close. It is also a LOT longer. 9 hours is not beyond imagining. Also, the highway randomly ceases to exist here and there and you have to search scary backroads to find it again.
Elletheletterelle on July 6th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
Aha. Good to know. Thanks, sweetie. *snugs*

I don't suppose you'd be able to make it to the Bay Area or to Vegas after the 26th? *blinks eyes prettily*
Waltermswalter on July 6th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Of course you're coming to the Bay Area! Please, Jer over Maud and Walter? I Think not.

Re: highways. Take the 101. A good chunk of it is right on the ocean and basically the same as PCH, and it only takes maybe an hour or two longer than the 5 (depending on how often you stop).

Elletheletterelle on July 6th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
But Vegas, with the slots and the blackjack?


I'll probably go to SF. :) I've never gotten to go to Haight-Ashbury or the Castro. That would be fun. Will you be able to spend time with me? Can I stay with you? Just a couple nights? I would ask Maud, but I went so far as to email her telling her I might be coming, and I still haven't heard from her, so I don't think she loves me anymore.

Maybe I'll take the 5 up and the 101 back. I'm going to be bringing audiobooks (Fight Club and the new Bruce Campbell book), so I should be set for entertainment. I hate driving long distances, but books make it better.

Jer: HappyBoy - Steve Sandvoss (from B'Lane)lugonn on July 6th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I might be leaving for New Jersey on the 25th. Or I might go to Baltimore instead the following week. Things are still unsettled - I'm coordinating with a co-worker about the trip.

Why do all of smolder's friends think he needs a chaperone? Several of you ladies have offered to accompany him to see me, and if I visit Washington, violence was threatened if I'm not taken around for visits with others. I could be wrong, but I strongly suspect he and I can find a way to pass the time together even without adult supervision. ;)

So, tentatively a visit here might be good, but I just don't know. And probably you need to make plans sooner than I will know the details of my schedule. Work is paying for the trip so it doesn't really matter if we end up buying plane tickets at the last minute, but I know for normal people who pay with their own money, advance purchase is *really* preferable.
Elletheletterelle on July 7th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)

I just wanted to see both of you. And I knew he would want to come see you.

Never mind.
Jer: Someone to watch over me - Ryanlugonn on July 7th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Sweetie, I was teasing. I just think it is funny how his friend Ari wants to check me out before I'm really safe enough for him so I enjoy putting all of his protective femalee friends into that bin. I never really thought you didn't want to meet me. I tend to be smart-alecky.

I'd like to meet you regardless of Smolder. Actually, if he comes along, I'd feel guilty about you coming up there because I might get too distracted to really meet you. Either that or I'd glare at you because you'd force him to get dressed now and then. :)

I had a dream last night where you and he came to Vegas. You looked like the picture you are using in this icon. We were all in a fancy two-bedroom suite in a hotel. After a bit we wandered off to one of the bedrooms and you were stuck watching TV in the living room. After a while I poked my head out and asked you to get us some water since I was running out of saliva, then I disappeared again. Hours later we came out to see how you were doing and then you made me go down to the casino for a while so you and he could dish about me. You were partially amused and partially annoyed, but mostly you were smug that you were right.

Yes, I have weird dreams.
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Elletheletterelle on July 8th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Aha! I knew you'd changed your name, but I didn't know to what. Thank you! And thank you, people who alerted him!

I'll email you both. Yippee!