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20 June 2018 @ 06:08 pm
The Boy is back in town...  
I drove down to LA last Thursday to help move our son out of his dorm. I thought we'd be doing that Friday morning, but I got to LA too early to check into my hotel and I figured if I tried... I might not make it over to campus to meet our daughter for dinner. I mean, 3pm is when the evening Rush Hour Hell starts up. Really, it's most of the day. I do not know how people live there!

It's good that we had extra time, because it took at least an hour to clean up stuff left behind by one of his roommates. Gah. Fortunately, where both storage boxes/luggage and cars are concerned, I am the Tetris Queen! If only either of my kids had inherited that trait...

Our daughter drove up from San Diego to meet us for dinner, which was great. Between her finals and The Boy's move-out deadline, there was no way to actually drive down to visit her. Seems like such a waste when I'd already driven most of the way, but oh well. She looked wonderful, as always.

Then The Boy and I drove back up to Sacramento on Friday, talking and listening to music. Many thanks to those of you who recc'd podcasts to me awhile back! I listened to By The Book and Dear Hank And John on the way down, interspersed with music, and that made the trip SO much better. Especially since the GPS sent me over to I-5, where I suddenly recalled all the reasons I hate driving I-5 to LA. There are lots of little hills, and the semis try to pass each other on every frickin' one of them. Also, it's actually uglier than 99. Hey, at least 99 is mostly flat and has several areas that widen to 3 lanes. Just as long as you don't drive down across the valley-town rush hours, it's faster— or at least less aggravating (as HalfshellHusband and I learned this winter).

Friday night was unpacking, and then the weekend was a vague blotto space of bicycling and recovering from the drive. \o?

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bleodsweanbleodswean on June 21st, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)
I-5 is UGLY and horrible. So many folks don't know this and are left wondering WTH Cali? You and the driving, K! Wow! How do you listen to podcasts while you're driving? I think my rides are too old for new-fangled experiences.

Glad you've got one of yours home for the summer. Enjoy!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2018 05:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Central Valley is mostly ugly altogether. You hit a nice spot in Sacramento with some trees, but otherwise I-5 and 99 are pretty hideous starting south of Redding. Comparing the two, there's more farming along 99 and more dirt along I-5.

Going south is when the Central Valley "whining" starts with signs like "Give us water!" and "Don't let California turn into a dust bowl!" But the thing is... that whole area south of about Stockton IS a dust bowl. We decided to farm the desert, and the reality is that it is still and always WILL BE a desert.

Worse yet, the last drought caused so much groundwater depletion there that it worsened the issue with drinkable water for the people who live there. THAT issue needs real attention, because some of that water is toxic. :(

For podcasts, both of the cars have stereos where there's a "jack" where you can plug in a connection to something like an MP3 player. That's where my podcasts are. If you have a USB connector in the stereo, you can connect to that. I have music and such on some USB sticks. Because without that, I would probably lose my mind on those long drives!

It's great having the boy home. I sure wish our daughter were here too!
bleodsweanbleodswean on June 21st, 2018 11:49 pm (UTC)
*nods* It isn't postcard pretty but I've come to admire it for what it is. Some of that landscape is fascinating.

My car doesn't have that. Hmmm....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2018 11:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, I forgot that I don't normally drive on 99 north of Yuba City, which is probably up your way and prettier than that parallel part of I-5. In Northern California, at least our mountains are nice. We have forests! And manzanita! In SoCal, there is dirt. And scrub. And more dirt. :O