Homer's Travels: Entertaining The Loon Whisperer - Day 0 and Day 1

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Entertaining The Loon Whisperer - Day 0 and Day 1

I'm never good at estimating the drive time down to LAX. I always assume too much time and get there too early. Friday was no different. I arrived almost two hours early. Part of the problem was that the flight I was meeting was 25 minutes late. This would usually mean that I would spend a couple of bored hours walking around the baggage claim area, always an exciting prospect, but this time, for once, I came prepared - I'd brought my book with me. I found an unoccupied seat among the ginormous eight seats available in the baggage claim area and read a chapter or two until the plane arrived.

I met the Wife's best friend and, after a little discussion, we decided her Homer's Travels moniker would be the Loon Whisperer (LW). We picked up her bag after a short wait and got the heck out of the airport.

We both were hungry and I had planned to stop at a Marie Calendars on Lincoln that I had stopped at before but, as I prepared to turn into the parking lot, I realized that all the windows were boarded up. Oops. We continued on with LW threatening to tell the Wife that I didn't feed her. She pointed out an IHOP - she pointed it out after I passed the entrance - so I made a turn intending to go around the block. After the turn I spotted an In-N-Out and figured that a stop at the Wife's favorite quicky restaurant would be a good choice.

We filled up with some really good burgers and made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway. We had clear blue skies and the drive was pleasant. We drove by the Wife's school on the way home.

The Wife arrived home 15 minutes after we did and the beer drinking and chatter talk started. I became a little anti-social at this point and, after eating an excellent steak dinner and cleaning up the dishes, I retreated up to the den and drafted a post for Homer's Travels.

We started Saturday with some awesome music played really load:
  • Cool Places - Sparks
  • Our Lips Are Sealed - Go Gos
  • Love Shack - B-52s
  • Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
  • Happy - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
  • Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
  • Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello (From the Everything Is Illuminated soundtrack)
  • Vampire - Antsy Pants (From the Juno soundtrack)
  • All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar (From the Juno soundtrack)
This morning Wife and LW are at the spa while I draft this post and do some laundry. I'm not much of a spa person. After the Spa, they'll come by and pick me up and we will go to downtown Ventura for some lunch and shopping.

... To Be Continued ...


  1. I guess I would avoid the "chatter" as well in that kind of situation. I'm not much of a talker.

  2. Gany: For me it all depends in the mood that I'm in and that night I wasn't very interested. When the Wife and old friends get together, especially after being apart for a long time, the talk is more reminiscences - often of times before I knew the Wife. I rarely have anything to contribute in these conversations.

  3. Do you already know all the secrets that could come out?

  4. JaG: That's a good point and I used to sit through all her reminiscing. I still do on occasion but on Friday I just wasn't in the mood. Most of the talk I've heard this weekend has been about old students that she talk back in Omaha.

    The fact is, my mood been a little on the gloomy side this weekend - nothing to do with the Wife or LW.

  5. Hey, I know that In-and-Out! I'm not much of a plane spotter, but it's fun to have a burger there and watch the planes land on the north complex, especially big 'ol 747's.

    Mmmmm, beer sounds good right now... sorry 'bout the gloominess...

  6. GH: Not sure if this is the one you're thinking about. The In-N-Out was by a Costco and Albertson's - a ways from the airport.

    It's times like those that I wish I drinked (I don't).