For the second year in a row, the Woman I Love traveled to Northern California to take care of her grandmother. The practical benefit of this is that her Aunt and Uncle can focus on running their respective summer business interests at a nearby Lake. The downside, of course, is that I spend two months without her around.
This year I got to hop on a plane and spend a week out there. Compared to our previous trip over the 2012-2013 winter break, it was relatively short. We spent a fair bit of that time road tripping around to meet her extended family in California. I did, for Cheeseburger Gothic Fans, get to have breakfast with Senator Boylan (Anarchist-CA) in Davis, California. We had a good chat about the imminent doom facing the World in general. A good conversation filled with a lot of smiles and laughs.
Davis, California, by the way, is an incredibly beautiful, well maintained town. The main industry there is academia in the form of the University of California-Davis Campus. We had considered moving and going to school there but it is too far outside of our price range.
We also made our way to Oakdale, California to meet with one of Cindy’s Aunts. We stopped at a fruit stand along the way, a semi-open air Farmer’s Market style facility with excellent customer service.
In fact, can I say, excellent customer service was the Hallmark of our time in California. The only place we received atrocious service was at an airport eatery in San Diego International Airport.
Otherwise, everyone was relatively friendly, easy going and easy to get along with. This is very much like our experience over the break (though a friend of mine who lives in San Francisco relates that we probably didn’t stay long enough to encounter rude) and our time in New York City. Which leads me to wonder why Kansas City is so unfriendly, hostile and just plain unpleasant to deal with in terms of the overall population.
I don’t have any answers there.
Later on as I get photos fully loaded onto the laptop I’ll post some specific entries, maybe one a week until I run through the batch.
In other news, the Summer is pretty much over and classes are getting ready to crank up again. The syllabi are ready, the new textbooks are on my desk and we’re pretty much set to roll out.
So it goes.
Steven Francis Murphy
Kansas City, Missouri