Home! No car!
Hello! It's Cindy.
I thought I'd so one more post to let you know how it all came to a sad/happy end. The car did not come back with us because it could not make it back. It needed a new computer for the engine - the car was about to over heat and die because it's brain was slowly burning out. That is quite sad because Ford does not make parts for Escorts from 1993(go figure) and we would have had to find a used one somewhere, but it was not a guarantee that it could drive another 3,000 miles in a week. So, I made the decision to leave the car in San Francisco and fly home. There were a few tears because it was my first car and such a faithful mode of transportation. Nick and I booked flights to get back to Boston, but in the meantime we had a week to spend in San Francisco.
Let me tell you, if want to get stranded somewhere - San Francisco is the place to be. Thankfully, we had great friends to stay with - Matthew and James(who live about 8 blocks away from Height St) let us stay with them and use their dial-up Internet and watch their landlord's atrocious movies - I watched "The Day After Tomorrow", "Queen of the Damned" and "Swimfan" and I have to admit that I threw up in my mouth a little.
Some highlights of our extended stay in SF were going to Skywalker Ranch for lunch(James works for Lucas Art) and seeing man-made Ewok Lake, having lunch at The Pork Shop with Matthew, watching Carrie win on "American Idol" and Matthew and James' weird shower with the shower head in the middle of the tub - so it's right above your head. It felt like I was being rained on.
Here's a picture of James and me on the bus that I like. I took it myself...
I also got to spend a lot of time with Amanda(my brother's girlfriend) - she was a good hang. It was actually really nice to spend time around another girl after spending so much time with guys on this trip - Nick, this is not any shot at your character. She showed me North Beach, a very touristy place, but there were sea lions! At Peir 39 there is a huge colony of sea lions - they just hang around and bark and sleep and fight - they are awesome!
Amanda also showed me Lombard Street - The crooked-est street in the world. In order to get there, we had to climb a ridiculously steep street that makes Mission Hill seem like a bump in the sidewalk - wooow! It was hard, but we made it. The street was not as crooked as I expected, but still pretty crooked. This is Amanda walking down the street:
Oh, more about the car - this is probably the lamest thing ever, but the car was broken into a few days before I donated it. The little triangle window in the back seat was broken and the doors were unlocked. We didn't think anything was stolen, but later discovered Nick's backpack was taken with his electric razor. We hope that there is some clean shaven junkie rolling around SF with Nick's old backpack and a guilty conscience. Ridiculous.
Nick left town on Thursday, that was also the day that my car was taken away and donated to KQED - SF's public radio station. It was pretty easy - I recommend this to anyone wanting to get rid of your car.
I left town on Friday - I stayed at Amanda's house on Thursday night and her mom drove me to the airport. I wish I could spent more time with her family because they were really nice and I feel like I could have talked to them for a long time about various topics.
But it is really good to be home - my parents picked me up at the airport and they brought Lucy the dog with them. What a great reunion - then I saw Rose when I got home and we all went out to eat. I love seeing people I missed so much again.
This trip was really great - long, but I know that in a few months I will think about how epic and important it was. Nick and I are still friends - that is the question that everyone always asks, but the trip was a true testament of our friendship. And that car, wow - everyday I wanted to bow down to that car for getting us to such amazing places. I know Nick and I will never forget how many bugs died on this trip... many bugs... all over the front of the car. Very disgusting.
Thanks for reading along and your comments and emails - Yay Boston! So good to be back!