A Post Gathering Gathering
As per Amanda's request we stopped in a used bookstore. Personally, this would've been a neat place to explore if I had all day and an unlimited bank account. They had a good selection of TV books...pricey, but a good selection.
In the end we parted with Brian and went back up into the parking garage to the car. Amanda drove me back to the glorious Holiday Inn via the insane freeway as I needed my forty winks. That evening as I packed, Bravo was running The Graduate. I wonder if it was some kind of sign.*
The rest of the group, as I understand, went seeking a bar, but wound up buying their booze & getting plastered in Mike's room. Okay... that may be an exaggeration... but I'm sure I heard them in the hallway around 3:30 in the a.m. -although Gina claims it was only 2:30.
The next morning I got up and was informed by the good people of Super Shuttle that a cab would becoming for me instead of them. Oh well, just as long as I got to LAX. The cabbie came on the dot... a nice older guy from Chicago (ah.. home) who liked classical music. He took the freeway which, in all the darkness of 5:30 in the morning, was quite empty.
LAX, I found, had these easy check in terminals for those of us flying United. Rather convenient if you knew what you were doing. I had enough time to eat McDonalds for breakfast and read a local Long Beach, Calf. newspaper.
The ride back was real nice and quick. Due to a tailwind we arrived at O'hare in three hours rather than four. This did, though, leave me with more time there than I would have liked. As the time came for me to board the plane to South Bend, I got to wait some more, and more, and more! There were a number of delays, folks were getting antsy and a flight heading to Cleveland was grounded until the plane's crew was located. Try the bar.
Yes, rest assured, I did make it back to Michigan City. Although at times I still think I should've stayed in California -namely when that cutting wind off Lake Michigan blows through my pea coat and I find my desk filled with problems I can't investigate and write about in day's time.
*The Graduate was written by Buck Henry, who had a cameo in the movie. As mentioned on an earlier page, Bravo showed Mel Brooks' The Producers Friday evening. Brooks, of course, had a cameo in his movie. Brooks and Henry, Get Smart's creators, were unable to attend Friday's dinner, but they did send their regrets.