Trip Start Aug 21, 2005
Trip End Sep 21, 2005

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Well, we arrived in DC about 5 hours ago now. We should have arrived earlier, but we missed our plane from Vegas to Washington thanks to United Airlines' attrocious check-in procedure. We were in their check-in queue for one and a half hours, and despite telling staff we were going to miss our flight they told us to "Just stay in the queue"- we were still in the queue as our plane took off!! Managed to get on the next plane and here we are in DC. Staying in a very nice hotel on the Dupont Circle right in the thick of things. The gorgeous Ash has been battling the flu all week, which he picked up before we left. We've been keeping a pretty hectic pace so he hasn't had a lot of time to recover. I made him take a sleeping pill and sent him to bed a couple of hours back and then I went out to scope out and reaquaint myself with the neighbourhood. It hasn't changed much since my last visit, but seems to have lots more nice eating places. Had dinner at a nice place I'd like us to do breakfast at in the morning before we check out the White House, Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian of course.
This is my first entry in this web log business, so just a bit of a summary of the trip so far...
What we didn't see in San Francisco isn't worth seeing, we walked our little tootsies off! The Hotel was lovely and right in the heart of the city. On our second night we had a lovely dinner compliments of Keith the lovely partner of Burt, Dusty's illustrious singing partner followed by a drink in a very grrroovy bar. The city is so clean and friendly, beggars in the city were very annoying though, very in your face, unlike this side of the country where they are very pleasant and cordial.

We've been in every city department store. Made friends with a sales assistant in Saks who let Ash try on a US$95,000 sable. We went up the crooked Lombard St, visited the Castro, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, every frikkin Hill!!

Alcatraz was a highlight, didn't go on my last trip, thought it would upset me too much. Amazing what modern medicine has done for me the last five years. Ash has been taking some amazing little movies of everything. When we donate some money to the website we'll be able to download a whole heap more stuff. Bought a 1gb professional memory card at a Mexican camera shop in Chinatown! It was a bargain and Ash's little movie camera just keeps on making movies.

We've certainly been meeting some very lovely people wherever we go. One stand-out was a water colour artist named Morris, who was a great inspiration for Ash. He's turning 75, looks about 60 and donates his time giving information in America's 3rd largest Episcopal (Anglican) Cathedral in San Francisco, made entirely of concrete because of the earthquake problems. Ash of course also mentioned Laura, a waitress at the Stardust with a son my age who really looked after us and we'll definately keep in contact with her.

Anyway it's very early Sunday morning here, must get showered in into that massive King size bed with Mr Sick! Will get him to add some more stuff real soon.

Lawrie x
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