I got back to Southern California yesterday and have been drifting in and out of sleep for the whole day. My only task was to take the Granddogs to the vet for their yearly check-up this afternoon. They are perfectly healthy. Yeah! The only surprise was how difficult it was to change back to driving on the right hand side of the road. Anyone who knows me knows that I am left-handed - one of the around 7% or so of the population. And for me the driving on the left was more natural. It just makes sense to have your non-dominate hand responsible for the simplest of all the controls, the turn signal. You have left or right and no other possibilities. Unlike the the wand on the other side that has windshield wipers, with varying speeds and setting, including cleaning, and lights. This is where the dominant hand should be used. And for 93% of Americans, it is.
On an alternate train of thought, I Will Never Take Good Internet In The Hotel For Granted Again! When we were in Sydney, we stayed at the Oaks Goldbrough in Darling Harbour. Great location, but Internet was $90 per week per device - and it worked very sporadically, and then only in the bathroom. (They said they were refunding the money, so you know how bad it must have been.) John needed it for business, but I had plenty of Sydney sightseeing and pastry eating to do, so I didn't use it. The other option was to stand in line at the Starbucks for 45 minutes and buy tea, which gave you half an hour of Internet. Which took 10 minutes to log into. Barely enough time to check family emails, checking on my sister-in-law Marya's complicated (but thankfully successful) surgery. So all is good in my world!
Friday, August 30, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Just when you forget that you're in a foreign (to me, at least), country, something so unusual comes along that it snaps you back to reality. That something was Vegemite, a spread I tried on my toast just recently. This stuff is delicious! But first let me put this in perspective. You know how delicious Ice Cream is, and how delicious Caesar Salad is? Well Vegemite is to Jam what Caesar Salad is to Ice Cream. It's maybe a little saltier than I would choose, but I haven't tried it with unsalted butter yet.