Sunday, March 05, 2017

Memories of California Holiday 2017 Part 2



View of the Rockies from my airplane window

Today is one week since we returned from our annual California holiday. I am still luxuriating in the memories. Here are more than I am sharing with you, my intrepid and faithful blog readers.

We (Pat and I) had a smooth six plus hour flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. I always try to get a picture (or two) or the Rockies as we cross the continental United States. I've never been to the great middle of America but I have flown over it several times. I guess  you could call me the Ultimate Coastal Liberal.  I live on one coast and visit the other coast.  Only "interaction" I have with the Great Middle (Trump Country) of the United States is flying over it.

When we deplaned at LAX in Los Angeles, we caught the Hertz shuttle bus to the Hertz rental car location. Oh my, look at what we encountered there. A LONG line.  




In the past we have rented cars from Enterprise but they were just too expensive. Pat got a good deal at Hertz at about half the price. Apparently others found the same bargains.  Look at the lines.  


Pat (red hat) waiting in line at the Hertz car rental in Los Angeles

We were at Hertz for about an hour.  It really wasn't too bad. We were in California and enjoying that really great sunny California sunshine. 




We inspected our car then we were off to our Airbnb rental.  And there we encountered a problem.  Our room wasn't ready.  

I had called a few days before to confirm our reservation that I had made last year.  I was told by our hostess ("Joanie") that "everything was ready."  But when we climbed the winding stairs to our second floor shared accommodations (we had a private bedroom and bathroom but a shared living room and kitchen), we were met with an unmade bed and damp towels piled on the floor.


The room that "greeted" us at the Airbnb where we were staying

I immediately made a call to our hostess and she apologized.  She said she had a "scheduling mishap" and would get the cleaners over right away.  

The cleaners came over about an hour later and we were in our room by 10:00 PM.  A long day for sure.

Our Airbnb "roommates" were from Germany. A very nice couple. They had taken over the living room and kitchen so Pat and I retreated to our bedroom (and TV) for a well deserved rest.  

After we settled down and washed up we headed out to 8000 Sunset Boulevard and the Veggie Grill, our favorite restaurant in West Hollywood. 

Our annual holiday was beginning!

The above banner photo is Pat visiting the CB2 store at 8000 Sunset Boulevard prior to us going into the Veggie Grill. Pat had a part-time job at the CB2 store in Toronto during the Christmas holidays. He loves that store.  And he has his eye on a beautiful leather couch in that store for his new digs in Hamilton, Ontario; that he will move into this September.


Pat sitting on that leather couch he wants to buy from CB2
More to come............



18 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:54 PM

    Pat's moving?? Has he sold that fabulous modern house that you previously featured?

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    1. Anonymous,
      Yes, Pat is moving. He sold his house in Toronto. He wanted to take advantage of the market. He got a good price. He's moving into a old famous landmark renovated hotel in Hamilton, Ontariothat is going condo. He's very excited about it.
      Ron

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  2. That room mishap was a stinker of a starter. Pleased that it wasn't an omen for what was to come (as we now know it wasn't) along with that queue for a car. Getting to a hotel when you just want to relax away the exhausting journey one has undertaken, and then finding that not only is the room not ready but it still bears all the 'evidence' of the previous occupants, would have put me in the foulest of moods. Happier moments with next instalment, right?

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    1. Ray,
      I was so surprised that our room wasn't ready. Especially after I had called the owner of the property to assure everything was ready for our arrival. But to her credit she took care of the mishap right away. "Things" happen, I understand that. We were so tired when we arrived. It would have been nice if our room was ready. But the rest of our holiday was fantastic. This was just a small bump.
      Ron

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  3. Ron,

    Ah, yes, I was in a long Hertz line in Colorado and then when I got to the counter, and a human being, not a computer screen, I learned my company had failed to pay in advance for the rental as they had told me. I had to use my personal card and was unsure if there was enough on it, but there was. I don't think I'd have liked that Airbnb with so much common space with strangers. Looking forward to your real fun parts.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      I was a bit put off about the common space with strangers but I quickly got used to it. As long as we didn't have to share our bedroom, which is the case with some of the Airbnb stays. Actually, a living room with two sofa beds. I don't think I could do that.
      Ron

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  4. Love reading about your travels!

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    1. mags,
      I LOVE writing about our travels! Glad you enjoy my writings.
      Ron

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  5. I always enjoy your travel posts, Ron. What a shame your room wasn't ready - but at least you had a good meal at the Veggie Grill. The header photo of the Rockies is fantastic - - really breath-taking.

    Also - I LOVE that leather sofa. It would be perfect in my living room, but my cats would tear it apart.

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    1. Jon,
      LOVE the Veggie Grill! Always the highlight of our trip to LA. That leather sofa is SO comfortable. Expensive though and definitely not cat safe.
      Ron

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  6. Ron - I forget what the temp was in Toronto when I left - but it was snowing and they had to defice the wings before it took flight from Pearson Airport to Philly. But, like our first travels to LA - the temp was a warm welcome - in the hi 70s. Overall I thought our transition from airplane to accommodations was pretty smooth. The people who came to clean our room up were there pretty quickly and quite nice about it. I can understand how our host might have gotten things a little mixed up with two private rooms and an apartment all in one house to organize especially when guests are constantly coming and going. Always overlapping. And the location was, again, terrific. Tho we did do a fair bit of car travel to get around. But to LA's credit - what a great transit system. Their subway now goes all the way to Santa Monica. That city is keeping on top of infrastructure compared to so many that fail at that. Oh and it's also great that we met a budding recording star at the Veggie Grill - getting by presently by working three jobs including deejaying to get by.
    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      We always have a grand time in California. And this year we discovered Palm Springs! Looking forward to our trip next year!
      Ron

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  7. Anonymous7:27 PM

    Ron, Now that your quick mind is back in the issues forum. Please address this health insurance issue. If I could not afford my health insurance and had to drop it and had a gap in health coverage before I found a cheaper health care plan, I would have to pay a surcharge on my new cheaper plan. Also, someone aged 50 or greater will be hurt by any repeal of ACA. This is the issue of our time. ACA gives subsidies based on income and age. I don't want a tax credit that is maxed out at $4,000, while my health care costs is about triple that figure. Thanks for your public service by your informative blog.

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  8. Get busy typing, we all want to hear about your holiday. So no more lolly gagging around the water cooler, tap tap tap !!!!

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  9. What happened to my comment?

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    1. Paul,
      I'm also negligent in reading my e-mails. I may be losing IT.
      Ron

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