My trip to California was a wonderful experience and taught me that California is an awesome place to live if you have the bank account to handle it. My trip was made possible by my brother, Mark’s, generosity and goodwill. There were many delightful experiences that I will never forget. It was my first time to fly on a jet and the flight was delightful. I will never forget the thrill and exhilaration as the jet prepared for take-off. The sensation as I rose into the sky and looked down on what I had never seen before from anywhere but on the ground was spectacular.
My first experience was the fine dining that I was treated to. Our first stop on the dining tour was McCormick and Schmick. A fine restaurant on Rodeo Drive that is known as one of the finest places to people-watch in the world. And it lived up to its acclamation. The service was incredible because we had our own waiter. A privilege not very often offered in the South. I had a seafood platter consisting of mahi-mahi, cod, lobster, crawfish, shrimp, and other assorted items. Mark had herb-crusted salmon and a steak. We topped it off with a decadent triple-chocolate flour shell. Not a bad deal for about three hundred dollars.
My second experience was going to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches; Venice Beach. I had the time of my life. Mark and I swam with the dolphins, girls, and fish. Once we tired of being in the water, we rented jet skies and rode for the better part of an hour. We perfected our showmanship in front of a very appreciative audience and when we quit we were soundly applauded. We were totally exhausted after the all-day excursion and quickly retired to our one-bedroom apartment on Redondo Beach. All in all, it had been a very memorable and pleasant day.
My third and most productive experience was the job that I had been assigned. I was the company gopher and all-around heavy box lifter. The hours were long and strenuous. The pay was excellent and sorely needed. The jobs were numerous, varied from purchasing lunch for everyone in the office to loading the boxes on the semis to move the company from Los Angeles to Newnan, GA. It was quite a job loading approximately ten thousand boxes on three tractor-trailers and securing them. I loaded all the office equipment, clothing patterns, steam presses, clothing racks, and miscellaneous items in a meticulous manner to preserve as many things as possible on the trip.
California has a beautiful climate, geography, and most importantly, some wonderful people. It was truly an experience I hold dear and appreciate the opportunity to take a semi-vacation and get paid for it. I miss California and I wish I could return one day with the money to enjoy it. It requires extensive monetary sources that someday perhaps I will own. Until then, though, I will watch the Travel Channel and tatter my pictures with wear.