A day of changed plans

Trip Start Jul 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 13, 2006

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Brian and I have decided that we are definitely in need of a West Linn fix. We decided this morning after Brian got back from the Las Vegas Meineke to head home. I had stayed with the General Lee Greenwood at the camping lot to pack up and work on the internet a little bit. I got some postings done this morning, and Brian got lots of reading done while he waited. But one thing was for sure, we both felt a need to get home.

We vetoed Reno, so Brian took us through the Mohave Desert in California. Neither of us thought much of the desert, other than it was awful. We stopped in the town of Mt. Pass to get enough gas to get us to the next major city, Barstow. The gas cost $4.29 a gallon. Wow. Brian got only 10 gallons -- he knew better than to fill up. After that, we headed in to Barstow. There's one place I hope I never go back to visit. We stopped at the Taco Bell for lunch, and as we were leaving, some strange looking man -- likely some sort of transient or homeless person -- went over to the building and turned on the outside spigot, letting water run over his hand as he talked to himself. I haven't a clue as to what he was saying to himself, but I don't think it was a one-man version of the Miracle Worker.

From there, we drove over to get some gas. The Chevron was charging $3.50/gallon, and the Circle K across the street was charging $3.15/gallon. Brian decided that $3.15 was better, so we drove over there, and that was the beginning of a miniature fiasco. In the process of getting a fill-up, Brian backed up into a curb and modified the bumper of the General. He then had to interact with many "stupid" people in order to pay. As we were leaving, he spilled soda on himself. Brian said, "I hate Barstow." He then proceeded to describe it as "Satan's armpit." Again, neither of us liked this part of California.

We saw some cacti, Joshua trees, and windmills. We talked a lot and listened to a new book -- Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. We finished In Cold Blood yesterday, so we started this one. It's shorter, as it's an abridged version -- it covers only the 20th century. We saw lots of grape vines and almond trees. We drove and drove and made it to just north of Sacramento. This means we ought to be back to Portland tomorrow night!! I can't believe our honeymoon is almost over. It's kinda sad that this is ending, but it'll be so nice to get home.

Among the many things we talked about:
Carrie's list of top 10 movies of the 1980s (not including John Hughes related movies):
(in no particular order) Airplane, Back to the Future, Tootsie, Gandhi, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Real Genius, Terms of Endearment, Ghostbusters, the Empire Strikes Back, and Full Metal Jacket. All of Me is an honorable mention.

Brian's list is a little more involved. His list does not include any of my movies (not that he'd include many of mine) or John Hughes related movies. Okay, starting at honorable mentions and moving forward to the top: Parenthood, 48 Hours, Stand By Me, Revenge of the Nerds, Fletch, Return of the Jedi, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Hoosiers, American Flyers, Best of Times, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Better Off Dead, Rocky II, Stripes, and the number one, Caddyshack.

Here are Brian's favorite smells: 1. Orange Julius's Pina Colada, 2. BBQ, 3. Grilled Cheese sandwiches
Here are Carrie's: 1. kitties, 2. chocolate chip cookies, 3. lavender

Brian's favorite albums: Eric Clapton Unplugged; Guns n Roses's Appetite for Destruction; 10,000 Maniacs Unplugged; Black Crowes' Southern Harmony and Musical Companion; Aerosmith's Get Your Wings

Carrie's favorite albums: Depeche Mode's Violator; The La's; The Smiths' Louder than Bombs; Coldplay's Parachutes; the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique

Brian's favorite places on the trip (besides visiting the family): the Grand Canyon, Gettysburg and Carlsbad Cavern
Carrie's favorite places on the trip (besides visiting the family): the Grand Canyon, Gettysburg, and the sites from Sixteen Candles.

As you can see, we had lots of time to talk about lots of nothing. Anyway, we're staying at a Days Inn in Woodland, California, tonight. I hope we see something interesting on our way home tomorrow...
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