February 1st, 2009

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Stupid thought of the day

If you took Australia, replaced most (but not all) of the gum trees with pine and deciduous, replaced the roadkill possums and roos with roadkill skunks and raccoons, made everyone drive on the wrong side of the road, replaced all the plumbing with ridiculosity, replaced the metric system with nonsense, added in a bajillion more cities and Spanish and African people, and made everyone talk funny, you'd end up with California.
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Santa Cruz

On the bus back to San Jose with precious, precious internets. *salivates* I'm down to $2.79 credit on my phone (I started with $50 only five days ago!), I have no more data allowance and I can't freaking buy more credit for my phone with a non-US credit card. XP Stupidity! And I couldn't find any free wifi in Santa Cruz so I'm a little starved for internets. *twitch*

New rule: for the rest of this trip, if I'm paying for accommodation, it had better damn well have free wifi.

On the plus side, the people at the hostel were pretty helpful, gave me some ideas for things to do in Santa Cruz, and told me where the druggies were, presumably so that I could stay away from them.

I spent my Saturday getting a good dose of cancer-causing radiation. Wandered up the wharf, took a bunch of photos (mostly of seagulls), had fish and chips (OMNOMNOMsogood), walked about 2 miles along the seaside to where some monach butterflies were roosting (in wtfbbq eucalyptus, mate!), got bored, decided to walk back another two miles instead of taking the bus, got some awesome lighthouse-at-sunset photos, then finally got back to my room and collapses for half an hour because my legs were absolutely furious with me.

For my bus back this morning I had the choice of either the 6:40 or the 8:00 to San Jose. I picked the 6:40 because it forced me to get up early and hopefully minimise jetlag in Florida. The other reason was I was a bit dubious about whether arriving at San Jose at 9am would give me enough time to get out to the airport in time to check in and stuff for my flight at noon. Yes, my experience at LAX domestic has made me a little paranoid about my check-in time. Not that I wasn't already, but my experience just reinforced it.
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San Jose airport has free interwebs

Here I am at San Jose airport! Hooray! :D I successfully navigated the Bay Area's crazy whacky public transit system from Oakland to Santa Cruz and then from there to the airport.

I've checked in stupidly early. It's 9am now and my flight doesn't leave until noon, but for once I'm actually pleased to be at the airport early because I get to leech off free wifi for the next two hours. XD Mmm, precious interwebs.

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So, hmm. Yes. Airport. With interwebs. And a plush owl toy that people keep commenting on.

Oh! I met a girl on the trip here this morning. She's from Buffalo, NY, and she's been travelling around and stuff. She was in Santa Cruz and she loves the West Cliff too. :D I told her a summary of my trip so far and she'd never heard of furries. I explained it as "animal mascots where people pick their animals", or something like that. She said she's either off back to Buffalo or on to Hawaii today. I think I'd pick Hawaii. :P

Got a text message from Felix right before I arrived at the airport to say he was leaving Harli's place now. XD Early bird gets teh interwebs. Mmm, interwebs.

No, I'm not wearing my gryphon costume or tail today, as much as I want to. I don't particularly want to get cavity searched by airport security.
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