I did get to spend a fair amount of time with two other folks who'd worked for Global Maintech, one of whom is in the same state as I: unemployed, but doing some work on a contract basis. We walked on the beach a bit Wednesday evening, and there's still sand in my sneakers.
I spent $200 each way to upgrade my America West (yeah, I got stuck flying them again, as much as I hated the idea). Was definitely worth it, although it cut my net pay for the job quite a bit.
The hotel in LA was next to the Montebello municipal golf course. Nice enough, but the best thing was that the in-room high speed Internet connection was free! Whee! I wish I'd known that earlier.
The rental car I had was a Chrysler Sebring convertible. Not too bad, and I made the drive from San Diego up to LA with the top down and lots of sunscreen on. If there isn't a law about driving a convertible in southern California with the top up on a nice summer day, there ought to be.
I got home Friday evening and collapsed fairly quickly. Barely made it to my class Saturday - the required class for the Minnesota concealed handgun permit. That one took all day; by the time I'd finished the shooting test and got home, it was after 6. We had Chinese food, and got back home about 7:30. I went straight to bed and woke up about 3:30 this morning. After playing around on the computer for a half hour or so, I went back to bed and stayed there until Paul woke me up at 6:30. It didn't take me long to realize I wasn't up to a 3-hour drive each way to go to the faire, so Paul went by himself. I watched the first of 3 DVDs of Neon Genesis Evangelion that had arrived while I was gone, then went back to bed and slept another 3 hours or so.
One comment I can't make as a reply because wbwolf is more interested in preaching to the choir than having a real discussion: When he points out that the Second Amendment calls for a "well-regulated" militia and takes the NRA to task for overlooking the "well-regulated" part, he, in turn, overlooks the fact that the modern meaning of "regulated" is quite different from the meaning of the word in 1789. When the Bill of Rights was written, "well-regulated" meant "well-trained and well-equipped". FWIW, I have no problems with requiring safety training before allowing someone to buy a firearm, so long as 1) it's not a covert gun owner registration system, 2) it's totally nondiscretionary, and 3) the requirements are reasonable enough that anyone can pass the test after receiving the appropriate training. Something else he may not be aware of is that the NRA has been calling for years for a national database of those prohibited from owning firearms under the 20,000 existing laws on the subject, and the Left has consistently opposed such a database. This reveals their true agenda: it's not about preventing the wrong people from owning guns as the average person would define "wrong people"; it's about defining "wrong people" as anyone who's not in the elite.
I'm going back to the range in a little while. (I'm now a member, so now I can go shoot. Whee.) I pulled my shots to the left consistently when shooting yesterday evening, and that bothers me.