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I know how much you enjoyed the first installment of Steveningen’s trip to France. I really enjoyed helping (a very loose process that involved my saying “THAT’S great!” quite a few times) as we looked at the pictures on his computer, and I can tell you that was just the tip of an iceberg (the photos – LOTS of them).  That was a classic travel diary. I did some traveling last weekend too, as  that first sentence demonstrates. Nothing as spectacular (Burbank to Oakland and back for three days) and not for all of the same reasons, but just as necessary.

Yes, this will be another update on how I am, but this time I’m going to focus on what I’m learning to do for myself.

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It’s a little complicated this time. Well before I was fully aware of what this semester would be like for me, I looked at the fall calendar, saw that my birthday fell on a Thursday, looked at the 5th and said "I need NOT to be alone this weekend." Steven had no idea when he and Brian were going on their vacation, and It HAD been six months, so he said "Sure. We'd love to see you again." I didn't have ANY Thursday classes when I made my flight reservation, and I only had one new prep (the California History course). You know what happened after. I learned about Western Civ and the film school class two weeks later, and the substitute US in the Twentieth Century three weeks after that. So REALLY, a change of scenery after the first six weeks.

Oh, yes. Burbank (closer to where I live) to Oakland (easier for Steven) this time. Southwest. Yes, with the lining up. If you pay an additional $15 up front when you make your reservation you can check in early (you know, the way you can on every other airline for free). On the other hand, bags fly free on Southwest, so this is probably okay.

Negotiated a make up date with the film school class. THEN learned Steven was getting back four days before I was supposed to arrive. Virgin America has a flight bank for things like that. I was really too busy to find out if Southwest had the same thing, and anyway, I REALLY needed a change of scenery, So I made my SuperShuttle reservations , packed too much (I used to complain when Jim did that, but hey, did I know what I'd be in the mood to wear?), and trundled off with my suitcase to the North Hollywood Red Line Station. That's free, so $15 to spend on other stuff. The flight was fine, although Southwest changed the departure time three times (we left on schedule after all), the BART shuttle was fine, and BART was fine. Steven picked me up at El Cerrito del Norte (I had been there for ten minutes already but I was early, and you know what was running through my head). We ordered Chinese from their favorite Chinese restaurant in Vallejo and had a nice evening drinking and watching Project Runway.

Next day, since Steven had to work (we hadn't planned on that either) I decided I was going to get some work done because I didn't have the distractions I would have had at home. I actually DID, in fact, even though the distractions I didn't have at home were 80% there on the internet. But a revised syllabus and the title of a conference proposal were good enough. I'm not even sure what we did that evening beside being a little stupid in Top Comments.

Saturday, Steven, who claims he doesn't cook, made a QUITE serviceable and tasty breakfast while I called slksfca and confirmed our afternoon of bar hopping. Eventful day, actually, because I took the ferry there and back and I'd never been on the Vallejo ferry before. We had lunch in the Castro, went to a couple of bars there and to one on Church Street (there's one place we just can't go again just yet after the Sunday after NN13) and it was fun since I just don't go out to drink in Los Angeles except on state occasions (um, exactly ONCE with poopdogcomedy  and that wasn't a gay bar). I got enough sleep that night too, plus 30 minutes on the ferry back. OH! And, since it was a ferry, I got to spend time at the Ferry Building, and I bought a nice loaf of sourdough rye from the Acme bakery which I'm eating a slice of as I write this. Yes, I love the Bay Area.

Sunday, breakfast at Steven and Brian's favorite breakfast place in Vallejo. Excellent food (California with New Orleans Creole inflections like fried rice with what I think is tasso as a breakfast side dish) and wonderful people who run it. If I lived in Vallejo, I'd get to know this place well too. The weekend host guy -- I'm not going to try to guess age here, just I know I could have been his grandfather -- came over to chat with us, a little awkwardly, while we were doing the check thing, and as we walked out Steven and I both said "We're everywhere." Then I packed, did the BART/bus thing in reverse (note - if you don't swipe your Clipper card out of the station when you ride BART it sends you to the agent to swipe out and swipe back in again), got on the plane (I think my black Kindle cover must look like a Bible to some people because I had the only middle seat open next to me), and got home from the airport in less than an hour. THAT's why you fly out of Burbank!

It was a nice change of scenery. Unfortunately, it was like vacations I took when I worked in advertising; the work was still here for me to do when I got home. Thanks again, Steven!

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