Special welcome to new breakfast letter fans from the Willamette Writers conference! For the newcomers, this is my personal blog, only sent to my personal email list, and I own my material that way. Not published on the wide web. If you are a fan you will enjoy, vicariously through me, life in the tiny town of Dunsmuir, Ca, in the far north, almost into Oregon on I-5 near Mt Shasta. Sometimes my blog will be from China, or Portland, or South Orange County. I hope you enjoy. Finally getting hot in the high 90s (32C). The town is filled with tourists. All the shop owners are happy. I see that it is hotter everywhere else except it snowed in Johannesburg over the weekend.
On Sunday July 29 I flew to John Wayne airport in Anaheim to meet friends and see my family. I was proud to see the entire ground crew was female. I say, California women at the Olympics are awesome and so is the crew at John Wayne.
Feng, from the Tsinghua housing office, and her family came to the US. Her husband attended a Nuclear Engineering conference at the Disneyland hotel. For Feng and Alex, her 9-year-old son, it was their first visit to the US. http://www.asmeconferences.org/ICONE20POWER2012/index.cfm
We went to Universal Studios on Monday. What a blast. For $150 each admission we got a pass to hang around our necks that allowed us to go to front of any line for everything. Americans like to scare themselves for entertainment and confront their fears for fun. A new experience for Feng and Alex who jumped out of their skins about twenty times in the haunted house, terminator ride (with scary realistic halographic imagery) and got totally drenched on the Jurassic Park jungle ride. http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/
The next day we were joined by my sister, niece, her daughter Emily who is the same age as Alex, and friend Nadra. First we hung out at Dana Point beach. A big set of three waves came in just as I went in and tried to body surf, got pounded good. Even in water up to knees, the waves were pulling me under. Still there were a lot of board surfers and Alex and Feng got a good look at the beautiful and exciting beaches in South Orange County. Alex told his mother he wants a surfboard. http://www.danapoint.org/index.aspx?page=146
Hope you enjoyed those beach pix. next blog: More South OC and Willamette Writers