Departed Sydney 1 pm Tuesday 17, arrived Los Angeles some 12+ hours later 9.30am local time Tuesday 17, to Phoenix AZ 12.40 pm local and attempted to travel on to Flagstaff on 2RJ 200 Canadair Regional Jet but after a 20 min flight gusting winds prevented a landing and we went back to Phoenix and deplaned onto a bus. My phone was not operational so I sat next to a friendly lady (Lynn) who lent me her phone to contact my man Brian in Arizona who drove an hour and a half from Rowdy Bunch Pass in Prescott Valley to collect me.
The plan was to find a hotel for the night in Flagstaff and Brian would come in again on Wednesday morning to pick me up. Instead Lynne took me home and I joined husband John Morrisette to share a massive plate of Mongolian beef salad for dinner (goddam US serves, enough for two or three) then home to check the State of Origin result and bed. Went to bed thinking that 6-4 was the half time score and awoke with trepidation to find it was the actual result.
Waiting for Brian to arrive, yarned with John for a couple of hours, he did civil engineering and majored in soil mechanics which gave us a common interest (penetration of clay by root hairs) and he moved on to real estate where he was a partner in American Beauty Homes. So I went away with a standing invitation to stop over at their place in Flagstaff or their primary residence in LA anytime I cross the Pacific again.
Moving on to Prescott Valley with Brian and Julie the next entertainment on their Thursday (Friday in Australia) was a trip to the Frank Lloyd Wright school Taliesin West near Phoenix. Wright deserves a whole post to himself – a larger than life architect he was the inspiration for the hero in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead – he set up a school in the final stages of his career and split his year with six months each on campuses in Wisconsin and Arizona. The move to Arizona was recommended by his doctor to handle a chronic tendency to pneumonia.
Friday here is a day of rest, still catching up on sleep, reading, mail and blogging. Tomorrow is another day!