Thanks to everyone for a great stay in Los Angeles!! Being there in physical form is starting to grow on me. Loved Caroline Bowman in Frozen, Warner Brother’s Studio Tour, seeing Jumanji for a second time and the swimming pool at the Loew’s Hollywood (thank goodness it was heated). I think the staff were too cold to come out and tell me to get out when it was raining.
When I got to the hotel I tried to get some free breakfast passes, the guy was nice enough but said he didn’t have any to give out. I suspected foul play and decided to pull rank on him. “Do you know who I am? Do you know who I am?!!!,” I extolled. He said, “Do you know how many times a day I hear this?” I laughed but said, “Yeah, but I mean it!!!” Then I went into a chorus of, “How dare you! I’ve never been so humiliated in all my life!!” He then pulled out a stack of meal coupons, actually five which was pretty cool but when we got to breakfast the next day we were saddened to learn there was no buffet. My wife threatened to go to Mel’s Diner instead which was kind of a bluff and conduct unbecoming a queen. It wasn’t so bad as they let you pick whatever you wanted off the menu pretty much. Went back the next day with the two remaining coupons had a great meal but sadly after that we climbed into an Uber and went over to the Hilton for buffet breakfast. We then spend much of the rest of the vacation discussing whose overpriced breakfast was better, Loew’s or the Hilton. The Loew’s restored the buffet on Christmas morning which was a treat so we stayed. Now, who’s breakfast buffet was better? It went 2:1 for the Hilton with our resident Orc sleeping in every morning and missing breakfast. The Hilton featured many more Asian treats which I love and more variety, they mistakenly charged us only twenty dollars each for the first day but declared it was an error and went back to $28 or something like that the next day. Thanks to the Howards for taking care of that problem with my parents. I was trying to figure out how to deal with the issue of my sullen and angry parents disappointed in me and coming back from the grave to let me know. I don’t think too many people could have handled this, but the Howards did!! Brought my parents up to date with some of the things I’ve been up to and hung out with all the children. They were whole-heartedly welcomed, and even revered as the producers of the genetic material that the children came from. I have made inroads in my understanding of clones and their place in families. So, my clones are more closely biological understood as identical twin brothers. From a more social standpoint they are more easily seen as my children but they already have parents so I may fall back to Uncle Ed, or just Ed. So when my parents show up, in theory, they would be more like the biological parents of the children, however from a sociological standpoint they were revered and warmly welcomed as sort of ancillary grandparents, grandma and grandpa with their first names attached. When I grew up I worked in my father’s business and my grandfather worked there, all the employees called him ‘grandpa’ as if that were his actual name. His friends would call him Harry, his wife was addressed as grandma when she’d come by. BTW: Great job Kiki on His Dark Materials, looking forward to season 2. BBQ…stunning once again: your dad used the word flabbergasted to describe me…close enough. My best to all my family and friends, wishing everyone the best possible New Year! Wish I could be with you. Ed out