Dear friends, there is more and better text to come, and once I return home, there will even be pictures to go with it (curse this desire to travel light and to leave the laptop with the photoediting software at home!). I’m just sending up a flare here to confirm that despite the best efforts of pre-rush-hour traffic and terminal construction at JFK to thwart me, I made my flight by the skin of my teeth, flew across the country without incident (save a little bumping around in the midwest, which is, apparently, something I’ll need to get used to if I fly this flight path on a regular basis), and am now being spoiled, utterly, by the amazing and wondrous Grace. I would natter on about what a joy she is to talk to, how sweetly she’s been taking care of me ever since she picked me up at the airport, how beautiful is her house and how lush is the view from the patio, but to do so would cut seriously into our sourdough-pancake-eating time. Grace is taking me out for sourdough pancakes, and then we’re driving to San Francisco together. I’m having such a blast that for the first time in my life, I don’t care if I sound gloaty and obnoxious. Oh, yeah, you wish you were me right now.
With any luck, this will pass, and I will settle down enough to write something pleasant to read. Until then, dear ones.