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(I've taken way too long to update all this, so my memory is getting a bit fuzzy about the tail-end of the trip...)

We flew into LAX and were met at the airport by [livejournal.com profile] notasquirrel's person and her husband B. Let's see, what did we do while we were there?

- Caught up with [livejournal.com profile] goddess_of_impe.

- Saw 'Corpse Bride'. It was lots of fun, but too short...

- Visited the King Tut exhibition. This was a bit disappointing; most of the actual Tutankhamen stuff had been removed from display, and it was padded out with things from miscellaneous other tombs. More "pyramids in general with a little bit of Tut's stuff" than a King Tut exhibition.

- Visited the La Brea Tar Pits. These were as good as I remembered them from my last visit, at age 8. There was a glassed section where visitors could look into a workroom where staff were cleaning and examining specimens from the tar. When they looked up to see [livejournal.com profile] notasquirrel staring at them through the window, they cracked up. He also got into trouble with a sabertooth tiger and various other creatures.

- Foolishly mentioned to Buzzy's person that I keep getting LPN's "La Brea Tar Pits" stuck in my head.

- Discovered, by way of retribution, that Weird Al's "(This Song Is Just) Six Words Long" sticks in hers.

- Ate a candied grasshopper, because I've always been curious about those. It tasted mostly of candy.

- Was encouraged to misbehave at a restaurant. And when I say "was encouraged", I mean the waiter kept coming by with more ammunition for me to fire at Buzzy's person.

- Bought truckloads of miniatures and DVDs, including a very cheap four-pack of the worst vampire movies I have ever ever seen. Sample dialogue: "I hope you're happy in hell, wherever you are."

- Visited the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary (hope I have the name right) and admired all sorts of gorgeous animals.

Hmm, what else? I'm sure we did some other things, but my lawyer has instructed me not to comI can't remember what they were.
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While I can still vaguely remember stuff... not sure I have all of this in the right order, but near enough.

CT-NY-PA-MD-CA )
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Following on from here... the wedding day itself. I should've written this lot up earlier, while it was fresh in my mind; I might remember a bit more when we get the photos uploaded.

Read more... )

So many wonderful people in my life, so little time to spend with them. Really must get on with Operation Win The Lottery And Kidnap 'Em All.
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Arrived in Sydney 7 pm tonight. More later. For now: in our absence, [livejournal.com profile] da_norvegicus has grown visibly and is now taller than me. (In other warm fuzzy news, he used a LJ-cut in his very first post! I'm so PROUD of him!) His father, who was house-sitting for us, tidied the kitchen (and various other areas too, I think), and anybody who's come back from a holiday to a mess at home will understand what a wonderful thing this is.

Oh, and on Tuesday Rey and I looked down into the mouth of a volcano that was erupting directly underneath us. This is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

Awwww!

Oct. 2nd, 2005 12:46 am
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Precious Maggots!

Speaking of which, saw Corpse Bride tonight with Buzzy & co. It was good fun, although it really felt more like a long short than a real movie. Nice to see a love-triangle where *both* the possible choices were people I'd actually want to be with. (I confess to a moment or two of "well, maybe he could just marry both of them", but there's probably a reason why it wouldn't work.)

We had Mexican beforehand, and Buzzy fired the paper wrapper off her drinking straw at me. (You tear off one end, pull the straw out just enough to fit the end in your mouth, and blow.) I fired mine just past her nose, just as the waiter came back... and he gave me another straw and encouraged me to take another shot. Later he came back with more straws for me. This is how you get a tip.

Before that, we went out to the San Diego Wild Animal sanctuary and sat there eating afternoon tea while watching the vultures circle. And saw male antelopes-of-some-description arguing with ownership of the herd while two of the females demonstrated that actually, they didn't really *need* the males. Then later, two male meercats got up to much the same... there really is a limit to how often one can say "it's all a social dominance thing" before it starts to lose a little of its convincingness.

Yesterday - this seems to be reverse-order blogging - we saw the King Tut exhibition, which was a little disappointing; not that they didn't have shiny stuff, but most of the actual King Tut bits were absent, replaced with filler from other people's tombs. They had his mace and a canopic jar, and a few minor bits, but no sarcophagus or anything like that.

Bedtime now, big day tomorrow - we're off to Hawaii!
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This one was [livejournal.com profile] reynardo's idea... about six months ago, she decided to put her bonus towards going to the US to surprise [livejournal.com profile] jazzmasterson and [livejournal.com profile] harliquinn for their wedding. We conspired with [livejournal.com profile] mdsteele47 and various others along the route, which we managed to stretch as far as Maine to Baltimore and DC thanks to generous folk who offered large amounts of driving along the way. Apologies to those who we missed; we were trying to keep this as secret as possible, so we only told a few people in advance. As usual, time and money didn't allow us to do half what we'd have liked.

So, on the evening of Friday 16th, Rey and I flew out of Sydney. Read more... )
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Staying at chez [livejournal.com profile] notasquirrel for the next couple of days :-) Will do longer update later, but a few bites for now.

Snakes petted recently: 1
Hats bought for squirrels: 3 (4 counting his space helmet)
Times shaved yesterday: 0
Museums visited yesterday: 1
Times "ma'am" ed yesterday by sharp-eyed DC security guards: 2

...no comment. Anyway, the National Air & Space Museum is full of shinies. Among many others, we saw Endeavor, a Blackbird, a moon rock, a Concorde, and the Enola Gay; I hadn't been expecting that last, and it threw me a little.

Meanwhile, lust. (If the page isn't loading, well, the product is called 'Limited Edition Den of Evil', which is all you really need to know.)
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Short post now, details later. Have been in New England for last week, leapt out of closet last night to surprise [livejournal.com profile] jazzmasterson & [livejournal.com profile] harliquinn at their pre-wedding party. Wedding today, will be driving down to NY tomorrow, then Pennsylvania, then Maryland, then flying to Hawaii, then home on the 6th (?). Apologies to those we didn't tell, but we needed to keep this secret from all but co-conspirators.

Had a dream about Nyarlathotep last night, which I'm fairly sure is a good omen for the wedding although do not have dream interpretation book encompassing Lovecraftian entities.
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[livejournal.com profile] reynardo and I made it to Maine in one piece (each), although I'm very glad the return journey will be broken; travelling 30-odd hours in five legs is not a very restful thing to do.

Amusement at LAX, when they picked us for a pat-down search and - despite having glanced at my boarding pass with my name on it - called for "two female assists". Fortunately, said 'female assists' turned out to have better gender-recognition skills than their co-workers, which saved me having to embarrass anybody.

Picked up by [livejournal.com profile] panacea1 and Moxie at Manchester and have spent the last day-and-a-bit seeing Maine, which is v. pretty. Can thoroughly recommend dining at the 'Black Frog', which is identifiable by its sign showing a green frog (explanation later maybe, if not too sleepy). Buzzy had a fascinating time yesterday, pictures to follow as soon as he stops talking to things nobody else can see.

More of Maine today, then off to Mass. tomorrow. Looking forwards to seeing some of you soon!

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