We flew back from Athens through Paris to Virginia, and stayed a few
days to see my godmother, who had flown
down from Montreal to see us. We
took off in the very-packed Outback and headed straight to Chicago, where we
stayed with our friends Matt and Jeff in their
fabulous apartment. Our
eastward trip had visited the South of the country, so we wanted to go back
visiting the North.
My college friend Craig had moved to Milwaukee, so we hopped up
to spend a few days with him. It's worth checking out the
Milwaukee Art Museum, it has some
very nice things. Also, it helps to have a
good sense of direction in Milwaukee.
Our northern route was cut short because we wanted to visit friends in
Colorado and in Arizona. We'll visit the Northwest some other time. In
we stayed with our friends David and Kate and
their son Aiden. Denver sports
the Black American West Museum, where we bought
a book for Jennifer's mother Sylvia, who is a historian specializing
in the history of black people during the California gold rush.
We had less time than on the eastward trip, and that made
for a significantly less memorable vacation, but we did stop at
Meteor Crater in Arizona,
a 4000-foot diameter crater created by a meteor 50,000 years ago.
Our friend Alex's parents, Bill and Niki, had just moved to Scottsdale and
built a house there, so 10 of us got together
to see them and the house. It's
practically a resort in the desert,
with two guest houses and a pool. It's a
perfect place to sit around and relax.
Our biggest effort was
making personal pizzas in
Bill's imported pizza oven from Italy.
We've since all gone back twice, it's becoming a tradition.
We left the oasis, spent a night with our friend Alina in Pasadena,
and returned to San Francisco. We stayed at Elke's apartment (a.k.a.
"The Crack Shack") for a few
weeks while finding a place to live. We settled on a
loft in Potrero Hill. Lofts started out
being light-industrial warehouses that had been converted to large
one-room apartments, but they became so fashionable that people started
"purpose-building" them, as they say in England.
Shawn, my friend and co-worker from PDI, had just started working for
a start-up company called Kaleidescape, so I went to work with him there.
As I write this it's been over a year and we're about to release our first
product. Jennifer returned to the Berkeley Extension program for
interior design as a full-time student. And thus ended our one-and-a-half
year trip away from home. I'd recommended it to anybody.