Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
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Wednesday, January 17, 2001

I flew into LA ready to meet Anita who was flying over from Hawaii. This was not the best planned of my trips and began with a taxi taking me to our hotel that we had booked over the internet, 10 minutes from the airport. It was not until around 20 minutes had passed that it clicked, 10 mi in America means 10 MILES. So to someone traveling on an Australian budget an expensive cab ride to a budget hotel just didn't make much sense. Still i got there and settled down to wait for Anita.

Hours passed. Hours more passed. I went for a walk down the street to the supermarket where everything on the shelves was giant. I bought the smallest thing possible and headed back to wait. and wait. I was sure Anita was to arrive about 3pm and at about 10pm I was really getting worried so i rang home and asked Anita's flatmates where she was, no one knew. Calls around the country ensued but still no one knew. Those thoughts started to creep into my head.. Plane crash? She's gone home? She booked the wrong date? I booked the wrong date??

The area we were staying in was not the flashest and as it got later I propped a chair up against the door and slept. At about 3am there was a knock on the door - tentatively I admitted to being in the room and called out a Yes? It was Anita! Hurray. I'm sure I have never been happier to see her (despite what Anita will tell you...)

She had had some fun finding the hotel too, and her trip started with her boyfriend forgetting her passport and making a mad dash to their Hotel to get it, just in time to get her on the plane.. and then she had started her "10 mi" trip to the hotel.
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