My Trip

Positive

  • not so much stress
  • chores while traveling are relatively easy to handle (even if the outdoor faucet thing is really cold, my hands were so cold that the water felt pretty warm)
  • seafood
  • pancake (haven’t had a pancake in over a year)
  • When it wasn’t rainy or foggy, weather was much more pleasant than in 100+ degrees CA.
  • The kiddie nature program can actually be really cool.
    • They had this observation thing where you blindfold yourself. I was so proud of myself when I scored on IDing the redwood pinecone (nods at Peevyhouse), but the coyote tail was “WT!!… it’s fluffy?” [as lady next to me starts screaming] and how on earth was I supposed to know what dill smells like?
    • We played this tree IDing game and I made Jinsui the laughingstock because he really couldn’t find the tree I’d given him. I can be a bit evil sometimes.
  • ice cream
    • I don’t care if it’s cold, I like cone amor, even though the dude wasn’t as generous as Teri who is unfortunately off duty until next week.
  • ice cream cake (Car 3 can be really nice about some things, even though they’re always rather naive)
  • back to school sale
    • I LIKE CARHARTT STUFF NOW. SO WARM.
    • I swear that’s the first time anyone’s ever called me a born shopper.
  • playing with dad’s camera
  • arguing because I am [almost] always right. I really don’t like being the third opinion though (“DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT! IF YOU WANT THE ICE CREAM SO BADLY… WELL OF COURSE MOM IS GOING TO SAY NO…”)
  • Ayami’s welcome home (she and the dog are kindred spirits, no joke)

Negatives

  • Car 3 was 1.5 hours late when we started out. GREAT WAY TO START YOUR VACATION. Well, by our standards, it was 1 hour late, but they asked us to get ready by 8:30 instead of 9. And if we’d been late, I would have totally gone, “so much for your ‘神會保守’ crap.” God is not a lucky charm. Ever heard of “God helps those who help themselves”?
    • And then when we thought we could catch up, we hit the winding part and got the call. “My kid’s carsick.” It wasn’t so much “and you’re telling us now?” as “Why did you say she wouldn’t?”
  • Car 3 has Severe Technology Illiteracy and canNOT handle using a radio.
    • We lent car 3 THREE RADIOS and they left TWO at camp, just bringing the one that happened to have NO JUICE. [insert noise of exasperation] BY THE WAY Car 3 driver has a PHD which goes to show how useful THAT is.
    • They not only lack the ability to handle radios, they also don’t know how to open a champagne bottle. I just read the directions and taught them how, and I think it’s just pathetic because I’d never so much as looked at champagne before.
  • That Wu Ro-yi or whateverhernameis almost thought Jinsui was my boyfriend. AS IF. Doesn’t she have eyes? The guy is AN.CI.ENT. and married. OK ancient is exaggerating, but he’s obviously old enough to get married because he did.
  • The stupid bathroom stall unlocks itself randomly, resulting in a harried user.
  • To you “I don’t feel the chinese impoliteness” people [ahem] there is a BIG.FAT.DIFFERENCE between being RUDE and being SELFISH. Being chinese and therefore having different manners is no excuse.
    • Car 2 hoarded their own food, right in front of us. A normal person would do potluck-style. They aren’t the first chinese to travel with us, but they are the first to behave as they did.
  • We missed Teri at Cone Amor. Teri is the most generous ice cream lady I ever met.
  • OK, Car 3 was totally the reason we set the reservation to last ’til Sunday and the driver’s wife starts moping about missing church? WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SO EARLIER? I COULD HAVE GONE TO CHURCH, DAMNIT! sigh
  • TOO.MUCH.CHICKEn
  • Car 3’s driver has… issues.
    • besides the aforementioned
    • He doesn’t know much about the bible but he acts holier-than-thou when my parents tried to have fellowship with car 3. Even I could tell he was at the goodness-and-rainbows kind of stage in belief.
  • During the sale, if we only knew, we could have saved way more by doing separate purchases.
  • No marshmallows. Not even the thought of s’mores could shake my mom.
  • No Samoa Cookhouse (I wasn’t feeling disappointed, but it WAS one of the few things I was really looking forward to)

Other

  • Hannah’s birthday
  • First champagne: Icky stuff, not unbearable but I mean to take a pass next time. I really did say no, but my dad was like ‘a little won’t hurt.’ I don’t think it was so very little but the adults all got at least twice as much. Didn’t taste as bad as it smells, which is rather awful, but why would I drink it when there’s a big jar of apple juice sitting right in front of me? Apple juice smells edible. That’s all there is to it, right?