Monday, March 31, 2008

the end of the great California odyssey

After sharing a 5:45 am limo ride with a sweet family from South Carolina (even the little kids had accents) in the tackiest limousine I have ever laid eyes upon, we spent flying home day lamenting the end of California sunshine and spending time by the ocean.

Instead we landed in Calgary to a newly deposited big dump of snow with more on the way. It's cold and grey and I have a massive head cold.

I also have over 800 photos from the trip, most of which were snapped by the Resident Offspring so you know they are decent. I'll be posting a few over the next few days, but promise I will stop at about 5% of the total collection.

Hey did you know it can cost $18.50 to make one local 5 minute phone call in San Francisco? Neither did I. I guess that's how they can offer such low streetcar prices.

R.I.P. Dith Pran


Allison said...

Ah, that's rubbish. I'm sorry to hear you've got a cold, hopefully you're feeling a bit better today. At least you weren't sick for the holiday.

I'm trying to figure out how it cost $18.50 to make a local phone call...I thought adding the extra 25¢ to locals calls here was pushing it. ;)

Feel better soon!

BeckEye said...

Umm...welcome back?

You're tagged! Yay!

You'll enjoy this one, I promise. Even I did.

JustRun said...

"even the little kids had accents"

You crack me up, Barb. :)

Gifted Typist said...

How come it costs that much? were you using a mobile phone registered in Canada?

Looking forward to the pix

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm glad you made it home safely.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's just a head cold, Al, so nothing serious, but yes, I'm glad it waited until I had to go back to work (where it doesn't matter).
The feller at the front desk was falling all over himself trying to explain that this charge came straight from AT&T and by then we had hemorrhaged so much money anyway that a little more didn't matter.

Yeah thanks, it's great to be back. Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice, Beckeye?
That tag DOES look fun though! My spirits are perking up already.

Well they did! It was just so cute to hear these South Carolina accents on these little kids, Justrun, although I imagine they probably thought we had accents. Which we don't.

Nope, I was using the hotel phone, and calling a mobile with a San Francisco area code, Gifted, although the front desk dude was trying to tell me that sometimes that area code is considered long distance. I dunno.

We almost missed our connecting flight, Dr M, but fortunately it was slightly delayed. I would have been okay with being stranded in San Francisco, but Edmonton, not so much.

bloody awful poetry said...

Ack! People love my tag! This is soo making my day!
Oh and Barbara, thanks so much for taking the trouble to comment on my post. You are the shyzz!
I'll be checking up to see when you're done =)

Oh and,whooaaaa.
We share like, almost-identical taste in music.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's a great meme, Bloody Awful Poetry! I'm going to have fun with that one. We DO share musical tastes, don't we? I like you already.

Deb said...

Knowing how much you love limos to begin with, I can imagine how riding in a tacky one was for you.

$18.50?!?! That's bloody ridiculous. And so is snow as far as I'm concerned....we even had some here last week.

mellowlee said...

Oh oh, I hope your cold goes away very soon! Bring on the photos yay!

I wonder what is up with the local phone service!! That's a big YIKES!!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was nasty, riding in a limo, Deb. I kept thinking that people were expecting me to stand up and flash my boobs or something. Fortunately I was thinking of the poor children.

San Francisco photos coming soon too, Mel. I haven't even seen them yet myself!
I think that phone bill was some sort of retirement fund for some hotel employee.