Merced (Episode IV A New Hope)

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

(Only if you're a Star Wars fan will you understand the pun in the title of this entry, it's difficult to come up with new titles when we haven't moved to a new town or visited anywhere!).

Today marks the one month point of our trip (are you missing us yet?!) and another day where I'm feeling a little bit under the weather. So yes, yet again I have to apologise for the fact that we didn't manage to make it to Yosemite today, but I promise that we will go there tomorrow.

We went back to the buffet style restaurant that we've frequented several times since arriving in Merced, mainly because it's cheap and the food is of fairly good quality. You also get a bit more of a selection of food rather than purely having burgers. Today the establishment was full of elderly people, to be honest we felt a bit out of place without a blue rinse.

After earwigging on their conversations for awhile, we came to the conclusion that they'd been to some sort of financial presentation and were being treated to a slap up feed afterwards (in no way designed to try to loosen their wallets, although they may well have had to loosen their belts after gorging themselves at the buffet). We weren't quite sure what the company behind the event were selling, but there was a lot of talk about trust funds, wills and death.

It's not surprising after hearing all about that for about a hour, that Lynne felt she needed and deserved some retail therapy. Although there was a genuine purpose behind it, as she was a bit deficient in the number of tops that she had brought out with her for the trip. With this in mind, we drove up the road to a larger town called Modesto, which was had a larger selection of shops than Merced.

At the shopping mall there, Lynne was able to shop until her feet were sore and thanks to TK Maxx (sorry TJ Maxx out here) was more than able to make up for the shortfall in her wardrobe. Whilst I did the things that all men do whilst a woman shops, i.e. constantly looked at my watch, sighed a lot and was left holding quite a few potential outfits whilst others were tried on).

Most goods in America do seem to be cheaper than in the UK, apart from books apparently, which was a shame because that's the only thing I wanted to buy today. I was hoping to stock up on a few books to read whilst lounging on the beaches of Fiji, but sadly I couldn't find anything that wasn't trashy for under $15. So I decided to keep looking for a bit longer yet before finally admitting I'll be reading Mills & Boon books in Fiji.
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