Friday, May 15, 2009

Day Seventy-one, 090510 - Lafayette, LA

Day Seventy-one, Date Sunday, May 10, 2009
Time in Saddle: n/a
Distance for the Day: n/a miles (Still in Lafayette, LA)
Accumulated Trip Distance: n/a
Altitudes: Starting/Ending n/a Highest: n/a Accumulated: n/a
Speeds: Avg: n/a mph, Max: n/a mph
Weather: 91°, overcast in the AM, clearing by noon
Expenditures: $18.50

(No pictures today - sorry! I *did* put in a movie poster, though.) Spent Mother’s Day with Becky and John and their family and friends (at least a dozen people); had a marvelous lunch of perfectly grilled chicken breast, bakery bread, wonderful bean salad, with homemade ice cream and Louisiana strawberries for dessert. Yum, yum! We chatted about my trip and the things going on in their various lives. John’s parents used to run bike tours in the area, themselves, and gave me advice on good, scenic and historic routes to take between Lafayette and New Orleans, some of us toured their very large backyard, looking at all the different types of trees, flowers, bamboos, vegetables, and other plants they had established. I got my first fire ant sting (ow!) Somebody’s dog (I forget who’s) went for swims in the pool to cool off, and eventually, some of the people did, too. I worked on updating Google Maps, which was giving me more trouble than usual.

Later in the afternoon, I took off to go see the new Star Trek movie at the local cineplex – it was great! They did something I didn’t expect: I don’t think I’d be giving too much away to divulge that through plot developments involving time travel, they created an *alternate* Trek universe, that contains the basic elements, such as main characters, the USS Enterprise, the different races and cultures, but they are not beholden to, and won’t have to follow the exact history of the original series or the movies. Any new films could go in quite different directions, and have fresh, new storylines, but with the familiar basic elements. Damn clever, those Trek writers.

On the way back, I saw my first *live* armadillo. I didn’t see it all that well in the dark; it reminded me of a possum, but I could just make out its armor plating as it scuttled across the darkened neighborhood street. Neat! I’ve seen a couple dozen other 2-dimentional armadillos over hundreds and hundreds of miles, so it was nice to see a live one at last. When I got back at about 9pm, Becky and John were just finishing up watching a movie about a blind mountain climber who organized a climb for a handful of blind preparing for their kayaking trip in the morning, and would get up about 5am for an early start. I asked them to wake me up when they were up, too. They went to bed, I did my laundry, and stayed up until 4:15am finishing my blogs and uploading them to my blog site. Blogmonster - remember?

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