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More Greek than Greece

and more Alien than Roswell

We left Vegas and hit California with the sun in our eyes and the wind at our... fronts? It sounds better if I say with the wind on our backs, so we'll change the story to that. We didn't make it too far, but Perp was acting up a bit, and it was getting a bit cold and dark for Joe to be on the bike. To top it off, this place had Alien Beef Jerky! How could we not stop?

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That night we spent at the truck stop behind the Wal-Mart semi. We woke to the sound of the radio playing outside the gas station. It was still too cool to take off since Joe was back on the bike. So we decided to go to the world famous Mad Greek restaurant for breakfast and it was wonderful! Just walking inside I felt like I was in one of those IMAX movies about Greece. All the wallpaper was larger than life size pictures of Greece, and there were Greek statues everywhere. The food was really good too (some sort of lamb breakfast thing). We also got some really good Baklava.

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Then we were on the road to the next stop on our California trip. We didn't drive too long before we got kinda lost trying to follow each other, and ended up in a very confusing shopping area.

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Here Joe told me he was really sick and needed to do some Qui Gong inside, so we tried at the Barns and Noble, but it was really small and crowded, so he didn't feel like doing it. Now I really knew he was sick, so we asked the McDonalds where he parked if we could leave the bike there overnight, and then I drove us to a motel. After I dropped Joe off I went to the grocery store and got him some chicken soup and a 69 cent churo (awesome!) Joe carved Justin's present a bit and we watched the Day the Earth Stood Still. The next day he was still under the weather, so we got the place for one more night.

He was okay to go out during the day in the car though, so we went shopping together and tried to find a post office to mail everyone's Christmas presents. We ended up getting lost with the GPS so we broke down and went to the Fed Ex we passed, and thats when we found out that tomorrow was Thanksgiving!
"Isn't Thanksgiving the 26th?" I asked the guy who boxed out stuff while watching Mad Max (the one with Tina Turner as the Queen of the Thunder Dome).
He replied, "... tomorrow is the 26th."
Oh, well its really hard to keep track of time while vagabonding around. I really wanted to work at a soup kitchen in LA or wherever we ended up on Thanksgiving, but now we were running out of time. I tried calling a bunch of places when we got back to the hotel, but they were either not picking up or were full with volunteers (they need more food, not more help). The other problem was most of them stopped serving food after 2pm (how is that Thanksgiving dinner?) We wouldn't be able to make it to LA the next day in time to help out at most of these places anyhow, so who do you call? My mom.

Posted by - Rain 17:23

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