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Krazy West Koast Travel Month III: With a Vengeance! [Jun. 21st, 2006|05:27 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Maya and me on the Ferris wheel, a long way above Santa Monica Beach.

Some of my friends in Portland were surprised that I was going to L.A. (Roy: "You mean, on purpose?") Even the cab driver who took me to the PDX airport made a rude noise when he heard where I was headed. But the thing is, I...didn't hate it! My aunt Laura, the only one of my family who actually lives in L.A., did an admirable job entertaining my grandpa Joe and his wife Joy, my aunt Carol and younger cousin Mitch, my sister, and me -- a group whose ages range from 12 to 78 and whose interests are just as diverse. We ended up turning down Disneyland in favor of exploring parts of the city: downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Santa Monica.

My favorite part was the beach. Before we went to Malibu on Sunday, it had been fourteen years since I'd been swimming in the ocean, and I'd forgotten what it was like: salty, roaring, and entirely unlike swimming in a pool. The receding waves pull you out while the advancing ones push you in. I was glad I hadn't gone bikini shopping, not because I didn't want to wear one, but because there was no way it would have stayed on. The only part I didn't like is that, instead of walking out of the surf trailing long green strands of kelp around my ankles, I walked out of the surf trailing a long white strand of curling ribbon attached to a popped balloon. That wasn't so cool.

Now I'm back home, getting ready to start my new job very soon. Woohoo! I'll be working together with a small, fantastic team of developers here in Portland to create online textbooks for a New York publishing company. My reading list just got a whole lot longer, and I couldn't be more excited.

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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2006-06-22 01:17 am (UTC)
Wow, I can really tell you and Maya are related.


;)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-22 02:55 am (UTC)
It's like we're twins or something.
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[User Picture]From: sonetka
2006-06-22 04:05 am (UTC)
I feel silly for not knowing this, but are you guys identical or fraternal?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-22 10:04 pm (UTC)
Dunno. The how-many-placentas test was inconclusive (I can't remember exactly what the deal was, but I think they couldn't tell how many there were, and anyway, two placentas can mean either identical or fraternal). The best way to tell is with a DNA test, which we've never had done.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-23 04:20 am (UTC)
And I need to figure out a place to host it, 'cause TextDrive doesn't allow development hosting, at least not on their shared servers. Which shouldn't be a problem; there's lots of of other places who'll do it. It's just kind of a bummer because I thought TXD was the last hosting I'd ever need, for anything, ever!

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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2006-06-22 03:56 pm (UTC)

Beach!

Well, swimming in Santa Monica is worth putting up with LA. :) Didja get to jaunt down to Hermosa?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-23 04:24 am (UTC)

Re: Beach!

Nah, we didn't quite make it that far south. But Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice Beach, yes.
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