Wrapping Up a Lovely Trip ... Almost
The tail end of my California trip went very nicely... in fact, about as perfectly as they come. On Sunday, I got a ride down to the BART station from Christy, and had a bagel and coffee outside near the Ferry Terminal in SF. While having lunch, an aggressive panhandler walked among the tables; I gave the palms open shrug of "nope, nothing for you here." He replied vehemently, "Yeah, well fuck you man!" Huh. At that point, I figured the only sensible response was to raise an eyebrow, and toast him with my coffee cup while cheerily responding, "Ok, same to you!" Sometimes, I love the city.
I hopped CalTrain down to Sunnyvale--it's important to realize just how spread out the Bay Area is (an observation pointed out to me by others). Going from San Francisco to San Jose is about the same distance as going from Boston to Providence. I find it odd that somebody would commute that distance on a daily basis. But I'm definitely glad CalTrain is there--a nice quiet ride, and finished off the weekly family phone call.
The Sunnyvale trip was to spend time with Jen, Schmooz, Max, & Delaney. A low-key cookout, with special guest appearances by Spackle, Bradley and his fiance Janie, as well as sMark and a friend of his--who just chanced into the cookout pretty randomly (sMark called U-Boat and Christy, and ended up getting directed here).
A lovely dinner with friends under the wisteria on the patio in a perfect climate in the Bay Area is a good occasional reminder that life is worth living.
And Bradley got to show off his iPhone.
The travel home, however, was not quite lovely. It added up to an eight seat ride:
- Taxi to Sunnyvale Station
- CalTrain to Millbrae
- BART to SFO
- Shuttle train to terminal
- SFO-BOS cross-country flight
- Silver Line to South Station
- Red Line to Harvard
- 77 Bus to home
Okay, so the fiddly little shuttle trips weren't bad. But the flight was 6.5 hours in a middle seat. With the person in front of me reclining the seat. And Blades of Glory as the in-flight movie. Didn't manage to get any sleep. Yeah, ugh. It was bad enough that my body made me sleep in to 10:30 the next morning to recover.