The end of the trip
I still need to sort through the photos I took, and add them to relevant entries
I also need to sift through the pile of business cards I collected, and write several emails.
And then getting to see good friends, Cheryl and Ben, and getting read to by Sami, their daughter. A very nice, bookish re-entry into the non-librarian world.
Thursday was more fun catching up with Cheryl and Ben, followed by a whirlwind tour with Angie of the Bits of San Diego I hadn’t seen, including gorgeous beaches, adorable seals, Balboa Park, and glimpses of intriguing museums, basically making a giant list of Things to Do Next Time I’m In SD, And Make It Soon!!! It was a beautiful, carefree, sunny day, and I just had a tasty dinner at local spot The Neighborhood, with excellent food and a small flight of local beer. I hadn’t thought of combining sweet potato fries with blue cheese but oh MAN, that was a good idea.
San Diego has seduced me, with its palm trees, funky neighborhoods, myriad beer options, fish tacos, well-mannered baseball fans, places I’ve explored on foot, and the knowledge that this has only been a glimpse. Plus, good friends to see on my next visit. I would have loved this trip, even without the librarians.
I don’t want to go home.
Which is probably a sign of a very good vacation.
Another side note: the flight home was without incident, though populated by a significant number of clergy in their suits and collars. One of whom was initially seated next to me in a very squished row at the back of the plane. He turned out to be a very nice bishop, who explained that there had been a gathering of bishops and cardinals for the week, meetings and a retreat. And he told me that Cardinal Dolan was on the same plane. This blew my mind. A flight attendant took pity on His Excellency, being both tall and broad of stature, and found him a free seat in an exit row, so I got more elbow room.
In baggage claim, I put a tiara I’d gotten from the Military Division Open House on my head, because… why not? And I’m pretty sure Cardinal Dolan saw me. I gave him a little grin and went on with finding my suitcase.