The missing Travis

I don’t think Travis really wants to come home.  As mentioned, I left him by the side of the road in Santa Barbara.  He has yet to make it home.  He says he will be getting a ride to San Jose tomorrow and then a ride up to Walnut Creek from a friend.  I’m home, took the iPhone to get fixed only to find out that Apple does not fix iPhones.  It would cost me $299 to replace my screen that has a small crack.  The original cost of the 16GB 3G iPhone was $399. This is MAYBE a $20 part.  I am going to send Apple a letter.  I am here for a while, then maybe down to Florida.  If I go I’ll go via Texas to see relatives.  More later….

Back in Walnut Creek

Travis and I drove for about an hour, stopped to get a burger, and then continued through LA.  We got caught in the 101 snarl through LA and didn’t get to Santa Barbara until around 8:30.  Joe Beaty picked Travis up and I continued towards the Bay.  By about 11:00 my eyes started closing so I pulled over for a cat nap.  I woke around midnight, got back on the road, and arrived home around 2:30.  When I rang the door bell (the locks had been changed) not only did our door chime ring but so did the Chritton’s.  I woke Dave and Michele both.  All in all it was a great trip and I think Travis had a great time.  We logged around 4000 miles and many good experiences.  Now it’s all about waiting to see what tomorrow brings…

The Bullfight

We were able to take advantage of a once in a life time show featuring  Pablo Hermosa de Mendoza, the world famous Rejoneador.  People who have never seen a bullfight may criticize but it is amazing to watch the horses work.  Four bulls were sacrificed but the event was spectacular.  Many thanks to Jane Murton for making the arraingements.  After the bullfights in the afternoon we spent the last night in Mazatlan at the Muchado eating dinner and watching the Banda bands play.  Then we spent the late night at home playing bridge.  We got on the road by around 11:00 yesterday, drove through to Yuma via Nogales, slept in the truck, went back through Mexicali to return the truck documents, watched a car get pulled over at the boarder by a drug sniffing shepard, and arrived in San Diego around 1:00. One more post tomorrow…

Better…

I have been getting better and better as the day goes on.  Travis took the truck last night and dropped my mother and Jim Plunkit off at the fisherman’s beach for the carnival parade and then parked that truck at El Cid.  He came home once around 1:00 to tell us he was going out again and that he was not driving anywhere.  The next time he came home was around 4:00.  It is 10:30 now and he just came downstairs looking like something the cat puked up.  I rode the bike down to El Cid to pick up the pickup.  Travis had parked it under the one tree in which every bird in Mazatlan lives.  My silver truck was green and white when I picked it up.  Dad washed it for me while I played bridge.  Travis, Jane, and I are going to the bull fights today.  Carnival tonight.  More to come…

Montezuma’s revenge

It hit me last night like a ton of bricks.  We had been down to the Malecon for carnival, came home and watched some fireworks and went to bed.  At about 2:00 in the morning it hit and I spent most of the rest of the night in the bathroom.  It’s about 1:00 in the afternoon now and the fever has broken.  I have a killer headeache and sore abs from hunching over the toilet.  No one else had it and we all ae the same thing.  Thank God it didn’t hit me when we were driving back to the states.  Ugh….

Back from the Puerto Vallarta side trip

I mentioned to Curt that I was considering taking Travis down to PV and his eyes lit up.  He has been living with 4 women since he arrived in Mazatlan 4 months ago and needed a guy’s trip.  Dad had to wait for the Plunkits’ to arrive so we had to leave him behind.  We loaded up the truck on Tuesday morning and hit the road with Travis sleeping in the back.  We drove about 5 hours and stopped for a break near San Blas.  The beach stretched for miles with open air huts spread out along the length.   We had the beach to ourselves, played cribbage, and had a great meal from the local restaurant.  We got back on the road and arrived in PV around 5:30, checked into our hotel, got some dinner, walked the malecon, and hit the sack.  Up early the next day for breakfast and a little exploring.  Curt started to feel rotten with a cold so Travis and I found a beach restaurant and spent the day eating, drinking (water for me), and playing cribbage.  We checked on Curt who was getting worse with a cold so Travis and I started driving south along the coast for the sunset.  We found “La Kliff” and had a great meal.  Back to the hotel to crash.  Curt felt a bit better the next day so we eased into breakfast, loaded the truck, and headed back towards Mazatlan.  We stopped at the beach we had visited on the way down to PV and Travis had an ultra-light flying lesson.  Back on the road and we arrived back in Mazatlan around 4:30.  Stay tuned…

A side trip to PV

We have been hanging around with the x-pat crew in Mazatlan when not on the beaches.  Yesterday Travis and I entered a cribbage tournement and I walked away with 2nd place and 90 pesos (out of 40 players).  I guess my luck at cards has started to change a bit.  We had lunch with Mary Murton and her friend Carol York who lives in Aspen CO.  She has invited Travis to come and work for her son who has a catering company to the stars.  It sounds like a golden opportunity for Travis and he is excited about it so far.  He has also been learning how to play bridge and is really getting pretty good at playing.  He has good card sense and a boat load of luck.  Curt Murton has been going stir crazy with 4 women in his apartment so we have decided to give him some relief and take a side trip to Puerto Vallarta for a day or two.  We will be back in Maz for the majority of Carnival.  More to come…

In Maz again…

Travis and I arrived in Mazatlan two days ago after driving all day and all night.  We started in Calexico/Mexicali by purchasing our visa and truck papers.  It took us a while to find the place to get the truck cleared but we finally did and got on the road around 4:30 in the afternoon.  I drove and Travis navigated through out the night until I needed a break at around 2:30.  We traded places as we approached Hermosilla.  As Travis is want to do, he took it a bit fast through the center of town and was pulled over by the Municipal Police.  After about a half hour of bad english and even worst spanish discussions, we were able to bribe our way out of a ticket for 400 pesos (about $35 USD). Back on the road we made it for another 4 hours until we pulled over and slept at the roadside.  The Sun woke us a couple of hours laer and we finished our journey to Mazatlan by around 2:00 in the afternoon.  Since being here I have managed to “fix” the sink at the house (water pressure is now zip), get skunked 4 times in a row at cribbabage (3 times in a row in the skunk hole – must be a new record), and have a great time walking the Malecon with Travis.  Carnival is this week and it plans to be a blow out.  More to come…

In San Diego visiting…

Monday I drove down to San Diego via the 101.  Travis had driven down to Santa Barbara with his friend Reed.  I stopped there to see if he was going to stay there or drive down to SD with me.  He stayed the night and I grabbed an In and Out burger and hit the road again.  I arrived at Beau and Alison’s apartment at 11:00.  Yesterday was spent waiting for Travis and Reed to arrive.  I fixed everyone a steak dinner which they seemed to enjoy.  We are going to figure out what our plans are in the next day or two and then hit the rode again.  More later…

Trip with Travis…

It’s been a long time since I posted anything here.  Things have changed a lot recently.  Obama was elected (hurray!), the shrub is gone (hurray!),  the economy is in the tank, I no longer work at Adobe, the housing market is down, and the list goes on.  I have been doing very little for the past 10 months.  I am going to have to start doing something to make money within the next month or two.  I have been working on learning Cocoa (the Mac development frameworks), iPhone apps, and web marketing ideas.  Nothing solid yet but getting close.  I don’t want to work for someone else again.  No way am I going to allow someone else dictate when I can work.  Anyway, Travis and I are going to take a trip down the coast and on to Mazatlan before push gets to shove.  I am looking forward to it.  I have taken several long trips with Sam but never with Travis.  I’ll try and post our progress here so stay tuned…