Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blogging From LAX

Bags have been checked. Gone through security. Now I'm sitting on the floor next to an outlet for one last report in the U.S. before we fly to Santiago, Chile. (I don't have my iPhone, but Mr. Monkey does, and, yes, we brought the laptop, so you will be able to experience our trip with us the next 17 days!)
Brother Monkey graciously agreed to drive us to the airport. He and Torry came to our place, and then we headed to Tiara Cafe for an early lunch. We got there around 11ish, and it wasn't really open until 11:30, but, luckily, Fred Eric (the super-duper creative mind behind Tiara) remembered I was a friend of Curly Fries, gave me a big hug, and sat us down.

We dined on chickpea fritters, winter bubble bread, a red pizzette, andouille corn dogs, three different freshwiches, and the Monkeys' perennial favorite, the duck medianoche presswich. Everything was washed down with fresh pomegranate lemonade or accompanied by a pot of hot tea. I'm glad we got to see Brother Monkey and Torry before we left. Totally a great way to bid America adieu!

There was one wrinkle, though. Poor Brother Monkey got a traffic ticket when making an illegal U-turn, which particularly sucks because he got another traffic ticket not long ago. That first ticket was, in fact, the first of his life, not unlike my own recent traffic ticket. Torry got a ticket recently, too! 'Tis the season for tickets in the Monkey family, it seems.

I felt really bad about Brother Monkey's ticket because I was definitely partially to blame. I plan to pay for it when we get back. But for the fact he came to drive us to the airport and but for another parking suggestion of mine, he never would've gotten the ticket! Boooooo!

The guy is blaring over the loudspeaker now. Only 10 more minutes until boarding!

22 comments:

  1. have a blast! I'm happy you'll be keeping us updated with your adventures;)

    bon voyage!

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  2. YAY! I'm so excited to vacation vicariously!

    Have a great trip! (See, you got me all punctuation happy!!!!)

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  3. Sad for the ticket-fest. :(

    Hope you guys have an easy flight and fun trip!

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  4. MIssed you today, but so happy about your trip and looking forward to your South American blogs.

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  5. Have a great trip! Found your blog via the magic of Google Reader and had to comment on this. I've been living in Santiago for 4 months now (spent 6 months here studying 2 years ago and kept coming back), and Chile is an absolutely gorgeous country - enjoy it!

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  6. Bon Voyage! Can't wait to read about your adventure!

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  7. Blogging at the terminal is true dedication to your readers. Have a great time!

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  8. enjoy yourself... take lots of photos.

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  9. whee, you'll have internet access even on your trip! so excited for you :)

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  10. Can't wait to read about your trip! Happy travels!

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  11. I'm so giddy for you!!!

    Be safehave tons of fun!!

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  12. ahhhh! i'm so excited for you!! have an amazing trip! can't wait to read all about it!

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  13. Be safe! And seriously - you should be out enjoying your vacation and not blogging. You can fill us in when you get back.

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  14. Have a wonderful time!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. eee! totally late, but hope you're enjoying.

    [running to go read about day 1.]

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  16. Seriously way late but still, I can't believe you brought your laptop.

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  17. several days late, but bon voyage!

    i'm glad you'll be able to blog while you're there. :)

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