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Tuesday, August 28 2001

Home again, home again

San Jose, 8:30 p.m. August 27. Mike and I got up this morning at 7 a.m. London time, flew across the world to Los Angeles and on home to San Jose, a total of 14 hours in airports and planes, and here it's now 8:30 Pacific Time but 4:30 a.m. already on August 28 back in London. Mike's retired in his room now...and I am desperate for the same, but have to have shirts done laundering for tomorrow's return to the office.

All's well that ends well...but there's always some fly in the ointment. Daughter Chris, who was house-sitting for her brother and me, told me at our meeting in the San Jose airport that she'd driven my car about 50 miles away yesterday to visit a friend and that it broke down there and is still there. I report this not for sympathy or because it's big stuff...only to make the point that life goes on and reality has a way of swallowing up any desired time to recoup or enjoy the afterglow of a world-class vacation. We're not even finishing downloading the digital photos and reviewing them and already other more important priorities crowd out the joy of coming back. Such is life. Such is vacationing and travel.

But looking back, one more vignette of the trip. Last evening we arrived in Oxford, England's most famous "college town," the site of the English-speaking world's oldest and most prestigious university (a collection of colleges, really), found a B&B we could accept, signed in, and then drove on into town...without getting the name of the B&B, its owner, or even the street it was on! After dinner in a New Orleans "theme restaurant" (an unwise choice) we started back to unpack...and realized we were lost. Mike managed finally to get us back in the part of the confusing large town by some sleight of mind he conjured up, and we found the B&B finally...just another joke on our comedy-of-errors vacation. But I bet we won't soon forget Adams B&B, on Banbury Street in Oxford, and can now also recommend it for any visitors to Merry Olde England.

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